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Old 07-19-2011, 09:33 PM   #15
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AIRTOOL, 336MUFFIN. Where are y'all getting yellow clip on glasses?......ronspradley
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AIRTOOL, 336MUFFIN. Where are y'all getting yellow clip on glasses?......ronspradley
You should be able to find them at any store that sells sunglasses
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:43 AM   #17
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JMerenda.....Here's what I did. I changed out my headlights (high and low beam) with Sylvania Silverstars. Some don't like them, but I found a fair amount of improvement. On my coach, there is a large internal disc that sits in front of the low beam bulb to keep it from shining into the eyes of oncoming traffic. The low beam bulbs, including the Silverstars also have a painted on tip to do the same thing. The low beam Silverstars are rated at 55 watts. The high beams are rated at 65 watts and don't have the painted on tips. I installed the high beam bulbs in the low beam socket. The difference between the high and low beam bulb is how they are "clocked" in the socket. If you look, there is a ridge you can grind off with a dremel so that the high beam bulb fits in the low beam socket.

The biggest improvement I made was replacing the factory Monaco driving lights with a matching set of oval shaped Hella driving lights ( I believe they were either Hella 55's or 75's ). I can run all of the lights WITHOUT blinding oncoming traffic. It took me a few tries to get all of them adjusted correctly. I eliminated the problem of overdriving my headlights at 65 mph.
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Has anyone ever added lighting? Such has big 4x4 fog lights n such?
Have you been blinded by others that have installed bright lights? Most 4x4 lighting is illegal on the road.
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I have never had a M/H or do I know anyone that has had one with decent headlights. Mine has 1991 Ford Bronco headlights they work good in a bronco not so good in a M/H. I think the problem has do with the fact that the H/lights are way down there and the drivers seating is way up there(you are actually looking down on your lights), class C's don't seem to have this problem. As to fog lights they blind the oncoming traffic, and if you notice they are an area light rather than a focused beam. IMHO not much we can do about it, and of course the older we get it ain't gonna get no better. I do try to stay on 4 lane highways at night.
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Have you been blinded by others that have installed bright lights? Most 4x4 lighting is illegal on the road.

Yes I have, but my purposes are for when I drive into the New Mexico mountains for some skiing and I'm all alone on a mountain road. I'm not so discourteous as to blind my fellow motorist, just the trips I go on with family can be on roads with absolutely NO city lights, no oncoming traffic, and no street lighting. You could be driving and LITERALLY have a herd of elk running next to your coach, lol. Happened to us 3 years ago. Then the herd slowly came from our right to our left and crossed infront of us. I saw it coming and got slowed up enough, but it was wild
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The consensus is really leading toward the yellow shades. Thanks guys, I'm off to Bass Pro, lol.
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I found a great supply of clipons at several flea markets and usually buy in quantity(shades of different colors). Also some safety glasses at hardware stores are yelloy. A truck driver trick is to adjust the right headlight slightly to the ditch(passenger side) and up just a little rather than straight ahead, then adjust the left headlight slightly towards your middle and up a little. This will give a little better vision at what is important without blinding others. While we're on the subject, good polarized sunglasses really helps in fog! They add color to a gray day, try different colors for different views. I also wear shades when it rains for the same reason. I have 5 different clip ons at my drivers seat! Five million paid miles in all kinds of weather and not one accident yet. Night driving to me is far safer than any other time. But not for everyone I'm sure. Hope this helps a little.
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I agree that many MH could have better lights! However, learning to drive at night can help with your safety as well. There are simple tricks that can be used to help you see by simply being aware of what is around you by driving the shadows! A raccoon that crosses the road between you and an oncomimg car or a street light will give you a slight indication there may be something there. Your lights would not give you a clear picture of that animal but if you learn to read the slight movement and expect something to be there it may take the surprise out of it and you will not over react when you are close. The change of the road texture between lane and shoulder can many times be determined because of the way the lights glare between the surfaces. Not a visiable difference, normally, yet once you have driven years and years at night you learn to pick out some of the differences without getting a complete photo of the objects before you. Driving at reduced speeds is needed as well. Lights can only penetrate the night so far. At 60 mph you will travel 1/10 of a mile in 1 minute that's 528 ft (I quickly calculate in my head) that to be to 100 ft a second. (I did not try to be exact) Thats about 3 lengths of an average MH. Will your lights give you a clear picture of what is 100 ft ahead? Or do you need to be at 55mph instead. 336Muffins suggestion that night driving may be safer is probably because there are fewer vehicles on the road at night, but I suspect it is because, as he indicated, he has learned a few of those safety tricks one must use if he is to be safe for millions of miles. (I suspect that is not without incidents)
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Very informative, I had almost given up driving at night, and will defiantly try these suggestions.
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If you really want/need to drive after dark there is a device available called FLIR (forward looking infared). It's kinda pricey ($3500+) but it mounts a camera on the front of your vehicle with a display inside similar to a backup camera. I don't remember the range but it's more than adequate to provide warning at highway speeds. The image is similar to a photo negative, anything warm or hot is displayed bright(er), great for deer, pedestrian, etc.

Cadillac offered it as a heads up display option several years ago, guess it wasn't worth the cost. Some high end cars (BMW?) still offer it as an option.

Just found the website for FLIR:

http://www.flir.com/cvs/americas/en/transportation/
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Flir was a option on some American Coaches in the past. Somewhere around 2004. And no , I've had no accidents.
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I agree that many MH could have better lights! However, learning to drive at night can help with your safety as well. There are simple tricks that can be used to help you see by simply being aware of what is around you by driving the shadows! A raccoon that crosses the road between you and an oncomimg car or a street light will give you a slight indication there may be something there. Your lights would not give you a clear picture of that animal but if you learn to read the slight movement and expect something to be there it may take the surprise out of it and you will not over react when you are close. The change of the road texture between lane and shoulder can many times be determined because of the way the lights glare between the surfaces. Not a visiable difference, normally, yet once you have driven years and years at night you learn to pick out some of the differences without getting a complete photo of the objects before you. Driving at reduced speeds is needed as well. Lights can only penetrate the night so far. At 60 mph you will travel 1/10 of a mile in 1 minute that's 528 ft (I quickly calculate in my head) that to be to 100 ft a second. (I did not try to be exact) Thats about 3 lengths of an average MH. Will your lights give you a clear picture of what is 100 ft ahead? Or do you need to be at 55mph instead. 336Muffins suggestion that night driving may be safer is probably because there are fewer vehicles on the road at night, but I suspect it is because, as he indicated, he has learned a few of those safety tricks one must use if he is to be safe for millions of miles. (I suspect that is not without incidents)

Awesome advice. thx
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