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Old 07-19-2016, 09:05 PM   #1
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Need headlight advice

I have a 1988 Holiday Rambler Aluma-lite XL with very yellow headlights. I am looking to replace the lights but do not know where I can find them.

The coach is on a Chevy P-30 frame but the headlights say SAE-H-86ET Ford 24V7H.

Typing those numbers in there do not return anything useful. Can anyone help?
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:09 PM   #2
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Would one of the headlight recovery kits help the situation, or is it too far gone? I used one on my 1991 pickup truck, huge improvement.
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Well I tried that and it made only a small difference. Had the place who did the headlights on my 96 Avalon do it and they couldn't get it any better than a fly paper yellow.
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:21 PM   #4
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Well I'm glad my 1995 has sealed beam lights!

A quick Google image search brought me to 1981-1990 Ford Escort lights. I make a game of figuring out the model of lights on various MHs while on the road so this was pretty easy (if I'm right).

Found some on eBay: Headlights Headlamps Pair Set Left LH Right RH for Escort Exp Mercury Lynx | eBay
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:25 PM   #5
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Well SHO I must say they look like the same style. I guess I can hit the local salvage yard and grab one to see if its the same before I buy some new ones.

I searched for 2 days typing in the numbers on the headlights and could find nothing. I appreciate the fast reply and please teach me your searching skills. ;p
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I did a quick search for the SAE number less the Ford data and it came up with 1986 Ford Escort. Many of the parts used on various motor homes came from automotive or truck lines. Interior handles, headlights, switches etc. can often be found on a vehicle of similar vintage.

Good luck with your headlights, and welcome to IRV2!
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FYI, your headlight switch may be preventing your headlamps from getting all of the voltage. Do a search for "Headlight relays" and see if that sheds any light on the subject.
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A common mod is to install relays near the headlights and run power to the relays directly from the battery. The original headlight wiring is used for the trigger signal that sends power to the headlights using new larger gauge wire.

I, too, have had great success with a headlight restoration kit on my '94 Montara.


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I live in a dark area of the planet, and good headlights are extremely important here. Long winter nights with cold, humidity and wildlife is not a good combination for visibility.

I have restored the headlights on several vehicles with good success. The first time I got one of the headlight restoration kits. I have also had some success, albeit short lived, with Meguiars plastic polish. It works as a stop-gap measure until you decide to do it for real.

Some plastic headlights are coated with a clear coat which will have to be sanded off before you can restore them. The Mercedes was that way. I worked my way through a number of grits up to 3000. I don't remember where I started, but I think it was somewhere around 400, then 600, 800, etc. All wet sanded. Finally a new clear coat which was wet sanded just like regular paint. The clear coat protects the headlights from re-yellowing.

When I restore headlights I like to take the headlights off the vehicle for ease of work. You can tape the surrounding paint work and trim, but I just think it's easier to remove them and work on them on the work bench. This is true even for my Mercedes E-Class where you have to remove the front bumper to remove the headlights. Don't forget to get them aimed after you reinstall them. But if you are going to remove them, it's worth looking at the cost of new ones.

For upgrading headlight output (legally), I have modified both a '76 Cadillac and a '95 Suburban with relays and the difference is incredible. There are ready made kits or you can get two relays and wire one for the low beam and one for the high beam. A search for "headlight relay kit" will set you off in the right direction.

You *can* put HID bulbs in the regular reflectors, but I have found that they blind oncoming traffic more than they increase the actual light output. They seem brighter because of the color, but the beam dispersal pattern is bad. Personal experience/experimentation ended up in the trash.
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Thanks all for the replays.

OK I did get a set of junk escort headlights and they are a match. I only paid 10 bucks for them and they are only a bit better than what I had since they came from a salvage yard.

That said, my next quest it to find an aftermarket kit for the escort for some clearer lenses and replace the Switch and relay. I am looking into the relay kit. Maybe by the end of this I will have decent headlight and wont have a problem driving it at night. I have already replaced the Side Markers and Tail lights with High visibilty LED and to be honest my backup lights are brighter than my headlights.

Will post updates for what I find.
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I have a similar problem with my 1988 Holiday Rambler Aluma-lite XL. My high beams are not working and I'm trying to figure out how to change just the bulb. I removed the holder from the assembly but I can't figure how to get the bulb out of the holder. ???
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