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Old 06-18-2017, 01:17 PM   #1
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headlight upgrade?

Hi all, newbie to the forum. Just purchased a 2006 Monaco Monarch SE with Workhorse chassis. Having a hard time seeing at night with the existing factory headlights. Anyone having any success with newer headlight options that will fit the coach? Other than wipers with a mind of their own, possible next question, we are very pleased with the motorhome and all it has to offer. Thanks
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I would check your voltage at the headlights and see how much loss you have with the wiring. The wiring is typically sub-par and you may have considerable loss. This can be fixed with a set of relays and heavy wiring. Do a search on Daniel Stearn may even consult with him on your setup.
Then look at your headlight housings if dull and yellow may replace.

I made these changes on our 2002 and now have adequate lighting.
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:39 PM   #3
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+1 on voltage checking. On Ford's there about a 2 volt drop. Relays really improve things. If your Workhorse is anything like that, you'll want relays. You also want to aim them correctly.

Your look like the attached image? Those look like '05-'07 Nissan Pathfinder lights. You may want to research who made yours (Probably cheap knock-offs - TYC, Depo, etc.) and see if there may be better options.
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For the wipers, see if there is an exposed wire connector behind the hood. Just went through this and fixed mine. I have a thread on this in the Workhorse Chassis forum. You may also want to add a hood seal.
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.... On Ford's there about a 2 volt drop. ...
On Fords there's about a 2 volt drop.

What was I typing?
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:02 AM   #6
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I'll second the recommendation for relays and new light housings. The relays, in addition to getting more power to the lights, eliminate a common cause of electrical meltdown and fire as the vehicle ages.

If you can find real glass light housings, instead of plastic, that would be best. I don't see much difference in quality or longevity of the plastic housings, so I buy cheap and replace often. Polishing them is a waste of time.
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Old 06-20-2017, 03:39 PM   #7
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This video was just posted by the RVGEEKS. This may give you some ideas.

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I've changed headlight buckets(Ebay) and collected relays and wire plugs in preparation to installing HID lights. I found an auxiliary power source and I'm ready. Ready to burn a hole in the dark!
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