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Old 10-27-2002, 06:06 PM   #1
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We have had our RV for our second summer. We love everything about it(after a few rough edges were ironed out) but need to know if anyone else out there thinks their headlights are less than adequate on regular beams. I have had them supposedly aligned once allready but no improvement. The only way to see at night is with the brights on...and even then, no one seems to be bothered by them. Maybe I am getting old?????
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Anyone have any after market solutions?
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Old 10-27-2002, 06:06 PM   #2
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We have had our RV for our second summer. We love everything about it(after a few rough edges were ironed out) but need to know if anyone else out there thinks their headlights are less than adequate on regular beams. I have had them supposedly aligned once allready but no improvement. The only way to see at night is with the brights on...and even then, no one seems to be bothered by them. Maybe I am getting old?????
Oh...the horror....
Anyone have any after market solutions?
Thanks!
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Old 10-27-2002, 08:46 PM   #3
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Yes! Yes! YES! They are sorly lacking in brillance. We were caught out after dark trying to find an RV camp. I had to stop the MH and get out to see if it was the parking light or the headlights that were on. You can hardly see ahead on the road with the lights that are there. I put them on bright and that helped a "little." If there is an after market light that will fit the Winnebago class A model line let me know because I want to switch out to it. Maybe those new purple lights might do??
I am glad someone else has seen the light.

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Old 10-28-2002, 12:15 AM   #4
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Working off the recommendation from another iRV2 member, I installed a set of these ....

Sylvania Cool Blue Lamps.

I bought mine at an Auto Zone. You can probably find a pair at your autoparts store.

"I can see!", said the blind man, and when you're driving a big ol' RV down the road, this might be an good thing.

The only lamps you have to replace are the low beams. The high beams and the Cool Blues give you a lot of light so no need to replace the original high beams.

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Old 10-28-2002, 02:44 AM   #5
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I have a 2000 Journey and my head lights are so poor that I don't drive at night if I can keep from it. I will try the "blue lights" and see if they help. Thanks

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Old 10-28-2002, 07:03 AM   #6
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I just HATE electrical problems
But before you purchase new lights check the voltage at the lights to make sure there isn't a voltage drop. Volts have a way to do strange things and if a wire is pinched or twisted just right it will cause a problem. Lack of proper ground could also cause problems. I don't know how to check for that. A good volt meter will help out a lot.

My best guess is the voltage will be ok with a good ground and you still have the problem.
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Old 10-28-2002, 09:55 AM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Winnobego:
I just HATE electrical problems....
But before you purchase new lights check the voltage at the lights to make sure there isn't a voltage drop. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

My experience and my recommendation to replace the OEM GE Halogen lamps with Cool Blues comes from first hand experience because the OEM lamps were dingy, appear for all practical purposes to be yellow, and didn't illuminate the road well. The Cool Blues are a different color, "white", and they light up the road very well.

You would always want to rule out low volt issues however you can usually see those types of problems right away by simple diagnostics without a meter. If the beams get brighter as you increase your rpms, you have a problem. If the lamps appear dim, you have a problem. Other wise if the beams are bright and you still can't see, then the color of the light is the problem. Cool Blues aren't blue. They are actually super white.

The investment of a couple of sealed beams, about $30.00 a pair, will be worthwhile. And you can take that to the bank. $$$$$

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Old 10-28-2002, 11:24 AM   #8
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We had same problem on our 2000 Adv. Our lamps were terribly out of alignment. Fixed on own using cardboard template. Still there is (as others have told us) a bit of an illusion problem as we sit much higher than auto. But all in all much improvement.

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Old 10-28-2002, 02:50 PM   #9
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We drove home at night a few months ago, and could barely see the road on low beams. High beams were fine.

Thank you to everyone who has had this problem for letting us know it wasn't just us!

And thanks to DriVer for the solution. I will be going to the auto parts store before our next trip to pick up the cool blues.

DriVer, you're not so bad for a Workhorse guy.

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Old 10-28-2002, 04:06 PM   #10
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Our lights work quite well. I did have to clean some paint overspray off of them, but since then no problems. Actually, they seem quite bright. Hope I don't have a problem.

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Old 10-28-2002, 05:26 PM   #11
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Mine work fine. I can see great at night. But I noticed that my 2003 Suncruiser has the large modular quartz units rather than the single round units of 2002. Maybe that's why they changed them. I did have a problem with a fog light that was shining aircraft when I first got it but the dealer realigned it and now it hits the road again. If I had a 2002 and it wasn't bright enough I'd opt for the cool blues.

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Old 10-28-2002, 05:47 PM   #12
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Just picked up a pair of headlight bulb inserts
last week at the local NAPA.. counter man said
they were new on the market..think they were Sylvania A little pricey at %45.00 a pair
WHAT A DIFFERECE
Now I can see them there buffalo waaayyyy out there
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Old 10-29-2002, 05:36 AM   #13
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I just took a look at ours, they are GE Halogen sealed beam.

I do admit to having 20/10 vision...

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Old 10-29-2002, 08:12 AM   #14
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Driver, what is the model number of Cool Blues. I have an '01 Adventurer with very poor low beams and want to switch them out. Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-29-2002, 10:32 AM   #15
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Wow!! Thanks for the info on the cool blue replacememts!!! What a difference!! Now I don't have to plan all of my trips with an arrival before dark.
I see the light!!! (So nice to know that I am NOT getting old after all!
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Old 10-29-2002, 12:16 PM   #16
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by bettye:
Driver, what is the model number of Cool Blues. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Remove one of your current sealed beams and bring it with you to the jobber that carries Sylvania Cool Blue Lamps. I had the number but I forget what it is. It's one of the most common beams and they should have it in stock.

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Old 10-29-2002, 01:18 PM   #17
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We have a 01 Itasca Suncruiser and noticed the same problem with headlights on low beam. High beam was okay. We adjusted our headlights per directions from an auto store and it helped noticeably but still less than desirable.

Itasca has round headlights unlike the rectangular on Adventurer. Does anyone know if the "blue" headlights are available in round as well?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by lamfgo:
Itasca has round headlights unlike the rectangular on Adventurer. Does anyone know if the "blue" headlights are available in round as well?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Remove one lamp and bring it to your Cool Blue jobber and let them find the replacement bulb for you.

Next best thing go in your owner's manual and look up headlamp bulbs. Write down the number and make a few phone calls.

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My Suncruiser has 4 round 5-3/4" headlamps. Low beams are type 4000, high beams are type 5001. So far, I haven't been able to find a Cool Blue or Silver Star equivalent replacement.

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Old 10-30-2002, 12:52 AM   #20
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I just sent off an e-mail to Sylvania. Let's see what they come up with?

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