The humble towing mirror is now an indispensable piece of equipment for caravan owners. So we thought we would show you why the world’s best-selling towing mirror, the Milenco Aero 3 is our favourite.
1 – The law around towing mirrors
Whilst it is not mandatory to use towing mirrors, the law states that you must be able to see 20 meters behind you. This means that 99% of caravan and large trailer owners need towing mirrors, even with a 4×4 or van. Furthermore, new legislation introduced in January 2010 requires all mirrors used on new vehicles to display an ‘e’ mark to show that they comply with EEC regulation 2003/97.
The Milenco Aero 3 not only meets but exceeds the requirements of the EU regulation and can be used all over Europe. Most of the mirrors available on the market meet these regulations, like the budget-priced MGI towing mirrors. So it is not enough to single out the Aero 3 as the best, but they do tick the first box of being legal.
2 – They fit virtually every car
It sounds like common sense, but the complex mirror design of some modern cars makes finding mirrors which fit an absolute pain. The latest Aero 3 mirrors fit every vehicle on the market at the time of testing (April 2016). In some circumstances you will need to fit new pads for certain vehicles, they are as follows:
- Aero V Pads – For 2010-on Kia Sorento’s
- Aero F Pads – For 2013-on Audi, VW, Seat, Skoda and 2016-on Vauxhall Astra
- Aero LR Pads – For 2014-on Range Rover and Land Rover Discovery models
3 – They put the Aero in aerodynamic towing mirrors
The clue is in the name, so many towing mirrors are square blocks but the Milenco Aero range have a sleek design and the benefits go far beyond cosmetic. The aerodynamic design limits vibration through the mirror so that your view is unimpaired. Milenco has tested the mirror up to 155mph (250kph) to ensure this.
4 – They are easy to fit
A patented clamping system using stainless steel screws and threaded brass inserts which provides unrivalled clamping force initially sounds like something which will be a nightmare to fit, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. 4 thumbscrews allow you to first attach the mirror to your car and then accurately position it to give you the best view.
5 – Endless choice so that you buy the right towing mirrors for you
Everyone has different requirements so finding towing mirrors which suit your needs can be difficult. Milenco offers the Aero 3 with both flat and convex glass, standard or extra wide arm length (for 8ft wide caravans) and standard or Grand Aero mirror size.
6 – They are safe for pedestrians
Probably not the first thought in your mind when choosing mirrors, the Aero 3’s meet the latest pedestrian safety requirements. Should you be involved in an accident involving a passenger, the Aero towing mirrors are designed to minimise injury.
7 – The damage they won’t cause
An often overlooked scenario with towing mirrors is when they might be hit. Whether it’s another car or a wall, your towing mirrors are attached to your car so any damage can be transferred. The usual attachment method which uses straps not only reduces vision through your standard car mirror, it also means they are solidly fixed. So if your towing mirror gets hit, then there is likely to be damage to your car mirror.
The simple clamping attachment of the Aero 3 means that, should they come in to contact with something else, then the towing mirror will fall off. Annoying? Yes, but certainly a lot cheaper to replace than your vehicle’s mirror.
8 – They have a wide adjustment range
The unique clamping system allows you to accurately position the Aero 3 towing mirrors to get the best view.
9 – Award winning
Not only are they the best-selling towing mirrors in the world, the Milenco Aero 3 towing mirrors were awarded a best accessories gong in the 2008 Practical Caravan awards.
10 – They are unbelievable value for money
Whilst not the cheapest on the market, the Aero 3’s are a long way from being the most expensive. Considering all of the features and the fact that they fit any car; 4×4 or van, the £54.99 price tag (Aero 3 flat glass twin pack with carry case, including free UK shipping) makes them the bargain of the century for a product that you only need to buy once.
View the Aero 3 and other towing mirrors we have available in our shop here