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gigguy

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Headlight Questions
« on: October 17, 2020, 05:54:17 PM »
I have a 2009 Damon Daybreak Class A Motorhome. I would like to find good quality headlights. 1. Do they make a quality headlight that I don't have to keep polishing that dull film over and over? 2. Where can I find new headlights? Any recommendations please.

Isaac-1

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2020, 05:58:40 PM »
Most motorhomes use headlight fixtures / bezels from some other vehicle, you need to find out what was used on your coach, there will usually be a part number stamped into the plastic which you can google.

For example the headlight . front turn signal bezel on my 2002 Safari Trek was originally designed for a 1990-99 International 4700 / 4900 medium duty truck, and rear tail lights are from a 1990-94 Ford E series van.  It simply cost to much to get these DOT certified for most RV companies to consider designing their own.
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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2020, 07:40:58 PM »

 My headlights are from 1993 to 1997 Ford Taurus.>>>Dan
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gigguy

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2020, 09:28:10 PM »
"there will usually be a part number stamped into the plastic"....On the outside of the lens or do I have to remover the entire headlight to see this number?

billwild

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2020, 09:54:27 PM »
I bought a good headlight cleaning kit and polished my lenses to like brand new. Was actually not a lot of work. Once or so a year ought to do it, and then you can keep your headlights.


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gigguy

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2020, 09:59:10 PM »
I have tried that, but the lenses keep fogging up like once a month. What is the kit you bought?

ennored

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2020, 11:09:39 PM »
Google image search suggests the headlights are the same as a '03 - '06 Ford Expedition.
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billwild

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2020, 09:11:51 AM »
What I used is Maguires 1 step Lens polish. Worked really well. Used this on the motorhome, the lenses were quite fogged over. After, they looked like new.


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Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2020, 09:47:34 AM »
There is nothing magic in those kits - just a fairly coarse polishing compound with some wax added to form a bit of protective surface once the haze is removed.  Some plastic lens have a hardened surface, so once you polish that off the softer core plastic gets hazy more quickly than the original surface.

As Isaac explained, find out what vehicle was the source for your lights and you can order replacements online or at an auto parts store.  The DOT approval number stamped on it is often searchable, making identification easy. Thor/Damon may be able willing to give you the info as well.  Usually the lights are available from aftermarket suppliers as well as the original source vehicle maker.
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gigguy

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2020, 08:35:52 PM »
I was just wondering if there was a more quality lens out there that would not fog up so quickly. I guess from what you all are writing there is not. It's too bad glass lenses went away :(

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2020, 08:42:55 PM »
Longevity lost out to styling - they can mold much more elegant shapes from plastics.
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gigguy

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2020, 08:50:57 PM »
Ahhhhhh....makes sense.

cerd

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2020, 12:12:38 PM »
I never had much luck with the restoration kits. You might be able to find actual glass lenses, but not likely and they aren't usually DOT approved. If you want to keep the original surface of the lights, look into the 3m headlight protective film. When the film oxidizes or gets scratches, just peel it off and apply a new film and they will still be brand new.
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gigguy

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2020, 02:27:40 PM »
THe film sounds like a good idea. I take it you are suggesting start using it if I purchased a new of headlights correct?

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2020, 07:10:42 PM »
I never had much luck with the restoration kits. You might be able to find actual glass lenses, but not likely and they aren't usually DOT approved. If you want to keep the original surface of the lights, look into the 3m headlight protective film. When the film oxidizes or gets scratches, just peel it off and apply a new film and they will still be brand new.

  a couple of years ago when I replaced the headlight assys on my older corvette I decided to cover them with a product called Laminx. So far so good, I've notices small marks like sandblasting on the surface which would otherwise have gone into those very expensive lenses....good product,very thick and kind of a pain to install but it is also UV resistant.
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cerd

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2020, 07:56:10 AM »
THe film sounds like a good idea. I take it you are suggesting start using it if I purchased a new of headlights correct?
Indeed. No point in polishing a turd so to speak. Buy new headlights and put the film on it or you will not correct the hazing that is already there.
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gigguy

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2020, 10:27:46 AM »
Is there a particular brand or product you recommend or can point me towards?

cerd

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2020, 10:42:06 AM »
Weathertech sells them precut to match. Did you ever confirm which repurposed vehicle headlights they used on your rig?

Otherwise, you can see if 3m offers bulk wrap. The first one I saw in my search showed 3m VentureShield
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gigguy

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2020, 11:15:01 AM »
Yes, it's the pair that matches the '03 - '06 Ford Expedition.

cerd

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Re: Headlight Questions
« Reply #19 on: October 20, 2020, 11:38:52 AM »
Yes, it's the pair that matches the '03 - '06 Ford Expedition.
Looks like Weathertech doesn't offer them for that vehicle. I would just look for a bulk sheet or roll that would fit the area that you want to cover. 3m is the top brand, but all of them are basically just clear paint protection film. Make sure you wear powder free gloves so you don't leave fingerprints or residue on it.
1990 Chevy G30 Gulfstream Ultra Class C
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