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Old 09-27-2014, 09:40 PM   #1
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How do I adjust the mirror arm?

I pulled the plastic cap and loosened the nut that holds the mirror arm tight, but I can't get the arm to swing either way. I did not use excessive force but I believe it should have been enough force to move the mirror arm. How can I get the mirror "arm" to swing to the left or to the right?

Currently, I have to look through the lower left corner of my windshield to use my drives side rear view mirror. I want to adjust the arm so the mirror position is the same as the picture I have attached. In this position (pictured) I would look through the front of the drivers "side" window to use the drivers rear view mirror.
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I pulled the plastic cap and loosened the nut that holds the mirror arm tight, but I can't get the arm to swing either way. I did not use excessive force but I believe it should have been enough force to move the mirror arm. How can I get the mirror "arm" to swing to the left or to the right?

Currently, I have to look through the lower left corner of my windshield to use my drives side rear view mirror. I want to adjust the arm so the mirror position is the same as the picture I have attached. In this position (pictured) I would look through the front of the drivers "side" window to use the drivers rear view mirror.
Check this thread, Hope it helps.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f115/mirr...ent-78308.html
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Old 09-27-2014, 10:08 PM   #3
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Ramco or Velvac Mirrors?

Ramco has a cap to remove under the bottom of the cover and then loosen the nut. Give the arm a couple of whacks and it should free up.

Velvac has caps to remove and then an Allen wrench to loosen the set screws to allow the arm to swing.

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Old 09-27-2014, 11:05 PM   #4
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Driver / parker at the dealership I bought my coach, told me the first thing he would do if he owned my coach was swing that drivers side mirror in, like your pic. This guy was unbelievable at backing coaches!
I never did, due to I travel on lots of ferries, where I cant afford to be that extra few inches wider !
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Old 09-28-2014, 12:45 AM   #5
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I don't think you should move them that far out. Mine are the same mirrors as yours.

I've been through one toll road exit booth in New York that I wouldn't have made it through if mine were adjusted out like you want to do.

The other problem I can see happening is when you are going through a stretch of road with concrete barriers on both sides and an 18 wheeler passes you there is a chance of those mirrors hitting his mirrors.

Just my thoughts.
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I pulled the plastic cap and loosened the nut that holds the mirror arm tight, but I can't get the arm to swing either way. I did not use excessive force but I believe it should have been enough force to move the mirror arm. How can I get the mirror "arm" to swing to the left or to the right?

Currently, I have to look through the lower left corner of my windshield to use my drives side rear view mirror. I want to adjust the arm so the mirror position is the same as the picture I have attached. In this position (pictured) I would look through the front of the drivers "side" window to use the drivers rear view mirror.
Tom,

I believe we have the same mirrors. To adjust the top portion there are two Allen set screws that you need to loosen. Be careful and leave them snug because the top portion of the mirror is attached to the arm with a articulating ball and will flop over if the set screws are two loose. Looking at your photo tells me what you need to adjust more than anything is the position of the arm. When you remove the plastic cap at the bottom and loosen the bolt the mirror arm does not move because the pin that attaches the arm to the mounting bracket is tapered. When that large bolt is tightened it pulls that taper down into the receiving socket and the arm is hard to move. Take a large rubber hammer and tap up on the arm to break the taper loose. You then should be able to re-position the arm. I have had luck by just hitting up on the mirror with my palm.

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That's my problem. one of the Q@#$#@ allen screws is frozen on one of my mirrors. The other one I managed to adjust,, I won't say how, but suffice to say I can "ADJUST!!!" when I need to.
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Last week, while driving back from Missouri, I crossed the Mississippi on 2 VERY narrow bridges. Each time I passed a semi my cheeks puckered, and they weren't on my face. I believe if my mirrors were out that far they would have been torn off.

BTW, I had already had passenger side damaged going through a toll booth in Florida. I was within inches of the drivers side mirror not even thinking to look at the other mirror.

I would have 2nd thoughts of swinging my mirrors out any further.
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One would think that commercial truckers would know exactly how far the mirrors are allowed to be from outside-to-outside, and from each side of the centerline. I would have expected that to be some sort of federal regulation, wouldn't you?

That might not answer anyone's questions about personal preferences, or how to adjust a particular mirror, but certainly there is a federal regulation to be sure that all vehicles can clear any road condition?

And, yes, I am very familiar with the "mirror pucker factor" when navigating a coach in some dicey situations!
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I had this exact problem with my passenger side Valvac. Unscrew the screw as loose or even remove the screw, my arm was corroded to the base plate. Shake the arm like mad and it eventually will come loose. I mean shake till the whole coach shakes, like you think you're going to break it.


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That's my problem. one of the Q@#$#@ allen screws is frozen on one of my mirrors. The other one I managed to adjust,, I won't say how, but suffice to say I can "ADJUST!!!" when I need to.
I got all but one allen set screws out and replaced them with stainless steel ones. I still have to work on that one last one. Pain it the a#$.
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When we purchased our Monaco both mirrors were out front. I did like Bob said and moved the driver's side mirror back along side the driver's window. I like just looking out the diver's side window like I do on my cars to see the coming traffic. No problems in 4 years of driving with this configuration. I've since seen million dollar motor homes with the mirrors this way, also gas powered less expensive one with one mirror out front and one along side the driver's window. deSanford
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Our 2002 Monaco Windsor has both of the mirrors out front and just outside of the sides of the coach. They were that way when we bought it a year ago today, in fact. The advantage to that, in my humble opinion, is that your eyes continue to be looking forward while cruising down the road. If something bad happens ahead, you will probably pick up with your peripheral vision while glancing at the mirror.
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Our 2002 Monaco Windsor has both of the mirrors out front and just outside of the sides of the coach. They were that way when we bought it a year ago today, in fact. The advantage to that, in my humble opinion, is that your eyes continue to be looking forward while cruising down the road. If something bad happens ahead, you will probably pick up with your peripheral vision while glancing at the mirror.
I agree wholeheartedly!!
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