Originally Posted by schrod
Even getting a sizable discount from the dealer they would still have cost me around 798 per mirror!! This is F***ing ridiculous to have to pay that price when they are included in the 475.00 dollar max-tow pkg!
Depends on the trim level of your F-150. Tow mirrors are included only as part of the max tow pkg from the factory. But the factory tow mirrors for the lesser trim levels do not have memory, power fold, or power telescope.
In my case, the stock Lariat mirrors with the Lariat Plus pkg included memory and power fold. (Power telescope was not available for my 2012 model). I did not order max tow pkg because I didn't want the resulting 3.73 axle ratio. So after the truck was delivered, I shopped for tow mirrors. Ford F-150 accessories catalog had at least two versions, one with memory and chrome skull caps and the one for XLT or XL trim without memory and with black skulcaps. The memory more than doubled the price, and of course they don't have power fold. So I did without memory and mine have neither power fold nor power telescope. Here's a link to mine:
$308 for the pair, or $154 each. It took me about 15 minutes to install each one. The harness is plug and play, but of course features not included in the new mirrors will not work.
It takes about a half-hour for a pokey shade-tree mechanic like me to swap the mirrors. So if I couldn't live without the power fold or memory, I could reinstall my stock Lariat mirrors for use when not towing.
The fancier pwer fold tow mirrors available with the max tow pkg on 2013 Lariat and above trim packages are not in the accessories catalog, so you'll have to buy them from the normal parts catalog. And yeah, they are much more expensive if you get power fold and memory.
But power telescope? You gotta be a real sissy-pants if you cannot manually telescope the tow mirrors when you hook up the trailer.
Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. 2012 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew EcoBoost, 6.5' bed, Platinum White/tan, Leer 100XQ camper shell, Nomad Joey 196S TT, CarMate 7x14' enclosed cargo trailer, three other utility trailers, plus a retired 2000 Keystone Sprinter 25RKS 5er we rarely tow now. ProPride hitch on the TT. Reese Strait-Line hitch on the cargo trailer.