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Old 11-24-2013, 01:21 AM   #1
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Towing Mirrors

Just purchased a new TV, 2013 Ford F-150 which came with standard mirrors. To tow our new X23B, we are contemplating between upgrading to the larger telescoping mirrors or the less expensive CIPA towing mirrors. Price is not an issue, as we will end up selling our replaced mirrors online to make up some of the cost. The telescoping mirrors will be manual, but blind view coverage would be greater than the CIPA mirrors. Any suggestions?

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Old 11-24-2013, 04:30 AM   #2
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We had the same thoughts about our 2012 F-150 and ended up not doing anything. Ford telescoping mirrors were not an option for me because there was no simple retrofit option. There is different construction (mounting & wiring?) in the door, and I never found add-ons that I liked. By the time I finished searching I was comfortable without them.

Obviously, you want a secure fit and eliminate all the vibration you can. I think some mirrors work better on different TVs. For that reason I would make sure they were capable of being returned if they don't work as advertised. And try different ones until you get the result you're looking for.

If your comfortable with the cost, rear view cameras work great.

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Old 11-24-2013, 07:02 AM   #3
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If your not worried about price I would definitely go for the telescoping mirrors, with the other mirrors you have to put them on and take them off continuously unless you leave them on and run the risk of somebody stealing them. I'm not to sure if people would steal them but they are quite easy since they are only held on with two bolts.
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:14 AM   #4
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Towing Mirrors

I would go with the telescoping mirrors. I have added them to both of our trucks(gm) and wouldn't be with out them.
I don't know if yours are model year specific or not? If not then you can check with aftermarket suppliers and maybe get a better price.
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:19 AM   #5
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This is what I went with this year, they snap on and you can remove them when you get to the campground Mirrors
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:29 AM   #6
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Personally I would get the extra set of mirrors. The CIPA will work. I considered them but they were not available for my TV. I purchased EARO 2 Towing mirrors. I really like them. I have them setup to extend way out there. If it was not for the wheel flares on my 23B I would be able to see the HTT bumper. I have them adjusted so I can see what is back behind and alongside the HTT. Then I adjust my power mirrors to see my blind spots. The down fall is you do have to take them on and off, but I have not found that much of an issue. When I am at camp, and we are not planning to drive any where I just fold my power mirrors in and the whole setup is out of the way from being bumped.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:12 AM   #7
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If my truck was not my daily driver I would have gotten the trailer tow mirrors in a heart beat. The problem is they are huge and make it a tight fit when parking in most parking spaces that are now more suited for compact cars. Now if they could only get them to power fold as well as power extend I would have ordered them. I must say i'm very happy with my cipa mirrors.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:23 AM   #8
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Get the actual towing mirrors, so much better field of vision. I used CIPA mirrors for about 7 months before I changed to the telescoping tow mirrors. I am much happier now.

By the way I bought after market replacement mirrors from 1a auto online. By far the lowest cost and they have 100s of how to videos on YouTube. The mirrors aren't OEM, but they fit perfect, used the same electronic connector and mounting hardware.
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Old 11-24-2013, 12:40 PM   #9
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I replaced the standard remote mirrors on my F350 with telescoping remotes, and they have been great. Don't take up significantly more space than the standard, and real easy to pull out when you need them, push back in when you don't. After having telescoping, I would not even consider the ones you have to put on and take off every time you need them. JMHO
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:25 PM   #10
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I just upgraded my tow vehicle to a 2013 F150 FX4 Screw Ecoboost 3.73 with the tow mirrors. The two mirrors are awesome. I have not towed with it yet, however just daily driving is great, you can see everything. Very little to no blind spots.

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