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Old 10-14-2021, 11:08 PM   #1
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Headlight Upgrade 2020 Tiffin Open Road 36UA

Wondering if anyone has upgraded their headlights on the 2020 platform?

We don't drive much at night but when we do. We find the headlights to be very dim. This is not an electrical issue.

I'd like to know if anyone has the same experience..
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Don't know about yours.. but many members here post.. that voltage is too low at headlights.. so you have to test volts at bulb connection and see if that is it.. it's simple and cheap.. if you are like may of us.. you can go 2 ways if you find volts too low.. 1 wire in relays.. not hard but time consuming.. if you never done it.. or 2 Google headlights relay kits.. and plug and play.. I ordered mine from LMCT. or LMC TRUCK.COM good luck and let us know what you did and maybe better members then me will help you
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Old 10-15-2021, 07:12 AM   #3
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Prior poster is correct, but even if you get full voltage to the halogen bulbs the lighting is going to be lackluster. One problem is that Tiffin uses inexpensive aftermarket headlight assemblies in the Open Road. The design is Toyota Sienna minivan circa 2015, but the part, at least in my unit, is TYC. TYC is a Taiwan based maker of cheap aftermarket crash replacement and upgrade (term used loosely…) lighting assemblies.

Your 36UA headlights use an H11 bulb for the low beams. A quick and easy upgrade is to swap in a more powerful LED “bulb.” There are many choices from Amazon, etc, but be careful not to purchase something too cheap - it either won’t last or the optics will be so poor you won’t get any more light on the road. I recall folks saying they were satisfied with products from “Cougar Motors.” Probably most of these come out of the same factory in China…

I used something called the Morimoto 2 stroke from an outfit named The Retrofit Source. It’s about the most expensive option at roughly $200 for a pair of LED bulb assemblies. But it does the best job of mimicking the light output and beam pattern of a halogen bulb, so the light is on the road and not glaring into oncoming traffic. The headlights have improved from unusable to reasonable. Still don’t love driving a 13 ton coach in the dark, but at least you now have some idea what’s up front.

Installation is about a 15 minute job, if you’ve never done anything like it before.

One last thought. Tiffin didn’t aim my headlights. One was pointing down at the ground a few feet in front of the coach. Adjusting it to the same reach as the other light made a big difference. Just don’t get too enthusiastic and blind oncoming traffic. There’s a screw adjustment to raise or lower the low beam. I don’t recall for certain, but I think it takes a 5mm Allen key to adjust.
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:45 AM   #4
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Prior poster is correct, but even if you get full voltage to the halogen bulbs the lighting is going to be lackluster. One problem is that Tiffin uses inexpensive aftermarket headlight assemblies in the Open Road. The design is Toyota Sienna minivan circa 2015, but the part, at least in my unit, is TYC. TYC is a Taiwan based maker of cheap aftermarket crash replacement and upgrade (term used looselyÖ) lighting assemblies.

Your 36UA headlights use an H11 bulb for the low beams. A quick and easy upgrade is to swap in a more powerful LED ďbulb.Ē There are many choices from Amazon, etc, but be careful not to purchase something too cheap - it either wonít last or the optics will be so poor you wonít get any more light on the road. I recall folks saying they were satisfied with products from ďCougar Motors.Ē Probably most of these come out of the same factory in ChinaÖ

I used something called the Morimoto 2 stroke from an outfit named The Retrofit Source. Itís about the most expensive option at roughly $200 for a pair of LED bulb assemblies. But it does the best job of mimicking the light output and beam pattern of a halogen bulb, so the light is on the road and not glaring into oncoming traffic. The headlights have improved from unusable to reasonable. Still donít love driving a 13 ton coach in the dark, but at least you now have some idea whatís up front.

Installation is about a 15 minute job, if youíve never done anything like it before.

One last thought. Tiffin didnít aim my headlights. One was pointing down at the ground a few feet in front of the coach. Adjusting it to the same reach as the other light made a big difference. Just donít get too enthusiastic and blind oncoming traffic. Thereís a screw adjustment to raise or lower the low beam. I donít recall for certain, but I think it takes a 5mm Allen key to adjust.

Agree with the headlight alignment..adjust them before you try anything else.
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Old 10-19-2021, 04:21 PM   #5
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I agree, our lights needed alignment as well. However, the halogens are not very bright and very yellow in color. LED replacements are twice as bright (lumens) and are daylight balanced so much whiter in color. I used the LASFIT LA Plus Series bulbs. I think I got them from Amazon. A very nice improvement but I like to be done driving by Happy Hour! I also use LASFIT bulbs in my jeep.


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