Extend your rear vision further than any OEM mirror.
CIPA's fully adjustable Universal Tow Mirror is aerodynamically designed for the least wind resistance, with no annoying vibration. No tools required for the simple installation. Adjustable feet, securing clamps and tightening knob situate your mirrors perfectly. Black.
This is an excellent mirror. I read the earlier reviews citing some deficiencies, so I contacted the manufacturer upon receipt of... the mirror (1-800 number in pkg). They provided a special clip for thick existing mirrors like mine (Ford Ranger) at no charge and also included extra mounting pads which I haven't needed yet. I also ordered the new wide angle mirror option ($12.00 per pair). Result: mirror is rock hard with an excellent field of vision.
I just completed an 800 mile trip using on my Jeep Liberty. Easy on/off, little vibration. Once on I didn't have to adjust for the... entire trip. As stated elsewhere, the weakest point is the pads - they are the 'peel-off backing' variety, meant to be installed by the consumer, but now installed at the factory. Tip: remove and re-adhere pads with some Elmer's glue and let dry overnight. One of mine shipped with both locking nuts installed, the other with only one locking nut, not installed. Ships with an extra set of mirror clips.
Installation is simple and very secure on a Montero Limited's mirrors. Just took a thousand mile trip, about 200 of it on rough r...oads. I only had to adjust the mirror once because of slippage (after the rough part.) No whistle and minimal vibration.
This is the only towing mirror I could find to fit my 98 Explorer Limited. Fords with heated mirrors have a large bell that wil...l not accept the slide on extended mirrors and the other strap-ons allowed too much vibration.
To use this mirror, certain Fords require special clips from the Mfgr (800 number). I don't think they charged, if they did it was only a couple bucks.
It took me about 40 minutes get the mounting dialed in (3 screw legs to be adjusted, reposition, tighten, get back in the drivers seat...). Once adjusted, they worked great very little vibration. the ratcheted strap works fine, but you may want to check tension at every stop.
Hint: completely wet-out the nylon strap when you put them on for a trip, the strap will stretch more. As the strap drys, it shrinks and you get a tighter mount.
Great Easy to Use Mirror -- also looks good !! - Used it on a 2001 E-350 Ford Passenger Van. Clips on easily, with a secure ratch...et type tightening system. Very viewable at 70 mph. Good product, worth the money. Buy 2 right away.
I use these in my Chevy truck pulling a 30' trailer. Once they are on they are ok but putting them on the same every time is a pa...in. They will slide off, tighten up but not where they can be adjusted properly, and need to be readjusted every time. Good idea but it will drive you nuts if you like to hook up and go.
The only issue I have with these mirrors are the pads on the feet. I'm seriously thinking about getting some Shoe Goop and cement...ing the pads to the feet to keep them from slipping off.
Otherwise, these mirrors are a good product. I think the slippage you read about from other reviewers is caused by failing to secure the mirror properly. It takes some proper twisting of the ratchet. As for not being able to remember which is the right or left mirror, try a little trick called TAPE. Apply the TAPE to the driver's side mirror, and always put the mirror with the TAPE on the driver's side.
Also, spring for the wide angle glass offer that comes with the mirrors. Well worth the extra $13 a pair.
I bought the cheaper kind, and gave them away.
Used with My Nissan Xterra, this unit works flawlessly! Easy to put on. Stays put. Remarkable, when it comes to honing in on that ...pesky Blind spot. I have tried many mirror extentions before. This beats them all, hands down. The included instructions, could be a lot better. One must play around with the hooks to see which gives the best fit. I found turning the factory hooks and using them in the opposite direction worked best for my mirror.
Hot summer - I-10 - West Texas My mirror departed the car. Further checking of the other one: the plastic hook wasn't a hook a...ny longer. I had to wrap duct tape around it to assure is stayed with us for the trip - looks tacky (at least) Needs metal hooks - otherwise I love them. I only used them 3 times before they were gone. Probably a waste of money.
I have been contacted by the manufacturer of these mirrors, since losing one on the road. They are sending more secure clips and a replacement mirror. In this day and time, it is rare to find a company stand behind their product like this. The product works great - needs a little adjustment every so often but beats any other temporary towing mirror I have found. Now with more secure clips, I can recreate more confidently.
Buying a 2nd mirror after having one on our Toyota Highlander for a year. Have had no problems with it slipping...stays put and do...esnt vibrate. Maybe I lucked out and got a good one, I really like them !!
Had them for last 3 yrs. Work very well with little vibration. The know came off of one last year - mfg'r replaced whole unit fr...ee of charge. If you have a 99-02 Ford F150/Expedition with heated electric mirrors, you need a special clip from the mfg'r for the mirror to stay on. The vendors have no clue about this requirement.
Hint: thoroughly wet the strap before putting it on your vehicle. As it dries it will shrink a little and take-up the inital ssack induced from driving down the road.
Finding the perfect mirror for a Ford Explorer is not a happening, you don't have many choices. The CIPA Universal Tow Mirrors wo...rked great on our 7 weeks on the road, some rough roads, rain, wind (lots of wind), and more than 4,000 miles. I tried other mirrors but they vibrated, these mirrors are very stable. I tow a 25 ft. super light trailer that is 7 1/2 feet wide. These mirrors might not work well with an 8 ft. wide trailer and a narrow tow vehicle such as my Explorer as the mirrors might not reach out far enough for a clear rear view. Take your time setting up these mirrors. I had to swap ends of the top plastic clip to get it securely on the top of my mirror. I used the supplied metal backet on the bottom.....a slight (easy) bend was necessary for good fit. Once adjusted they go on and off quickly and stay in place, they never fell off, and nothing has broke. I would be nice if the mirror was larger, yet I don't know if my stock mirror would support a larger add-on mirror.
I bought the first mirror & tryed it out before getting the other mirror. If you get the adjustable feet set right & check... the straps after about 2 to 3 miles. The mirros will stay in place very well. By mirros are on 2004 JEEP GR CHEROKE. Have had up to speeds of 65 to 70 with 20 mph wind.
First bought one for drivers side and followed instructions. Stayed on for 55 miles before falling off on bumpy Interstate. Manu...factured sent new one at no cost and it's worked great. Much less vibration that old rubber band mirrors and much less trouble readjusting them everytime.
After reading Mr. Mullins' review of these mirrors, I chose to purchase them as I own a 2002 Ford Explorer as well and have been s...earching for a set of mirror extensions for a short while.
There is some vibration, but that is caused by the vehicle mirror back being plastic and somewhat plyable. Yes, the mirror could be larger, but works fine.
I took my time setting them up and bent the additional bracket to form with the bottom side of the Explorer mirror as Mr. Mullins described (very helpful) and have found they perform very well for a universal mirror.
I would recommend these when time is taken to have them fit your vehicle with some adjusting. It is a universal mirror and customizing the mounts allows them to fit your vehicle better.
Because we were unable to locate towing mirrors specific to our Ford Ranger, these universal mirrors were our only choice. Initia...lly, we had a problem with the mirrors slipping out of place, and on one occasion, even falling off. Our simple solution was to place a small piece of the anti-slip shelf lining material we had for the inside of the trailer beneath the adjustment bolt, and...BINGO...no more problems! After this "improvement" we drove another 2500 miles without any further adjustments, even though we encountered some very rough roads while travelling.
No doubt it is best to purchase mirrors specific to your tow vehicle if available, but these universal mirrors did an excellent job for us with very little additional innovation, and no added expense!
The only mirrors to fit my Olds Bravada SUV. Comes with clips that replace the original ones for extra thick mirrors, including on...es with integrated turn signals. Easy to install, stay in place on the road, minimal vibration. If you are having trouble finding mirrors to fit, these are the ones to try.
We bought these tow mirror's a month or so ago and had use them the past two weekends and at first I tried to put them on as the d...irection told me and they did work except, for the pads that are supplied and due there job but will walk off the mounting cup at a stand still, SO I USE super glue and they work great, one proublem is to get the passanger side mirror set to see as good as the driver side just a little adjustment and good to go, one other thing they are universal and you may need to run one strap out and wine it in the other way as it may not lock when thighten down, I'm happy with these compare to the rubber stap ones as my vision was as limted to my stock mirrors. I tow my 29' tt with a 2000 f-150 so the stock mirrors have a curve all around, more flat mirror proubly see a different out come then my so keep it in mind and due use super glue still on the pads.
Only tow mirrors we could find to fit our 2006 Tundra. Great vision
with very minimal vibration. The adjustable feet make this... product a
great investment as they can be used on any mirror I have tried.
I reviewed this item March 22, 2008. Since the gas price surge and
more open windows, I found the mirror whistle that I noted b...efore was
becoming annoying. I put 2 pieces of black electrical tape across the
screw hole in the adjusting handle (the one that look like a screw
driver handle.) This seems to have stopped the whistle for my
installation. I think the whistle was caused by wind blowing across
this hole, like blowing across the top of an empty coke bottle. Hope it
works for you. Wish they would design some of these things into the
I installed the mirrors with a non-skid cell phone pad between the
original auto mirror and the suction cups. Once installed th...e mirror
did not move. I have to let things dry and re-adjust after going through
the car wash, but then everything is OK.
I have these on a truck with a cab-over camper installed. I get a little
whistle through the mirror / attachment. Not bad.
Have used them for 3-4 months now. Several 1000 miles through the
CA and AZ desert.
I bought a pair of these in February when we upgraded our TT. They
have worked wonderfully on the three trips we have taken thus... far.
The pads do fall off easily as previously mentioned. But if you stay
mindful of that when storing them, then you should have no
problems. The passenger side mirror will hum a little. But if I pull it in
just a bit, I don't get the hum. They are easy to put on, little to no
vibration, and are very secure. I recommend them.
I bought a set of these mirrors to replace the clip-on/rubber band type
on my 2006 Tundra. Attached the mirrors using only the ...rubber cups
without the stick on pads. No more mirror vibration, very little mirror
slipage, and good backward vission. Some minor humming noise
on passenger side at speed. These mirrors were a step up from the
Having used CIPA mirror extensions on 2 previous cars (1998 Tahoe and 2001 Tahoe) and finding that CIPA did not have one for my 20...11 RAM Big Horn (lights in mirror), I thought these mirrors would work. Very disappointed.
To mount them I needed to find a usable clip to adapt to my existing mirror. Instructions were non-existent. I finally bent up one set to attach the strap to the edge of the mirror. My choices seem to work fine, except that the rubber suction cups that protect the factory mirror kept falling off when mounting or dismounting.
During first use, even though I tightened the ratchet as best I could, they slipped down while driving. While pulled over to retighten, one of the suction cups came off and bounced off into the brush. Needed to leave one mirror off or damage the mirror on the truck.
I would not recommend this mirror, especially if the factory mirror shell is textured (keeps the suction cups from sticking in place).
Have used these mirrors for 4 years now. Have tried many
other mirrors with little satisfaction. I have read some of
the other r...eviews on this mirror and have to make a comment
on a few. Yes, these mirrors are not perfect but you will
not find a perfect portable mirror. The rubber cups on the
mirrors will rot quickly if you do not rub a little vaseline
on them. As for the black rubber feet, if you use gorilla
glue or liquid nail, they will stay in place. If you email
the makers of this mirror, they will send you replacements
of the plastic clips, rubber feet and the rubber cups. I
have emailed them in two different years and have received a
quick response both times telling me the parts I requested
were on the way. By the way, they sent me the parts I
requested FREE OF CHARGE BOTH TIMES! They have been a great
company to do business with and would order another set of
mirrors from them in a heart beat if the ones I have now
would somehow become worthless.
The mirror attaches easily on my Commander, doesn't vibrate and is out far
enough to give me a good view of what is up behind me..., something I
couldn't get out of the Jeep's stock mirrors. I do wish I could get a
little better angle adjustment on the passenger side (it is at the max),
but, it is quite usable as it is.
Unfortunately, both units I purchased, the mirror glass had fallen off inside the box.
Not damaged, just came unglued ;-( Used a little auto trim glue to re-
attach them and I was good to go.
Since I had to glue the glass back on both, only 4 stars. Would I buy
them again... yep :-)
Its simple and it works. The foam feet design sucks.
by 69 Airstream
– August 15, 2009
6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
August 15, 2009
I have been using these mirrors on my Toyota Sequoia for about 2 years, 10,000 miles, 25 trips. They work great. The whole mount...ing system is simple and effective. I have driven 60 mph into a 60 MPH headwind in the Columbia Gorge twice. Both times the mirrors worked fine. I clean dirt and bugs off the Toyota mirrors before mounting - the feet have not damaged the paint on the mirrors at all. The only design shortcoming is the little foam feet attachment socket, which fall off the adjustment screw and get lost - making the whole mirror unmountable/useless. I find them on the ground in my garage or at the camping site all the time.
I have used these now for 2 seasons. I have been looking for something better as these leave a lot to be desired. They do not stay... in place when going down the road. The brackets that hook over your
existing vehicle mirror break and when you try to make it tighter to stay in place, it just quits racheting and gets no tighter. I am still looking for something else, but so far I have found nothing. They need to make something other than plastic to attach it to the vehicle. I have not
contacted the company to complain as of yet, but I will be contacting them.
Works ok but, the plastic hooks that attach the strap to the truck mirror break very easy. I made some metal ones almost like the ...plastic and now everything is good to go next week. If you can get
three larger rubber pads for the back of it will help.
Purchased two of these mirrors at my local Camping World (Knoxville, TN) to use one my Land Rover LR3 HSE and they work perfectly!... Tried another type of clip on tow mirror that had rubber straps and lost them both within 5 miles of home. These mirrors on the other hand strap down nice and tight and the way you are able to crank them down makes them a good fit for many types of mirrors. I noticed in a
previous review of these mirrors that someone was complaining about the plastic clips breaking. I guess the company listened as they are now metal. They do not damage your regular mirrors and the
rubber support feet that come on these universal mirrors do a great job of keeping them from vibrating at highway speeds. I have now taken them on two different trips and have even kept them on the
Rover without towing just to see how they do at higher speeds. I have had my Land Rover up to 100mph with these mirrors attached and they were solid as a rock. One thing I will say is make sure you crank down the straps as tight as you can and do it once more after the straps are on for a while or get wet as they have a little give in them after a while and you are able to crank them down another notch or two after having them installed for a couple of days. I could not be happier with these mirrors! Money well spent and I recommend them to everyone that needs a universal tow mirror especially if you happen to have a Land Rover. For those of you that do not have a Land Rover I
think these will work equally as well for you as the Land Rover LR3 has very deep mirrors that are difficult to get any other types to fit on. If they worked for it they will most likely work for your vehicle as well.
I've used these mirrors 5 times this year and not had a single problem. They are rock solid! Make sure you don't lose the pads for...
the feet! Super glue them on if you have to! I think that is the key to it!
Bought this car because it was made to tow a trailer but couldn't find mirrors to work with it. It takes a lot of fiddling to get... them set up (added a piece of the anti-slide shelf liner under each foot -this stopped the mirror from slidding down). Drove 1000 miles and they stayed in place & didn't vibrate. Have some ideas to helping with installation - need to try adding something to them. Toyota has large odd shaped mirrors backs which make installation difficult., don't know about other vehicles.
I wrote the previous review with the Toyota. Added a S hook to the top outside car mirror and tied string from it thru top bar on... mirror, another S hook at inside bottom car mirror and tied string next to tightening knob -these should help prevent slipping. Was almost home when notice 1 mirror had moved (just thought it moved lower on strap),
looked for a place to pull over when the mirror flew off and smashed onto the hiway -no one was next to me or I would have taken out their window. Believe the knob slide outward and loosened, still, there doesn't seem to be a better choice to fit my mirrors so gave it 3 stars, just need to check them at each stop. Still love the old-fashioned type that fasten to fender, wish the car sideview mirror and frame didn't block these mirrors on driver side. PS, if there is a gap between the car and add on mirror, an irritating whistle happens so have the mirrors as close to each other as possible.
I have the Toyota 4 runner (above) It seems that each time they are added all 3 feet
need to be readjusted (I marked left and r...ight on them hoping that would help with set-
up), and trying to find the right spot to apply them is a job; was going to permanently
mark on car mirrors where each foot worked best hoping to save set up time (seemed to
take 60 mins. each time added by myself). Installed mirrors snug to the side of my car
mirrors, once one stuck out further and it caused a whistling noise and had to move it
closer to car mirror; they always need the non-slide shelf liner under each foot or they
would slide around. Coming home from the trip, one mirror came loose and blew off on
the highway before I could pull over. If someone would have been next to me, it would
have taken out their windshield so learned they need to be checked each time you stop.
These were the only mirrors that would fit on my car but recently bought another type
(from England) and attaching them takes 1 min. so will change to thie new system for the
next trip. I recommend these if you can't find anything else that will fit you tow vechicle
but they take a lot of fiddling to install each time. If I wouldn't had discovered the other
style of mirrors, would have continued to use these but they were the most dreaded part
of getting hitched.
I have owned and used these mirrors for over three years and I find them very easy to adjust, although you need help from the pass...enger for the passenger side mirror. As far as them moving, I have never had a problem. Ratchet them tight enough and they don't budge at all. I would buy them again in a heartbeat.
Mounted fine. Stays in place. Had them for three trips so far in 4 months. The wind makes them howl even at 45 mph. Louder whe...n faster. Different mounting positions vary pitch and volume. Hoping to find a position that won't make noise. Seems to be related to the shape of mirrors on our 2010 subaru Outback in relation to the position of the tow mirror.
I would recommend them if you can try them with your mirrors and return them if they make noise.
I've only used it once and it works fine so far. I noticed that it sliped down a little once I got on the road with a little wind ...resistance, so I adjusted the mirror angle so it would work in that position. One thing to note is you only get one mirror per order. Not sure if that was in the fine print, but if you want extended mirrors on both sides, order two.
Based on other reviews, I bought two of these for my Toyota Tacoma. They were easy to install but rain the first night and the rub...ber pads slipped off. I glued them on. However, no matter how I adjusted the feet and/or the tension, the mirrors would slip even highway driving. And dirt roads? Forget it. Finally just had to remove them. Might work on a different vehicle.
Pros: Easy to install, Great idea, Adjustable mirror
Install the included "jam nuts". The jam nuts are for stabilizing the adjustable feet and should be installed by unscrewing the adjustable feet and screwing the jam nut onto the threaded portion. The small end of the jam nut must be facing the Universal Tow Mirror and the larger knurled end facing the rubber feet, after positioning the adjustable feet to fit your mirror housing, the jam nuts should be tightened down onto the UTM housing.
by Camping World – May 28, 2015
Do you know if these will fit on a Escalate XLT 2013 ? This is the truck
As this is a universal type product, it is not constantly tested for fit when new Year/Make/Model vehicles arrive on the market. This mirror is sold in singles so 2 would have to be purchased, just flip the product depending on which side of the vehicle it is being mounted.
by Camping World – May 15, 2015
I need replacement lens 1 is cracked. Is that available?
Those can be ordered through our technical assistance department at 1-800-622-6264.
by Camping World – January 22, 2013
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