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Old 09-07-2010, 07:21 AM   #1
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Headlight Adjustment - How To?

This was a weekend for firsts: First trip in the new DP; First time camping with 8 (yes I said 8) in the RV. First time driving after dark.

I drove most of the time with the bright lights on and nobody noticed. That's because the lights appeared to be aimed way too low! And that leads me to my question:

Any direction as to how to adjust the headlights? I have fairly easy access to both light 'modules' via the generator access in the front. However the headlights appear to be mounted to brackets and I could not see any adjustment screws. No help in the owners manaul that I could find.

Your thoughts?
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:31 AM   #2
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Usually the brackets that hold the light have adjustment screws to aim the light.You may have to remove an outer trim to access them.
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:04 AM   #3
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Drop by almost any AutoZone, Discount Auto Parts, etc... look at the rack of "Haynes" or "Chilton's" auto repair manuals.
Find one with the shrink-wrap removed... there's always at least one dog-eared, grease-stained copy in the rack... Management knows it will keep the other ones safe.
Don't be terribly concerned with Ford/GM/Chrysler, etc. ...but IF Karma is with you and you DO find one that relates to your chasis... all the better.
At any rate, there will be an illustrated, step-by-step guide showing how to adjust the headlights.
It is pretty much the same across all makes.
May require a "Torx" type screwdriver. Buy it at that store as a token of your appreciation for the use of their "Resource Library" ...it's just the polite thing to do.
Armed with this knowledge... knock yourself out!
Final results should give you a good light pattern on the road on low beams WITHOUT offending oncoming cars. The high-beams will naturally follow the correct low beam adjustment because there is a "fixed" relationship within the bulb or sealed beam lamp.
IF you are getting a large number of "flash-ups" requesting you dim while on low beams... it is a fair indication that you need to re-adjust.
Also, bear in mind that a load on the rear... i.e. a trailer with excessive tongue weight MAY change the dynamics. Anticipate that and adjust accordingly.
Your heavy RV will be less prone to that problem than a passenger car or truck.
There will be a happy medium which will suffice without having to constantly adjust for changing loads.
Hope this helps you...
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I don't know where I found this write-up, but it might be helpful for the aiming process.
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File Type: pdf HID-VISUAL-HEADLIGHT-AIMING-PROCEDURE.pdf (32.7 KB, 1163 views)
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:00 AM   #5
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FYI...I did contact Monaco and wanted to share their response for anyone else in a simialr situation....

"What you will have to do is take out the mounting screws and move the mounts

Monaco RV LLC"


So guess what I'm doing this weekend!

Thanks everyone for your input.
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My 2000 HR Endeavor has adjustment screws for left/right adjustment, but no adjustment for up/down. I had to loosen the brackets and install shims to get some up/down adjustment. Very poor system.
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