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Old 03-24-2010, 01:17 PM   #1
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Tow Mirrors

I currently use CIPA clip on mirrors. They are ok, but I'm looking to upgrade to extendable mirrors.

The cheapest I could find the factory mirrors is about $650.

I found Kool Vue aftermarkets for about $180.

Here's another aftermarket, I couldn't identify the manufacture, but they look nice with the turn signal on the housing. The cheapest I found these is about $270: "03 04 05 06 CHEVY SILVERADO MIRROR+SIGNAL*POWER+HEAT : eBay Motors (item 290403153057 end time Apr-16-10 11:10:31 PDT)"

Then there are the TTT mirrors which I found on sale for about $465: "Detailed Information | Price and Decription for SCH-1020"

Has any one used any of the mirrors listed? I'm interested in feedback before I plunk down a good bit of change for mirrors. I'm leaning towards the ones with the turn signal on the housing. But they are aftermarkets, so I'm concerned about buying junk since I can't touch and feel 'em.

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Old 03-24-2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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I used McKesh mirrors when I towed with my 1996 Ford. They were great. Here's their web site.

McKesh Mirrors

My GMC has extendable trailering mirrors so my McKesh mirrors are no longer needed. However, I carry them as a backup should my truck's regular mirrors be damaged.
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When I first stated pulling I was very adamant about using towing mirrors, but the last five years I have forgotten them. I added a good set of "fish eyes"and move my mirrors out so I can see the trailers sides. With those two combinations I can see what I need to see while towing.
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It appears you want to go the low dollar route, but in case you run across any on e-bay, I'd highly recommend the Power Vision mirrors. We've run a set of these mirrors on our truck for the last 8 years with no problems whatsoever. Ours are electrically extendable and retractable, power adjustable and heated - with the newer ones, integrated turn signals are available as well.

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I put a set of these on my 2008 Chevy 2500HD just 4 days ago.

Actually, for the price they don't seem cheap at all. They look & are an aftermarket version of the same towing mirrors that GM puts on their trucks.
So far I'm satisfied, but I haven't towed with them yet, so can't tell you how much vibration will be noticed going down the highway at higher speeds.

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So far I'm satisfied, but I haven't towed with them yet, so can't tell you how much vibration will be noticed going down the highway at higher speeds.
If they are anything like the factory installed mirrors which I have, the answer to your question is zero, nada, none, goose eggs. While I don't know what your definition of "higher speeds" is, I can tell you that I've towed at 65-70 at times and have not noticed any vibration.
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If they are anything like the factory installed mirrors which I have, the answer to your question is zero, nada, none, goose eggs. While I don't know what your definition of "higher speeds" is, I can tell you that I've towed at 65-70 at times and have not noticed any vibration.
Thanks for that information Frank.

I was concerned that with the low price I paid that they would end up being really cheap....be loose in the detents etc.
I was relieved to find out that they are built pretty well & are solid as a rock in each position.

I guess I'll find out tomorrow just how much vibration I get when they're pulled out as there is finally enough snow gone (not all of it yet though) to bring home our new 5'er.
It's been sitting 65 miles away at the dealer since we purchased it a couple of months ago just waiting for the sun to come out & melt the snow.
Thats the price I pay to live in one of the valleys of these beautiful mountains at 6000 feet.

Oh...and higher speed is about 60 to 65 for me.

And sorry Camping Fool.....wasn't trying to hijack your thread.
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No worry about hijacking the thread. This is the kind of information I'm looking for.

I wouldn't say I'm looking to go the low dollar route, but if the more inexpensive mirrors are as good as factory, why wouldn't I purchase them? The mirrors that Ratfink purchased, look like the Kool Vue mirrors.

I'm just trying to ensure the lower dollar mirrors are up to the quality. I'll probably go with the mirrors with the turn signal on the housing. I like the idea of the signal off the mirror.

Thanks to all the responses so far.
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I like the idea of the signal off the mirror.
I do too. However, I like the trailering mirrors on the newer Fords even better because they also have a clearance light on the opposite side. It's a nice feature that helps other drivers determine just far that mirror's sticking out at night when they're approaching from the opposite direction or backing up along side in a truck stop, rest area, etc.
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Yep, I agree Frank. I'm wondering if the ones I'm looking at could be modified to provide a marker light? Appears as though there are two lights on the outside. Maybe, I could grab the side marker light feed from the front. I think this double as a turn/marker light. If I buy em, this will be something that I will look into.

I think the lastest GM mirrors have a marker light on the outside of the tow mirror.
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