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Old 09-22-2015, 10:55 AM   #1
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The Tail lights on my KSDP leave much to be desired

I'm on the cusp of declaring these taillight assemblies junk. I can't be the only person who knows what I'm talking about.

The issue is the bulb retainers will not remain in place and the bulbs lose their electrical contact. I don't think I have made a trip in the past couple of years that I arrived with all of my lights working.

I had the MH inspected yesterday. When I arrived, I opchecked all the lights and they were good. Somewhere in the 100 ft between where I parked and the maintenance bay, my right brake light quit working.

Short of replacing the entire assemblies with equally poorly engineered new stock, has anyone devised a method to keep things in place? I've tried different things but haven't yet discovered the right cocktail of jury rigged repairs.


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Do you know where Newmar got the lights from? For instance the tail lights on a 07 Essex are from a Chevy Trailblazer. Where did your lights come from? Or, photos of what they look like?

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They are made by Hella and look like this:
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:24 AM   #4
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You are correct. The tail light assembly is crap. Assuming the socket is clean and the bottom of the socket makes good contact with the bottom of the bulb; what I have done is use a small spot of adhesive to keep the bulb in place. I do mean a small spot, like really tiny spot/drop where the bulb contacts the socket near the glass. Remember, some day you will need to get the bulb out of the socket.

This has worked for me.
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This thread peaked my interest because I had the same issue with our coach's tail lights. Must be the era. On routine light checks before a trip, DH often would have to slap the assembly to get the brake lights to work. They'd be fine until we exited the driveway, then they'd go out again. We did the same as Gary & put a tiny dot of adhesive (in our case silicone) where the bulb meets the socket to keep it in place yet still be able to get it out when it burnt out.

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If you can solder, you can place a small drop on the center contact of the bulb or socket. It's easier to do this to the bulb. This puts a little more pressure on the prongs that hold the bulb in place. If you use too much solder it can easily be sanded down.

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