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Wanted: Caravan towing mirrors


Have been looking on eBay but not found a set of mirrors I like the look and price of. We have one set, which has straps that clip to the back of the car mirror, braced with a decent sucker that fits on the door. I'd like another set like this which resists being knocked out of kilter by truck blast from the opposite direction but can't find anything like it. NOT spending $300.

Anyone got a spare set of decent mirrors?

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Pete and Kaye



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I've been using the same pair of super cheap mirrors for nine years changed over three vehicles - can't fault them www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/sca-sca-towing-mirror---clamp-on/342034.html



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Thanks, the SCA ones are OK but tend to get blasted. Cheap, but don't stick out very far.  I am starting to think that a rearview camera may be the go but the only one I tried years ago was so wide angle it was useless for anything other than parking.



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Millencos. With out a doubt,. Good mirror, little vibration, a breeze to fit.

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Same as Dazz49 +1

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Milenco x 3

 

If I was buying a brand new Cruiser or Patrol I might just decide on Clearview but I'm not so I wont.

 

If you are worrying about mirrors folding back just attach a suitable length bungee strap to the outside of the mirror & under  the bonnet to attach to something or other under there like the bonnet hinge.

 

On previous Oraca? mirrors, I made a longer arm out of a bit of scrap aluminium tube/conduit & attached the bungee strap.   After about 15years the plastic'rubber straps perished so I binned it.  The Milenco is a much better product.



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I found I had a decent old single mirror in the shed, so only needed one. Against all the best advice and being a scroungy and miserable old sod I bought one of these for $26 :

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Towing-Mirrors-Single-Universal-Multi-Fit-Strap-On-Towing-Caravan-4X4-Trailer/392144510554?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

It has a good set of screw down clamps at the top as well as the straps and I'm cofdent it will hang in nicely  Unfortunately it is convex so it is costing a further $33 at the glassworks to get flat glass cut to stick over. Ho hum!

Thanks folks for the conversataion and no hard feelings I hope if I ended up going my own way.

Cheers,

Pete



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Tinggu wrote:

I am starting to think that a rearview camera may be the go but the only one I tried years ago was so wide angle it was useless for anything other than parking.


 Being new to caravanning three years ago, I bought extended mirrors and found them almost useless because of slipping and falling off. They were removed and I rely on the large OEM tug mirrors and the wide angle camera fitted to the rear of the caravan. Blind spots down the side of caravan are negligible and the view of the road behind is good so long as vehicles behind do not catch up too fast. The wide angle camera and monitor resolution is such that you only see clearly about 100 or so metres behind. I have thoughts of fitting a second narrow focus camera to get a better long range view. The monitor has two selectable channels so it only means running extra cables to connect a second camera. Has anyone done this before? If so, has it worked out ok?



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StewG wrote:
Tinggu wrote:

I am starting to think that a rearview camera may be the go but the only one I tried years ago was so wide angle it was useless for anything other than parking.


 Being new to caravanning three years ago, I bought extended mirrors and found them almost useless because of slipping and falling off. They were removed and I rely on the large OEM tug mirrors and the wide angle camera fitted to the rear of the caravan. Blind spots down the side of caravan are negligible and the view of the road behind is good so long as vehicles behind do not catch up too fast. The wide angle camera and monitor resolution is such that you only see clearly about 100 or so metres behind. I have thoughts of fitting a second narrow focus camera to get a better long range view. The monitor has two selectable channels so it only means running extra cables to connect a second camera. Has anyone done this before? If so, has it worked out ok?


 StewG, you must have mirrors that you can see down both sides of the van. I have a friend that had the same set up as you , he was pulled over by the police and fined. They told him you can have the best camera on the market but you must have vision  both sides of the van. So blind spots down the sides of the van are not allowed.



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Phillipn wrote:
StewG wrote:
Tinggu wrote:

I am starting to think that a rearview camera may be the go but the only one I tried years ago was so wide angle it was useless for anything other than parking.


 Being new to caravanning three years ago, I bought extended mirrors and found them almost useless because of slipping and falling off. They were removed and I rely on the large OEM tug mirrors and the wide angle camera fitted to the rear of the caravan. Blind spots down the side of caravan are negligible and the view of the road behind is good so long as vehicles behind do not catch up too fast. The wide angle camera and monitor resolution is such that you only see clearly about 100 or so metres behind. I have thoughts of fitting a second narrow focus camera to get a better long range view. The monitor has two selectable channels so it only means running extra cables to connect a second camera. Has anyone done this before? If so, has it worked out ok?


 StewG, you must have mirrors that you can see down both sides of the van. I have a friend that had the same set up as you , he was pulled over by the police and fined. They told him you can have the best camera on the market but you must have vision  both sides of the van. So blind spots down the sides of the van are not allowed.


 Exactly right.Your mirrors must give a clear view down both sides of the van,and for a distance of 4 metres from each side,at a distance of 20 metres from the mirrors.Picture may help,and there is a $233 fine involved for non-compliance.Cheers



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good advice, thanks!

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As a later Post says don't go the Camera route. It's riddled with problems if you rely on a camera for rear view vision.Not legal and in lots of states you can be fined for having a camera screen operating full time. Can be classified as a distraction.

I would have Google around re Extension mirrors like the clearview ones. There are a few companies who do similar mirrors at half the price and depends on your tug if they are available for your vehicle.

 

As an aside the New Audi 'E'Tron all electric vehicle comes with wing mirror cameras instead of actual mirrors.  Be interesting to see if the rules about rear cameras are changed because of this.



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We are sorted for mirrors. I've had flat glass cut for the towing left hand mirrors. (We have two cars, towing caravan and boat)
Points taken about cameras.
Thanks,
Pete

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I swear by Clearview. fantastic for seeing low back wheel of caravan, for reversing, and most particularly for not having the pain of constantly taking them on and off, adjusting every time. also, o course, there is the ease of pushing them in and out when the caravan is off or on. hey, worth every cent. since we have had them for a couple of years now we have noticed them more and more frequently. and, no, I am not an agent of clearview, just a very happy customer. safe and happy travels to all. shane.

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I have some that have the strap and clips goes over car mirror with suction cup brace. Yours for price of postage.

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