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GMJ

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Having had my off side mirror hit twice now, I am wondering whether it is possible to replace the long arm versions with the short arm versions on my 2017 Ducato based Autotrail.

 

Has anyone else done this?

 

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Hi G, yes done it twice now and just got two for this van, approx £100 Off eBay for the two, will sell others for more once I fit them, straight swap for the electric ones in the pre 2007 models.
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Thanks Kev

Easy DIY job to do?

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Just think about those thousands of continental motorhomers travelling where people drive on the wrong side.
Close to Cornish hedges.
With wheels on the right jumping up and down on metal bumps on the middle of carriageway.

How many continental broken right mirrors I have seen.
Ducato, Transit, Sprinters, maker doesn't matter.
Luckily not me at the moment...
At least until next August when I plan to return to the UK.

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p.s. Do you know that Sweden in one night changed direction of driving from left to right ?
It happened on September 3, 1967, their "H Day" from Högertrafikomläggningen.
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I often wish for electric folding mirrors like wot I got on me car.
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I often wish for electric folding mirrors like wot I got on me car.


OH and I say exactly the same thing Geoff. We asked about it when we bought the van, but obviously it wasn’t even available as an ‘extra.’ Where we live we are always having to reach out the window and pull in the mirrors, even to get out of our lane! It must be worse for you if it is just you and Ellie in the van. - Have you trained her to do the job yet? 🤣

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Autotrail in their wisdom order in all their chassis cabs with long arm mirrors as standard so, if you have a 'narrow' van like mine (2.26m) the mirrors stick out unnecessarily far.

If you can use a drill and hacksaw and are good at plastic sculpting you can 'butcher' the arms down by about 4 cms each side and if you are able to heat and bend the metal arms it could be much more.

I did this on my van mainly to avoid having to fold the mirrors in when backing into my tight parking space, but it also means that if anyone is going to hit my mirror they will probably also hit the van sides on the way past [frown] 

NB if replacing, the short arm versions as used on the panel vans may not give enough rearward visibility for a coachbuilt, but medium arm versions are available.  

 

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Those of us with coachbuilts need to remember that the hab is wider than the cab, so if the mirror clears the hab should be OK.

I've had mine twatted a couple of times and can vouch for mirrorguards doing a good job.

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We have mirror guards as well. I can ‘second’ what Geoff has said. One has a crack in it after getting bashed by a van on OUR side of the road I’m Fort William two years ago but it still ‘does the job’ it was intended for.

Money well spent in our opinion.

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My mirrorguards are a bit battered as I use them to judge width going down our road batting back mirrors on both sides 😇 some of the scratches won’t buff out again but the paint that gets left soon comes off 😂
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My mirror guards didn't save me the first time - I had to have the mirror assembly replaced. However they did the second time. It suffered a small tear just below the indicator glass and I had a broken bulb but aside from that, all intact.

I have silver coloured ones too to make them more visible.

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For what it is worth, I used reflective tape on ours, on the three vans we had we never had a problem.
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It is definitely noticeable the difference between the stock black mirrors and the white version of protectors I have fitted. The width of the MH is more apparent. But the colour doesn’t affect my (in)ability to negotiate narrow gaps.
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