K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

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How to Install the K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror on a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

Zack: Hey, everybody. Zack here at etrailer.com. Today, we're taking a look at a K-Source Universal Towing Mirror on our 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe. When it comes to hauling trailers, whether you're hauling a boat like we have here today, or a camper behind us, it's important to see when you're changing lanes, whenever you're trying to back up and maneuver around. The factory mirrors just don't give us that good a field of view. They're really designed for just your vehicle, not having an additional 20 feet behind you.

Being able to see whenever we're changing lanes at highway speeds is extremely important, and these are going to do a good job of that.Here I am at the back of the trailer. Now you can see me just fine in the factory mirror. But as I step out into a different lane, you can see this yellow line simulates a lane change there, as I get a little bit further out to maybe where the car next to you that's hanging out in a traditional blind spot, you lost me in that factory mirror, but you picked me up in the towing mirror. We're getting a much wider field there, so we can safely change lanes. If somebody's hanging out in that blind spot, you don't really have to worry about turning around, checking to see if somebody's there.

You get a much better look to see where people are at. Pairing that with the passenger side is going to be even more wider field of view, so you can change lanes comfortably as you're going down the highway.Now, what I like about these is, we have a lot of versatility on the angle that we're going to view. When we we're just looking at seeing into another lane, I had this in this vertical position. This gives us a higher field of view whenever we're maybe backing into a low clearance area. But we can easily spin this.

I say easily. I can do it, but it took a little bit of effort. It's not something you're going to want to do going down the highway, really. But we want that to be tight there, too, so it's not moving all around when we're going down the highway. So being able to rotate that to get exactly what we're looking for out of our viewing angle, and then being able to bring this in a little bit, tilt it up and down, we've got full 360 motion there to give us that perfect viewing angle whenever we're driving down the road.These mirrors do a great job of giving us a wider viewing angle.

But one thing that I think they have a drawback on is, they're universal. It's nice that we can swap these out with different vehicles, but we don't get that custom fit that maybe you're looking for. They fit on here, they're going to stay on here, when we're going down the road, but they're going to vibrate a little bit. I personally don't care for the way these fit, because you can see there's a little bit of movement there. I have these about as tight as they can get. But just the way the mirror's designed, on that angle, they're going to slide around a little bit. Now, this isn't coming off, but it's just going to add to that vibration that we're going to get when we're going down the road.Another thing that these mirrors are going to do is, they're going to partially block our puddle lamps, if your vehicle is equipped with those, so maybe turn signals, things like that. The universal mirrors don't really consider those features, because they're intended to fit a lot of vehicles. If you're worried about covering up turn signals and puddle lamps, you might want to look at some of the custom fit options.Something I do like is how we can adjust these. We have the ability to make them a little bit tighter. I like that it has this kind of ratcheting mechanism in there to give us a tighter fit. Then if you're worried about harming the finish of your vehicle, they have these really nice rubber pads where most of the pressure is being applied. Everything else here is going to be rubber-coated. Now, we do have some plastic up here that may scratch it. That's definitely something to be mindful of when you're putting these on.One thing that some people have noted is that they like that this can fold in. So if you're street parking, this is going to stick out even further, and we don't have any contact with our Tahoe today with having these folded in. So that's a nice feature. Then we still have full adjustment of our factory mirror. It looks like it's really close, but the way this is designed, it's not going to interfere with being able to adjust our mirror to help give us a better view with this mirror, as well.If you only need one, you can pick this up as a single, but I would advise buying the pair. Because I think it's just as important as having a passenger side mirror, whenever you're changing lanes. It's relatively simple to install, so let's just show you how we put this one in place.To get these installed, you want to make sure that you have the straps on there. They just hook in to these little tabs that are sticking out. You can see, just like that. You want to make sure that when you're doing the levers there, that they open up towards the top. If you're doing the other side, you want to make sure that they're turned around the right way. So then we're going to take these little teeth right here and get those to fit in between the actual mirror and the housing of the mirror. We'll get that lined up properly.Then we can get these to hook in place, the same way we did up top. You can see there's a lot of slack in place there, on this side. What we need to do is just get those tightened down and hooked back in place. This one's actually in a good spot here. It was just this one here. So you can pull a little bit through, open that up, and then you can just ratchet those down. Close those up. Then I like to tuck this excess down in there, if possible. It's a little tight, but we'll just get it tucked away so it's not flapping around. And then make sure that we've got it in place all the way. Then we can just repeat that same process for the other side, if you pick up the pair. You can see it, didn't take a lot of time. Might need to make a slight adjustment there.To loosen them up, to make that adjustment, we'll just take that top one there. We'll just press that, and we can kind of feed that through there. Then I'm just going to bring this in a little bit more, and then we can ratchet that down. That gives us much better fit than what I originally had. It slides a little bit more. You just want to make sure that you've got that pushed in as far as it'll go. That's one of the drawbacks to these style mirrors. They just, sometimes don't quite sit in there the way a custom-fit mirror would. But the installation is definitely, it doesn't take a long time. To do the opposite side mirror, the passenger side, you would just repeat that same process. You would just flip those straps around the opposite way.I think that the custom fit is definitely the way to go, especially if you're using it all the time. You're not going to have as many vibrations. The installation, in my opinion, it sits on there a little bit better. But these are still going to do a really good job. I think that when it's all said and done, you want a mirror that's going to give you good wide field view, so it's safe to change lanes, and these are going to do a good job.But that's going to do it for a look at the K-Source Universal Towing Mirrors on our 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe.

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