Are you towing a large boat or caravan? Do you have a clear view of the traffic behind you? If your side mirrors are being blocked by your boat or caravan, you are required to fit towing mirrors onto your vehicle. There is a range of models and designs that you can choose from. Some designs are fitted with your existing door mirrors, whereas other towing mirrors replace the vehicle’s original mirrors.
Towing is extremely different from your regular everyday driving. When towing valuables, each driver needs to be aware of the risks and safety precautions that need to be taken. Each state has different road rules in regards to towing, and more specifically, towing mirrors. Due to the variations between state road rules in terms of towing, there is a lot of confusion amongst drivers. Individuals are often asking:
- What size vehicle can be towed?
- Am I allowed to tow this object?
- And how do I comply with these rules and regulations?
To ensure that you are compliant with the regulations in your state or territory you should take the time to research information that is relevant to you. Unfortunately, not knowing the correct requirements is not an excuse. From what I have heard, Grey Nomads are being targeted more often than not, however there is a huge range of extension mirrors on the market for you to choose from.
Clip-on mirrors are simply attached to the vehicle’s existing mirror. They are attached using a wind-up clamp mechanism and sometimes a rubber strap. These mirrors are easy to remove, however they do need to be adjusted every time they are fitted. I find that these mirrors often vibrate whilst you are traveling which makes it extremely difficult to see clearly.
External Door Skin Mount
The external door skin mount mirror is a much more secure option when compared to the clip-on mirror. The external door skin mount mirror does not tend to vibrate as much and is clamped on tightly to your vehicle. When clamped onto your vehicle, the mirrors are positioned onto the door skin. This is achieved using a ratchet strap system, which takes more time to mount the mirror when compared to the clip-on mirror. Additionally, you will need to adjust the mirrors each time they are fitted. From personal experience, I have found that it is easy to scratch the paint work off your car when fitting the brackets of the external door skin mount mirror.
Replacement Towing Mirror
Replacement towing mirrors, as the name suggests, are towing mirrors that replace your vehicles existing mirrors. These mirrors are only adjusted when necessary. Additionally, depending on whether you’re towing or not, the mirrors can be extended or retracted. Once the mirrors have been fitted to your vehicle there is no need to remove them. One of the great features of the replacement towing mirror is that if your vehicle can control mirrors electronically from inside the car, the replacement mirror can be controlled the same way. You will be able to adjust the mirrors using the original mirror controls from inside the car which means you won’t have to ask your passenger to stick their hand out the side of the car window to simply adjust your left-hand mirror.
To determine which type of mirror will be the most suitable for you, I suggest that you consider the following:
- Are you happy to fit and remove the mirrors each time you use the van or boat?
- Would you be able and happy to adjust your mirrors by reaching out the window?
Value for money
- What is your budget? Are you willing to spend a bit more money in order to receive a better product?
- Do you want to risk scratching the door of your car? Could you potentially break a mirror whilst fitting and removing it?
- Where will you store the mirrors?
- Have a chat with other drivers as most of them will have an opinion and will be more than happy to share it with you
- Is the mirror of high quality? Check whether the mirror has been tried and tested on Australian roads.
We stock a large range of mirrors at our store. These mirrors are not simply accessory towing mirrors, but they are OEM replacement. Our OEM mirrors are genuine and aftermarket. We understand mirrors and the problems that can arise when you source cheaper mirrors for your travels.
We always provide the best quality and best value for money aftermarket product that we can source and believe in delivering high-quality service, not simply providing cheap products. This also applies to our range of towing mirrors. We sell high-quality products at prices that reflect their value.
Furthermore, all of our mirrors have been tried and tested by vehicles here in Australia. We have tested our mirrors on each type of surface – bitumen, dirt, and sand. As a result, we found that none of our mirrors vibrated during the drive, they had the ability to plug into existing wiring, and were able to be easily extended and retracted. Each of our towing mirrors provides an uninterrupted view past your caravan or boat.
Quality Towing Mirror Specifications
- Black or Chrome Finish
- Optional Indicator Light
- Fixed Convex Mirror
- 100mm Extension Capable
- Plug & Play Wiring
- Folding Provision Forward & Back
Current vehicle fitment availability:
- Holden Rodeo 2012-
- Isuzu D-Max 2012-
- Mazda BT50 2011-
- Ford Ranger 2011-
- Nisan Patrol GU 1997-
- Toyota Landcruiser 100 Series
- Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series
- Toyota Prado 120 Series
- Toyota Prado 150 Series
If your vehicle is not listed here, please gives us a call or send us a message. We are always developing new products to suit a range of vehicles.