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Old 04-08-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Headlight question

I maybe should not restrict this to National RV but I have some questions on headlights. I have a 2004 Seabreeze on f-53 chassis. It has daytime running lights. The issue I have is the headlights at night. They are barely able to light the road ahead of me, I generally run with brights on and, oddly, rarely (never) have anyone flash me from on coming traffic. (Get your mind out of the gutter... I mean flash their lights.) I am wondering if the daytime running light function uses a lower voltage or wattage and that full illumination is not occuring when headlights are activated on low beam. If I am on a dark road, the light from the low beams are barely visible, to the point where the co-pilot asked me if I actually had my headlights on.

I have changed the low beam bulbs to the brighter version from Sylvania (I think) and noticed virtually no improvement. Short of putting on optional driving lights, anyone have any suggestions. Perhaps it is the nature of the vehicles since the headlights are so far above the ground.

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Old 04-08-2013, 02:40 PM   #2
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Most DRL systems supply a low voltage to the lamps ( 5>6 v ) and the power from the headlight switch over rides it to 12.8 > 13.2 depending on alternator output.
Some MH manufacturers were getting their headlamp assemblies offshore and the internal reflectors were poor to say the least.
If you have full alt voltage at the head light plug in and good ground to the light wiring, new bulbs of a know quality, ( you said you changed so you should be good ) then you need to look closely at the lenses, clouded ? rust on the reflector surface ? any sign of dust or water spotting on the inside of the lens? Look for a makers mark on the lens ( Ford is common) if no makers mark , the lens could be your problem.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:21 PM   #3
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No lenses here, these are sealed beam headlamps, all now new since I bought MH. No issue with condition of bulbs, I am suspect of the voltage and will check that out, I am inclined to think that is the issue. Hard to tell by looking but I think there is not change in light output between DRL and headlight switch on.
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I think fuse #11 in the front fuse box is for the DRLs. You might try playing with it to see if the light gets brighter or not. You might just need a headlight alignment.



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Same situation here. Have to use the brights to see at night but try not to run at night so rarely a difficulty. Cleaned the lenses, checked alignment, changed bulbs, no real change in results. Thought it might be a symptom of the f53 chassis but upon speaking to a buddy that runs a Bounder with a workhorse chassis and he experiences the same difficulties. Perhaps it has to do with the angles of lights to driver height, just don't know. Thinking the easiest fix is to install a set of driving lights and connect them to the unused AUX switch on the dash.
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I had a trailer flat and by the time I got out of DT, it was just that time when lights do absolutely no good. Glad camp was only 13 miles away. I also have the rectangular, sealed beam, GE 1A1 and 2A1 Halogen. Perhaps it's ride height.



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