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camp-n-family

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wopachop wrote:

Just wag the tail to look for cops behind you.

If you very slightly turn while driving straight, the trailer will swerve side to side and you get a glimpse behind you. Ive heard it described as wagging the tail. My truck has extended mirrors and you still cant really see behind you without the wag.


So you’re suggesting inducing sway instead of getting proper mirrors?? That sounds safe. [emoticon]
I hope you’re being sarcastic. Hard to tell when reading something.


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camp-n-family wrote:

wopachop wrote:

Just wag the tail to look for cops behind you.

If you very slightly turn while driving straight, the trailer will swerve side to side and you get a glimpse behind you. Ive heard it described as wagging the tail. My truck has extended mirrors and you still cant really see behind you without the wag.


So you’re suggesting inducing sway instead of getting proper mirrors?? That sounds safe. [emoticon]
I hope you’re being sarcastic. Hard to tell when reading something.


It’s a well known (but often frowned upon) way of seeing behind you. It’s also a good way to get tailgaters off you tail!


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I have CIPA brand slip on mirrors from etrailer. They fit well, give a good view, look good and do not display any vibration while underway. I have recommended them to others but I don't know if they will be long enough for an 8.5' trailer.


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sorry, double post

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camp-n-family wrote:

Buy yourself ***Link Removed*** Tundra and Sequoia mirrors fit the same. Super easy to install too.


That model has blind spot warning which my vehicle doesn't have so the similar models in the $185 range are equivalent other than that feature. Thanks.


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ssthrd wrote:

Check this out from AAA..............

https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/trailer-mirrors/

I suggest you check DMV regs where you are.


Thanks for the link....I checked the main states I will travel in, NM, CO, AZ, all have a 200' rule which I assume means, I can see anything from 200' back.

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dodge guy wrote:

Are you certain the trailer is 8.5ft wide? The only RV type Trailers that wide are high end fifth wheels. Almost all trailers are 8ft wide.


If you knew how detailed I am, you wouldn't have asked [emoticon]

the system removed my link after posting a response. I linked to the Arctic Fox 22G page

"Exterior Width (approx.): 8’6?"

That excludes the awning.

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I want to thank everyone for the informational and courteous replies.

While on the subject, I am guessing some of you use a camera system, often install in 3, i.e. sides and back or even two backs, high and low. The preferred method is wifi?

Appreciate advice on both the mirrors and cameras

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dodge guy wrote:

Are you certain the trailer is 8.5ft wide? The only RV type Trailers that wide are high end fifth wheels. Almost all trailers are 8ft wide.

Any Airstream larger than 23' long is 8.5' wide. (Any Airstream shorter than 23' long is single axle. My 23' Airstream is the smallest of the large Airstreams because it has tandem axles, and the largest of the small Airstreams because it is 8' wide.)


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The clip on mirrors will work fine. Don't overthink it. Be careful changing lanes where the mirrors may have a blind spot, otherwise let'er rip.

Cameras are nice, however, I'd argue that you don't want extra "distractions" while making your rookie trip. It ain't rocket surgery and you sound like you're very astute, so go enjoy your new camper!!


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