Headlights

It’s another one of those gripes that seem to keep coming back. People are having trouble seeing in front of their coaches at night. Now, the fact that the average owner is, shall we say, not 25 anymore probably doesn’t help, but yes the lighting on these things is marginal.

The Dragonship came with the fog/driving lights in the lower bumper. I always have them on and they improve things quite a bit to the point of being bearable in normal traffic. Note: There are occasional strong opinions about what are driving lights and what are fog lights, and when to use them or not use them. I’m not sure what these are, but I use them all the time and no one seems to be complaining.

But, the regular headlights are….blah. Turn on the brights when you’re looking for a little extra and it’s actually worse, especially since the driving/fog lights come off when you do that. Why beats the heck out of me. But it happens on every vehicle I’ve ever owned that had fog lights.

On top of it all the alignment was way off and the mounting of the headlights is rather flimsy. There is no proper alignment system. Some screws, a few washers here and there. So, the first order of business was to improve the alignment. <<more to come>>

Secondly, I wanted to increase the amount of light for those dark corners of the world. There’s a lot of info out there about people replacing the bulbs with HID (High Intensity Discharge) light kits. First thing you need to know is that these lights were made for a 2004 Toyota Highlander…… Then you go find a kit. They’re all over the place. And they work, in fact they work a little too well. I’m sure you’ve seen them coming at you and wondered whether you needed to get your sunglasses out. I didn’t want to stick out that much.

I then considered putting one of those monster LED light bars on the front. Up high, expedition style, or smaller ones down low, or even recessed ones. But, I didn’t really want to drill holes, let alone big ones, and run wires.

Then the light came on.(haha!) I could put HID’s in the high beams only. Properly aligned the regular headlights plus fog/driving lights are fine, and when you need that little extra in a dark campground…..hit the HID’s in the high beams and lite ‘er up.

So, after the alignment the first thing I did was pull a high beam bulb……. it’s a XXX and after some searching I found these:

<<more to come>>