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Old 11-14-2010, 10:15 AM   #1
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Light on the Instrument Panel

In the year that I have owned my MH I had never driven it in the dark. Last week I drove it to a friends house about 10 miles away just to exercise the drive train. I stayed longer than I had planned and drove home in the dark. I discovered that there are a lot of switches on the instrument panel that are not lit up and somewhat hard to find in the dark. I ended up blowing the air horns while trying to turn on the back up camera, turned on the wipers while trying to turn off the fans. Things like that. All these switches are similar to each other and fairly close together. Have any of you found a way to light up the panel without compromising visibility?
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:12 PM   #2
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They should be lit,, are on my rig and every other vehicle I"ve driven, even Semis.

YOu may have a knob.. And it may be your light switch, which has been turned the wrong way and turned off said dash lights.
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:40 PM   #4
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I guess I wasn't very clear in what I was asking. My speedometer, engine gauges and heater all light up as normal, but all the switches that are on the flat part of the instrument panel are not lit up. I know where they are but they are all very similar. The light switches are in the same vicinity as the wiper switches and the master radio switch is right near the air horn button. I was wondering if anyone had ever added post lights like in airplanes that would light up the unlit areas without blinding the driver. I have a 1984 Holiday Rambler but the instrument panel is very similar to many other MHs of that era. It is a typical Chevrolet instrument cluster.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:09 PM   #6
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Hey, I like those. They might just work! Thanks!
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:37 PM   #7
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My '87 Itasca (chevy dash panel) has added lights at the underside of the dash overhang. You could also do the same with small lights so the face of the dash is lighted. Either use dimmable leds or incandescants.
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For the time being, turn on the overhead MAPLIGHT, if you have them, I use them a lot without difficulty seeing. JMHO,
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I have an 83 HR Ambassador 33 and I have the same lighting problem. Did you ever figure out what the two round red lights (just inside the fan switches) are supposed to indicate? I think they are linked to the pressure differential brake switch in the proportioning valve and go on if the front or rear brake system looses pressure and the internal piston activates the brake light? Thanks for any info,
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I wondered about those, too, when I first got my MH. By accident I discovered what they were. The one on the left indicates the TV antenna is up (The antenna has a mercury switch that closes when raised), and the one on the right indicates the levelers are down. Both should be out before you go on the road. I really like my HR but it has it's challenges.
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