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Old 01-07-2015, 10:01 AM   #1
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F-150 Mirror Change

Our TV is a 2014 F-150. I thought visibility down the side of our 26RLWS was marginal but I didn't realize it was as bad as it was. After our first week of camping while driving home I was stopped by a highway patrol for an unsafe lane change. The officer claims that I changed lanes without allowing the passed vehicle sufficient room. I thought I had enough room but chose the wiser and did not argue with the officer. He gave me a warning and asked me to be more careful.

That caused me to take an objective look at my view of the trailer and view of the roadway behind me (through my mirrors). My conclusion was confirmed when I backed the TT into the storage parking spot. I could not see along the side of the unit and thus had difficulty keeping it aligned for backing.

My solutions were to get mirror extenders or replace the stock OEM mirrors with telescoping trailer towing OEM mirrors from Ford.

There are several mirror extension options however only a few retained the "factory look" of the Ford mirrors. I opted for the Ford OEM trailer towing mirrors. Although I paid $400 for them I am blown away by the increased visibility in the retracted position.

I now there were less expensive options however I was interested in preserving the "OEM look" AND I wanted a larger view behind. I will report after my next tow as I expect to have better visibility and more precise backing.

I would be interested in hearing from users towing 8' wide TT with a Ford F-150 and stock mirrors; how are you addressing the visibility?

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Old 01-07-2015, 01:06 PM   #2
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When I was towing and when I still tow my cargo trailer with my 2005 F-150 I have a rounded mirror off the front of a semi that I install on the back corner of the trailer. I can see it in my stock mirrors and after I got used to it I am much better able to see the room behind me. I also thought about getting the towing mirrors but I generally tow with my super duty now so it would be a waste. This was the cheapest option for me and it works great for the limited amount of tows that I do with my F-150!
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Understood. BTW--the F150 Trailer Tow Mirrors strongly resemble the mirrors used on the F250's.
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Old 01-07-2015, 01:50 PM   #4
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On my '05 Ford, I used Ford brand mirror extenders. They worked fine.

On my '12, I ordered Max Tow with the extendable arms. They work great for towing but are kinda too large in every day use IMO.

Reading on Ford forums, (and you might want to post there), most of the threads indicate that the OEM Ford mirrors are interchangeable. In other words, you could order a different mirror from Ford and it should hook right up. But you should verify that for yourself.
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I have a 2014 F150 and prior to picking up my 32' 5th wheel I bought the clip on mirror extenders (@ $30). Gave me great view down the side of the RV. Since then I have installed some after market tow mirrors that are made for the F150. I love them, no issues at all and they have the turn signal light on them and fully powered with heater.
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:15 PM   #6
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On my '05 Ford, I used Ford brand mirror extenders.
Ditto with my 2006 F150. Easy to install, look good, and don't vibrate.
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I use these on my 2013, works awesome.

http://www.amazon.com/Fit-System-818.../dp/B007L2JNT4

I also added a wireless camera to the rear of the trailer (mounted center below the roofline). The mirrors give me view straight down the side of the trailer, and the camera lets me see everything behind. I see everything with the two. I usually look at both and when both of them "agree" I feel pretty comfortable that I can make a lan change (for example)
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I use these on my 2013, works awesome.

http://www.amazon.com/Fit-System-818.../dp/B007L2JNT4

I also added a wireless camera to the rear of the trailer (mounted center below the roofline). The mirrors give me view straight down the side of the trailer, and the camera lets me see everything behind. I see everything with the two. I usually look at both and when both of them "agree" I feel pretty comfortable that I can make a lan change (for example)
I used those until the DW aggravated me enough with adjusting them
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Like the OP, I wanted the OEM look so I too got the HD mirrors. Could not be happier. Did not like any strap ons.
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I used the CIPA mirror extensions for a while and they worked great. Found a good deal on a set of OEM F150 retractable mirrors from a fellow board member in the classifieds. He had upgraded to a new truck, they look great and were easy to put on and about half the cost of buying new ones.

The CIPA's worked good and did not have a vibration problem. I still have them and the original mirrors in a box if I ever decide to switch back.
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On my '05 Ford, I used Ford brand mirror extenders. They worked fine.



On my '12, I ordered Max Tow with the extendable arms. They work great for towing but are kinda too large in every day use IMO.



Reading on Ford forums, (and you might want to post there), most of the threads indicate that the OEM Ford mirrors are interchangeable. In other words, you could order a different mirror from Ford and it should hook right up. But you should verify that for yourself.

I haven't read nor researched the mirrors for ford interchanging but from the looks of it mirrors from the f-150 thru the f-550 are interchangeable as far as the size of the mounting plastic and the assumption of the mounting bolts. Just my opinion and observation!
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F150s mirrors bolt on with 3 studs and nuts, f250 -550 use 4 studs and nuts, wont come close to an interchange. Wiring might- dont know about the plugs. Just an Fyi.
Ive replaced and r&i'ed dozens of them, including some this week. But you can also see it if you do an image search of both on google.
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I have a 2013 F150 xlt eb and want to know how hard it is to remove the door panels to replace the mirrors. By looking at mine the panels will have t come off. The utube videos only show F150's up to 2010 and they are diff door panels. Thanks
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I have a 2013 F150 xlt eb and want to know how hard it is to remove the door panels to replace the mirrors. By looking at mine the panels will have t come off. The utube videos only show F150's up to 2010 and they are diff door panels. Thanks
Its not bad. There is am 8 mm in the grab pocket, another behind the black trim behind the door handle, and two 5.5 or 6mm screws (it varys) at the bottom. After removing bolts and screws just pull up on panel. You will want some needle nose or bent needle nose pliers to squeeze the door handle cable end to remove it, or you can just let the handle hang.

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I have a 2014 and just swapped my mirrors out for the tow mirrors, took about 30 minutes total for both doors.
1. 3 bolts in the bottom of the bottom of the door
2. little access panel in the door handle, pop that and 1 bolt.
3. 1 bolt behind the plastic cover for the door opener.
4. 3 nuts holding the mirrors on and one electrical connector.
5. I left all the wiring on the door and my dad held the panel while I removed and replaced the sideview mirrors with the tow mirrors,


I was impressed on how smooth it went. The link below will basically show you the hidden bolts.
How to remove interior door panels. 09+ - Ford F150 Forum - Community of Ford Truck Fans
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It took the dealer 20 minutes to swap the original for the OEM Trailer Tow Mirrors.
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It took the dealer 20 minutes to swap the original for the OEM Trailer Tow Mirrors.
Sounds about right, helps when you know where to look and what tools to grab !
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F150s mirrors bolt on with 3 studs and nuts, f250 -550 use 4 studs and nuts, wont come close to an interchange. Wiring might- dont know about the plugs. Just an Fyi.
Ive replaced and r&i'ed dozens of them, including some this week. But you can also see it if you do an image search of both on google.

Thank you for clearing that up for me! Now I'm going to have to rethink on what I am going to ultimately do to my f-150 mirrors. It is just basically a play truck now but I like the look of the tow mirrors for sure.
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I am amazed at the increased visibility provided by these mirrors for everyday driving. The convex mirrors are especially helpful at exposing blind spots. I can't wait to see the improvement under towing conditions!! BTW--all this visibility comes at a price--you will have to be MORE aware of your parking etiquette as these mirrors will reach into the neighboring parking slots if you don't ensure your vehicle alignment.

All that said....I love them!!
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I am amazed at the increased visibility provided by these mirrors for everyday driving. The convex mirrors are especially helpful at exposing blind spots. I can't wait to see the improvement under towing conditions!! BTW--all this visibility comes at a price--you will have to be MORE aware of your parking etiquette as these mirrors will reach into the neighboring parking slots if you don't ensure your vehicle alignment.

All that said....I love them!!
I fold mine when I go to the store and especially in when I park in the garage. The it only took one time for the DW to hit her head. I was schooled.
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