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Do I need Towing Mirrors?

Do I need Caravan Towing Mirrors? Yes, is the straight forward answer. If you’re towing a vehicle that’s wider than the car, you need extended wing mirrors.

What’s The Law?

Failure to comply with the law on wing mirrors has a maximum fine of £1,000 and 3 penalty points. A quote from https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/trailer-and-towing-equipment

You must have an adequate view of the road behind you.
Fit suitable towing mirrors if your trailer or caravan is wider than the rear of your car.

What Do You Need To See?

Apart from it being a legal requirement, it’s just common sense. If you tow a caravan, which is wider than your car, you won’t be able to see down the sides of the caravan when towing. The diagram below gives you the distances involved with and without towing mirrors.

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Different Types of Caravan Towing Mirrors

There are several different types of caravan towing mirrors as can be seen below. Ranging in price.

Stick On Towing Mirrors

Leisurewize LWACC299 Twin Towing Mirrors – Stick-on Side Mirrors - Flat + Convex | Exterior Clip-on Mirror for Caravan, Trailer, Campervan, RV, Motorhome*
  • STICK-ON VISION MIRRORS: Streetwize brings you the Extended Side View Mirrors that ensure expanded view as you drive on the road. The automotive accessories have durable and aerodynamic design that stays stable and ensure low vibration.
  • WIDER RANGE VISION: This twin towing mirror pack contains x1 Flat Mirror and x1 Convex Mirror. The exterior mirrors provide wider range of vision to the driver. The pack contains 12 side-view mirrors. The side mirrors provide a broader view of traffic for safe towing.
  • EASY ADJUSTING & MOUNTING: You can easily fit these dual vision mirrors on top of the existing side view mirrors using the attached strong synthetic fastenings. The extended view mirrors come complete with safety cord for peace of mind.
  • PERFECT FIT FOR ALL: Be it a caravan, mini bus, sedan, coupe, or sports car, these twin mirrors will be a perfect fit for most vehicles out there. The safety towing mirrors are ideal to be used with both offside and nearside car wing mirrors of the vehicles.
  • SMART AUTO ACCESSORY: The extended view mirrors conform to E11 regulations that are acceptable across the UK. The clip-on mirrors are easy to adjust even when you are seated inside the vehicle and provide visibility across blind spots.

Strap On Towing Mirrors

Bracket Style Caravan Towing Mirrors

Pair of Rock Steady Towing Mirrors*
  • 1 x Flat Mirror & 1 x Convex Mirror for a wider field of vision
  • Universal design fits most standard car mirrors
  • Fitted in seconds
  • Quick and easy to adjust from inside your vehicle
  • Strong synthetic fastenings ensure secure mounting

There are of course many different makers of caravan towing mirrors and we’ve been through several in our 13-year caravan adventure.

Best Selling Caravan Towing Mirrors

Bestseller No. 1
Pair of Rock Steady Towing Mirrors*
  • 1 x Flat Mirror & 1 x Convex Mirror for a wider field of vision
  • Universal design fits most standard car mirrors
  • Fitted in seconds
  • Quick and easy to adjust from inside your vehicle
  • Strong synthetic fastenings ensure secure mounting
SaleBestseller No. 2
SaleBestseller No. 3
Milenco Aero MK2 flat caravan mirror, 1 piece*
  • Worlds best performing towing mirror
  • Superior chrome safety glass and assembled using stainless steel screws
  • Strap-free to eliminate rubbing of straps on colour coded mirror shells
  • Unique air balanced design to stop vibration
  • Perfect view adjustment with easy grip thumb wheels
Bestseller No. 4
MILENCO GRAND AERO TOWING MIRROR (PACK of 2)*
  • The Grand Aero Mirror has a unique Luftbalanciertes design, stops the vibrations and multifunctional claw system to fit on any car, 4x4 model and vans. Without Strap.
Bestseller No. 5
Milenco Aero, extra wide caravan, extra mirror, set of 2*
  • Set of two convex mirrors
  • Fits to the mirrors of most vehicles
  • Chrome safety glass with stainless steel screws in brass threads
  • Versatile clamping system and 41cm arms
  • Dynamic head and thumb wheels for precise view adjustment

What Do CaravanVlogger Recommend?

The mirrors we use are the following:

MILENCO GRAND AERO TOWING MIRROR (PACK of 2)*
  • The Grand Aero Mirror has a unique Luftbalanciertes design, stops the vibrations and multifunctional claw system to fit on any car, 4x4 model and vans. Without Strap.

As you can see Milenco Grand Aero Convex Mirrors are not the cheapest. We’ve had cheaper mirrors and have used both stick on and strap on ones. The stick on ones can fall off and were prone to being unsteady. The Milenco mirrors we use are rock steady with very little movement. You can easily get spare, we broke a mirror recently and was able to just buy the mirror itself, without the added expense of buying a set, when we only needed one.

We use convex glass, you can get flat glass as well, these may suit you better. I personally don’t like them because they mess with how distances look and you don’t get a true idea of how close something is. It’s a personal choice thing of course. With flat mirror, everything appears closer and with convex you get a view that you’d be used to with your own car mirrors.

By mistake I did buy a flat glass mirror recently and used it, through no choice, on a recent trip. For me it was a nightmare, I got a lovely close up view of the caravan, but there was no “width” at all, I couldn’t see the wheels on the caravan and did hit a kerb!

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*Last update on 2019-12-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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