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Old 07-25-2019, 10:40 AM   #1
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Are the round front-view mirrors necessary?

These round front-view mirrors: https://www.opposingviews.com/.image...omo-image.webp

... on my bus are leaking pretty badly where they're mounted to the hood (one of my headlights is full of water from this). I was getting ready to try waterproofing the mountings but I was wondering if I could just remove these mirrors entirely. Are they just for checking to make sure you're not about to run over any kids? Or do they have some other viable purpose when driving?
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Old 07-25-2019, 10:49 AM   #2
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These round front-view mirrors: https://www.opposingviews.com/.image...omo-image.webp

... on my bus are leaking pretty badly where they're mounted to the hood (one of my headlights is full of water from this). I was getting ready to try waterproofing the mountings but I was wondering if I could just remove these mirrors entirely. Are they just for checking to make sure you're not about to run over any kids? Or do they have some other viable purpose when driving?
They are called cross-over mirrors and aren't required, but can useful if you end up doing lots of city driving, or even tight corners in camp grounds. You can see where your front bumper is when parking, etc. We left ours on. You can get replacement ones if needed.
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Old 07-25-2019, 10:54 AM   #3
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These round front-view mirrors: https://www.opposingviews.com/.image...omo-image.webp

... on my bus are leaking pretty badly where they're mounted to the hood (one of my headlights is full of water from this). I was getting ready to try waterproofing the mountings but I was wondering if I could just remove these mirrors entirely. Are they just for checking to make sure you're not about to run over any kids? Or do they have some other viable purpose when driving?
among other things,you'll be glad of them and their expanded view when you are backing up
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Old 07-25-2019, 11:10 AM   #4
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I figured that they’re on there so you can see if there’s a kid in front of the bus. I pulled mine. Admittedly they do add a lot of visibility.
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Old 07-25-2019, 11:12 AM   #5
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Hmm, I guess I should try actually looking at them when I'm driving to see if they're useful. So far I've just been looking at the main side mirrors and at the lower side mirrors to check my position relative to my lane.

I'm planning on a 360 camera system eventually - maybe that would supersede the need for these mirrors?
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Old 07-25-2019, 11:39 AM   #6
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I like the fact that I can see all my front lights working in those mirrors.
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Old 07-25-2019, 11:42 AM   #7
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I'm keeping mine, in spite of all that increased wind resistance...
They are handy to have in keeping track of things, tho maybe more important when you have 30' or more bus to keep track of.
I haven't used them as often as the wing mirrors, but, as earlier mentioned, dang useful in some circumstances.
I am gonna to get cams, too. However the perq to mirrors is that you're already looking up and out, and not taking your eyes off the road to check your (dash mounted) monitor...
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Old 07-25-2019, 03:25 PM   #8
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When I bought my Bluebird I fully intended to remove them.

But, after driving in town and parking in unfamiliar cities I find that I really like having them.

They are butt ugly though.....
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They must be mounted too far back.
You aren't supposed to see your own reflection... 🤥
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I like 'em, especially pulling out of the driveway. We have several cars parked on the street and it is nice to be able to see the front bumper AND the cars as well. I also use them to check my position within the lane from time to time, especially in construction zones.


I have to cover them while parked in the driveway. A cardinal thought the image in the mirror was another cardinal and was attacking the mirror quite violently.
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