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View Poll Results: How well do your headlights work and does that affect your driving?
I have great headlights now so making them better won't change my driving times. 60 32.09%
I drive few miles at night but would more if the headlights were much better illumination. 37 19.79%
I don't drive many miles no matter the time as the RV stays where it is. 5 2.67%
I drive 0 - 10% miles at night because my headlights are really bad. 49 26.20%
I drive 11-25% miles at night. 40 21.39%
I drive 26 - 50% miles at night. 15 8.02%
Most of my driving is at night. 3 1.60%
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Old 08-07-2020, 08:59 PM   #1
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Poll: How much do you drive at night?

There have been lots of "how I improved my headlight threads". The general agreement is that most RV headlights are terrible at night. So, the question is why don't the RV manufacturers improved headlights like the auto industry has over the last 10 years?

Some thoughts: Because they steal parts out of the auto parts bin and pick from years ago stock because that's what they know about, or that's what they can buy cheap. Because the majority of customers don't drive at night - so why put new technology / more expensive systems in if most don't use / need it?

So we can poll our forum friends to determine how much nighttime driving we do.

Please post: If your headlights were better illumination, would you drive more nighttime hours? We can make more than one one poll choice. Choose all that apply.

Also let us know if your RV has great headlights already.

I posted that I have great headlights and drive 11 - 25% at night. But that's now....took me $2K and a week of time to improve the headlights to be able to say that They were atrocious when I first got the very used RV. Unsafe at any speed.

Tell us about your headlight related stories. Did you improve them? Link to your Build Thread. Have a close one? Significant other does the night driving because they have better night vision?

If you "improved" your headlights...do you now get flashed by oncoming traffic more? Ever get a ticket for bad or too bright headlights?

Have you had to polish your older lenses to bring them back to clear again?

How often are you using High Beams vs. Low Beams? For me, Low beams is 90% of my night time driving. I only wish I could use the High Beams more but there is always oncoming traffic.
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I guess it depends on what you call improvement. Personally I don't consider the very, very white lights they are installing on a lot of newer vehicles to be an improvement. They may have more lumens but I don't think the color is what the human eye processes well. I much prefer the older style yellowish lights (2700 to 3000 deg) to the newer whiter light (5,000 to 6,000 deg). Just my opinion, I'm sure others will disagree.
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I guess it depends on what you call improvement. Personally I don't consider the very, very white lights they are installing on a lot of newer vehicles to be an improvement. They may have more lumens but I don't think the color is what the human eye processes well. I much prefer the older style yellowish lights (2700 to 3000 deg) to the newer whiter light (5,000 to 6,000 deg). Just my opinion, I'm sure others will disagree.
For this thread - whatever works better for your night vision is an improvement.

For my eyes, I do like the whiter (5000-5500 Kelvin) bulbs compared to the colder 3500 (amber) ones. Lumens is another measurement. Focus another. Sharp cutoff yet another. Peripheral lighting another. Lots of ways to define "improvement".
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Old 08-07-2020, 10:31 PM   #4
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I can't vote here because I don't drive at night. Only in an emergency would I drive at night
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Old 08-07-2020, 10:49 PM   #5
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my base vehicle on my RV is a 94 F-700 so it HAD the same headlights as a 79 Bronco/Pickup truck. The Large glass square headlights. I have put some of these in my RV https://www.ebay.com/itm/H6052-6054-....c100005.m1851 They are quite the improvment. I do NOT use those off color bulbs in them either.
I enjoy driving later at night as there much less other traffic.
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Old 08-07-2020, 10:54 PM   #6
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I generally drive during the day but headlights aren't really the reason. Is this some ad for headlights? The poll doesn't have an answer that fits me.
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Old 08-07-2020, 11:07 PM   #7
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I often drive late into the night when on a long haul. The Bay Star’s headlights were so limited I had to curtail this practice after a couple scary experiences in weird, poorly marked, night time construction zones.

I don’t know about the Ventana because I haven’t driven it at night yet. But if the headlights aren’t a lot better than the Bay Star, I’ll be looking for a way to improve them. Part of this is my aging vision i’m sure. I used to do just fine at night, but I wasn’t driving class A coaches then either.
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Very seldom drive the motorhome at night. In 15+ years likely only a couple three times.
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I have driven my coach a couple of times at night and it is fine. My issues is reversing it in to our narrow drive at night and setting up camp in the dark.
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Old 08-07-2020, 11:22 PM   #10
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I think the lights on my 2017 Tiffin 34PA are decent. I have driven at night and the lights do a good job. Want scares me from driving at night more is the chance of hitting a deer. RVs are built like an egg shell and hitting a deer going 60 mph would do a lot of damage. I guess from living in Alaska for 40 years and watching for moose on the road and seeing the damage done when people hit them has made me a little more timid.
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The poll assumes that I wouldn't drive at night because of poor lighting. I don't drive at night regardless. Honestly I don't know how the lights on my coach perform. I want to be at my daily destination by 2PM-4PM. I head out depending on the distance I am driving. We typically keep it 200-300 miles. Maybe 350 if necessary.
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Poll: How much do you drive at night?

Poll response: almost never. Our last night time arrival was summer of 2013.
I actually enjoy night highway driving, but our travel plan has us stopping NLT 1600, about 225-250 per day.
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I installed LED headlights on my coach about 4 years ago and while it made it much easier to see things at night, it really did not effect how much I drive after dark, as I generally try to stopped and set up for the night before the sun goes down.
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