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RV Daily Tips. Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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Tip of the Day

Adjusting your RV mirrors for maximum viewing

RV Education 101. Click to enlarge.

By Mark Polk

Most RV mirrors I see are not adjusted properly for maximum viewing alongside the RV. The best way to check your mirrors is to stand in front of your coach (or tow vehicle) and sight down the side. The inside edge of the mirror head should look like it is just touching the side of the coach or trailer you are towing. On the passenger side of the coach, you should set the mirror flush with the outside edge of the awning arms. If the mirror is too far in or out, you are losing valuable viewing area.

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2 years ago

Just wanted to add: I like the comment section as much as the entire newsletter. I do miss not being able to add support to others comments though.

Richard West
2 years ago

Mirrors – If you’ve ever traveled through Mexico you would know they sometimes put traffic sign posts right at the edge of the pavement. Then they mount a sign on said post. this puts half the sign in the traffic lane. Lots of the roads are narrow anyway, thus causing even further problems. My experience shows many of these signs are right at the height of my mirrors, so I have to drive around the signs.
For this reason I adjusted the mirror housing outside edge to be extended no further than the outside edge of the housing for the slide topper awnings. So the mirror sticks out no further than the widest part of the coach. Granted, this reduces the field of view somewhat, but as mentioned previously, I “Wobble” some to view all areas around the coach. I think I always did this anyway. I’m constantly trying to stay aware and out of the way of others.
I have become accustomed to this mirror position and never feel the need to return them to a wider stance.

Last edited 2 years ago by Richard West
James O'Briant
2 years ago

I wouldn’t use carpet to line cupboards — it’s cloth, it collects dirt, and when you wash it, it takes a long time to dry. Instead, we use “Easy Liner” brand shelf liner. It’s made of rubber, or a rubber-like plastic & comes in a roll that unrolls to be 12″ wide by 20′ long & sells for under $10 on Amazon. It doesn’t slide around, it dampens noise, and when it’s dirty, just rinse it in the sink, hang it up to dry for an hour and it’s ready to use again.

James O'Briant
2 years ago
Reply to  James O'Briant

Forgot to add that it also comes in a wide variety of colors.

2 years ago
Reply to  James O'Briant

Go to Dollar Tree and get a roll or two, only a $1.00! Use it all the time in the RV for any thing you don’t want to slide.

Montgomery Bonner
2 years ago

Our Newmar MH is up for sale. Going to build new house. But excellent video series on YouTube on how to adjust mirrors and a host of other tips. Especially the blown tire clip, you must see it, it could save you life.

2 years ago

Working for OCTA, driving 43′ busses & 63′ articulating busses, we adjusted the mirrors while seated in the drivers seat as precheck. Different driver different mirror position, and very important to adjust your seat periodically during your day (and mirrors), for safety, fatigue, and health. Finally when using your mirrors “rock & roll” every time, moving forward and back side to side for maximum viewing.

Kaeleen Buckingham
2 years ago

I agree with the comments below but from a different standpoint. I am only 5 foot, the mirrors need to be adjusted differently for me than for someone 6 foot.

2 years ago

The process is the same

Bob P
2 years ago

When I started driving semis we learned to adjust our mirrors so we couldn’t see the side of our trailer without a slight tilt of our head to one side or the other, this way we could see exactly what was coming up either side. When I finished my career driving school buses invariably getting onto another drivers bus the mirrors would be adjusted to where at least half of the mirror was looking at the side of the bus as if they couldn’t remember that the bus was painted yellow with black lettering, the mirror is to see what’s behind you or beside you. If you can’t remember what the side of your RV looks like take pictures and put them on the dash, but adjust the mirrors the way they should be. I’ve seen far to many RVers move from lane to lane dangerously because they can’t see what’s beside them.

Judy S
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

My high school driver’s ed teacher always told us, “You don’t need to see whether your door handles have fallen off.”

R Mutchler
2 years ago

Sometimes I have doubts about the persons giving advice on RVing. Most of us have Mirrors that adjust independently of the outside frame of the mirror housing consequently the advice given in this instance might only be useful if you have mirrors that the whole assembly moves when adjusted. At best this needs a statement relative to the type of mirror and frame is one the vehicle.

Last edited 2 years ago by R Mutchler
2 years ago

I really only use the mirrors while I’m behind the steering wheel, so that’s where I am when I adjust them, not standing in front of the RV. Also, the electric switch to move the mirrors is on the dashboard, not on the grill. Maybe I’m missing something in the article, but I cant follow the logic of adjusting the mirrors while standing in front of the vehicle. I do check the adjustment every time I back up, but the only reason I can think of to re-adjust the mirrors is if someone else drove the RV or messed with them while it is parked. Aint happened yet. I have had other large vehicles that I had to adjust manually, so that switch spoils me.

John Crawford
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

After four years of driving my coach I realized that if I adjusted my mirrors to see the back corners it made backing much easier.

Scott R. Ellis
2 years ago

Not buying that thing on the mirrors without some more explanation of the logic behind it. Personally, I run mine as far out as possible, adjusted so that the “inside” of the image in the mirror just includes the back corner of the rig. This gives a bit of an angle to the view, decreasing the size of the blind spot immediately behind.

2 years ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

I agree. This may be true to some extent, if it is a fixed mirror and frame. Mine has mirrors that move inside the outer mirror frame. If someone is having that much trouble adjusting mirrors, maybe they should think twice about driving that big rig down the road! 🤓

Tony Grigg
2 years ago
Reply to  Scott R. Ellis

Ya, I’m not buying the mirror item either. Mirrors themselves are not all the same. Some are just fixed glass in a movable frame, which is what the author seems to be using. But many are adjustable glass in a fixed frame, which would have no relationship to the author’s instructions. Mine also slide to extend further away from, or closer to, the side of the vehicle. This too makes the author’s instructions not applicable. I agree with all those here who adjust the mirrors from the driver seat. That would apply to ALL mirror types.

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