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Old 08-29-2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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Extended mirrors??

We are picking up our 23b jay feather this week.. I will be towing it with a traverse that has the factory installed tow package (rated at 5,200 pounds)

Question... Can I see enough behind me to switch lanes without extended mirrors?

I am a nervous wreck!!!

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:05 AM   #2
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I'm surprized the tow package didn't come with "extendable " mirrors,but to answer your question, NO you can't see what you need to. I believe N.H. has a law pertaining to that and there is a fine. Larry

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:06 AM   #3
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Hi Campergirl and welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum!!
I have never been in a Traverse and cannot tell you about the view from the mirrors. That trailer is wider than the Traverse, so your view will be different with the trailer connected. Chances are you will be able to see the lane next to you. Seeing along the trailer and a bit behind the trailer is the ideal set up.
This will be a "Trial by Error" test for you to determine what works best for you. My guess is that you will end up with extended mirrors of some kind. Once you have the trailer connected, sit inside and adjust your mirrors and determine if the view you see is what you like. If not, ask the dealer (assuming it's from a dealer), ask if you can try extended mirror on one side or the other to compare.
GOOD LUCK and enjoy your 23B!!

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:37 AM   #4
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Hi Campergirl - picking up our 23b this week as well (tonight in fact). We are just bringing it home (very rural area) tonight, but will be purchasing trailer mirrors before we take it camping next weekend. This is what we're looking at (maybe someone will chime in if they have an idea as to which is better and help us both out!)


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Old 08-30-2012, 08:09 AM   #5
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If you can get a slip on style mirror like the second one on your post, go with those. Typically the slip on style are only made to fit common 1/2-3/4 ton trucks. I have a 4-runner and had to settle with the universal strap on style, similar to the first ones in your post. They work, but vibrate a lot, I would suspect the slip on ones would not do that. Enjoy your new trailer.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:30 AM   #6
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Campergirl, wife and I have a Saturn Outlook, same as your Traverse, no you cannot see to change lanes, and I was never able to find slip on mirrors for us so I got a set of universal mirrors from advance auto. I got the more expensive ones because they have a very nice ratcheting adjustor that lets you get it as tight as you need and gives you better vision for lane changes, etc. Congrats on the new camper, good luck and happy camping.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:08 AM   #7
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The best removable tow mirrors I've tried were McKesh mirrors. Fully adjustable. Easy on and off. Mine are 11 years old and would still be using them if my new truck did not come with extendable camper mirrors.

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Old 08-30-2012, 12:45 PM   #8
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I have these mirrors and no longer need them as I now own an F150 with the tow package. They are in Tewksbury, MA if that helps you. Not sure where you are located. Make me an offer and there yours!


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Old 08-30-2012, 04:52 PM   #9
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X2 on the McKesh mirrors. Well worth the price. Get the convex mirror option too.
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:58 PM   #10
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Whew... Another thing to buy!!! I wonder what would be cheaper.. The rv store or an auto parts store??? I can stop by the auto store in the way and ask! My husband is working tomorrow, I have to tow it,. I always drove with the pop up, but that was only 10 feet!!!
Wish me luck and thanks everyone!!!

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