Monsieur White van man strikes again

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  1. reckless

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    Our nearside mirror was smashed to smithereens on our 2nd day in France despite having mirror guards fitted. It will be an insurance job. I recall @Jim recommending a superior make of protector although I'm not sure anything would have helped on this occasion! Can anyone help with the brand name? TIA
     
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    It doesn't ring a bell but I'll check them out tomorrow (ours are milenco). Thanks
     
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    Beware of claiming off insurance, excess etc.
    A French lady driver ran down the side of our new motorhome last October, damage £750 claimed off insurance had to pay excess £450, so insurance paying £300.

    Struggling to get my excess back and just come to renew the insurance on our car and because of the accident which was no fault of ours they have increased the car premium.

    The French driver is not answering my insurances letters so a solicitor provided by my insurance is going to try and get my £450 back at a charge of £118 plus vat per hour.
    Unless I get my excess back our car insurer won't accept that I was not to blame.

    John.

    Ps you have to declare for 5 years that you made a claim.
     
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    I just bought a new original Peugeot/Fiat long arm mirror off Ebay and fitted it myself for £125....think carefully before doing an insurance claim for a mirror !!

    I did have a step by step guide of how to do a replacement but it was wiped on the new site, let me know and I will try to repost it.

    Under no circumstances re-use the crappy original torx screws for the mirror mounts, [if you have them] Peugeot/fiat have now upgraded them to bolts.
     
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    i had a mirror broken by a tanker a few years ago Brownhills replaced it hang on....1099.75 pounds .. insurance paid
     
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    Probably about £800 profit then (y)
     
  8. Larby

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    Had French lady in her MH wave to me, then bang as N/S mirror appeared in cab, some of which embedded itself into wife's leg. Ran rest of holiday with vanity mirror sellotaped on!
    Got new one from Europarts but these are cheaper. You will need to remove back plate and attach the extension between.

    https://www.wingmirrorman.co.uk/wing-mirrors/fiat/fiat-ducato
     
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    Mirror guards are expensive and I wonder if they are given a good bang from a close encounter, if they are going to save your mirror or just be an extra cost when it comes to replacing the unit (s).
    I second the view that 'Wingmirrorman' is a worthwhile place to visit (been there, done that).
    Alan
     
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    I agree, recently bought another MH which has colour matched guards, said to wife they look nice but more expense if hit. Bet the guard would cost more than the mirror anyway
     
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    And of course any other motor insurance for any other vehicle you happen to insure, will also increase! We are both fully aware that it is not a no BLAME discount but why the hell it should also affect any other vehicle baffles both of us.

    Our moho got damaged in an attempted break-in whilst parked in Brighton damaging the hab door and scratching the nearside cab door window glass so whilst claiming for the mega priced door and frame we included that.

    So the premiums on my C5 and Jenny's Xsara also increased ! Ridiculous.

    We were still better off claiming that time; but we haven't done so since for either mirror in similar circumstances on both vans!
     
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    White van man also took out my offside mirror as I was stopped waiting to go around parked cars. His mirror was wiped off entirely and it also broke the quarter light glass. I reckon my Milenco mirror guard saved mine as alit did was to break the main glass and pop the kerb close proximity part out. id crack the mirror guard. Paid for new mirror guard and main mirror lens myself.
     
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    That's because they insure the drivers not the vehicle?
     
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    so true we drove BIL's car in the States as it was the vehicle which was insured.
     
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    Pity they don't make motorhomes with retractable mirrors, ours on our cars are a godsend.
     
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    Mirror guards do work we had an impatient Frenchman trying to pass me on a roundabout and knocked the whole thing off from the rear,the guard kept the mirror from breaking and I managed to gaffer tape it all together and stick it back on the bracket it lasted for three months till we returned home then bought a ducato mirror on fleebay and replaced it myself think it cost £120 and saved my NCB.
     
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    Try looking on the RoadPro website.
    Part number J8602 Mirror Armour for Fiat Ducato
     
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    They are probably beneficial in a very low impact situation. In a real world situation, where combined speeds of your van and an oncoming vehicle are considerably more than walking pace your mirror can still smash against the side of your van and be toast. Goodbye mirror, goodbye Mirrorguard, hello big replacement cost. An absolute fluke aside, they don't work for that reason alone. However, if you could provide padding along the front edge of the Mirrorguard then you would possibly suffer less damage. And they are prone to being stolen.
     
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    I've decided against the insurance claim, ordered a replacement unit from wingmirrorman and have someone who can help me fit it if needs be.

    To be fair the mirror guard itself isn't badly damaged and I'll probably fit it over the new unit perhaps add some hi-viz tape down the edge. I can only hope the van's mirror was also ruined as he made no attempt to slow down and simply barrelled into us and disappeared up the road.

    Like @Larby I also attached a vanity mirror with gaffer tape and it did the job (poorly). As this seems to be quite common, I'm going to buy a couple of stick-on mirror kits to carry in the van.

    @knokinonabit Mirror Armour, that's the one, thanks. If I buy again, these will be the ones.
     
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    as my mirrors are almost in front of the rv instead of at the side,, mine would be a front end crash lol
     
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