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Old 03-12-2015, 07:24 PM   #31
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Don't have them, have never used them, and experience from 20 years of towing reinforce they aren't necessary. But don't believe me, go to any CG or look at the RV's you pass on the hwy. The stock mirrors on my silverado 2500HD provide adequate view angles and we use hand held radios when backing into a site or parking area.
You probably don't need different mirrors with your 2500HD, but the OP has a Nissan Armada, the vehicle width is much narrower than your pickup, I doubt the mirrors on the Nissan have the lateral reach to see what is needed to tow safely
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:16 AM   #32
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What a great design! Do you know if they would make these for a 1st gen Toy Sequoia? Better yet, can you share the web site of the company that makes your towing mirrors? Thanks! Those JR mirrors Jagiven mentioned look interesting too. I'll have to read up on those some more.
The mirrors are made by ProEFX,
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He will know if the have mirrors for your TV. You can also look online for them I suppose but the particular model for the Tacoma's only appear to be available via TacomaWorld.com
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Old 03-13-2015, 06:27 AM   #33
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And BassDogs, not everyone travels with someone who can communicate with hand held radio so we loners will take all the mechanical (mirror) help we can get.
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I use the slide on sometimes but my my f-150 the stock mirrors are wider than they are tall (I have the non towing mirrors) so they have a pretty good field of view
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:52 AM   #35
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My Avalanche has power extend mirrors. I miss the power fold my 1/2 ton had but the larger power extend are great for towing and slide back in when not towing.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:43 AM   #36
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We tow with a Nissan pathfinder. I have forgotten to put my mirrors on once or twice. It is no fun towing and not being able to see down the side of the trailer. I would definitely get some mirrors for your Armada.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:57 AM   #37
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And BassDogs, not everyone travels with someone who can communicate with hand held radio so we loners will take all the mechanical (mirror) help we can get.
Never a good idea to tow by yourself or more specifically park at a site etc by your self. If you do, you need mirrors, and all I'm saying is that stock mirrors on almost all fullsized tow vehicles are more than adequate.

Someone mentioned seeing your tires so you can notice a soft tire. Don't follow this at all. At 60 or 65 mph a tire going down will not be noticed in a mirror unless you are stareing at it. Not a good idea. More likely you will feel a jerk or vibration and look back to see a tire flopping and most likely destroyed by then. Check your tires before you pull out in the am and every time you stop for fuel.

Obviously there are different opinions to the ops question. I say again, go to a CG and take a look. Most TV's do not have tow mirrors.
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Someone mentioned seeing your tires so you can notice a soft tire. Don't follow this at all. At 60 or 65 mph a tire going down will not be noticed in a mirror unless you are stareing at it. Not a good idea. More likely you will feel a jerk or vibration and look back to see a tire flopping and most likely destroyed by then. Check your tires before you pull out in the am and every time you stop for fuel.
Not so much for a "soft" tire. I know better than to think you can tell the pressure of a tire from looking at it; if you can tell it's low, it's WAY low.

I was thinking more that I wouldn't be able to feel a tire blow, and am afraid that the narrow view I get down the side of my trailer wouldn't be adequate enough to see the rubber flapping. I've just never had it happen before, so I don't know if I'd be able to see it. I guess since I can see my sidewalls bulging out, I should be able to see rubber flapping, but again, I just don't know, and hope I never find out.
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Lots of good advice. I will say I've towed both with and without the wider tow mirrors, and I wouldn't tow again without them....
I agree, bought a pair from CW for my Silverado back in 08 when I borrowed a friend's 26' Prowler for a weekend. Had them in the garage when we bought our Kiwi 17 last May and couldn't find them and thought I was going to have to buy new ones. They DO make a difference.
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Never a good idea to tow by yourself or more specifically park at a site etc by your self. If you do, you need mirrors, and all I'm saying is that stock mirrors on almost all fullsized tow vehicles are more than adequate.
A few years ago my family was camping near Muskegon (my family, my sister's family, and 2 of my cousin's family). I came back from the beach for lunch with my then 2-year old and then put him down for a nap while everybody else stayed at the beach. At that time an older couple with a 5th wheel came in and pulled into the site across from my cousin (sho was next to my site). I hear a loud crash and come running out to see the guy backing in to his site without assistance even though his wife is sitting next to him in the truck. He had backed into my cousins car and ran the camper bumper from her front tire to her rear bumper. Literally picked the car up and moved it almost 2 feet. The driver never even felt it and didn't see it because he didn't have extended mirrors and his wife was tired and didn't want to help back him in.

That cost him a lot in insurance that trip and he was so embarrassed he checked out the following morning and went somewhere else to camp.
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