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dedc vs trail ridge 08+ mirrors

As I recently purchased a large travel trailer, I am thinking it is time to replace the stock 03 tow mirrors on my f250 with the 2008+ style. I have been looking around and have settled on either the dedc or the trail ridge mirrors, but I can not decide which ones are right for me. I am looking for opinions of others who have the mirrors in question. Here are my pros and cons for each mirror as well

Dedc

Pros
*cheaper initial purchase price
*orange marker light lens
*some decent reviews
*adapter included as I am not sure which type of adapter I have

Cons
*fit of mirrors is not perfect (seen videos on YT showing a gap on the drivers side)
*most of the top reviews on amazon are lower rated due to fit issues

trail ridge

Pros
*from the 1aauto video the quality looks very high quality
*1aauto rep on this board to provide assistance
*decent reviews

Cons
*smoke marker light lens
*some unknowns such as does it come with a wiring adapter in case I need it. What is the fit like on the truck
*higher price

Really both mirrors only have a few cons, personally I think a smoke lens would look odd without other smoke lights which I don't have and have no plans to go to. I like the look of the orange lens personally. However if I am getting a significantly better product I will live with it happily. I am not really concerned about spending the extra money if it is money well spent.

I also see 1aauto has a power folding kit, I personally do not think it is worth the extra to add just power folding as I rearly do this (although that would change if I had power folding), however if there was a power folding/power extending kit, I would pay the extra for that. I know there are kits that add that to the 6.0 but that is $2300 and I just will not spend that much money on that kit. I would pay in the $750 range for that option. So if the 1aauto rep is reading and if that is a future option let me know you may have a future customer.

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@1AAuto.com has some good options, but I chose to go with the '17+ style on mine. I think they match the overall look of the truck better.
Syppo has the '17+ style, but can't seem to keep them in stock. They are power and heated mirrors with the clear marker lights. Manual fold and extend.

I liked the '17+ style on my 6.0 so much I went out and bought a 2017 truck that had them with power fold and extend. LOL

Edit: I tried to get 1Aauto to get the '17+ style but they never got around to it. I haven't checked back lately though.
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Yeah the 17 mirrors are nice, I love the 17 trucks, but for my 03 I would prefer the 08 style over the 17 style.
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Then you've answered your own question. You cannot go wrong with the 1Aauto mirrors. Many on here have installed them and I have not heard/read a single complaint.

Edit: @1AAuto.com sell this man some mirrors. Do you have the '08+ style with clear marker lights?

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Yall send heavy those old generation mirrors so they arent taking up space in the Garage.

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1AAuto mirrors hands down. Wife bought me a pair 2 years ago and still look/function great. If you go to their website look for your year make and model ford and it will show the various 2008+ mirror options and include necessary wire harnesses.

Don't just look at mirrors for a 2008+ otherwise you have to order the wire harness separate. Also calling them makes quick work of questions they are very helpful.

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I think I am about 95% of the way to making the order for 1aauto at the moment. @JustinOOO9 how is the fit on the doors for your mirrors. @Heavy_GD I have not decided what I am going to do with the mirrors, I tend to keep the old parts that I have upgraded as spares just in case. Then again I also keep the parts I need to get rid of due to the wish to properly dispose of them for recycling and not having the faintest idea how to do that

Thanks all, I will update once I have pull the trigger on my purchase.

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I think I am about 95% of the way to making the order for 1aauto at the moment. @JustinOOO9 how is the fit on the doors for your mirrors. @Heavy_GD I have not decided what I am going to do with the mirrors, I tend to keep the old parts that I have upgraded as spares just in case. Then again I also keep the parts I need to get rid of due to the wish to properly dispose of them for recycling and not having the faintest idea how to do that

Thanks all, I will update once I have pull the trigger on my purchase.

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I was very nervous about ordering mirrors that cost $1000 plus from the dealer for under $300 naturally of course. I give fit and finish a 10 out of 10. No bs, I don't get anything from 1aauto for saying that either. They also come with two pairs of upper covers. Black and chrome. I have power mirrors but not power telescoping or folding and work great. The biggest plus was the improved visability esp when towing/backing up and improving the look. Nothing against the other brand you mentioned but I would encourage you to order from 1aauto. I have a mirror on my little commuter car from them (perfect fit and color), numerous window motors and regulators and raising/lower assemblies on some friends older cars and all work. The window regulator and assembly is now 7+years old now too and my mirrors have been through 4 road trips, -20 degrees and 115 with zero issues.

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I was very nervous about ordering mirrors that cost $1000 plus from the dealer for under $300 naturally of course. I give fit and finish a 10 out of 10. No bs, I don't get anything from 1aauto for saying that either. They also come with two pairs of upper covers. Black and chrome. I have power mirrors but not power telescoping or folding and work great. The biggest plus was the improved visability esp when towing/backing up and improving the look. Nothing against the other brand you mentioned but I would encourage you to order from 1aauto. I have a mirror on my little commuter car from them (perfect fit and color), numerous window motors and regulators and raising/lower assemblies on some friends older cars and all work. The window regulator and assembly is now 7+years old now too and my mirrors have been through 4 road trips, -20 degrees and 115 with zero issues.
Thank you Justin, I just placed my order These are the one I have ordered https://www.1aauto.com/ford-mirror-p...1093546&y=2003

I have found it hard to see quite where the back of my trailer is when reversing using the stock mirrors I really feel the bigger lower mirror will help a lot. I am excited.

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Congrats man! you'll love the visibility improvement and it will help with traffic in your area. Be sure to post a pic and just a heads up. They look HUGE coming out of the box compared to your original ones. But, once installed they look much more proportioned on the truck.

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