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Old 03-05-2015, 10:52 PM   #1
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Headlights for Class A Bounder

i am trying to find a upgraded head lights for my 1997 class a bounder motorhome. the head lights have been replace with new ones but are still very dim. I have checked the grounds for the head lights, but still no improvement. I run the headlights on high beams but their equal to want i think the low beams should be.
any info would be appreicated.
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Check voltage at battery with headlamps on and engine running above 1200 RPM. 14.2 volts will give a good light--13.8 volts not as good. Check voltage at headlamp for loss thru switch, connections, and ground to frame.

At night with a full fuel tank and as much water as you would normally carry, find a level parking area and with lights on low beam, drive straight up to within 2' of the building and with tape, mark the center, upper, and lower line of the bright spot of each headlamp. Back up 25' and note the bright area of each headlamp. It should not be higher than the top tape mark and the bright left and right area of each headlamp should be straight forward. (Block the light of each headlamp separately for a better view)

If the high beams are separate bulbs they may be checked the same way and if you are mechanically inclined, the headlamps may be adjusted using this nighttime system.
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Good chance it's too small gauge / length a wire limiting voltage to the headlights. I reworded a previous coach to use the headlamp wiring/switch to activate a relay. The relay provided connection of the headlights direct to battery with ample sized wire. Made a huge difference.
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Read this thread.

In the above thread you'll see that if it's a Ford chassis, you have very low voltage to the headlights. If it's a Chevy, you might still have the same problem.
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Thank you all for the info I will do some more checking
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