Rear View Mirror

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Rear View Mirror

Postby CaspersCruiser on Wed May 16, 2018 2:25 pm

I’d like to install rear view mirrors on the starboard and maybe the port railings. I made an archive search and saw a suggestion for ATV mirrors. If you have a rear view mirror, what do you use?
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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby scross on Wed May 16, 2018 2:57 pm

We have both port and starboard mirrors on our RT25 Classic.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028 ... UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003G ... UTF8&psc=1
Installed them 20 months ago and they are holding up well. Attached them to the railings facing inward.
They provide good visibility to the rear - except straight behind the boat. Only negative is that they require a big step to get over them when moving along the gunwales to get forward or aft.
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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby Cutwater28GG on Wed May 16, 2018 3:52 pm

if you have a newer garmin you can put in a virb camera back there and display the image on the Garmin.
Also the camera systems that are now sold as part of auto reversing systems are stupidly cheap with an included screen. so you can just install a whole separate system. Doesn't really matter if there are distance lines on the overlay :D
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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby Navigator's Son on Wed May 16, 2018 6:27 pm

I bought two ATV mirrors from Cabela's. Similar to this

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product ... 8cEALw_wcB


Now I know I'm gonna get my measurements wrong, but you'll know what I mean. The ATV mirrors are meant to clamp on 1.75" rail whereas the boat rails are 1.25".

I went to Lowe's and bought two pvc pipe couplers to fill in the gaps.

https://m.lowes.com/pd/Charlotte-Pipe-2 ... ng/3132703

Split them in half on band saw. Wrapped the pvc couplers on the rail, then tightened the ATV rail clamp over the coupler
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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby thepiffs on Wed May 16, 2018 8:29 pm

A lack of visibility for oncoming boats in crowded SW Florida channels during "season" prompted us to look for mirrors two years ago. Crazy as this sounds, we found the answer in golf cart mirrors. (Why you need a mirror on a golf cart defies my imagination). Anyway, they mount to the outside of the cockpit, fold flat when not in use, are a good quality plastic (no rust) and have held up perfectly for two years. Just Google "Golf cart mirrors" and you'll see plenty of them. They really work!.
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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby Dale777 on Wed May 16, 2018 10:59 pm

CaspersCruiser,

See this link for a post of mine about mirrors I installed on my previous R27:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2508&p=18242&hilit=rt+port+mirror#p18242
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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby knotflying on Thu May 17, 2018 6:10 am

I installed the same one as Dale did.
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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby bill46 on Mon May 28, 2018 11:43 am

Here are images of the mirrors we mounted on our R31.
They are motorcycle mirrors, be sure to get real 1" mounts as most are 7/8"
We bought the largest cycle mirrors we could find.
Work quite well.

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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby Alibi27 on Tue May 29, 2018 8:16 pm

AMAZON CIPA 48502 5” CONVEX ROUND SS. $19.94 INCLUDES SOLD ATTACHMENTS
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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby CaspersCruiser on Tue May 29, 2018 10:23 pm

Here’s what I came up with:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073YLF753/re ... rd_w=4eYuh

They are designed for use on golf carts, but work very well on a Ranger Tug. I used 1” adel clamps to mount them. There is a slight amount of vibration from the engine, but it does not affect their usefulness. I’m very pleased with the large, clear image.

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I really wanted a “fold in” feature for when the boat is in my slip.

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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby Clementelife on Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:30 pm

CaspersCruiser wrote:Here’s what I came up with:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073YLF753/re ... rd_w=4eYuh

They are designed for use on golf carts, but work very well on a Ranger Tug. I used 1” adel clamps to mount them. There is a slight amount of vibration from the engine, but it does not affect their usefulness. I’m very pleased with the large, clear image.

Image

I really wanted a “fold in” feature for when the boat is in my slip.

Image




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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby Clementelife on Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:30 pm

Clementelife wrote:
CaspersCruiser wrote:Here’s what I came up with:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073YLF753/re ... rd_w=4eYuh

They are designed for use on golf carts, but work very well on a Ranger Tug. I used 1” adel clamps to mount them. There is a slight amount of vibration from the engine, but it does not affect their usefulness. I’m very pleased with the large, clear image.

Image

I really wanted a “fold in” feature for when the boat is in my slip.

Image




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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby Clementelife on Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:35 pm

Where would I find the clamps?


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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby scross on Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:48 pm

I used about a bazillion Adel clamps while building my airplane. Aircraft Spruce, Chief Aircraft in Oregon, Amazon, eBay and improvedracing.com are some of the places where I obtained my adel clamps.
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Re: Rear View Mirror

Postby Clementelife on Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:25 pm

scross wrote:I used about a bazillion Adel clamps while building my airplane. Aircraft Spruce, Chief Aircraft in Oregon, Amazon, eBay and improvedracing.com are some of the places where I obtained my adel clamps.
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