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Old 07-16-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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Question '07 Pleasure Way odd high/low beams

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We just bought a 2007 PW Excel motorhome (built on a Ford E-350 body) and found it is a joy to drive and camp in. However driving at night on back roads I notice that oncoming drivers constantly flash their high beams at me although I had my low beams on. When I switch to the "high" beams, it does not seem to bother other drivers at all. I've checked many times to make sure I'm not misreading the high/low beam switch info, etc., and I'm not.

Has anyone else had this problem? I'd be grateful for any ideas or info. Thanks.
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Hi all and thanks for taking the time to read this ...
We just bought a 2007 PW Excel motorhome (built on a Ford E-350 body) and found it is a joy to drive and camp in. However driving at night on back roads I notice that oncoming drivers constantly flash their high beams at me although I had my low beams on. When I switch to the "high" beams, it does not seem to bother other drivers at all. I've checked many times to make sure I'm not misreading the high/low beam switch info, etc., and I'm not.
Has anyone else had this problem? I'd be grateful for any ideas or info. Thanks.
Can't you tell whether your high or low beams are on?
I can easily tell/see the difference between the high and low beams on any vehicle I'm driving if I flip the "dimmer switch lever" when I'm driving at night.
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Hi Mel S - no, it's weird, the "high" and "low" beams are different, but I can't say one is clearly brighter than the other - they just illuminate different areas ("low" = closer but wider illumination; "high" = less bright but narrower and further distance.) I've been driving cars, vans and trucks for 50 years and have never encountered anything like this. Just wondering if it's a problem with this model, or specific to my (unlucky) vehicle.
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Hi all and thanks for taking the time to read this ...
We just bought a 2007 PW Excel motorhome (built on a Ford E-350 body) and found it is a joy to drive and camp in. However driving at night on back roads I notice that oncoming drivers constantly flash their high beams at me although I had my low beams on. When I switch to the "high" beams, it does not seem to bother other drivers at all. I've checked many times to make sure I'm not misreading the high/low beam switch info, etc., and I'm not.
Has anyone else had this problem? I'd be grateful for any ideas or info. Thanks.
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Hi Mel S - no, it's weird, the "high" and "low" beams are different, but I can't say one is clearly brighter than the other - they just illuminate different areas ("low" = closer but wider illumination; "high" = less bright but narrower and further distance.) I've been driving cars, vans and trucks for 50 years and have never encountered anything like this. Just wondering if it's a problem with this model, or specific to my (unlucky) vehicle.
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If oncoming drivers constantly flash their high beams at you when you have your low beams on me thinks your headlights simply need to be aimed/adjusted.
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I own a Pleasure Way Excel also and you might check that the rear air bags have enough air so that the rear of your coach is slightly higher in the rear. I've found that when mine has lost a little air that rear sits slightly lower and people flash their lights at me on low beams. Just a thought
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Thanks!

I think you've found the answer. I'll let out some air and see how that works.
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If that fixes it by adjusting the Air, when find the right ride height...measure from the ground to the top of the rear wheel on both sides which should be near the same...write down that measurement somewhere so it's easy to check again if needed because you can't use a air gauge to check airbag pressure.
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When I painted the front piece that also holds the headlights. I removed the piece, then the headlights and parking lights. I remembered their orientation (I thought) and reassembled everything without issue.


The first time I drove at night I had exactly what you describe...I had the lamps upside down/180 off!


Why are the low beams brighter but yet lower? Why are the high beams higher but dimmer?
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Correction on my post..."measure to the top of the rear wheelwell"
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