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Replacing Front/Rear Overhead Clearance Lights


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I am looking to replace with leds, all of the overhead oem front/rear-amber/red clearance lights and the (2) amber colored(1 on each side) side marker lights that blink in conjunction with the turn signals. I will need (5) amber for the front, (5) red for the rear, (2) amber for the side marker/blinker lights on our 2004 Newmar DS. Anyone have a suggested source/link that I could check.

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Biker56: I also rarely drive at night but more often will have to use all the lights during the day when warranted by rainstorms. Current lights could use a good cleaning so I will see if the existing lens have screws that can be removed for cleaning. If so, will see if there are compatible led bulbs for replacing the filament ones. I can see where having to remove the entire light assemblies could be a pain due to the obvious amount of silicone around them.

 

Sibernut: Thanks for your info.

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It does little good to gob any sealant around clearance lights, especially silicone which does not seal well on a rolling earthquake. What requires sealant is mounting screws, and especially the access hole for the wiring. Many years ago our 5er began showing rotting wood in the LF corner. After much investigation I discovered water was filling the clearance light lens up to the bulb then running into the wiring hole in the aluminum skin and soaking the wood. This was happening because the clearance light base was completely sealed around its parameter, preventing water from going anywhere but into the wiring hole. I sealed around the wiring then drilled a 1/8" hole in the bottom of every clearance lens to prevent a re-occurrence. Then rebuilt the LF corner of that 5er.

Every RV I've owned since then has 1/8" holes in the bottom of clearance light lens.

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JC2,

 

I deal with lighting quite a bit--if you send me a picture or two of what marker/clearance lights you have, I can give you some recommendations on what to use, and where to get good prices (and steer clear of the cheap stuff that won't last). The comments above about sealing the openings are good--though I tend to prefer lights that use a gasket so it isn't a hassle if you need to pull them off in the future.

 

While not specifically geared toward your motorhome, you might find these links useful:

http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=122918

http://eastcoasthdtrally.com/presentations/lighting-requirements-when-converting-a-truck-tractor-to-an-rv-hauler/

 

David

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Nuke-E,

 

The ones that I have on the mh are appear to be available on Amazon. Go to their website a type in Grote pn 47262 for the (red) one & Grote pn 47263 for the (amber) one. The amber side lights that blink in unison with the turn signals are still in good condition so might see if there is a led bulb to replace the existing incandescent bulb. Took the lens off the upper outside red one as it was burnt out and I think that the (2) very small bulbs might already be led. The other (4) rears are working but but could use a reasonably sized bead of caulk. The (5) front overheads all work but the dealer we purchased from in 2012 looks like they used (1) tube of "silicone" caulk for each light. :unsure:

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JC2,

 

That happens to be the same style that mine uses. For the cost involved, I'd replace them all with the LED version. My RV had an off-brand version of the light with no reflectors that I just replaced last month with the same ones (here and here). If you go for a version with LED bulbs, you still have the wedge or bayonet style connectors that aren't the most reliable.

 

The only thing you might look for is whether the side markers are using a floating ground to do the flashing. If so, you're sort of stuck with polarity-insensitive LED bulbs there--if you look up what kind of bulb they are, I can help you find a "bulb" to go in them. But for all the rest, at ~$10 each, go for the complete LED lights. Even if you just need the lens for the incandescent ones, it looks like the LED version is cheaper with shipping--they use the same lens.

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