F250 Extendable Mirrors

Submitted: Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 17:03
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We ran into Neil Blucher in Rocky yesterday & he was saying that the price of the F250 Extendable Mirrors has fallen to $540 fitted. At this price the temptation is strong. Are there any drawbacks in having these fitted? How is the raer view?

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Reply By: Grumblebum & Dragon - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 22:49

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 22:49
Sorry I don't know anything about the above F250 mirrors but...... Speaking of towing mirrors - about which I currently know zilch.... Any recommendations about the best models to puchase for robust and shake free viewing? I would be glad of your views - even what NOT to buy.

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John and Jean
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Reply By: Bushtracker Buck & Babe - Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 23:25

Friday, Jan 14, 2005 at 23:25
Andy, we had the extendable mirrors fitted and Ivan loves 'em and so do I. I am pretty sure he paid less than that though and fitted from the F250 spare parts place in Brisbane so I will get the details and let you know here on the forum so others can have the information.

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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 04:46

Saturday, Jan 15, 2005 at 04:46
John & Jean,
If you have an F250 the only ones to consider are the extendable Ford Tow Truck mirrors, But if you have one of the other types of tow vehicle then the clip on Aussie Truck mirrors that have an adjustable strap going down to under the door are pretty good. They have a fraw back in that they strap will rub the paint work as they virbrate in wind, unless you put a some magnetic tape between the strap and bodywork. You also have to be careful the have them horizontal or they will scratch the window when it goes up and down.

I imported mine from USA and they cost me about $600 to import myself. The local Ford dealer installed them and on the left hand side filed another D-tent (groove) in the mechanism so that they stay put at a more acute angle than standard. The mirrors are designed for use with Left Hand Drive vehicles and when fitted to a Right Hand drive vehicle the left mirror when in the locked in position, will not turn in enough to see to the rear properly. Bob Pollock had his mirrors sent to somewhere in Melbourne that swapped the arms on both mirrors and I believe they can then be adjusted properly when locked in the D-tent position.

I believe that they are well worth spending $800 to have fitted, so if you can get them for $540, they are really worth having. Not only do you have electrically adjusted big mirrors, you also get the convex spotter mirrors underneath thay allow you to see the caravan wheels while travelling.
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Reply By: TripnTaps - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 18:05

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 18:05
Hi Andy,
We have the Ford original Extendable Mirrors fitted to our F250 and they are fantastic - couldn't fault them and dont believe you could get better - they are plenty wide enough. The price you mentioned was the original price we were quoted from our Ford dealer when we were considering buying new but you know these Ford dealers .... you could try to sweet talk him a little.

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Reply By: Downunder - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 09:57

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 09:57
John and Jean,

We have the "Ora" brand of magentic mirror and have found them very capable and stable over various types of terrain and unaffected by passing trucks.

The main thing you have to do is make sure the magnetic base and the respective part of the door are clean so you don't scratch the door when removing or applying the base. They take only a few minutes to fit and the price is less than the extendable ones referred to here but I have no idea if they are any better or worse.

Regards, Bill

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