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Old 10-25-2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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Front mirrors

I find when I'm driving by Class A it's very annoying not to be able to see my front bumper corners in tight areas like campgrounds. I drive a school bus and am used to having front mirrors that make that part of my normal driving experience.
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I'd love to have some type of similar mirrors for my RV, though obviously much smaller as I'm only concerned with seeing the bumper corners. Anyone know of any being available?
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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When I learned to drive back in the 60s one thing we were taught was to learn where all 4 corners of our vehicle were...

When I tested for my Non-Commercial Class A license in California back in 1990 one of the skills I had to demonstrate was putting my front bumper exactly over a line drawn on the roadway - points were deducted for every 6" that the bumper was over, or short.

While mirrors certainly make the task easier, I think we get lazy by relying too much on mirrors and not enough on experience.
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When I learned to drive back in the 60s one thing we were taught was to learn where all 4 corners of our vehicle were... When I tested for my Non-Commercial Class A license in California back in 1990 one of the skills I had to demonstrate was putting my front bumper exactly over a line drawn on the roadway - points were deducted for every 6" that the bumper was over, or short. While mirrors certainly make the task easier, I think we get lazy by relying too much on mirrors and not enough on experience.
I've driven 40' buses for 19 years, averaging more than 1000 miles a week under all conditions. Experience isn't what I'm lacking, certainty is.
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:23 PM   #4
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If you feel that strongly about the mirrors and are so use to using them for your driving, you should by all means have them installed on your MH.
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If you feel that strongly about the mirrors and are so use to using them for your driving, you should by all means have them installed on your MH.
I was trying to find if anyone knew is they're available for RV. School bus versions are far too huge.
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Trick with DOTS! at a RV Driving school the instructor said an easy way to know where is MH is to use DOTs. I thought he was smoking something or Nutz! After trying they make sense. take a plastic cup and place it about a foot off the rear bumper. look in your mirror, where is the cup? take a marking pin or one of those little dots available at office supply store and place the dot at that point. In the front the mirrors can't be used. Place the cup in front of MH far enough so you can see it. Mark spot on windshield where the cup is. Now go measure that distance, is it 5 ft or is it 3 ft. at least you have a idea where it is. another fix is to purchase one of those small back up cameras with the little screen. Mount it on your dash and you can view how close you are to anything. Hope I helped. ed
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Trick with DOTS! at a RV Driving school the instructor said an easy way to know where is MH is to use DOTs. I thought he was smoking something or Nutz! After trying they make sense. take a plastic cup and place it about a foot off the rear bumper. look in your mirror, where is the cup? take a marking pin or one of those little dots available at office supply store and place the dot at that point. In the front the mirrors can't be used. Place the cup in front of MH far enough so you can see it. Mark spot on windshield where the cup is. Now go measure that distance, is it 5 ft or is it 3 ft. at least you have a idea where it is. another fix is to purchase one of those small back up cameras with the little screen. Mount it on your dash and you can view how close you are to anything. Hope I helped. ed
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Yes, those are very good tips, and I did pretty much the same thing when I first got my RV. I've google it this evening and not finding anything purpose made. I'm going to see about just position a wide angle myself and see what I can come up with.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:26 PM   #8
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i believe you are speaking about cross over mirrors?
If your vehicle is registered in ny, it must have cross over mirrors installed.
yes they can be purchased on line.
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The mixer truck I drive has a convex mirror mounted on the side of the hood and pointed down so you can see the front passenger side corner. One like that could be mounted on the front of your motorhome. I would try a heavy truck dealer parts dept.
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