Tiller mirrors allow the tiller operator many different views for rear vision. There are numerous available variations and styles offered by the manufacturers.
The two general locations you will find tiller mirrors are on the trailer or on the tiller cab. The trailer mirrors provide a view directly behind the tiller operator and at ground level. They are normally positioned approximately 10 to 15 feet in front of the tiller cab on the trailer. These mirrors are usually the biggest mirror to give the tiller operator a larger field of vision. (Click to enlarge)
TILLER CAB MIRRORS
The tiller cab mirrors are commonly smaller and are attached off the top or side of the tiller cab. They provide a view of traffic coming up behind the trailer. (Click to enlarge)
TILLER CAB REAR MIRRORS
Some departments will order mirrors off the back of the tiller cab. The tiller operator will use these mirrors to look directly at the ground behind the trailer. (Click to enlarge)
TILLER REAR VIEW MIRRORS
Some manufactures design the tiller mirrors to be inside the tiller cab functioning like a car rear view mirror. (Click to enlarge)
MIRROR POSITIONS AND PLACEMENT
When positioning mirrors on the trailer, be careful that they do not stick out past the profile of the trailer. They can easily become snagged and ripped off.
CONVEX BUBBLE SIZE
The tiller mirrors are often the convex style of mirrors. Convex mirrors provide a wider field of view as they are curved outwards. However it’s important to select a convex mirror that does not have a large raised bubble in the middle. The more depth in the middle of the mirror the more detail you lose on the outside of the mirror. This can be very important for the tiller operator as they try to assess vehicles or objects behind them. Here you can see the difference between a raised bubble convex mirror and one with minimal bubble. (Click to enlarge)