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Old 05-13-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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I love our coach, but I am really disappointed with the design of it's taillights. It seams that for the past year, about everytime we take the coach out, one or the other of the taillights will not work. I have taken each of the lights apart cleaned off the corrosion, etc.

The internal parts of the lights, and screws holding them in place were more corroded than a 10 year old coach should be (my coach is 2).

I finally figured that the corrosion was caused by the rear wheels throwing water through the hole in the rear cap where the wiring goes to the taillights. Then, I sealed the holes with caulk, cleaned the corrosion off the light bar, placed electrical grease on all the contacts and screws, and reinstalled the taillights.

Then, the next time we got ready to hit the road, one of the taillights was out. As soon as I remove the light and touch the bulb, the light starts working again. But now, I am changing each bulb even if it works after I wiggle it.

I am at my wit's end. It's very frustrating to have to work on at least one taillight before every trip. This is a very poor design compaired with the rest of the coach, in my opinion.

I had to replace both of the rear license tag lights back in January due to corrosion.

Do any of you Newmar owners have problems with your taillights,and what did you do to reduce the problems?
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I love our coach, but I am really disappointed with the design of it's taillights. It seams that for the past year, about everytime we take the coach out, one or the other of the taillights will not work. I have taken each of the lights apart cleaned off the corrosion, etc.

The internal parts of the lights, and screws holding them in place were more corroded than a 10 year old coach should be (my coach is 2).

I finally figured that the corrosion was caused by the rear wheels throwing water through the hole in the rear cap where the wiring goes to the taillights. Then, I sealed the holes with caulk, cleaned the corrosion off the light bar, placed electrical grease on all the contacts and screws, and reinstalled the taillights.

Then, the next time we got ready to hit the road, one of the taillights was out. As soon as I remove the light and touch the bulb, the light starts working again. But now, I am changing each bulb even if it works after I wiggle it.

I am at my wit's end. It's very frustrating to have to work on at least one taillight before every trip. This is a very poor design compaired with the rest of the coach, in my opinion.

I had to replace both of the rear license tag lights back in January due to corrosion.

Do any of you Newmar owners have problems with your taillights,and what did you do to reduce the problems?
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:25 AM   #3
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For the center stop lights. If the light sockets require the bulb to be pushed into the socket without any turning (to lock into place), join the club. For me, this is a chronic problem. The sockets were replaced, but the same thing happens. The bulbs work loose. The only way I have found to keep the bulbs in the socket is to put a small dab of sealant on one small spot, where the bulb and top of the socket meet. This has kept the bulbs from wiggling loose and still allows one to replace a bulb. Any sealant should do the job. I used a toothpick to make the placement of the very small amount of sealant.

For the outside stop, turn and backup lights; spraying with the no corrosion spray of your choice and adding the dab of sealant has stopped this problem for me.

I have corrosion of the screws also. The only thing I know to do is replace them with stainless steel screws. I have not been able to find SS screws. I still have the corroded screws and they do hold the lens in place.
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:40 AM   #4
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Gary,

My bulbs are pushed into the socket and turned to lock in place.

I have stopped the corrosion with the electrical grease. Adding the grease to the screws has also stopped their corrosion.

I have added electrical grease to all bulb sockets and contacts, replaced a running/brake light bulb, a backup light bulb, and a signal light bulb, and so far after replacing each bulb I have had no more problem with that particular light.

My next move is to replace each bulb with LED bulbs. I hope that, sealing the holes in the end cap, and adding the electrical grease to the sockets and contacts will permanantly solve the problem. But time will tell.

Thanks for the response.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:28 AM   #5
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Ricere,

I have looked for led's for tail/brake/turn and have been unable to find any that are DOT or SAE approved. The light seems to be very directional (think flashlight) and not as bright as standard.

If in your search you find any let me know as I am still interested in converting.
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Give this site a try,superbrightleds.com, they have automotive/truck lights of just about any type. Good luck.
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