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Old 11-10-2007, 03:13 PM   #1
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My right outside headlight burns on dim, but is completely out on bright. I'm assuming it needs replacing (as opposed to some electrical gremlin). In looking at the headlight assembly, they didn't leave much room to access the screws on the headlight ring. I was wondering if anyone else has changed theirs on a Holiday Rambler in the late 90's. I'm thinking it might be necessary to remove the headlight buckets from the rear of the grille.

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Old 11-10-2007, 03:13 PM   #2
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My right outside headlight burns on dim, but is completely out on bright. I'm assuming it needs replacing (as opposed to some electrical gremlin). In looking at the headlight assembly, they didn't leave much room to access the screws on the headlight ring. I was wondering if anyone else has changed theirs on a Holiday Rambler in the late 90's. I'm thinking it might be necessary to remove the headlight buckets from the rear of the grille.

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Old 11-11-2007, 04:45 AM   #3
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A dim headlight is nearly always a bad electrical ground. Fix that first - you may not need a replacement to get the high beam going.
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Old 11-11-2007, 05:03 AM   #4
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Gary, the headlight does not burn when the high beams are on. It does when the low beams are on. Pardon my use of terms here. I think it's a southern thing calling "low beams" the dim setting.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:52 AM   #5
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Are you sure you have sealed beam headlights? If not the halogen bulb just comes out by unscrewing, no tools required. A sealed beam headlight should come out easier than you describe, so I think it is a halogen bulb. BTW get Silverstar Ultra halogen bulbs if replacing them because they are brighter.
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Old 11-11-2007, 12:16 PM   #6
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Anyone needing silverstars needs to slow down. They are objectionable to me when opposing just as are so-called fog lights. I believe the rule in some states is that use of fog lights limits the user to 35mph.
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Old 11-12-2007, 02:17 AM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by T&W:
Anyone needing silverstars needs to slow down. They are objectionable to me when opposing just as are so-called fog lights. I believe the rule in some states is that use of fog lights limits the user to 35mph. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Your phraseology has me confused. What exactly is objectionable?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by adj:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by T&W:
Anyone needing silverstars needs to slow down. They are objectionable to me when opposing just as are so-called fog lights. I believe the rule in some states is that use of fog lights limits the user to 35mph. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Your phraseology has me confused. What exactly is objectionable? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Having someone comming at you with low beams that seem brighter and more blinding than high beams were not that many years ago.
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Let's just ask if it wise to blind oncoming traffic on undivided highways.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by T&W:
Let's just ask if it wise to blind oncoming traffic on undivided highways. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>I would be curious to know how many people hit things they can't see vs. "blinding" oncoming traffic. We all know the answer..

You cannot just make a flat statement that brighter lights WILL blind oncoming traffic. Brighter lights are just safer, period. It all depends on how the lights are aimed, and WAY more important, the quality and accuracy of the lamp itself. I have been using Hella European lamps on every car and/ or motorhome I've owned since the 70's, and I guarantee that every one of those replacements was far less intrusive to oncoming traffic than and American manufactured fixture. Polished and laser proofed lens vs. good old GE molded glass. Same for the reflectors. Hellas are polished and as with the lens have no aberrations whatsoever in glass or mirror. Go look at any US made lamp and you will see imperfections in both all over the surfaces. Result: light splatter all over the road, and in your eyes. Also, the "lights in your face" are either a result of poor factory alignment (usually the case), or someone replacing their lamps with brighter bulbs and not paying attention to fixing the lousy alignment. You just cannot run super bright lamps (legal or not) in sloppy fixtures.

I sure wish I could use those lamps in my current vehicles..
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:41 AM   #11
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Speaking of headlight aiming, I think I need to do or have this task done. Does anyone have any recommendations? Does Freightliner do this?
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If you would like to try it yourself, check this site out:
http://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech/aim/aim.html
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