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Heated Mirrors

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by makplow, Dec 27, 2005.

  1. makplow

    makplow Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    When plowing, my neck really starts to bother me. I was wondering how heated mirrors work and how much they cost? Any advise would be appreciated. :help:
  2. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    They work great, it is a option I will be looking for on my next truck. I mainly look over my shoulder but I will use my mirrors in wide open areas.
  3. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    I don't know what this has to do with your neck but..... Heated mirrors are a must have I think, I don't know what they cost as they have always come with my trucks but they are worth it Im sure.
  4. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,160

    I think he is refering to having to look out the back window cause his side mirriors are iced over.

    The stock mirrors are expensive. I think you can get aftermarket ones from JC Witney, probably much cheaper.
  5. nosinjcted

    nosinjcted Junior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 21

    I loved my heated mirror's when they worked, they were nice.
  6. jhughesIII

    jhughesIII Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Heated mirrors are by far the best thing to come standard on most work trucks I plow with a F450 dump and don't have the option of the back window the last two years with the heated have been the best and knock on wood i have'nt knocked them of any major tree branches or poles yet cause i'm sure there much more expensive to replace especially with the lights in the side.
  7. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I personally do not have them, but I have been in trucks that do. They will melt the ice right off the mirrors in like about 3 minutes. They are great and hardly ever fog up.:)
  8. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,085


    I have them on my 2002 tahoe. They really work great. Heated, power up/down left/right with a bottom light that shines down beside the door. Smashed the right one in a little mirror to mirror clash last summer. Big money for the replacement mirror, over $500.
  9. Sweetpete

    Sweetpete Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    I love mine. Absolutely fantastic. I wished they offered heated windshield wiper blades as an option. Maybe next time.... :alien:
  10. BDB

    BDB Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    You can add heated mirrors to your truck. I do not remember the part numbers but I added them to my 99' F350. It's a matter of hooking them up. 20 amp switch or you can retro-fit a factory one off a different vehicle. Best up-grade I've for plowing!!!:nod: Do a search for it here someone might have done this already.
  11. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    After having them for one full year I don't know how I went without them.
  12. We have heated mirrors on all the International's except the two Paystars. The mirrors work really well when ever we have to back down streets, or the snow is blowing from the back of the truck to the front keeping the mirrors ice/snow free. Another area heated mirrors shine is when you are going to back into the heated garage from the cold air, just turn the mirrors on a few minutes before going in to the garage and there will be no fogging. Wish some of the one tons would have them, but then the tax payers will complain the trucks cost to much.
  13. makplow

    makplow Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    BDB Thanx. I have a 03 super duty. Are the heated mirrors larger then the stock mirrors?
  14. BDB

    BDB Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    Which stock??? I think these TT (trailer tow) are off of the 04's and newer. Same size as other TT mirrors. They have the turn/marker lights in them too. If I remember they cost around $350 form a stealer (dealer). If you want the smaller ones I think they had heated small mirrors on the Excursions. The switch is the way to go because they are on only when you need them. Easy to hook up...the power adjustment just plugs right in, well on mine it did. Three wires for the lights blinker, parking and a ground. Two wires for the heat. Power and ground. Then you can save the origionals or sell them for a few bucks.:cool:
  15. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Heated mirrors and heated wipers. Must have equipment for plowing snow
  16. WBH Grounds

    WBH Grounds Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I had a buddy look at them for his 03 chevy, and he said they start around $500 for his truck. If you can maybe keep an eye out at the local junkyards for some. I know some guys that did that and just installed'em themselves. That saved them a couple of hundred getting them like that.:)
  17. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    They DO have heated wiper blades- google it.

    I wish I could get heated mirrors- been wanting them for years. They are offered on almost all trucks now, but not all older trucks can use them- not as easy as Whitneys.

    Dodge, for example being my situation, offered them in 1998 and up- the mirrors are different (they claim do not fit) earlier trucks. Used ones (and nos) are on Ebay for $250 ish each for 98+ trucks- too much $$ to get one and see if I can make it work IMHO, plus I don't like the style of the newer mirrors compaired to mine. There are no aftermarket ones offered for my year truck- only 98+ since that's when Dodge started offering them. They also claim do not fit earlier years.

    I have though about just getting some heating wire and a used mirror for my year and playing.....

    Heated mirrors are only available in certain configurations in general- never seen Jr west coasts for example- spent 2 years trying to get full west coasts (heated or otherwise) for my Chevy to no avail. (they are lsted but never able to get them)- I know there are heated west coast heads available.

    Do some web research- definatly a plus for a plow truck- can;t believe it took so long for it to be an option on trucks.
  18. makplow

    makplow Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    I want to thank every one who has posted in this thread. Its been a great help. :waving:
  19. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    it should be an standard feature from the factory if you get the snow plow prep package. i wouldn't mind spending an extra 4 or 5 hundred at the time i purchase my trucks. i would think its worth it...
  20. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Have heated wipers. www.everblades.com, you can have them too. Nice kit, top quality parts, I really like the switch. They have been working well. Another nice product The Night Blaster light, super cool if you have a seven pin U.S. Car connector like the factorys use.