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RE: Overnight parking going places?

I have never even once asked permission. I've found plenty of places without needing to do that. more importantly, have you ever been asked to 'move on'? Put in a different way, would YOU personally like to find some unknown person in a unknown vehicle/RV parked on YOUR land/parking lot/driveway AND they never asked for permission? I wouldn't like it one bit. I have had folks pull off beside my home on my neighbors driveway/land that have broken down, neighbor's home is back a long lane and can't see what happens at the end of their driveway.. Only a couple of times those folks have been nice enough to walk to my house and let me know they are there and their vehicle is disabled.. Others have just left the vehicle abandoned for several days with no notes.. Pulling off onto others property (private and business) and overnighting without permission is a risky thing to do.. Do it to the wrong folks and things may go sideways.. Not everyone will welcome your RV and that IS why you should ALWAYS ask permission.
Gdetrailer 01/23/21 04:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying an RV in Oregon.

Bought my boat in Oregon and paid my sales tax in Utah. The tax is only on what is registered. The bank holds the title and no relationship between title and taxes. OP LIVES IN and is a RESIDENT OF CANADA. Would have CANADA LICENSE AND INSURANCE. Wants to buy in Oregon for some reason. Wants to MOVE RV from Oregon to CALIFORNIA. This is not straight forward as a US Citizen buying in Oregon and moving it to California. I suspect OP will not be able to transfer the title, period and would end up with nothing more than a Bill of sale. Highly doubt California will transfer a title from out of state to an non resident to California's DMV system. May even have a difficult time buying a new RV in Oregon because of the title paperwork that must be done, used not so much a problem there. Of course if OP is planning to move the RV to California to a permanent site they might be able to get away with never transferring the title and thus avoiding California' taxes and registration costs but the OP WILL need to get some sort of temporary tags to move the RV from Oregon to California which is going to cost money and most likely not work if Oregon requires a Oregon DL and insurance just to issue a temp tag.. It is a no win situation. Op could buy in Oregon, never transfer title, nor register title, nor get tags and pay to have a heavy hauler with a flat deck low boy trailer and drop off at the exact spot without the need for title, title transfer and paying taxes.. But, a Heavy hauler with a low boy flat deck could cost a couple of thousand... And if they ever decided to sell they are stuck with an untitled trailer that they can not sell because of the messed up title. Many ways to do it and most workarounds will in the end cost more than just buying what they want where they currently live and drive it to where that want it to stay.. The reality of it is if the OP were to buy a $20K RV, they would be on the hook for $2400 in taxes (12%) where they currently live.. Even IF they could find a way to work this third party deal out, the chances are they WILL spend MORE than the measly $2400 in taxes they would owe if they bought in their Country.. Not even sure why they picked Oregon other than perhaps lower "sales taxes" perhaps?
Gdetrailer 01/23/21 02:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying an RV in Oregon.

Thanks for all of the replies. Seems I have a bit of work to do. One thing, I am not trying to avoid any taxes just want to figure out what I can or cannot do legally and if it is worth the hassle. Seems like the taxes would be paid in California. Up here in BC the taxes are 12% new or used. Was not sure if you bought used in US if it was cheaper tax rate if / when registered in California. Seems to me you are trying to avoid SOME taxes. I suspect, in the end it will cost you pretty much the same or more by the time the dust settles than if you just bought a RV in Canada and brought it to California.. Assuming you are planning to park the RV on land or a campground, right? If so, unless there is a compelling reason to transfer the title and plate it for California the simplest and most likely cheapest way is to buy in your country even with paying 12% tax rate. Buying in one state then titling in another can be a tricky process because each state has their own rules which must be followed to the "T". Most states require one to be a resident of that state just to transfer the title to that state, let alone putting tags on it.. And for those who mentioned not worrying about transferring titles, well, the title shows your ownership.. Your ownership could be questioned at anytime and without a proper title in YOUR NAME you have no real proof other than a hand written "bill of sale" (which is questionable at best since anyone can make up a BOS) and you have also doomed that trailer in most states to scrap value. No proper title = JUNK, it is very difficult and expensive to fix no title RVs so no resale value if OP changed their mind and wants to sell the RV down the road. May even have difficult time getting insurance coverage which if you are planning to put in in a permanent park most parks WILL require you to carry insurance on it while it is in that park.
Gdetrailer 01/23/21 12:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

Hey Bob! I have used Daniel Stern Lighting for my older trucks. He builds very robust, complete light harnesses for just about any vehicle (North American). The harnesses are complete and the instructions are, well, in English. You can look him up on line. I am learning as I follow this thread. Are the Sylvania ZXE bulbs also built on the low voltage high watt burn out fast model? I was thinking about buying a foursome for my 06 Sierra 3500. Maybe not so much anymore? I replaced the drivers side housing off of Amazon and was pretty impressed with the fit, finish and design of the off shore product. Fits and works perfectly. Cheers! Mike If the truck uses 9004/9005 bulbs, IMHO the best update is to replace the 9004/9005 with 9011/9012 HIR bulbs. Same watts, higher lumen output, about the same life as a std 9004/9005 but more expensive. you will need to slightly modify the 9011/9012 plastic base to let it fit in the 9004/9005 shell. a search on 9011/9012 will get you to sites to show the simple mod to the base I've done that on several vehicles using 9004/9005 bulbs and they are much brighter. I can see where that might work, however, one needs to realize that in doing so, you may end up with not having as good of focused light. Incandescent headlights depend on having the bulb filament placed in a very specific spot in the reflector. If the filament is placed slightly off from that location the result is a out of focused beam. Filament placement and size is critical and if not placed correctly WILL cause more light scatter blinding oncoming traffic in the process. It is for that reason why LED retrofits tend to be difficult and often results in poor high beams or poor low beams and blinding oncoming traffic in the process. Different bulb numbers are there for a reason, it isn't done for the light bulb manufacturer to make more money with more part numbers. There are real specs that the bulb manufacturers must adhere to and it is for a good reason.
Gdetrailer 01/23/21 11:40am Tech Issues
RE: Onan 4000 Intake Manifold replacement

You bet! Good luck and perhaps give folks an update on this thread on how things went.. Might be helpful for others facing similar situation in the future.
Gdetrailer 01/23/21 09:48am Tech Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

Hey Bob! I have used Daniel Stern Lighting for my older trucks. He builds very robust, complete light harnesses for just about any vehicle (North American). The harnesses are complete and the instructions are, well, in English. You can look him up on line. I am learning as I follow this thread. Are the Sylvania ZXE bulbs also built on the low voltage high watt burn out fast model? I was thinking about buying a foursome for my 06 Sierra 3500. Maybe not so much anymore? I replaced the drivers side housing off of Amazon and was pretty impressed with the fit, finish and design of the off shore product. Fits and works perfectly. Cheers! Mike Yes, ZXE are "Silverstars" based 12.5V 60W-65W bulbs, as such 250 hrs max life.. ZXE are nothing more than blue color tinted high wattage bulbs to LOOK like HID, The blue tint filters out some of the red hues which means it LOOK less yellow.. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71GR9zIcriL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 Doesn't mean it gets you "better vision". Those ZXE are trying to imitate typical HID color temps which most folks choose 5,000K and up.. Gives them the "cool" trendy look without the price of HID. They are marketed to the young kids who have not enough money in the pocket to afford real HID.. Read the they marketing hype from Sylvania.. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71MMmttpdTL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Qr1hgL7HL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/7122jVpNEBL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71EBon5IEyL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71ZOrs9wEwL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71KPdq3nU7L._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 These are all about "looks", not about actual "improvement" in seeing distance. In fact, adding any color "filtering" takes away brightness which is why they had to increase the wattage.. Something else to consider, using higher wattage bulbs than what the fixture and plug were designed for can result in the fixture deforming and the plug melting.. Save your money and buy the plain "basic" halogen bulb and let the "kiddies" waste their money on these for the trendy look..
Gdetrailer 01/23/21 09:04am Tech Issues
RE: Overnight parking going places?

The town, a northeast Dallas suburb, where we had our last S/B home has an ordnance about no overnight parking/ sleeping in a vehicle. Does not say RV, but anything, from your car, to truckers, to RVs. There are signs at Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, even the First Baptist parking lot. Might be one reason why there are no truck stops in that town. No 'wally docking' places are most often near larger cities, and I've found them in tourist areas. I think, could be wrong, Moab, UT does not allow overnight stops for sleep except in a campground. Just because there is a sign up, does not always mean it is not allowed. Sometimes the signs have been put up to discourage folks from "camping out" (like putting out the slides, putting down the levelers, putting out camp chairs, and firing up the huge BBQ and partying like it is tailgating season for days on end) or could be due to being over run by homeless folks hanging around and never going away.. You HAVE to ask. Some folks see the signs and turn around and move on, some folks see the signs and setup anyways.. Myself, I like to ask.. So far, have never been turned down even when there are signs posted.. As far as any place outright "banning", yeah, that can be an issue for folks who make their living over the road like truckers.. Truckers MUST log OFF hrs somewhere, if they are not allowed in a parking lot, they WILL be pulling off the side of the road and PARKING there.. Making for a huge hazard to the driver and other motorists.. AND YES, I HAVE seen this a lot especially on/off ramps on some local Interstate roads near me.. Heck, on one Interstate road there is a "weight station" pull off for portable scales that when the station is closed the gates are LOCKED! Have had to dodge a lot of trucks parked on the sides of the road from the weight station down to the next exit several miles away..
Gdetrailer 01/22/21 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

Hi, Driving lights during day has been a requirement in Canada since 1989. I wish it would include tail lights, too. Since OP has a 2007, yeah it would apply. The question now becomes is his DRL using the headlights at a reduced power level? If so, store bought relay kits most likely will remove that function, not aware of any that add or include DRL but perhaps there might be.. Generally for headlights the manufacturer uses a resistor in series with low beam filament, dropping the voltage and brightness for that function. Turn the headlights on via your dash switch and the resistor is bypassed allowing "full" voltage to headlight.. To restore that function with a relay kit will require a SPST relay that when headlight switch is off the NC contact will connect the resistor to the headlight.. Of course if OPs DRL is done via separate "driving lights" then premade relay kit should be OK to use.
Gdetrailer 01/22/21 02:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Office 2016 - Outlook??

I am starting to regret installing MS Office 2016 on my home shop computer.. seems like one problem after another.. I am trying to use OUTLOOK instead of Thunderbird for email.. I can set up accounts and receive email with no problem.. BUT.. when I try to copy my Thunderbird Contacts list (export) and (Import) it into Outlook 2016, nothing ever happens.. I have tried everything that I could find on the INET on how to do this but no luck.. Anyone else experienced anything like this?? I have exported and imported contact lists before with no trouble.. but not this time.. Maybe I should just stick with Thunderbird, however I am the kind of person that there is a feature installed (Outlook 2016), it should work.. Just looking for thoughts as I have already scoured the INET for procedures, none of which worked.. Stay Safe Did you try this one? OUTLOOK TRANSFER Looks like it should be straight forward IF your TB has the capability to export to "vCard" format.. Importing from CSV is not as straight forward.. Be aware, that there is two different versions of CSV (DOS and Windows), Not sure what version TB is using but Outlook should be able to import both versions.. You might be selecting the wrong CSV version in Outlook.. Barring that, I am including a search for importing from TB to Outlook that you might find helpful.. Search on how to import TB contacts to Outlook
Gdetrailer 01/22/21 01:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Office 2016 - Outlook??

Why would you want to switch to Outlook which has been glitchy at best throughout the years. Lost emails, corrupt files, failure to open issues to name a few. Most people leave Outlook to use Thunderbird or use gmail or another web based email option. Very few switch to Outlook from another program. Just the problems you have at the moment should be enough to realize the program is problematic. You can use the other MS Office programs like Word, Excel etc. without having to use Outlook. That's what I've been doing for years. Don't know WHAT "Outlook" you have been using that is "glitchy, loses emails, corrupts files, or fails to open.. I can say that I have NEVER experience once ANY such problems in over 22 yrs with any version of Outlook.. From Outlook Express up to Outlook 2013.. Corporate email servers and Pop/Imap every version of Outlook I have used for myself has been trouble free. One of the only things I can say about Outook is it is not for every "user", it is more for "Power Users" that want more features and wizbang gadgets.. If you want a barebones dead straight no frills email client then go with Thunderbird.. After using Outlook for work purposes to me going to TB or any "web based" mail client is sort of going from a modern luxury car to a Chevy Chevette complete with no A/C and manual hand operated window cranks.. OP is also dealing with Office 2016, starting with Office 2013, you have no choice but to install Outlook and as such because everyone is stone scared to not have everything updated and patched 2016 and Win10 forces updates to your system which from the complaints I found resets Outlook 2016 as the "default" email client.. Can't uninstall Outlook 2016 either, you must uninstall ALL of Office 2016 products. Since OP has it, it WILL be reset to default email client over and over anyways, may as well give it a try..
Gdetrailer 01/22/21 01:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Overnight parking going places?

And be aware that not all Walmarts allow overnight stays. The local government can ban that. Sort of correct, for the most part, it is up to each Walmart manager to decide if overnighting is allowed. In some cases the local township/city may have an ordnance which may prohibit/limit overnighting which will override the Walmart managers decision. I would highly recommend looking up some Walmarts that may be close to your route and PHONE and ask first. This way you can have a better plan in place instead of driving 10 hrs only to find you can't and will have to find other places.. Walmart typically will want you to overnight as far away from the store as possible, typically lawn and garden center in some places. I will warn up ahead, overnighting in Walmart parking lots or even at rest stops WILL be noisy. If you are noise sensitive, you may want to find other quieter alternatives. I found in ear hearing protectors often takes care of most of the parking lot noise. Although right now, they may be quieter through the night since most WM stores close at 8 PM-9PM and open 8 or so in the morning to public for cleaning and restocking (not 24hr like they used to be).. You would be shocked at how much traffic there is at WM at 12 AM - 2 AM in the morning.. At the stores we often stop at, 2 AM-3 AM the street sweeper comes out to play after the customer traffic slows down. I should note that the stores we have visited often have signs up stating no overnighting but when we asked they told us it was OK to do so in spite of the signs.. I got the feeling the signs were put in place to discourage homeless folks at those WMs..
Gdetrailer 01/22/21 01:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

yes, most "standard" bulbs will have long life even with full battery voltage going to them and be much brighter than factory wiring. I did try the xtravision with upgraded wiring. Yes they were brighter, but a pretty short life. But IMHO not enough brighter to justify the short life and higher cost. Key point is that light output is highly dependent on voltage, not a linear or square law relationship, even stronger but bulb life is even a stronger relationship to voltage. No free lunch. Correct. Brighter the bulb, the less life you will get and as I mentioned, my own experience with a relay harness and using standard halogen bulbs I did not see any drastic reduction in bulb life.. The OEM wiring is reducing the voltage so much that you could easily drive 100K miles (or even much more) with a lot of night driving and never have to change a bulb. Getting the bulb voltage up may trade off SOME bulb life but it is a good trade off and most likely will not be a big issue given how crummy most auto headlights are. Typical Halogen lights are rated 2,000 hrs so even if we lose 25% of the life when operated at full battery voltage it would mean only 1,500 hrs of operation.. I am good with that, much better than 250 hrs of Xtravision.. 1,500 hrs of night driving at 60 MPH is 90,000 miles of night driving.. 250 hrs of night driving at 60 MPH is 15,000 miles which in my case would have meant changing Xtravision bulbs every 10 months.. I do have one concern, I believe Bob is in Canada, as such he may need some provision for DRL functions depending on his countries regulations for that yr (not sure when CA required DRL).. Relay kits will bypass DRL function if it was done via the headlights being routed through a resistor to reduce headlamp brightness during the day.. If so, may need to improvise further with modified relay setup that includes a Single pole double throw relay that connects headlights to resistor when no headlights are turned on but engine is running..
Gdetrailer 01/22/21 10:46am Tech Issues
RE: Onan 4000 Intake Manifold replacement

The broken piece of bolt is in the threads by the paper towel is stuffed in the intake manifold. I was able to remove some of the air cleaner housing and have better access to the busted bolt. I may be able to Dremel a hole in the bolt enough to get a bolt extractor on it and see if it’ll unscrew out. Thanks for everyone’s input, it’s appreciated! Careful of bolt extractors, they are hardened and tend to snap off making drilling out the hardened extractor a near impossible job. I suspect the leftover bolt stuck inside may be cross threaded which most likely is why it twisted off in the first place.. If cross threaded, bolt extractor failure is most likely. Don't envy you on this, looks like a really bad position to be working on but it is most likely the only way your gonna fix it without splitting gen from engine.. on edit.. Depending on your bolt size, I would suggest perhaps a internal pipe extractor.. They tend to be much stronger than most bolt extractors.. Looks like this.. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81QkVB35k4L._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 Works like this.. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/21xO3BW1ZgL._AC_.jpg height=300 width=300 Have resorted to using pipe extractors on stubborn bolts in the past after seeing someone else mention them.. Can work as long as you can find one that comes close enough to work in the hole you drilled in the stuck bolt.. Don't get me wrong, I suspect even the stout short pipe extractors can break off..
Gdetrailer 01/22/21 10:01am Tech Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

Bob, Power varies by the square of the voltage. 12.6 x 12.6 = 158.76 11 x 11 = 121 121 / 158.76 = 22% less light. even worse than that. on incandescent lights, light output increases about 3.5% for a 1% increase in voltage. for a car that means a 0.12V increase in voltage will increase light output by about 3.5%. typical drop between the battery and bulb with factory wiring can easily be 0.5V-1V. getting that 0.5V back will make a big difference in light output. A 1V increase in voltage will give close to a 30% increase in brightness. Likewise a 1V drop from nominal will drop light output to about 70% of nominal voltage output. Downside is that a 5% overvoltage decreases bulb life by 50%, while a 5% undervoltage almost doubles life. That's why the super long life incandesent bulbs are usually listed for 130V operating voltage, run at 120V they last a long time. Most car bulbs are designed for about 13.5V Most car bulbs never see 13.5V and would be lucky to ever see 12V in their lifetime. Bulbs like the Sylvania Silverstars are a LOWER VOLTAGE and higher wattage bulb and with that they come with many less hrs of life.. SEE here.. Silverstars and Xtravision are rated for 12.8V 55W and 65W respectively max wattage and have 850hrs and 250hrs life respectively.. Many folks have complained after they paid the outrageous price for those bulbs after not getting much life out of them (they didn't read the box). Myself, I have just used the standard halogen bulbs with a relay kit and have never had any issues with shortened bulb life. 22 yrs of my hr commute and most of that commute fully in night time hrs I can only remember replacing a couple of bulbs over 3 vehicles and the combined mileage of those vehicles was around 400K miles of driving.. OP will not see much if any shortened life as long as they stay away from the lower voltage higher wattage bulbs and go with standard bulbs..
Gdetrailer 01/22/21 07:44am Tech Issues
RE: Onan 4000 Intake Manifold replacement

If it were me I would drop by a small engine repair shop and get their .02. Doubt you will find too many shops that will touch this with a 10 ft pole. In rereading the OPs post, if the "ear" is in tact and all that is wrong is no threads, you can try a "helicoil" insert.. See HERE Catalog and instructions HERE In a nutshell, oversize tap and then the helicoil is inserted which brings the diameter back to the correct size for the bolt.. Should be able to buy in a kit with proper drill bit, tap and tools needed to do the job..
Gdetrailer 01/21/21 02:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

Mex, I don't think most folks who install the "blue tinted" halogen bulbs and the LED aftermarket retrofit in halogen housings care one bit about how their actions will affect oncoming traffic or even traffic in front of them.. They only care about themselves and the fact that they now have to "cool" blue tinted lights on their "ride". The blue tinted halogen bulbs for some reason seem to have much more scatter and not a tight controlled pattern, I suspect in order to make the bulb brighter they had to change the position of the filament which affects the focusing.. The LED aftermarket bulbs, they are a hit or miss thing with mostly miss.. The problem with LEDs in a halogen fixture is the LEDs cannot and will not sit in the perfect spot for the reflector to focus correctly. Typically one or two sided LED and they MUST be "clocked" correctly in the fixture to get anywhere near some sort of focus.. Tend to get OK focus on high or low beam but not both. To clock the LED you need a LED that is adjustable, some are and some aren't.. The adjustable will have a lockable ring that uses a hex key. LEDs must be at 3 oclock and 9 oclock.. Any other position will result in poor or no focus. An example of the issue with retrofiting a LED into a halogen housing is really telling.. Found a pix on line .. https://content.instructables.com/ORIG/FEV/WMJL/IBC205ES/FEVWMJLIBC205ES.jpg?auto=webp&frame=1&width=1024&height=1024&fit=bounds&md=418c12c8fa2a9d50407d929bd973c8c2 height=300 width=300 Left is halogen bulb and right is a LED bulb.. Notice how focused the Halogen is when compared to the LED.. The LED is not focused well and has a lot of scatter, that scatter is the problem with using LEDS, might be "good" for the driver of the car with the LED but not so much for the poor sap that has to drive past or even be in front of that car.. Here is a pix from the same site that shows both LEDs.. https://content.instructables.com/ORIG/F0E/A7QW/IBC206A7/F0EA7QWIBC206A7.jpg?auto=webp&frame=1&width=1024&height=1024&fit=bounds&md=85f58bc135d87ff72f75d1c4d0c6fcd3 height=300 width=300 Notice how much more light is scattered on the drivers side into the oncoming traffic.. Found those pix HERE Which they are using non clockable LEDS.. Tried to fix the pix sizes, for some reason sizing isn't working on those online photos.. Sorry for the need to scroll :(
Gdetrailer 01/21/21 12:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan 4000 Intake Manifold replacement

Looks to me that carb adapter was attached BEFORE the metal piece to the left (generator body?). If that part to the left is the gen body, then I suspect the gen body WILL have to be separated from the engine before the carb adapter will ever come off the studs.. If the carb adapter is aluminum, you could have a new "ear" fabricated and welded on if you can find a welding/fab shop that specializes in in aluminum fab and repair.. If pot metal (zinc) you are out of luck, pot metal doesn't weld.. Doubt it is cast iron, pretty obsolete now days, welding cast iron is tricky, can be done but temps must be controlled to do it properly.. If nothing else, fabricate a bracket that you can bolt to the backside of the adapter (where the cast in PN info is)..
Gdetrailer 01/21/21 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

Bob, Power varies by the square of the voltage. 12.6 x 12.6 = 158.76 11 x 11 = 121 121 / 158.76 = 22% less light. YEP!
Gdetrailer 01/20/21 06:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

I really do want to get away from the factory housings. They are old and outdated, even if I replace them with new ones. If I am going to replace the whole assembly I may as well put the money towards some better and more effective reflector design. I have tried several different styles of bulbs, but the improvement was only marginal. I have never checked the voltage though, as suggested here. Higher wattage bulbs actually will make things worse with OEM wiring, higher wattage bulbs have lower resistance which will create a higher voltage drop across all of the OEM wiring harness.. End result is even lower voltage at the bulb which means less brightness. Higher wattage bulbs also tend to have a very short life span and basically you will be replacing them more often. Bulbs need to be at battery voltage as measured when vehicle is running or not running.. Anything less is just a waste of energy along the wiring and will benefit from a relay kit.. New stock housing may help slightly if the lens and reflector are in bad shape but I would check the voltage first to see where that is before tossing hundreds of dollars down the toilet.. Yes, LEDs would correct the voltage drop, but the side effects of LEDs retrofitted in halogen fixtures may result in less than stellar performance and not to mention blind oncoming traffic.
Gdetrailer 01/20/21 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

First and foremost, measure the voltage AT THE BULB! If your GM is as bad as Fords headlights one the the best upgrades you can do is bypass the OEM wiring with a relay kit. OEM wiring is barely up to the task, often they will use 18 ga wire to the headlights and when you add up the wire length by the time the voltage reaches the headlights the bulb is only getting about 11V! You can buy or built your own headlight relay kit, I have made my own using $2.00 30A Bosch relays and 10 ga wire (relay kit goes under hood near battery and you can get replacement harness repair parts to make it plug and play setup.. Plug the input of the relays into one of the headlight connections and the outputs of the relays to your headlights.. connect relay kit to 12V power and ground and now you have full battery voltage.. Basically about 25% improvement in brightness. I would recommend avoiding LED replacement bulbs in any OEM style or aftermarket housing, quality is spotty at best, some have fans that will eventually fail, some the drivers make a lot of Radio interference and worst of all, LEDs cannot fully simulate the position of the filament making getting a good pattern that doesn't blind on coming traffic difficult to impossible. Not to mention typically those LED retrofits use LEDs in blueish color temps of 6,000K-6,500K which results in harsh shadows and depending on your eyesight may make your vision even more difficult. Try building headlight relay kit first, if that doesn't work well, add on an aux driving lights or fog lights (that is what I did for my 97 Ford BEFORE I figured out the headlight bulbs were not getting full battery voltage), those lights were like using a candle)..
Gdetrailer 01/19/21 08:59pm Tech Issues
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