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Old 09-20-2017, 07:25 AM   #1
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After market auto switch for headlights

I have a new 2017 Winni View and I'm surprised and disappointed it doesn't come with automatic running headlights. After so many years of that feature being an automotive industry standard, I've grown used to it and I badly miss it on this MH. Does anyone know of an after market kit I can install to this respect?
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Three options I can think of:

1.) I don't know the front cap on your coach, but the obvious easiest way is if you can just add a set of fog lights if there is a fit for spaces in your cap. Add switch, and 12v fog lamps.

Or this: https://www.google.com/search?q=crea...TF-8#kpvalbx=1

Advantages, you aren't messing with the existing headlight wiring, you are just adding another circuit and set of lights.

If not, then a number of manufacturers create a daytime running light, by electrically taking the regular beams, and install a relay which puts them in series. Effectively then each light bulb instead of getting 12volts to each light, only gets 6 volts.

2.) An RV has an advantage here, in that you may have 6 volt house batteries. If you do, then the simplest way would be to install add a DPDT relay and a switch.

The switch turns on the relay. One input to the relay is the existing headlight power feed. The other input to the relay is a new wire that taps into 6 volts. The output of the relay is the wire to your lights. If the relay is NOT energized, then the existing headlight switch provides 12v power to the headlight. I just described a single throw, the double throw relay would have a 2nd set of contacts that do the same thing for the otherside light, and it flips them both at the same time. If you flip your switch, the relay flips and now the 6 volts is sent to the headlight instead.

3.) If you don't have 6 volt batteries, then you have to get a little harder, in that your relay has to do two things, it has to first put the headlights in series (as opposed to them being in parallel now), and provide power to the pair.

Perhaps there is some aftermarket device which does the same, never looked.

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Old 09-20-2017, 11:28 PM   #3
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You may want to double check, because it states Day Time Running Lamps
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LED Lights

I had a Sprinter based MH, not a View, but put a set of LED driving lights into the front end step.

Just below the grill there is a step for you to climb up and reach the windshield and wipers. I put them on each side (dont kick them when climbing up later) and ran a switch to the dash.

I always have driving lights on when on 2 lane highways, and I did not want to reset my MB light system (you can make your headlights run full time, you just have to go through the not clear owners manual and reprogram). I preferred the $50 and the good LED's. At night they light up the roadway just in front of me lower than the headlights, nice for safety!
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:40 AM   #5
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I would check with a Mercedes dealer first. In most cases DRLs can be activated - turned on/off - in the vehicles software.
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Thank you guys for all the replies. I must apologize as English is my second language, obviously I wasn't able to express myself correctly. What I really want is the headlights to come on, or switch off, according to the sun light outside.
Very sorry for the confusion.
Many thanks again!
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Originally Posted by Funseeka View Post
Thank you guys for all the replies. I must apologize as English is my second language, obviously I wasn't able to express myself correctly. What I really want is the headlights to come on, or switch off, according to the sun light outside.
Very sorry for the confusion.
Many thanks again!
I understood your original question completely, your English is fine. A quick google search found this option https://www.amazon.com/Directed-Elec.../dp/B000CJ24YY
There are other options and some youtubes if you do a search for 'auto on headlight conversion'

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