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Milenco Towing Mirrors

The crew from OTR were recently lucky enough to make a six thousand km’s outback trip. We had three VW Amarok 4×4 vehicles towing our caravans but given these vehicles were only on loan from VW for the outback trip to cover the Big Red Bash they came fitted with standard side mirrors not really suitable for towing. Our choice for a detachable towing mirror was one that had been recommended by a close friend, they being the Milenco Grand Aero extra wide.

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These are a UK product from one of the largest caravan accessory companies in Europe and are brought into Australia and distributed by Dometic. The Grand Aero was thus sourced which we fitted to our Amaroks. This fitting was very easy and simple with easy grip thumb wheels that clamp onto your existing vehicle mirror. (Stainless steel screws with brass inserts) They only took a couple of minutes to fix into place and are suitable to fit all cars and 4×4’s. They can be fitted to the top or bottom of your existing mirror and offer a strap free but adjustable towing mirror.

The clever design with an aerodynamic head offers a well-balanced mirror that has very little vibration and provides great towing vision. As indicated above we had our vehicles fitted with the Grand Aero and over the course of nearly a month away travelling they performed brilliantly with no issues. Our travels took us over some very average terrain with quite a bit of off road driving yet the mirrors stayed attached through it all with no problems. We did regular checks on the grip thumb wheels to make sure that all the dirt road driving had not caused them to come loose but all was fine, once fitted they stayed fitted….

A superior quality product that did the job as advertised one that we would have no problems in recommending the Milenco Grand Areo extra wide towing mirrors to anyone looking for a top class detachable towing mirror option.

For further details, check out the Dometic web site under vehicle accessories.

Article from ontheroadmagazine

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Comments 11

  1. Peter Alford

    In Tassie on holidays , had a little accident with tow mirrors. Decided to replace mirrors. Got talked into buying Milenco Grand Areo’s. Traveling back to Queensland,via Great Ocean Road and The Newell Highway ,we had no trouble at all with the mirrors at all ,apart from a very slight vibration as B doubles passed. Mirrors fitted to a Disco 4.

  2. Peter Alford

    In Tassie on holidays , had a little accident with tow mirrors. Decided to replace mirrors. Got talked into buying Milenco Grand Areo’s. Traveling back to Queensland,via Great Ocean Road and The Newell Highway ,we had no trouble at all with the mirrors ,apart from a very slight vibration as B doubles passed. Mirrors fitted to a Disco 4.

  3. Colin

    These mirrors might have been fine on your outback trip but are not much good on narrow roads. I had them but got rid of after they kept being blown in after passing semi’s and road- trains. Opted for a fixed Oreon mirror with strap no worries since.

    1. Steve

      As they attach to your original mirrors, the reason why they were blown in was obviously because of the flimsy mirrors they were attached to. Been all over the Top End, and passed countless massive Road Trains without a problem.

  4. Colin Timms

    These mirrors might have been fine on your outback trip but are not much good on narrow roads. I had them but got rid of after they kept being blown in after passing semi’s and road- trains. Opted for a fixed Oreon mirror with strap no worries since.

  5. Jack Chomley

    I have had these mirrors for a couple of years now, they work very well but over time the ball socket becomes loose and they keep dropping down at times.
    My cure was to twist the bar so that when the ball socket was at maximum low, the mirror could not fall any further, problem solved.
    Regardless, I will buy another set again when I need to replace them.

  6. Rod Timbs

    We looked at all these detatchable mirrors and spoke to heaps of users and in the end decided none of them were really suitable for many reasons . We got a set of clearviews and are really happy with them , they have split mirrors so you can see everything close , even your van and vehicle rear wheels and the top mirror is used as the rear view mirror when travelling,they are also electrically adjustable the same as your original mirrors and have the indicators built in as per original equipment and when not towing they simply slide in. I realise they are a bit more expensive but should you really skimp on safety equipment?

  7. TOM

    Purchased a pair of Milenco towing mirrors about 3 years ago. They were recommended because of their aero dynamic shape which prevents them being blown in when semi trailers pass. They work perfectly. I have driven over 20,000 Kilometres with them fitted to the Cruiser on all types of roads and never had one blown in when a semi has passed. Great product and I highly recommend.

  8. Alasdair Langridge

    I have a pair of these fitted to a Jeep Grand Cherokee and travelled 1000’s of Kms with no dramas. They do vibrate slightly but one gets used to that.. for the price, I think they’re great value.

  9. rod

    Many cars don’t have that type a set up for those mirrors and I am one of them tried the strap ones that go on the door I used them for target practice , the best ,added is a camera set on the back of the caravan ,connected too you rear vision mirror best thing ever for being aware of what is behind you and keeping you safe should be compulsory on new caravans

    1. Neil Yardley

      I agree Rod, but some states ( I believe NSW is one ) will prosecute you if you are using the camera instead of mirrors. Perhaps a case of the regulations not keeping up with the technology.

      I had my first set of mirrors deposit themselves on the road ( highway ) after 200 odd klms. and now use the Milenco’s without issue. Probably the only issue is that they can be removed very quickly and easily. something to remember if leaving the vehicle unattended.

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