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Old 03-20-2012, 12:13 PM   #1
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Confirmation that mirror extensions necessary for Suburban

I checked through the various threads on extensions and came to the conclusion that I likely will need mirror extensions on my 2008 Suburban. Then I saw someone on another RV forum had posted a comment that they liked their 2008 Suburban because they didn't need extensions.
Does anyone have experience with extensions on a suburban, are they required?
The dealer didn't seem to think so either.


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Old 03-20-2012, 12:31 PM   #2
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I've pulled our camper w/ my 1999 Silverado. I haven't used extensions. I believe our 2008 Suburban mirrors stick out just a little bit more than the mirrors do on my Silverado. However, after saying that, I found a good deal on a set of the CIPA strap on mirrors. Got them for $4 each, so I bought all 3 of them. I haven't towed with them yet to determine if they help much or not.

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Old 03-20-2012, 12:38 PM   #3
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I towed 10 years with a 2002 Suburban. The stock mirrors are not adequate for towing. I always used McKesh extension mirrors, but other brands of extension mirrors would work.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:37 PM   #4
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I have a 2011 Yukon XL (similiar to suburban) and I bought extensions. It was tough to see down the side of the RV without them. I got mine from camping world, very simple and durable. They go on in a few minutes.
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:46 PM   #5
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I bit the bullet and bought some OEM mirrors from replacement parts.com
I have a half ton truck with the 3/4 ton mirrors basically. The are electrically controlled from the inside just the originals. Easy to put on, "plug and play" basically...Have not used them while towing yet, but am betting it will a lot easier to see down the side of my 33' TT.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:35 PM   #6
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I had an 02 Avalanche to pull my last TT which is same frame and style mirrors and while you can see some, having those extra few inches makes manuvering that much safer and easier. You should be able to see you rear bumper of the TT or pretty close. The extensions give you that distance.

I had a cheaper set of strap on type and if I were to do it again would go with the Cipa.

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Old 03-20-2012, 07:40 PM   #7
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I bought these. They are awesome and look OEM. If there are used ones to buy, buy them. That's what I did and saved 10 bucks.

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Old 03-20-2012, 09:56 PM   #8
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I have a 2008 Yukon XL (same as your suburban) and towing my camper for the first time yesterday from the dealership was an absolute nightmare. I could barely see behind the camper on the driver side, and I was totally blind on the passenger side. I had to wait for a curve in the road to get a better look behind me before attempting a lane change. I would definately suggest getting some type of mirror extensions.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:14 PM   #9
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I did okay towing my new TT home.....backing it into my driveway with my standard mirrors, not so good, I have new clip ons from etrailer.com. They have a slight vibration, but it did not interfere with the use
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