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Old 09-09-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Headlight problems

my headlights on my 99 seaview are useless. they barely light up and throw out very little light. even the brights do not put out much light.

they are shot due to the sun yellowing and baking the lenses. I know I can clean them but feel it is a waste of time as I don't think that it will
help much?

my question is has anyone added after market driving lights on your motorhome? what kind do u recommend?

I have even thought of replacing my current headlights but I don't know
what kind or brand to buy?

I want something that is going to light up the road at night and give me a nice bright light? maybe a hid light or a really bright halogen headlight?

any help is appreciated. I am sure someone has replaced their headlights
with something other than the original headlights?

especially with the modern day technologhy there has to be a better
headlight made for our older motorhomes? I just don't know where to
find them? I looked at some of the auto stores and no luck.
I looked on ebay and no luck? I would like some rectangular lights.

thanks for any input or help.

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my headlights on my 99 seaview are useless. they barely light up and throw out very little light. even the brights do not put out much light.

they are shot due to the sun yellowing and baking the lenses. I know I can clean them but feel it is a waste of time as I don't think that it will
help much?

my question is has anyone added after market driving lights on your motorhome? what kind do u recommend?

I have even thought of replacing my current headlights but I don't know
what kind or brand to buy?

I want something that is going to light up the road at night and give me a nice bright light? maybe a hid light or a really bright halogen headlight?

any help is appreciated. I am sure someone has replaced their headlights
with something other than the original headlights?

especially with the modern day technologhy there has to be a better
headlight made for our older motorhomes? I just don't know where to
find them? I looked at some of the auto stores and no luck.
I looked on ebay and no luck? I would like some rectangular lights.

thanks for any input or help.

Frankie
Depending on your Motor Home manufacturer a lot of headlight assemblies are actually Auto truck headlights just installed on the fiberglass motor home body. I replaced the entire headlight/turn indicator assembly on my 2005 Airstream 396 XL and found out they were from a 1997_2001 Ford Explorer. Look on the lens and see if you can find a re number and then search for the actual unit. Then you can usually find higher end assembles that are the same size and shape as I did. good luck
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If you can get a number off the lens you could try googling it and see if you can come up with the manufacturer or even what vehicle they have been used on. Almost all headlights used came off of some car/truck models from previous years and are available to purchase at auto parts stores or online. www.rockauto.com is one source if you find out what vehicle they were used on. Good luck.
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This is what you need, but I have no idea how they could be adapted to yours. They are 1A1 and 2A1 Sealed Beam Halogen and came stock on my Sea Breeze.







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Poor Headlight solution

Don't give up so fast. Mine were as bad as you described and I purchased two of these kits from ebay. worked wonders and was extremely easy. I didn't even need to do the wet sanding just buffed them (by hand) and the results were amazing. I actually bought a couple extra kits just to keep in case the turn yellow again

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I am no help, only drive in daylight.....
X2... When its dark you should be setup,, with a cold drink and a hot meal.
Just my opinion.
I have had good luck with the lens restorer on old cars.
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Headlites

Look on the lower edge of the headlight , there is a set of letters and numbers. On my coach it was TYC 00-0000. Write that combination down and call CARiD at 800-505-3274. Give them the information that was on the light and they can cross match for and get the light for you. I just replaced all of my front lights or my Dolphin 5355. They are from a 1999- 2005 Chevy Astro.
These people are awesome and very reasonable in price. I will recommend them to anyone.
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Google all the #s you can find on lights, One of my #s came up as left headlight on 97 Ford F150, Then I looked for 97 ford lights & found Crystal lens lights for $89 a pair. Now I can see way down the road.
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This is what you need, but I have no idea how they could be adapted to yours. They are 1A1 and 2A1 Sealed Beam Halogen and came stock on my Sea Breeze.



I love the front plate!! I want one, DW agrees I need one!
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Be careful as there are LOTS of fakes out there, most usually sold on eBay or Amazon. They will even have the DOT numbers on them.
Even some of the RV manufacturers bought them. They don't give out as much light as the real ones, and aren't even legal to be in the US, let alone sold and used on motor vehicles.
How do you tell them apart? Buy only direct from the car/truck parts department, not eBay, Amazon or other online retailer.
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I used good old rubbing alcohol and a soft towel. Worked them 2 or 3 times a day for 2 days. Now they are like new.
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In another discussion a person claimed excellent results with this set up. There is a disclaimer about being for off road use but he had a snappy answer which sounded credible at the time. Something to consider.

Your yellowed lenses will shine up easier and better than you think they will. It is worth a try. I did mine and touch them up about once per year it is easy and they look very nice, not yellow for sure.


Also at local auto parts they carry bulbs that increase brightness. I upgraded my truck and found increase in lighting to be as advertised.

Like a lot of people I get off the road before night fall however it is better to have good lighting regardless. I have driven at night out of necessity and yes I went right over my lights. Very disconcerting.

Wish mine had come with set up Dunner has, we would all be better off.
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