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Jarvis
 


Member Since: 16 Dec 2009
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I tried the Reich Excellent View Towing Mirror as I was worried the Milenco Aero's I'd used with the D3 would slide off the MY16 now doing the towing duties. I had to return them as the straps were too short to get round the mirror cowl.

I tried the inner tube trick with the Aero's and found a huge improvement in attachment and stability, attaching to the topside to avoid any mirror-folding disasters Shocked
  
Post #165543316th May 2016 11:52 am
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Troon
 


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Great minds think alike, and you got there first. Thanks for trying this out for me Smile
  
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Washwipe
 


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I've a pair of Reich Mirrors, found them better than the Grand Aeros, luckily I still have them, whether I ever get an MY16 to actually fit them on is another story Evil or Very Mad
  
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blackdog1
 


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A pair of land rover mirrors ,for the d4, not cheap, these are fitted with a ratchet system which ensures that they can be tightened to make a perfect fit and come in a good storage bag. If I had to pay for them I would still have bought them. Very Happy
  
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Troon
 


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Right, I've just tried it myself. With a length of 25-28mm road bike inner tube stretched over the thin plastic tab and the standard flat rubber pads in position on my 16MY,
the Grand Aeros go from utterly unusable to solid as a rock. I've not road-tested them yet, but a good tug gives me confidence that they'll be fine.





  
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Jarvis
 


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Neat solution, I feel an upgrade experiment coming on Bow down Bow down Bow down
  
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Clubber
 


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Looking at your second picture, the clamps seem to be much closer together than how I have mine. I know that the clamp that is furthest away from the car is the most tricky to tighten, but I thought if they were further apart, they'd make the mirror more stable. Do you have any issues with the mirror wobbling with the clamps so close?

I like the idea of extra security offered by the inner tube trick though! Smile
 Bri

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discoteca
 


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I'm going to need to do this next week before we go away. Are they the standard clamps with the inner tube on or the fancy swivel ones? If it works with inner tube on the standard clamp I won't bother trying to get hold of the swivel ones.
  
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kirkyworld
 


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I haven't bothered using my Milenco aero's on my MY16 D4. I think the view is pretty good without. I'm not saying perfect but a lot less hassle. Watching with interest to see if a decent fix is found.
  
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Clubber
 


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The view might be pretty good but need to be sure you are towing legally:

Quote from here: https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/towing-equipment

"Towing mirrors

You must have an adequate view of the road behind you. If your caravan or trailer is wider than the rear of the towing vehicle, you may need to fit suitable towing mirrors.

You can get 3 points on your licence and be fined up to £1,000 for towing without proper towing mirrors."

I note the word "may" so, as with lots of guidance, there is room for ambiguity Rolling Eyes Laughing
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Post #165583717th May 2016 9:48 am
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Troon
 


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Clubber wrote:
Looking at your second picture, the clamps seem to be much closer together than how I have mine.


Tbh, that wasn't meant to be a road-ready installation — at that point, only the inner clamp had the tube fitted. I agree, I would space them as widely as possible.

Interestingly, I can see over the top of my folding camper via the interior rear view mirror, so I might not even need the outside mirrors legally.
  
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craigc
 


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Hi all, just seen thread and haven't got round to trying my mirrors, just had a look at mirrors on bay (rover 75,45 ) look very similar with rubber strap to help hold in place ?
  
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dunton10
 


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Hi all
I first posted in reply to Al's post on the 24th feb. I've now been away for the last 6 days in the van and been able to test my mirrors with a decent tow.
I'm pleased to say that the mirrors were rock solid and didn't budge.
I have the swivel type clamps and I've stuck some rubber to the thin plastic that sits between the mirror and cowling. Rather than use an inner tube I found a puncture repair kit which had some large rectangle patches and I stuck these to the clamps.
Now when tightening the clamps they don't squeeze off the mirror cowlings but grip tight with the clamp held right up to mirror (especially the outer clamp).

Very relieved.
 Currently 2015 D4 SE Tech, Corris Grey
RLD Protector, led interior lights, timed climate, towing equipment
Previously
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discoteca
 


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Well I've got inner tubes and rubber patches so will have a play at the weekend. Thanks for the tips Thumbs Up
  
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rodneydisco3
 


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United Kingdom 2014 Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 HSE Auto Loire BlueDiscovery 4

There is a lot of chat here about Milenco Mirrors. i have used them for many years on disco 3 and currently on the latest mirrors. they work perfectly if you have the current clamps. the latest of the clamp has a rubber section on the tapered part this fits in the gap between glass and surround use the triangular pads attached to the fastening screws. perfect no vibration never move.

You can get all you require here. http://www.milenco.com/products/spares/

LR offer towing mirrors but they do not extend far enough, the Milenco long arms may be necessary for most caravans over about 7ft 5ins wide, to comply with the current legislation.

Regard

Rodney
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