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CIPA Dual-View Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2018 Ford Explorer

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How to Install the CIPA Dual-View Clip-On Towing Mirror on a 2018 Ford Explorer


Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Ford Explorer we're going to be doing a test fit on a CIPA dual view clip on towing mirror. You can pick it up in a quantity of one with part number 11953. You can also pick it up as a pair, with part number 11953-2. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park or even back up while towing a small trailer, camper or boat. As you can see, I'm visible in the towing mirror, but not the factory mirror.Now, our towing mirror does have two different types of mirrors.

The larger one is going to give us an accurate reading of what's behind us, while the smaller one acts as a spot mirror. It's going to help us during changing lanes and passing. Now, if I take a few steps in towards my trailer, you can see there's no blind spot by the way we have it set up. But right here is the view you get with just your factory mirror. Both the larger and the smaller mirror can be adjusted to most angles.

We've got our up and down, diagonal, and side to side.The four tabs do make slight contact with the factory mirror, but once you have it set, you're not going to have any issues. We can even still fold it in. Here on the backside it uses two adjustable rubber straps to hold it in place. Now, one great thing about them being rubber is we don't have to worry about them harming or scratching the backside of the mirror. Another great thing is we can really maneuver them around our mirror how we want.

So, for example, if you have a puddle lamp underneath, or on our DARE police care we've got an auxiliary strobe, the mirror's going to fit nicely.Now, a few great things about a universal towing mirror are, for one, it's for temporary use, so we can take it off when we're done towing. Another great thing is, since it is universal, if we have any other trucks or SUVs in the household, it may work with those as well.Now we'll show you how easy they are to get installed. I'm here on the driver's side of my Ford Explorer. To begin our test fit, let's go ahead and turn our mirror over and turn our attention to these two knobs here. We'll start by loosening them up, and by doing so it's going to allow us to adjust our arms out so we can correctly and easily fit it around our mirror.

So, with it adjusted, let's go ahead and turn the mirror back over and set it in place. Now we want to make sure that our four tabs clip on the inside of the housing, and I'm just going to center it up with my mirror. I'll make sure that my arms are adjusted out where I want them. I'll go ahead and tighten those up, and then we can run our straps.Now when we run our straps, we want to make sure that there's a little bit of tension on them already, that way when we clip them in place it holds the mirror in place. So, we'll stretch it up behind the mirror and clip it on that top hook. Then we can adjust that strap how we want, and we'll be repeating the same process with the second strap. Now if we want to adjust it or loosen it, we can guide it up through the buckle and pull it down through the other side. But for right now we'll disconnect it, adjust our mirror how we want, and then we're ready to tow. It's that simple.Now, if you've got the pair, you're simply just repeating the same process on the passenger's side. That's going to complete our test fit on the CIPA dual view clip on towing mirror on our 2018 Ford Explorer.


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