We have reviewed Clearviews a dozen times but every time we head out and use them again we are reminded how great they really are. Not only a legal requirement for wide vans and trailers, they are also a practical upgrade for factory mirrors being bigger than most factory options, having split, twin mirrors and being extendable.
At this years’ AL-KO’s Toughest Tow Test we had a range of cars fitted with Clearviews from the AL-KO 200 Series and D-MAX to Craig Greenway’s VW Amarok and Matt Simpson’s Mazda BT-50. The popularity of them is so great, you see them in every park and everyone we talk to knows and loves them.
Using them again reminded us of how great the split mirror system is, especially offroad when you really need to be able to see the top of your caravan when negotiating trees and your wheels and tyres around rocks. Being able to pull them in and extend them when towing the wider vans around Eldee Station was also handy when in the tighter river beds and around trees while around the dusty roads or northwest NSW, having full extension was handy to keep track of any faster moving road users.
Clearview makes mirrors for all popular makes and models in black or chrome finish and some available with electric extension and adjustment and some with in-built indicators.
You can pick them up from major 4X4 accessories retailers like ARB and TJM who can also help with fitment but having seen firsthand how easy they are to bolt up, ordering a set directly online is also an option. Expect to spend about an hour to two fitting them yourself with everyday tools like sockets and screwdrivers.
RRP: From $795
Where: Most good 4X4 stores
More info: www.clearviewmirrors.com.au
MEET THE AUTHOR
Tim van Duyl
Coming from marine publishing Tim now oversees Caravan World and Trade-a-Boat for the Adventures Group as their Senior Editor. With experience garnered from travelling the breadth and width of his home country New Zealand in all manner of ways, his mission is to see all Australia has to offer. Having already sampled Cape York, Murray-Sunset National Park, Wilsons Promontory and the bulk of Victoria’s West, he has plans to add to the small parts of WA and NT already seen. When not on the road you can find Tim passing time at lakes around Australia or in the high country camping with his close friends and family with the Murrindindi a popular spot.