Reflections on wing mirrors

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  1. The DATeam

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    Sat here looking out out at the pouring rain and nursing a bill for over £200 for a small plastic cover for a mirror part, I have to ask myself 'why why why do the mirrors on Fiat based, coach built, Motorhomes stick out so far. As you can guess, My Motorhome has been hit by one. Obviously not driven by a Fuster (it was a rental Motorhome), but more of an idiot by the way they were driving. Mind you their mirror was smashed to pieces, mine, just a small, expensive, hole in a bit of trim. So why do they stick out so far, is it to read the rear number plate while traveling along? The mirrors on the 13 metre coach I drive do not stick out from the body work as far as Fiat mirrors. I've never driven a Fiat coach built so cannot comment, but I'm sure someone can help me get over my £200 bill.
     
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    Haha, sorry but they are designed to stick out further than the bodywork so you can see down the whole body and not just the door before it gets wider. Be thankful it was the mirror that was damaged and not the body.(y)
     
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    Jeez ! £200 for a Ducato mirror ? What was special about it DA ?
    My electronic adjustable heated one was only about £120

    As for how far they stick out.. Mine seem about right to be honest.. Perhaps yours are much bigger hence the big price ??
     
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    Cat's whiskers - if your mirrors will fit through the gap then so will you, with a bit of leeway when it gets really tight. I think of it as an early warning system.

    That said, I do carry a couple of spare mirror glass panels in my Fiat after previous breakages.
     
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    Judging by the number of reports of broken mirrors on the Forum I would suggest they are very large volume items!:whistle:
     
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    2 x Milenco wing mirror guards in white for £62.
    I realise the horse has already bolted, but can you not retro fit a pair ? Would that not cover the hole (which you could tape/ seal over ) and then fit it ?
    They are held on by a screw clamp bit..
     
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    Although my PVC mirrors are OE design and don't protrude far, I still find it comforting to have a piece of refective tape on each one. I think it's just enough to bring them to the attention of oncoming traffic instead of the black, lost in the background, normal mirror casing.
     
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    Reading the OP post I understand him to mean the offending vehicle was the ducato with the extra long wing mirror arms and that the op's mirror was damaged by this. DAteams avatar shows an A class of which I believe the mirrors are quite expensive. As said above, the ducato based coach builds have a narrower cab than the rest of the body, therefore the mirrors arms make up the difference in this in order that you can view down the whole length of the vehicle as required.
     
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    Well spotted Wickolad !
     
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    I've done exactly the same, the reflective tape really stands out and also adds a little bit of protection.
     
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    I use "SOLAS" reflective tape on my mirror backs.
    3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – SOLAS Grade 3150-A flexible sheeting. It has an encapsulated lens optical design that provides high retro reflectivity over a wide range of extreme angles, and performs well in marine applications whether wet or dry.
    It is so bright at night that even logging lorries slow down when the see me coming(y)
     
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    This is mine, some foil backed vinyl reflective tape in day glow yellow, stands out well in normal light and glows when hit by a light source.
    image.jpeg
     
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    Good idea that is ! I might do the same and place the tape where a knock or scrape would occur ..

    Im not sure but I think there are mirror protection covers now availlable for the short arm PVC type mirror ?

    Replacement heated glass can be had for £10 and rear black cover for less than £8 so spending a lot on covers which may never come into play could be just for peace of mind ?

    How easy or not is it to change just a broken glass ?
     
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    I think that might depend on the design of the mirror but for most basic flat mirrors it's very easy to buy and fit a stick-on replacement that literally sticks on top of the broken glass - a fiver for my Rav4 replacement.
     
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    I was thinking more along the lines of replacing the actual glass rather than sticking one over the top. The stick on one would get us out of the tom tit though !
     
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    After my tractor incident 2 years ago, I fitted a short van version to the drivers side, with only limited loss of vision, not as good as before, but still OK and a lot further in, I don't know if you would get away with a short one on the N/S though.
     
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    upload_2015-11-7_20-12-28.jpeg this is what i have on mine
     
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