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Old 01-31-2015, 09:49 AM   #11
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Here is what I have been doing since the 70's for cars trucks and RV's. I have the mirrors adjusted to just see past the side of the vehicle while driving. I do not want to see the side at all ... I want to see something BEFORE it hits not when it is too late to react to it.. then with just a slight movement of my head I can see the side of the trailer if I feel I need to see it...
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Old 01-31-2015, 01:42 PM   #12
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I went outside and checked, and I do the same as Seann.
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Old 01-31-2015, 02:00 PM   #13
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I do the same as Seann.
I do the same as Seann and Dave.
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Old 01-31-2015, 02:01 PM   #14
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You want to just barely see the side of your rig in the mirror as a point of reference otherwise you have none.
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Old 01-31-2015, 02:19 PM   #15
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Rodger that.
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:05 AM   #16
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My personal preference

I think I prefer to have my passenger side mirror adjusted to get the widest field of view of the area to the side of my rig. I then move my head back and over ever so slightly to see the side of the travel trailer. My head tends to be on a swivel anyway so it feels natural to me.
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:34 PM   #17
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I have a fat neck so it's tough to turn far enough to the left and check for traffic when pulling out into traffic. A motorized mirror is great for that, I just have to remember to return it after pulling out. Probably should mount another mirror.
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:45 PM   #18
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I'm no pro, but I'll throw in my pair of pennies.

I mostly do like Sean and Dave. I adjust the passenger side so I can just barely see the side of the trailer on the edge of the mirror with a slight turn of my head. This gives me a much larger view of the lane to my right. The key here is "much largER" view of that lane, it's not a complete view of that lane. So I often find myself leaning forward or pulling my head back so I can see the WHOLE lane. Between my after market, clip-on towing mirrors and my factory truck mirrors, I have a pretty good view around my rig.

I also practice many of the habits mentioned above; keeping track of vehicles around me, spending as much time in the right-most lane as possible, surrounding myself with as much air as I can find, keeping away from demonstratively erratic or violent drivers...
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My truck has a large flat mirror for wide angle rear viewing and a lower, smaller convex mirror that I use for seeing what's right next to me [back] and lane changing, per side.
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Old 02-06-2015, 06:04 AM   #20
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One thing about outside mirrors that I refuse to have is the turn signal indicator in the mirror surface. When making a turn at night with your turn signal on, you can't see what is behind you due to the flashing turn signal blinding you. I will never ever have this option on an outside mirror in a tow vehicle. If it has to be there based on manufacturer option packages, I will cut the power wire. My current truck did not have tow mirrors when I bought it and it had the in mirror chevrons. I sold these mirrors and replaced them with towing mirrors without the in mirror indicators. It does have the flashing indication on the far outside of the mirror that is invisible to the driver.
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