Mirrors

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  1. 5th Wheeler Nubie

    5th Wheeler Nubie Read Only Funster

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    Do I need to have caravan type wing mirrors fitted to my Hilux when pulling a 5th Wheeler as opposed to a caravan?
     
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    Yes.
    The law says that you must have adequate rear view past your trailer. (That of course is a fairly grey point as opinions will differ!)
    As I understand it, for caravans, if you are able to use the rear view mirror (internal) of the towing vehicle to see right through the caravan, you only need to fit a drivers side mirror.
    If you cant, you need to fit both side mirrors.
    Obviously, with a 5ver, you've no chance.:Doh:
    I tow with a Navara and yes, you can see rearward without mirrors but no way can you see anything following you if they're within about 100 yards. They disapear into the blind spot, so I use mirrors on both sides.
    The fact that my mirrors are WELL outside the 200mm limit (I think) I tend to ignore and just take great care in tight spots.
     
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    Yes, also see construction and use regs for motor vehicles


    Mirror requirements
    The tables below summarise the number, type and standard of mirror required to be fitted to various types of vehicle. In addition, the following requirements should also be met:

    i. each mirror must be fixed to the vehicle in such a way that it remains steady under normal driving conditions;

    ii. each exterior mirror on a vehicle fitted with windows and a windscreen shall be visible to the driver, when in his driving position, through a side window or through the portion of the windscreen which is swept by the windscreen wiper;

    iii. where the bottom edge of an exterior mirror is less than 2m above the road surface when the vehicle is laden, that mirror shall not project more than 20cm beyond the overall width of the vehicle or, if the vehicle is drawing a trailer which is wider than drawing vehicle, more than 20cm beyond the overall width of the trailer;

    iv. each interior mirror shall be capable of being adjusted by the driver when in his driving position;

    v. except in the case of a mirror which, if knocked out of its alignment can be returned to its former position without needing to be adjusted, each exterior mirror on the drivers side of the vehicle shall be capable of being adjusted by the driver when in his driving position. This requirement does not prevent such a mirror from being locked into position from the outside of the vehicle.

    http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/vehicles/vssafety/summariesofconstructionandus4576?page=5#a1007
     
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    We have a rear mounted camera on the back of the fifth-wheeler that is connected to our interior mirror of the Nav so we can see anything behind us or coming up alongside us.

    Just to make sure we also have a camera sited on the passenger side as well. :BigGrin:

    We are still able to see a vehicle in the camera even when they are also showing in the door mirrors.

    Mick & Marion
     
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    Zaskar - Thanks

    Zaskar - Thanks for the useful response. Will get a set next week as I am travelling to Calder to pick up my KountryLite 26RK. Am very new to all of this. Do you know of any DVDs, courses or instruction books on driving 4x4s and towing? My pickup is a Hilux 3.0 D4D Auto. Yours Dennis aka 5th Wheeler (should have called myself 5th Wheeler Nubie!).
     
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    If you are going to Calder you have no need to buy anything before hand, If you contact Alex he has everything you will need need, He stocks everything.

    He does a fantastic Hitch Lock
    Great mirrors
    The lube plates

    everything.

    They also train you when you pick it up, re parking and maneuvering, Don't Worry, I know what you are going through, I Did, But all to no avail.

    :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Thanks for Mirror Regs.


    Assume I write my reply here! Apologies for the delay in responding. We have been away picking up our Kountry Lite from Calder in Edinburgh. Came home via Seaview (Berwick), Holme Valley (Holmfirth - Last of Summer Wine) and Moreton-in-Marsh. First and Last sites were fine but Holme Valley is not suitable for new 5th Wheelers (contricted roads, dirt track narrow, potholed, bendy entrance with overhanging tree limbs. Nearly had awning ripped off but thankfully Mary saw the offending branch in time for me to reverse back uphill and then edge past it). Thanks for the detailed reply about mirrors. Have a pair of Grand Aeros now.
     
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    Thanks for Mirror Info.

    M & M - Thanks for your response. Had a reversing camera fitted likewise and Grand Aero mirrors. I assume the passenger side camera you mentioned is fitted to the RV.

    Dennis and Mary B
     
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    Les and Chris,

    Thanks for your response. Had a reversing camera fitted on the KountryLite and bought Grand Aero mirrors for the Hilux 3.0D4D. Unfortunately Alex was away but we did get some practice and got the rig back to Somerset safely via Berwick (Seaview), Holmfirth (Holme Valley) and Moreton-in-Marsh.
     

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