RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE CHASSIS CLUB FORUMS > Ford Motorhome Chassis Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-27-2020, 12:27 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Bat Dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Michigan
Posts: 14
Any mods to Ford dash?

Hi all,


With our initial few short trips in the Invicta on the Ford chassis I noted that the lighting of the dash is not very bright. If driving during the day with sunglasses it is not possible to even see the gauges/speedo!


Same glasses and I can see my Ford Explorer dash gauges w/o an issue.


Any mods or tweaks anyone knows of welcomed before we set off for 5 months on the road.


Cheers,
Bat Dude
Bat Dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-27-2020, 12:34 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 1,071
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f106/can...rk-329757.html
__________________
2006 Damon Daybreak 3276 35'. 3 200 Amp Lithium batteries and 2000 watt Pure wave inverter/charger.
2013 Elantra on a Master Tow dolly.
HarryStone is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2020, 01:45 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
groswald's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 156
Yeah, itís awful! With sunglasses on I canít read the gauges unless the sun is coming in over my left shoulder.

Iím working on a micro-controller based ďheads-upĒ-ish display that will plug into the OBD2 port for data and sit on top of the factory dash. Coming along nicely, with plans to be done well before our next long trip in the spring.

But, Iím a retired software engineer with too much time on my hands.

Best simple solution Iíve seen is to mount a small, battery powered LED strip under the lip of the dash.

Regards,

Randy
__________________
Randy
2016 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32SA
2017 Jeep Wrangler JKU
groswald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2020, 01:54 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 7
2019 Ford F53 - same problem can't see the dash.
I started driving with the lights on so I could see, and discovered there is no warning I left them on. Then I added a 10in led strip across the top - on/off switch and dimmer.
It works just fine.
Ridiculous these things have been made for decades with the same problem and the Ford doesn't fix!
jfessler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2020, 01:54 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 149
I use a software package called ForScan (Windows, limited Android) that allows me to talk directly to the various pcm / ecm on my vehicles. I am able to read OBD2 data, as well as CANbus Mediium and High. I can also write to Canbus...


On my F150, the backlighting was way too bright, even at low dimmer position, compared to rest of dash. Through trial and error, I was able to find the values of the dimmer as I rotated it, and set offsets that allowed me to make it even dimmer, but kept same level radio / system display / air conditioning controls brightness.


Look around the net (forscan display brightness) to see if somebody has already identified parameter location. If so, easy to change. Otherwise, it will take a few minutes to identify which parameters need to be edited. Mine were in Gauge PCM, though I don't remember the exact offset location needed.
Krbjmpr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2020, 07:50 PM   #6
Senior Member


 
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 5,095
Bat Dude-

I recently replaced some of the instrument panel bulbs with 74-NWHP3 LEDs from superbrightleds.com (link here). I ordered 8 and used 6: 2 each for the main dial gauges, and one each for the temp/pressure gauges. I did not replace the bulbs for the idiot lights or the shift selector; I read a warning online that said LEDs made those lights too bright.

It took some work to get to the rear of the instrument cluster, but was quick work after that.

Your coach is much newer than mine, so the part number I used may not apply to your coach's instrument cluster.

I use the GPS for the speed readout, in most cases.
__________________
Mark
2008 Holiday Rambler Admiral 30PDD (Ford F-53 chassis)
2009 Honda Fit Sport
l1v3fr33ord1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2020, 07:59 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 18
Scan Guage II.not only do you get live MPG readout you can have it display MPH. i mounted this on top of the dash and you can set 4 different gauges/info like RPM, MPG, MPH etc.

https://www.autozone.com/test-scan-a...00000043798979
__________________
2014 Fleetwood Bounder 33c
2014 Jeep Wrangler Toad
ttwirz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2020, 12:02 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Bat Dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Michigan
Posts: 14
Tnx all for the quick feedback!


I have been on the Fiberglass molded trailer site since 2004 (same outfit hosts all of these forums).


Seems with only a very few exceptions everyone is always, pleasant, helpful and informed.

Tnx to ttwirz I learned about the Scangauge line of products.


A quick call to their sales/service dept. confirmed that the Scanguage II is the model applicable to the Ford Triton V10 and has been ordered and will be here Friday.


Cheers,


Bat Dude
Bat Dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2020, 01:54 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
SuperGewl's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2,381
Add some led lights to the dash, it would look like this when done.

__________________
Retired Navy Submariner
2014 Itasca Sunstar 35F; 5 Star tuned; 2014 Jeep Cherokee TrailHawk
SuperGewl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
dash, ford



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mods moving threads without any clue where they have gone FormerBoater Forum 101 | Announcements | Member Forum Concerns 4 04-09-2018 12:35 PM
What is the make, year, model, any mods of YOUR tow vehicle? Trailertrish 5th Wheel Discussion 67 03-04-2017 08:03 AM
Any Mods needed for 2015 F450 Justjim Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12 02-14-2015 09:01 AM
Kudos - New mods, retiring mods Janet H Forum 101 | Announcements | Member Forum Concerns 7 05-22-2010 04:42 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.