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Old 04-12-2014, 12:28 PM   #1
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F150 towing mirrors vs slip ons

I currently have the standard size (heated/turn signal) mirrors on my 04 F150 and when towing our 26' TT I put on a pair of CIPA slip on mirrors. The CIPA slip ons are ok, but I am thinking about buying a pair of the factory 07+ towing mirrors (heated/puddle lamp/turn signal).

If any of you have made the switch like I am thinking of, is there a big visibility difference while towing?

I have never towed with a F150 with the factory tow mirrors, are they rock solid when extended? (no shaking or vibrating) I know the Super Duty units don't move at all, and I kinda expect the ones for the F150 are the same way.

Is there anything else that you do or don't like about the towing mirrors?

Also is there a big difference between the OEM and aftermarket towing mirrors? They look the same and seem to have the same features, but the aftermarket ones are $150-200 cheaper than the OEMs.

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Old 04-12-2014, 12:41 PM   #2
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I have factory pull out mirrors and they have no shaking at all. I do wish they extended out further as I cannot see down the side of my RV like I would in a big truck or bus.
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:57 PM   #3
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I got the aftermarket ones about $125 each side ( heated,puddle and turn) took about 30 min to put on. They work great no movement at all. 2009 f150
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I replaced mine on my 2010 with aftermarket for $250.00 with the heat, puddle and turn. I really like the hot spot mirror at the bottom when changing lanes. Also I don't have to adjust every time I use them for tow. I went to YouTube and watched a video that showed how to remove the door panels.
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:16 PM   #5
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We towed with our 30ft Rockwood with a GMC Yukon Denali. We used Blindspot Mirrors that screwed onto the top of existing mirrors on the Denali. No drilling and they stayed in place with little to no vibration. Used them for four years til we bought a truck with tow mirrors; you don't have to take them on or off. They ran around $20.00 each. Got them from Autosport on line. Just throwing this out there incase you don't want to spend big bucks.
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:26 PM   #6
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Try placing a small bead of black silicone in a few spots around the CIPA mirrors when you have them adjusted perfectly. Let it completely cure before towing with them so they don't move. I did this on some I had and it made a substantial difference in the amount of vibration. I now have the Ford factory (different truck) tow mirrors. They are MUCH better, but the CIPA with the silicone were usable.
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:13 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=cat1956;586457]I replaced mine on my 2010 with aftermarket for $250.00 with the heat, puddle and turn. I really like the hot spot mirror at the bottom when changing lanes. Also I don't have to adjust every time I use them for tow. I went to YouTube and watched a video that showed how to remove the door panels.[/QUOTE]

When I owned my 2007 F150, I did this exact same thing. Very easy project. Loved the new mirrors.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:11 AM   #8
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Thanks guys. I ended up buying a pair of power/heated/signal/puddle lamp towing mirrors. They should be here on Thursday. I can't wait to get them on, all I need is some free time to do the install.

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