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Old 02-01-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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Thor 29.2 headlight change

I just discovered that my left headlight is out. I investigated by taking the rubber inspection shield off but even with a mirror & flashlight I couldn't manage to remove the bulb because of its location. Two questions: anyone done this w/o removing the wheel (just turn the wheel?) and what bulb number is it?
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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No experience on our end, but when you figure it out, please post your answers!
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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I just got back from the Myrtle Beach Camping World...
A tech investigated & found that the left headlight wouldn't work UNLESS the brights were on. However, when the brights were on the RIGHT headlight wouldn't work!! There must, then, be an electrical problem and he said that I'd have to leave it for at least a day. I couldn't leave it. Our trip from northern MI exposed HaRVey to several hundred miles of salt spray so back at the site I sprayed all the wires & backs of the lights with water to remove any salt that could cause a short. I left the rig to bake in the sun for more than an hour and tried the lights again. No change. VERY frustrating!
You electrical whizzes out there...any ideas?
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:42 AM   #4
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couple areas to look is the light relays... exchange it with another relay from the relay rack to test it out. Use contact cleaner on the plugs behind the bulbs and all the associated connectors, look out for bad connections. It can also be the light switch/stalk to switch from low/high beam. The light bulbs themselves might be culprit, exchange them around to see what the affects are...
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:30 PM   #5
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wall-eyed ACE, new A/C, broken macerator

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I just got back from the Myrtle Beach Camping World...
A tech investigated & found that the left headlight wouldn't work UNLESS the brights were on. However, when the brights were on the RIGHT headlight wouldn't work!! There must, then, be an electrical problem and he said that I'd have to leave it for at least a day. I couldn't leave it. Our trip from northern MI exposed HaRVey to several hundred miles of salt spray so back at the site I sprayed all the wires & backs of the lights with water to remove any salt that could cause a short. I left the rig to bake in the sun for more than an hour and tried the lights again. No change. VERY frustrating!
You electrical whizzes out there...any ideas?
Update of headlight problem:
On the way to the Keys I stopped at a Ford dealer who diagnosed the headlight problem as short between the headlight (Thor) and the connector block (Ford) probably caused by road salt(water) getting between the two--both parts needed replacement. The connector part number was found but couldn't be located locally. The service/parts director even ran down the Thor part number and had it overnighted to an RV dealer to be replaced the next day at my destination. The headlight was replaced but NOT ALIGNED.
BTW, my air conditioner also died soon after the headlight issue and was replaced while at the RV dealer.
I called in & ordered the Ford part at a dealer on our route back north and it was replaced. The headlight now works but is misaimed(wall-eyed).
On the way north & one night from home the macerator quit--upon inspection (what a job in 18 degrees), the macerator part turns but impeller won't pump. We had to buy a stinky slinky to dump before the waste turned into a frozen mass. It will be a while before I can inspect macerator further as it's in the teens up here.
Bottom line--owners of ACE: put dielectric grease in both of headlight/connector joints (2 on each side) to keep salt water out.
Sorry about the long post. Harry
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Sorry Harry, when it rains it pours as they say. First I've heard of an ac fail, the macerator seems to be a recurring issue though. Bummer...
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:01 AM   #7
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Man, how did you get a stinky slinky to attach to your direct from the black tank coupler? The angle seems to low to the floor to put any adaptor in.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:07 AM   #8
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You're correct about the coupler being close to the floor. I wrestled it off and then carved part of the particle board it's mounted to down to make it easier to recouple--works great now. I still haven't bought a macerater rebuild kit as a spare. (suspenders AND a belt)
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