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Post by Boggie Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:17 pm

Whilst posting comments about radio reception on our Bourton, I also posted a photo of the MH parked on our drive, where Gemdeco noticed the mirror protected and asked who supplied them.

There are only a couple of suppliers of mirror protectors for the Sprinter based Motorhomes on the internet, and these are normally cheap versions which have no padding or cushion between the protector and the mirror housing. Whilst checking out truck & van parts suppliers I came across a company called KUDA UK 
Ltd and they supply mirror protectors mainly for HGV’s They also listed a set for Mercedes Sprinters.

On their website photos the mirror protectors looked good so I ordered a pair. They are not cheap, £160 plus vat, so £200 inclusive but at least the shipping was free and they quoted a 4 week delivery, which turned out to be 3 weeks.

They are made of Carbon fibre with strips of stick on foam, and come with clamps, also made from Carbon fibre
When they arrived they looked good, but after installing them I wasn’t impressed with the fixing bracketry, where the individual parts are different shapes and sizes

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In the photos you can see that the fit around the lower half of the mirror is not flush, there’s quite a gap. Also the clamps at the rear for me look very untidy and nothing lines up. To my eye it just doesn’t look right but may be acceptable to others. I think I will wait as Mirrorguard tell me they are going to produce some for the Merc Sprinters.


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Post by marconi Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:35 pm

I quite agree, I wouldn't be happy to display that fixing if it was something I had botched together from the scrap mouldings box.
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Post by gemdeco Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:13 pm

Hi
    You are correct they are really unsightly
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Post by RogerThat Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:37 pm

How much is a replacement mirror from a breakers yard?
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Post by Boggie Sun Mar 28, 2021 2:45 pm

It is an option, but I really dont think I would be fitting scrap yard parts to a nearly new, Bourton, but there are original parts on the internet.
The main point about fitting mirror protectors is that if a driving mirror gets broken whilst you are on a trip , you shouldn't be driving the vehicle until its fixed
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Post by PLOUGHLIN Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:28 pm

All parts of the MB mirrors are available separately, and not expensive. Chances of requiring a complete mirror is small.

I have fitted SS covers on mine to hide scratches on the casing, stuck on with double sided foam tape, which offers some impact protection. A bit blingy but....

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Post by rventhusiast Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:16 pm

Must say the set shown are a really untidy fix. We did as Ploughlin did and bought the stainless steel covers - used with foam double sided tape they not only fit better but offer some impact resistance.

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Post by LDPD Mon Mar 29, 2021 5:25 pm

rventhusiast wrote:Must say the set shown are a really untidy fix. We did as Ploughlin did and bought the stainless steel covers - used with foam double sided tape they not only fit better but offer some impact resistance.

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Also did just the same.

Our mirrors were very stiff folding them in so we applied a little something to ease them so they fold back more easily in the belief they may 'give' in the event of impact which may assist in saving them from more serious damage. peace

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Post by Lainie Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:11 am

I agree that these mirror covers do not look good with the unsightly brackets. I am interested to hear that Mirror Guards might be making protectors for the Mercs as we had them on our previous motorhome and we liked their quality.
I bought some SS ones that were said to fit a 2019 Sprinter but they didn’t. So they had to be returned.
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Post by Macpointer Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:24 pm

Don’t like the ones in the pictures very unsightly. I am a little concerned at your comment about mirror guards as they promised they were going to produce them when we bought our Bourton in 2017 and they still have not made them.
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Post by Pete Taylor Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:49 pm

LDPD wrote:


Our mirrors were very stiff folding them in so we applied a little something to ease them so they fold back more easily in the belief they may 'give' in the event of impact which may assist in saving them from more serious damage. peace
Having had one mirror smashed  (by another Sprinter) I was an early adopter of the blingy stainless covers but agree that the best thing to do is put lots of lubricant into the hinges, until the mirrors fold back with very little effort. We suffered another "strike", whilst stationary at temporary traffic lights- the bang was tremendous but the mirrors flipped back undamaged. Of course the real worry is that the real worry is that the coach-built body is really not much "inside" the width of the mirrors!

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