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Old 02-17-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Do I need extended mirrors to haul our new Jayco Featherlite Z17 (18.6 length)

We just completed our first "practice" trip this weekend to a local RV resort near our home in in St. Augustine Florida. Next month we are doing the 8hour drive to KEY WEST and looking forward to a fabulous week. We are wondering if we need extended mirrors for our Toyota Highlander (2010). Without mirrors, I have no problem seeing way back on both side lanes, but of course can't see anything in the lane directly behind me. Is that ok? We live in Florida, and someone told me you need to see "200 feet behind" ... well,the side lanes are "Behind" and I can see well past 200 feet.. but the lane I'm in there is no way I can see direclty behind. Any advice?
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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Well, we have a different TV but the same trailer. I basically decided today I am getting extended mirrors, I don't know how much it will gain but it has to help some. People have this insane desire to tailgate anyone and everyone, what I'd really like is a missile launcher.
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My understanding you need to be able to see rear corner of your trailer and a couple hundred feet of dotted line behind you, while driving in a straight line. I drive in a lot of heavy traffic and I have auxiliary mirrors and they are great. I enjoy being able to see.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
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Just installed some aftermarket "towing" mirrors on our 2011 Silverado so we will be ready to take delivery of a new Whitehawk 27DSRL next month. They definitely give better coverage on both sides in the "unextended" position, will have to have the TT behind to see how they work in the "extended" position. Interestingly, the Car Talk show on Saturday had a discussion about how to best position one's outside mirrors for best coverage. You may find the PDF worth reading, here:

http://www.cartalk.com/sites/default...alkMirrors.pdf

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Old 02-17-2013, 08:11 PM   #5
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I went years without mirrors because I thought that I could see fine, and after buying them as add on attachment mirrors on my last truck I optioned my new truck with camper mirrors. They are worth their weight in gold if you want my .02
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:43 PM   #6
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I picked up this type of slip-on mirror for my F150 truck and they worked out great... Not all that expensive... Once they get secured in place they don't move around at all attached over your existing mirror... Easy to remove...

CIPA Custom Towing Mirrors
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Check with CIPA and see if they have a set that fits your truck... I got mine from AMAZON but notice all of the RV places carry them... PEPBOYS carry them too....

I don't tow a large trailer any more but keep these in my RV TOOL box in case they are ever needed...

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Old 02-17-2013, 10:36 PM   #7
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You may be stopped by law enforcement without proper mirrors.
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I picked up this type of slip-on mirror for my F150 truck and they worked out great... Not all that expensive... Once they get secured in place they don't move around at all attached over your existing mirror... Easy to remove...

CIPA Custom Towing Mirrors
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Check with CIPA and see if they have a set that fits your truck... I got mine from AMAZON but notice all of the RV places carry them... PEPBOYS carry them too....

I don't tow a large trailer any more but keep these in my RV TOOL box in case they are ever needed...

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I have the type that have adjustable straps going around the back of the mirror. I like them because there is no vibration distortion, but I don't like having to ratchet the straps tight. How are yours secured after they are slid into place? Any vibration? If there is ANY noticeable vibration at all, I won't use them.
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These may not be for you but they worked perfect for me... The assy slips over the original mirror and is a tight fit molded for your mirror. Once you have it in position then you can turn a large knob on the back of the assy to tightened everything down real snug. On my F150 they were real tight and did not show any vibrations what-so-ever. I think the cost was $35 per side...
These are custom designed for your vehicle mirror.
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http://www.cipausa.com/product/custo...g-mirror-11301
http://www.cipausa.com/sites/default...tion/11300.pdf

I was very pleased with how it fit my F150 mirrors - good rear view with no vibrations. It was a very snug fit. The large opening also allows your existing mirror to be used as well...

Looking at the list of Toyota vehicles I did not see the Highlander listed but looking at photos it looks like the Highlander and the Sequoia use similar mirrors. You may want to go to PEPBOYs and see if the Sequoia unit will fit your Highlander mirror before buying one.

This photo from google shows the KNOB mounting hole on the right side pretty good where you snug the whole assy in place. AMAZON also has a nice write-up and several reviews for this mirror. AMAZON also describes more on how the WEDGE STRIP locks down the mirror real snug when tightened up by the large KNOB...
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I looked at the mirror that attached to the edges of the original installed mirrors using straps to hold them in place and didnt like them at all. This CIPA model slides over the whole rear side of the original mirror assy and fits like a glove leaving the glass part of the original mirror still in use.

Hope it works out ok for your installation...

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I have a pair of CIPA's on my Ford F150 and they are great. There is a wedge that slides in between the add on and the existing mirror that the tightening bolt snugs up the assembly too. They are also supplied with a piece of rubber to reduce/stop any potential vibration. Takes 30 seconds a mirror to put on. If I'm in an area that seems a little ifffy I remove and store them as there is no way to secure them when installed.
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