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Old 02-23-2017, 03:25 PM   #1
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1994 Winnabago Headlight Issue

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I am some six months into RVing with my '94 Winnabago Brave, 23.5', Chevy chassis. Have repaired most issues now, but one remains. Just quickly, there are four front headlights on this rig. The two outside headlights appear to be the high beams, the two inside the low beams. Two issues, related?:

1) there is no blue high beam indicator that lights up on the dash where the manual says it should be. In fact when I fold up the dash and look the back of it there appears to be no indicator dash light unit of any kind where I think it should be, just above the sealed mileage box.

2) when I flip (pull) the hi/low beam switch on the left side of the steering column, the drivers side (front outside headlamp) stays on regardless, so that in one position I have the two front inside low beam lights on along with the one drivers side outside high beam on; in the other position I have only the two outside high beams on. So I always have the drivers side high beam on regardless, annoying to my fellow roadies I am sure.

Any help or comments appreciated. Beyond that, I am not an automotive electrician but as a possible fix (other than throwing more money at it) could one just identify the "hot" wire entering the passenger side high beam that is activated by the high beam switch, splice into it, run one splice to the driver side high beam, cut the hot feed into this driver side light and feed it with the spliced wire, plus run another feed to the dashboard and install a small 12V LED somewhere behind the dashboard for my high beam indicator? There are five wires that enter into the high beam lights, if that is relevant. Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-23-2017, 05:36 PM   #2
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What you suggest should work, however I would do a bit more digging and research before modifying the wiring. Maybe the previous owner did some wiring modifications that produced unintended consequences or there is a bad relay somewhere.
See if you can find a wiring schematic for an early '90s Chevy P30 chassis and see if your wiring has been altered.
I considered that the headlight switch could be faulty but that would affect both high beams.
Wiring issues can be the hardest to resolve. Best of luck!

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Old 03-08-2017, 08:35 PM   #3
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I'm with Nick as to attempting to resolve the issue by having more facts (via the wiring diagram).

WRT your proposal: "...identify the 'hot' wire entering the passenger side high beam that is activated by the high beam switch, splice into it, run one splice to the driver side high beam..." has a possible draw back. The gauge of the wire servicing the drivers-side high beam may not be of sufficient gauge to carry the load (the amperage) of both high-beam bulbs when illuminated. But heck, if you swapped-out the incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs (which draw less current), then you plan might be a good way to reach your goal.
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Old 03-11-2017, 08:07 AM   #4
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The outside lights should be the low beams. Sounds like a wiring mismatch or grounding issue.
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