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Old 11-28-2020, 01:14 PM   #1
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Gulfstream 2004 Atrium 8411 headlights are Mercedes ML 350 or 500 headlights

My 2004 Atrium 8411 in research with HeadlightDepot.com and a live video on how to work with these Mercedes ML350 and 500 headlights, are the same headlight. However mine are halogen for hi beem and HID STOCK for low beams. Know first if yours are all 4 bulbs of halogens model like maybe the 8410 or 2 halogen and 2 HIDs. Extreme important if ordering headlights as the Atrium wiring to the headlights depends on this.
Drove this home in the dark from Texas to WA last Jan and these headlights were so poor, I was freaking out on the back roads. Ran mostly with my lights o high. Still the lights were aimed way to low. I tried adjusting them with the plastic nut from behind, but not able to see or know what I was doing lead nowhere. Watched the video and it all was clear.
Now I see the up and down white adjustments have a metric nut on the back. I put spray lube on these as they have some factory undercarriage spray clogging their movement. I put 2 new H7 halogen in and left the HID's alone for now hoping raising the headlights will now shine DOWN the road vs at the ground. Not a clue how the prior owner ever drove this in the dark?
You can clearly see the back sides in my photo. Hope this saves someone the hours I spend to figure these out.
One other hint, if removing the complete assembly just remove the top nut and then with the 2 brackets that are screwed into the fiberglass on the left and right, just loosen the screws and pull the headlight bracket apart. I did not remove these if I did not want too.
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I have the same headlights and they are quite a pain to work on. I do not have the HID units but and polishing mine as they were so hazed that very little light hit the road. Normally never drive at night so not a big deal.
How do you light the Atrium? We have a very similar model but not the Atrium. Weíre just north of you in Graham.
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Old 11-30-2020, 08:25 AM   #3
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Well you got to experience this too? Read on line that the angle we view the road from a class A was a lot of our sight problem, but I just know I'd plow over a farm animal before seeing it, but oncomong semi's shined a lot better path. Love the brightness and panoramic view of the Atrium slide which WAS the 3 yr search. Found it! But I miss the logic of a side entrance door vs front as I liked walking out under mu old huge awning in medium weather directly on most sites layout for mid sidded doors. Got my cleaning kit Bruce. Will try to remember to post the AFTER polishing and then adjusting them at 25 feet off the back fence to drop 2 inches in light height I read on.
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I have the same headlights and they are quite a pain to work on. I do not have the HID units but and polishing mine as they were so hazed that very little light hit the road. Normally never drive at night so not a big deal.
How do you light the Atrium? We have a very similar model but not the Atrium. Weíre just north of you in Graham.

Yes! How do you like your Atrium? I just bought one. It feels a bit drafty for here in the PacNW. I haven't driven at night to know about the lighting yet.
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We just sold our 04 Atrium SE in October, loved the coach but it wasn't well insulated and only had single pane glass so when we traveled south from Canada to Arizona in Nov. it was a cold trip, furnaces were going non stop. Same thing in the summer, when it's hot out the air conditioners have a hard time keeping up. It was the perfect coach for Canadian summers and Arizona winters when it was around 70 deg. Ended up buying a Monaco Camelot with duel pane windows and much better insulated. Also has heated basement and tanks for cold weather travel. Looking forward to camping in it in the spring.
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Yes! How do you like your Atrium? I just bought one. It feels a bit drafty for here in the PacNW. I haven't driven at night to know about the lighting yet.
Mine is not the Atrium so have a different kitchen/living floor plan. Same coach otherwise. We donít have much problem with temperatures. AquaHot does good at keeping things comfortable. While I have the headlights polished and looking pretty good, I donít plan to drive at night so more for looks.

I changed the tvís to LED and moved the front tv to the rear of the dinning area. Now a 43Ē at eye level.
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