|Product Review: Telescoping Towing Mirrors for Ford F250 and F350 Trucks||Short Cuts|
By: Dale Burleson - 10/2000
|The mirrors expand...|
Telescoping Towing Mirrors
I bought a 2000 F250 Ford truck equipped with a 7.3-liter Powerstroke diesel engine to pull our 27-foot 5th wheel trailer. When first delivered, the truck came with the standard power mirrors. These turned out to be virtually useless for visibility when towing the trailer; they just didn't stick out far enough to provide visibility past the trailer.
Ford also offers optional telescoping mirrors that replace the stock mirrors. I had the dealer change the mirrors over. The new mirrors are genuine Ford accessories and the official part number is YC3V1769BAA. The cost for the mirrors when I purchased them in June of 2000 was about $200 each. The dealer quoted installation at about $200 also, but in this case was only $50 dollars. Exchanging the OEM parts to these was quick and painless on the Ford pickup, but would obviously be more of a challenge on another vintage or type of vehicle, which accounts for the difference in installation charges. Owners with sufficient skills and patience could do the installation themselves and save some change.
|The top flat mirror adjusts with the trucks electric controls and the bottom convex mirror adjusts by hand.|
|These telescoping mirrors folkd back just like the stock mirrors.|
|The mirror has tick marks to help align it.|
For me, these optional mirrors have proven to be worth the investment. These mirrors are valuable not just for towing a RV, but also when pulling other trailers or hauling vehicles of different sizes.