Originally Posted by prl99
J Gibson, how much wider are these mirrors than the factory mirrors? Do you have any problems with their width even when in flipped-down mode?
I haven't found these on a website for ordering. Did you order yours through mac1man001 (Rob)? I found something similar at http://www.1aauto.com/1A/Mirrors/Toy...06/688914/2013
. They said they were built specifically for 1AAuto. They also are available for immediate shipment. Are they the same mirror? These extend 16" while mine extend 10" making my truck effectively 12" wider without them being flipped-up.
Thanks for the info
When I installed the towing mirrors I boxed up the original factory mirrors and put them up in the attic, so I don't know exactly how wide the originals were. The pro-efx towing mirrors that I ordered through Rob are about 16" wide flipped down, and a little wider yet when flipped up, maybe almost another 5". So yes, they are considerably wider, but to be effective as towing mirrors they have to be. These mirrors are basically the optional mirrors on many of the full size Dodge trucks manufactured with the mount for the Tacoma. Being that the Tacoma is narrower than the 1500/2500/3500 Dodge trucks the mirrors have to be at least as wide as they are to see around the trailer you are towing.
I wouldn't say the width is really a problem per se, but it is a trade-off. If you look at the truck directly from the front they look a bit oversized, but not bad, and from the side or at an angle they are fine IMO. I do occasionally fold them after I park in a tight parking lot and always when I run it through a carwash. Also the larger mirror takes up a bigger chunk of the view out the side windows, so occasionally at some angled intersections I need to shift a bit to see the road or drive I am turning onto.
I clicked on the link in your post and those mirrors sure look the same as mine (except mine are chrome with turn signals), but I can't say for sure whether they are actually the same. I can say the ones that I got through Rob seem to be good quality and well made.
Some have posted concerns about field of view in the passenger mirror, and blind spots. I personally do not have those problems. The built in blind spot mirrors in the corner eliminates any blind spot. The fact that the mirror glass is flat and not the curved shape that creates the more common larger field of view and the "objects in mirror are closer than they appear" effect, allows me to more accurately tell how close the trailer that I am backing is to whatever is behind me.
If you tow a travel or cargo trailer much at all then I think the benefits far out weigh any drawbacks. I hated the best strap-on "universal" towing mirrors I could find. I would happily buy these mirrors again.
Hope this helps.