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Old 10-10-2014, 09:23 AM   #1
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New to RV world Need to change headlight bulb

I just joined today! My wife and I bought a new Coachman Encounter 8 days ago. I just noticed my one headlight is out. I understand I just need to replace the bulb but I can't figure out how to access the bulb. Can anyone help me please????

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Old 10-10-2014, 11:19 AM   #2
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Glad you're aboard. Sorry I can't help with finding access to the bulb. Others will be along to post. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Thank you! Excited to get started!!!
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Old 10-10-2014, 12:25 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard. If your RV is new take to the dealer to have them replace it and watch how they gain access to it. Got to be covered under warranty.
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Welcome and glad to meet you!

Can you access it through the engine compartment? It appears the engine access is large enough to get to the backs of the lights. These bulbs are generally accessed to the back of the headlight.
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:48 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone so far-I can access from the front or from below-I wanted to know the secret to popping the socket out to access if anyone knows.

I appreciate the one suggestion to return to dealer but they are a 1 1/2 to2 hour drive-seems to me to be cheaper to just figure out how to replace
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Good luck with a solution.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:56 PM   #8
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If you can identify where the headlamp wires enter the headlight assembly from the back- and if you can get your hand on it-- usually a slight twist, perhaps 20-40 degrees, will allow the lamp socket to pop out of the headlight assembly. Replace the bulb and remount.

Be sure to wipe the mew bulb off with a rag after you insert it into the socket. Any oily or greasy spot from your fingers may concentrate heat and could cause a failure.

Hope this helps .
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Old 10-12-2014, 08:58 AM   #10
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Figured it out no thanks to dealer

I asked dealer to call and explain how to acces bulb to no avail.

I figured it out. At the back of the headlight housing there is a round cover you pull off. Inside that cover is where the bulb housing is located. As noted in an earlier post turn that housing 20-40 degrees and it pops out. The bulb is an H9 and easily found at automotive parts store. This is for a 2015 Coachman Encounter.

The bulb has a base and as a unit "L" shaped with the tall part being the bulb and short leg rubber base. Hope this is helpful to anyone out there
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The most difficult part for you now is to not touch the glass when replacing the bulb, a clean pair of rubber gloves goes a long way to helping with that.

If you buy the bulb from a auto parts store ask them if they have one you can have for free you only need just one glove
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