Exploding headlights

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  1. D magic

    D magic Read Only Funster

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    Good evening, being new to MHF please bear with me and my preamble.
    I have been reading with interest about motorhomes that have lights that seem, for no reason whatsoever , to shatter, crack or even explode. I have a Dethleffs A class, two Years old, now about to be on its third nearside front light, Papa John, if you are reading this, you have more experience than I and may have some suggestions. Is this a German MH fault, reading today, Hymers have the same problem, a Funster that posted yesterday has the problem with a Dethleffs A Class. Surely it is time for a call to arms and say.
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGHhow many more motor homers are going to have to fork out huge sums of money for faulty lights? Collectively, we may be able to make manufacturers listen to the issues surrounding this problem and right the wrongs, that being denial!
    Anybody with the same could post back and maybe some one could suggest how we start an action group against faulty lights. Could go on for ages about this, but won't

    Told you to bear with me, apologies, end of rant, just really annoyed
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  2. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Could not agree more, the replacement cost is massive, Fiats are bad enough but they don't seem to suffer with explosions

    Peter
     
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    with the huge premium demanded for these lights, I am amazed that nobody has either found an equivalent light or a plastic moulder who can create a pattern part. All headlights these days seem to be made from ABS and are just an injection mouled part costing pennies to make. the bulb and bulb holder is a standard part they just screw to the back
     
  4. D magic

    D magic Read Only Funster

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    Clarification

    Many thanks for your support Peter, "explosion" was a bit tongue in cheek as so to speak, just trying to get peoples attention

    cheers
    Chris:thumb:
     
  5. Xabia

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    I have a 2007 Hymer B544SL and fitted some protective film manufactured by Lamin-X early one in it's life. Now done 28,000 miles and no problems with the headlights. Hope I don't live to regret this post on my return trip from Spain this weekend.:Sad:

    Mike
     
  6. D magic

    D magic Read Only Funster

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    Hmmm

    interestingly enough, these lights are glass, sealed unit of course, no break down components etc. My point I am trying to make was, they are breaking at a rate of knots, for no rhyme nor reason. I would gladly put a protector on the lights, that said, from what I have seen posted, the lights would still crack. Tricky one, I think there is movement causing the light to go under duress.
     
  7. D magic

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    thanks

    Thanks Mike, thats worth a try, where did you get this stuff from?

    Chris
     
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    Hi Chris,

    Have a look at http://www.lamin-x.com/.

    I phoned them initially and found them very helpful. The film is supplied in sheets so you need to measure your headlight glass to make sure you order a piece large enough to cover the totallity of the glass. Trim it roughly and then wet the glass, apply the film and smooth out any air bubbles. Finally carefully trim the edges with a Stanley knife and you will find it difficult to see that a film has been applied.

    Sounds strange that it only needs water to get the film to adhere but mine is still firmly fixed after 5 years.

    Hope it works for you.

    Mike
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    I have used this film on Land Rover discovery 300 tdi headlamps that have had cracks and stone chips in them and they have gone on for years never a problem with loss of light or MOT's
     
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    Theonlysue Funster Life Member

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    Look in the hymer international club website. They say that the bulbs are too hot, so reduce the 21 watt bulb to a great12 watt one. Look under the tips section.

    S:Cool:
     
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