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Old 04-15-2019, 10:14 PM   #1
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Speedometer NOT VISIBLE

I have a 2019 BayStar Sport, on the FORD chassis. The speedometer and related gauges are very readable at night or cloudy days. However, on a sunny day it is impossible to read the speedometer. The Dash light dimmer is at full brightness, not bright enough. Have tried a small flash light to illuminate the dash board and that works but is awkward. Tried a shade over the dash, that works but is unacceptable to DW! What are some suggested solutions? Thanks for the help!
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A pair of polarized sunglasses to cut the glare?

Anti-glare film over speedo area?

Over-rule DW and use a shade?

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Old 04-16-2019, 09:34 AM   #3
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I have a Garmin 760RV unit and use it to monitor the speed.

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Old 04-16-2019, 09:59 AM   #4
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For safety, the Driver over rules the Passenger.
You could look into an "OBDII" adapter that has access to speed and display the speed on another device (like your phone). Or get a navigation system that displays current speed (derived from GPS so it's not perfectly accurate).

If you can't see the speedo because of glare, get a shade.
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:27 AM   #5
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:33 PM   #6
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go to e-bay, look for GPS HUD Speedometer. its gps and accurate. I use it on my motorcycle and MH. you will love it the DW will love it. ALL will be happy
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I bought a heads-up-display that plugs into the OBDII port from Sharper Image. I then placed it on a separate display screen that is made for placing an I-phone on it. I primarily use it to see the MPH but it is kind of funny to see the instant MPG.
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Scan Gauge

I added scanguage. Placed it where it is Easy to read. All digital. Primary reason was the discussion the that the Water temperature gauge on Ford F53 where not very accurate.
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:43 PM   #9
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I had / have same problem with both Chevy and Dodge chassis.

MY GPS will show speed most of the time. It can be cantankerous.

I also have an iPhone app called Speedometer which is very good.
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If I am unable to view the speedo, or don't pay attention to it, and I exceed the posted speed, a red light flashes on my left side. Looking closer at that light I observe it actually is in the driver outside mirror. I also notice that the red flashing light is attached to a car behind me.....A police car!

Yes, the GPS back-up is probably the best solution.
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Lots of work-arounds in this thread but none address the real problem.

NOTE: This is not a glare problem - it is a poorly designed gauge illumination problem.

Sometimes I just turn on the headlights so the dash lights come on which helps.

Follow the link tderonne posted and check out the LED strip solution. That's on my list to do.
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I use an app called Waze, which has saved my bacon on numerous occasions.
Similar to Google Maps and the like, but adds critical features I count on for any trip:
Speed
Current speed is shown, but more useful is speed limit for the road you're on. This will turn Red if exceeded.
Notifications/Alerts
This app takes advantage of info from other 'Wazers". E.g. Fellow Wazers ahead of you see an object in the road. The first person to see this hazard has the option of entering this into the app. Subsequent Wazers will see an alert pop up about the hazard coming up and can either confirm, deny, or ignore the alert. The more confirmations, the more urgent the alert.
This system has certainly saved me from swerving around something or hitting it and receiving tire damage.
Other items that can be reported are police (speed traps), traffic conditions, accidents, stopped vehicles, weather, gas prices, and others.
I love this app's aggressiveness. You can adjust this, but it will take dirt roads, short cuts through parking lots, alleys, and somewhat jokingly, back yards, anything to get you to your destination the quickest way possible.
Several years ago I used this while on a business trip in Dallas, which is notorious for fickle weather. The morning started out like a fine summer day, but by the time I needed to head to the airport it looked like UP Michigan in January.
Of course I had rented a Dodge Challenger - not the ideal winter conveyance. I had many miles to travel and I was listening to apocalyptic traffic reports on the radio. A few colleagues of mine said they weren't going to attempt the trip and extended their stay. I was determined to 'Planes Trains Automobiles' this thing to get home. Traffic was gridlocked on all highways due to iced overpasses. Waze did its thing and guided me through the back country, at times taking me down farm roads and past frozen cows in white-out conditions. At times I wondered if the app had lost its mind and was taking me out of town to die.
I arrived at the airport in time to catch the last flight out to LA. The airport was closed for two days after. I arrived in LA at midnight and did a one-way rental for the 4 hour drive home.
Well, that turned into novel. Good Luck!

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It's a new coach. I should be Newmar's problem.

Digital dash? Is the ambient light sensor failing to properly sense daylight conditions? I don't understand how a flashlight works unless it is providing more light to the ambient sensor.
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Until Ford comes up with a better instrument cluster, there are no great solutions.

Im using an old iPhone and OBDII reader.

The LED strip should work.

You could also upgrade the cluster light bulbs with brighter LEDs and run with your lights on.

My OBDII display is set up with an audible alarm at my maximum toad towing speed as well as other parameters not available on the dash. I started using it to give me a speedometer display in KPH when driving in Canada. The KPH scale is hard to see under all conditions.
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