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Old 07-13-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default Seeing BEHIND your trailer when towing

Is it possible, when driving STRAIGHT, with ANY kind of mirror, to see directly BEHIND your trailer? I've tried the clip-on mirrors, but they shook so bad I couldn't see a thing and distracted me from using even the regular mirrors. I can see very well with the SUV's normal mirrors the lanes to my SIDE for a good length, but I can't see BEHIND my trailer unless I'm on a curve. Is this normal? Is it unsafe? Or should I get mirrors that go WAY out and clip onto my door?
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:02 PM   #2
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From what you are describing, I would say no, the mirrors would have to extend several feet perpendicular from your SUV to provide an angled view of what is directly behind your trailer, and to do so they would be in the next lane. To see BEHIND your trailer I would suggest a camera connected to a display screen in the SUV, simular to what motor homes use. Clip on tow mirrors, or extension mirrors are going to give you a view to the side of the trailer, and from that you can see where the back of the trailer is sitting on the road, and the space next to the trailer, but that is about it.
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This is very normal. In fact, in most cases if you can see behind your trailer, somethings wrong (or you have a backup camera).

There really is no need to see directly behind the trailer unless you are backing up, in which case you should be using a spotter or at the very least stopping every couple feet, getting out of the tow vehicle and looking back there.

If you can see the sides of your trailer you don't need those big mirrors. Although some people get them anyways. Me personally I don't have them and don't need them. If for some reason I need to see behind me when moving forward I will try creeping over to one side of the lane. More often than not, I can see exactly what's happening back there.

In some ways it could be considered unsafe, but semis, and cube vans cannot see behind either.

The only true way to see BEHIND the trailer would be to get a rearview camera attached to the trailer. And yes you can do this if you want fairly easily. But it isn't really required.
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ive seen some wireless backup cameras, they might be what your looking for
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Here's a wired way.

http://www.modmyrv.com/2008/06/16/rv-rear-view-camera
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