Minimal enough to look at, and free from any moving parts or paraphernalia, caravan towing mirrors might seem like optional add-ons to your towing setup. But they’re actually every bit as important as a towing hitch or weight distribution system, in fact it is a legal requirement to use towing mirrors in Australia.
Why are caravan towing mirrors important?
Your car’s rear view mirrors might be adequate without a caravan in tow. But once your caravan or trailer is hitched to your car, the length of its rear view mirrors won’t be enough to accommodate the full length of the caravan. If you’ve ever driven a caravan or camper trailer, you’ll be aware of the expertise needed to manoeuvre a car with a heavily loaded caravan affixed to it. As such, you’d like to retain as much visibility as possible, both of the road ahead, and any moving objects behind or adjacent to your caravan. This is where caravan towing mirrors come in. Even the most premium of towing accessories will be rendered redundant if the full length of your caravan can’t be seen from the driver’s seat of your towing vehicle.
Types of caravan towing mirrors:
There are two broad categories of towing mirrors – portable and permanent. The portable ones can be attached to your car’s existing rear view mirrors, while the permanent ones completely replace them. The portable category is easy to install and usually consists of universal fit mirrors, primarily the fender mounted and clip-on varieties. Installing permanent caravan towing mirrors requires much more skill; for instance, the driver and passenger door panels might have to be removed in some cases. You will also need to ensure your mirror is compatible with the model and make of your car, therefore portable mirrors are the favoured option.
Choosing towing mirrors:
The most important factor to consider is what size towing mirrors you will require. The size of your towing mirrors should be enough to allow you to comfortably see the entire length of your caravan, on both sides.
There are generally two types of towing mirrors, one that connects to your existing side mirrors and ones that can ratchet strap onto your vehicle doors.
Our most popular towing mirrors are by Milenco. These models include:
So if you’re out shopping for a towing hitch or braking system for your new caravan, check out some caravan towing mirrors as well. They will make driving your camper setup much easier. And since towing mirrors are a mandatory requirement in Australia, they can also save you the hassle of unnecessary fines and paperwork!
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.