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Old 01-15-2009, 06:44 PM   #1
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I am having trouble driving my motorhome at night because my lights are too dim. I have seen cars that have converted to HID and was thinking of doing the same thing to my motorhome. Somehow some time I read on this forum about the headlights being from a Chevy Malibu. I found an online retailer that sells Chevy Malibu headlights that have projectors on it which are a must if I'm converting to HID. Before I spend money on this, I want to confirm from this knowledgeable forum what model year Chevy Malibu headlights are used on a 2004 Adventurer. This is the headlight I am thinking about but not sure if they are the right model year:

Thanks for any help/advice you can give.

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Old 01-16-2009, 12:23 PM   #2
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For some reason, it is typical for motorhome headlights to perform poorly, especially on low beam. It also is typical for the headlights to be poorly aimed on delivery. It would definitely be worth it to have your headlights checked/aimed by a truck service place with the equipment to do it properly. New lights, even if "better" lights, if poorly aimed will not perform well either.

When I had mine adjusted, they told me they are originally very high and to the right. The adjustment did help, but did not make my low beam lights as good as I hoped for. I have seen the same comments from many other owners.

Many have made bulb changes, but if you do that you need to take care that the new bulbs do not put out excessive heat as many after-market "brighter" bulbs will, which can easily damage/melt the headlight fixture. I went for HIR bulbs for the low beam. They helped some, but still are not great.

If in fact changing the whole fixture would for some reason provide better performance, Winnebago Owner Relations should be able to tell you exactly what headlight your coach has. After you get their info, verify it yourself before you order something cannot return.
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:36 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure that your coach will have the same lights as my '05 which are from the Chevy Impala, not sure which year.

I think any attempt you may make to increase the intensity of the light will include increasing the wattage, and also the amount of heat generated. I don't think the housings are capable of dealing with the excess heat, which is why I make a point of being at my destination long before dark!

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Old 01-16-2009, 07:09 PM   #4
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I turn my fog lights on and it makes a big difference on low beam.
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I had the same problem. The lights were out of adjustment.
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