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Old 02-26-2020, 05:08 PM   #1
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Another use for mirror

Most of us will agree that the mirror on the front is not a lot of help with hitching up. We spend the winters in a park in Florida and the streets are not named here. This makes it difficult for emergency responders to find the correct site. Management has asked us to put legible site numbers on the fronts of our units (some are permanent park models, some transients like us). They prefer the numbers be lit up.

I came up with an idea: put the number on the mirror and turn the light on. I had the number printed, then took it into Staples and had it laminated. We will just remove it when we go home, and put it back up next year. We have friends here in the park with a trailer identical to ours, so I made one for them as well. I also noticed that not a lot of fifth wheels have a mirror on the front. We're so glad we do!
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Old 03-08-2020, 12:55 PM   #2
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Most of us will agree that the mirror on the front is not a lot of help with hitching up................. I came up with an idea: put the number on the mirror and turn the light on..............
Agree, the mirror is not useful hitching up so I use my tonneau cover lock, which is centered at the end of the cover, as a guide when hitching. Attaching a sign to the mirror is what I call re-purposing!!!
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Old 03-08-2020, 02:29 PM   #3
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I don't find the mirror overly useful either.

We have a rule that we try to live by faithfully, and that is never hook / unhook in the dark. In all of our years of camping, I believe we have only done it twice that I remember, and it is no fun at all. With that being said, the light is just an invitation to hook/unhook in the dark. The only other reason that I could see for the light would be to illuminate the hitch to passerby's that there is something sticking out there, and shouldn't run into it.

But for hitching, no...
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Old 03-08-2020, 05:34 PM   #4
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I agree that the mirror is all but totally useless EXCEPT for the re-purposing done here! Great idea!


As for hitching in the dark, we have zero problem doing that but I always use the cargo light on the truck instead of the one on the camper. The cargo light is shining back and not in your eyes. But then I'm the kind of person that doesn't have any problems driving in the dark either. Granted the older I get the less I am doing it. And we try to avoid leaving a campground at night out of respect for other campers.
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Old 03-08-2020, 05:53 PM   #5
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I kind of disagree. I use my camera to get lined up and close, but when the pin box starts riding up on the hitch, I use the mirror to see when hitch is fully under the pin box/kin pin. Saves banging it in too hard.
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Old 03-09-2020, 02:29 AM   #6
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Coming from a public safety member for over 35 years, this is a neat idea as if we can't find you, we can't help you.
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Old 03-09-2020, 04:50 AM   #7
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People in our park want the owner to paint the site numbers on the road. Putting actual free standing signs at the front of the sites is not a good idea as it interferes with parking. The owner has so far not been amenable to that idea.
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Old 03-09-2020, 04:58 AM   #8
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Since our 5er doesn't have self leveling. I mounted the side-to-side level in the middle of that less then useful mirror. Now it's where the 'navigator' can more easily watch - which reminds me - I need a new fore and aft mirror.
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