i was trying to be helpful, knowing a number of people who have been challenged by the police.
there is a specific area each side of the rear of a caravan that you need to be able to see with the extended mirrors, the wider the caravan the longer the arm sneed to be.
there are diagrams and words, just trying to be helpful, i don't like to see people in trouble. i have copied the words and dia. here.
TOWING MIRRORS - THE LAW
The Law in the United Kingdom specifies you must be able to see clearly down both sides of the caravan, and see 4 meters either side of the caravan at a distance of 20 meters behind the rear of the caravan.
This in reality means, if your caravan/trailer is wider than the rear of your tow vehicle, you must fit towing mirrors to comply with the law. You can be fined up to £1000 and get 3 points on your licence for towing blind.
On tow vehicles conforming to directive 2003/97 EC or sold after January 2007, the towing mirrors may project 25cms further than the widest part of the caravan. On tow vehicles pre dating this directive, the mirrors may project 20 cms further than the widest part of the caravan.
Since 12th of December 2005 it is a legal requirement that you have type approved (e-marked) mirrors on both sides of the tow vehicle.
i am not arguing just trying very hard to be helpful
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18th May 2016 10:30 am
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Has anyone got a link to the genuine LR mirrors please?
I had the ones with plastic rubbers and were rubbish.
Had the ones with "clever" suction cup on mirror allowing you adjusting the viewing angle while towing without opening the windows - utterly useless and dangerous.
I will not be changing the current ones.
BTW: I have towed the van without extra mirrors once as I haven't realised it and viewing field wasn't obstructed much as van was similar width as Disco. Do it at your own risk.
See here for more details
http://www.milenco.com/products/mirrors/news/Wynn's Mega Flush
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18th May 2016 3:19 pm
Member Since: 01 Mar 2016
that part number says up to 2013. Mine is a 16MY, any idea if they are the same?
Just found pics of these mirrors, O'reilly auto parts, shame they are in the USA,
18th May 2016 3:37 pm
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Did the mod tonight as suggested in an earlier post with a sleeve of old inner tube stretched very tightly over the lower clamp. Worked brilliantly. Grand Aeros with standard clamps now fixed on very securely indeed, so no worries about going away this weekend with the van now. Thanks for the tip
24th May 2016 7:11 pm
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Happy to confirm the bicycle inner tube mod works perfectly, my Milenco Aero towing mirrors fixed securely and stayed on for hundreds of miles, even into a 50mph headwind on Sunday.
Thanks for the top tip
9th Aug 2016 9:39 am
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Can confirm, 2000 miles of towing through france and milencos with latest clamps and "mod" on MY16, and mirrors didnt move - jobs a good 'un.
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