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NRALIFR

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Posted: 10/08/19 06:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I recently had a truck driver pull up next to me and tell me my camper taillights weren’t working. Strange, I thought, since I had just seen them working the night before as I backed into a camping spot. I thanked him and pulled over to check them for myself, and just as I thought, they were working.

I did notice that the lenses were pretty hazy, and when you looked down on them like a truck driver would be, they seemed very dim. This was also late in the day, and I was heading east on I-40, so the sun would have been shining on the back of the camper. I figured I better do something about this.

The camper taillights are Bargman three-lens type 84, with two red and one backup light. Dual filament bulbs behind the red lenses. I had tried the replacement LED bulbs a few years ago, but wasn’t happy with the results. They didn’t seem as bright as the incandescent bulbs, so I didn’t use them. In hindsight, the lenses were probably the problem then too. These are recessed, not surface mount lights, so my preference was to not have to replace the entire assembly. I had also replaced the backup lights with LED floods, and wasn’t going to give those up. I need those bright backup lights!

I found that Bargman makes a replacement LED upgrade lens kit with a dual-filament bulb type plug. The cheapest I could find was on Amazon.

Bargman LED Upgrade Kit

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Due to the light, these aren’t great pics, but hopefully you can tell that the new taillights are much brighter.

Old lenses

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New lenses (sorry, this is the best the iPhone could do)

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So, not a cheap upgrade at about $115, but they are truly “plug and play”, and it sure beats getting rear-ended.

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Posted: 10/08/19 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks good, I’m needing to do some wiring, but in my case, it’s the trailer/7 way/camper wiring.

Thinking about just taking it to the local mechanic and say fix it all. [emoticon] Probably don’t need it for a few months, so we’ll see.


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Posted: 10/08/19 09:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just replaced the filament bulbs with LED bulbs (bright white) from SuperbrightLEDS.Com

Think the total cost was about 20 bucks plus some Di-Electric grease on the bases of the LED's.

CREE SMD's of course.


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Posted: 10/08/19 12:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you have to install a resister on each side?


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Posted: 10/08/19 02:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did that a few years ago, but I only have one per side. The difference is amazing. One of the best "upgrades" I have done.
Your iphone's light sensors just got overwhelmed by the amount of light from the replacements.
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Posted: 10/08/19 02:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“In hindsight, the lenses were probably the problem then too.“

I agree that some led replacements are more dim than incandescents.


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Posted: 10/08/19 03:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

amxpress wrote:

Did you have to install a resister on each side?


No, I didn’t. But, I should probably mention that the 2016 Ford Superduties still had dual-filament incandescent bulbs in the taillights, so that may be a factor.

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