RV lights - it can be better!
The arsenal of technological novelties instilled in motorhomes and caravans is substantial. Many of them concern comfort, some are technological fireworks - solutions that allow remote control of systems, monitoring of functions or complete systems ensuring a multimedia experience at the level of at least a decent home cinema.
Of course, a lot has also been done in recent years with safety assistance systems. In the latest vehicles, driver assistance systems, at least 2 airbags , and suspension systems that deal with the increased weight and optimize both the braking distance and the vehicle's behavior on uneven surfaces, are becoming more and more common. Depending on the base vehicle, we have many possibilities of "tuning" our vehicles in many aspects.
Low beam - a problem even in the premium class
One of the absolutely elementary issues was, is and will always be ... lighting. In the case of the latest semi-integrated constructions based on Mercedes and Stellantis vehicles (Fiat / Citroen / Peugeot), we can talk about decent quality of low beam and high beam. Most of them also have LED daytime running lights as standard.
The problem is a real problem for owners of integrated cars - yes, the integrated cars, as a segment of the most expensive cars on the market, mostly come with "average" light sources as standard. Of course, for several years, some manufacturers in the premium segment have provided optional LED lighting with parameters better than the standard ones, but this involves a considerable surcharge and the customer must be aware that this equipment is indispensable at the time of ordering.
However, when we have already ordered a car, and as standard we get the proverbial "groats" (although a well-known brand, but not luminous) as standard or we bought a used car and we lack light power, there is only one way left - retrofit.
Vehicle lamps must be type-approved and properly selected. This is obvious in the age of EU requirements and certification systems in the automotive industry. That is why it is worth reaching for professional advice.
When serial solutions fail ...
As the owner of the Carthago C-Line integrated from 2017, shortly after the purchase, I almost met the wall - literally and figuratively. I could not believe that in a car considered to be a representative of the premium segment, the manufacturer allowed himself such a poor solution in a matter so important for safety. The dipped beam headlights , which were practically useless after dark, turned out to be the main drawback.
I had the impression that during the routes traveled on spring and summer nights, crowds of insects dying on the windshield fell… laughing after reading a luxmeter. Visibility 100 meters ahead would be quite an achievement here.
In my case, specialists from ELCAMP came to help. As an authorized partner of the HELLA brand, they quickly proposed several solutions - from the top to the budget. However, each of them, in terms of parameters, was a breakthrough in comparison to the factory candles. The top proposition was a set of single-function headlamps (separate low beam and separate high beam).
In my case, I chose a budget solution - lenses 1BL012488101 to replace the low beam. They were delivered with a complete set of accessories and mounting brackets and they worked perfectly, solving the problem completely. The color of the light was more pleasant, and the range was much better. What's funny - from the outside, both lamps look almost identical during the day.
Trust the professionals
Why is it worth using the help of professionals? When browsing the catalogs of lighting manufacturers for specialized vehicles, the selection and the multitude of variants can overwhelm the average user. It starts with selecting the right lamp model for a specific vehicle - there is no room for experimentation here. Cooling, control and safe, stable installation must absolutely be taken into account.
Sometimes the most expensive and technologically advanced solution, eg BI-LED, may overload the lighting frame mechanically, and other seemingly optimal solutions do not fully match the car. Not without significance is the above-mentioned set of mounting accessories, which are not even listed in the catalogs and online offers due to the multitude of variants.
I feel best in the form of trade fairs and meetings with enthusiasts. Technical freak. In my life I have dismantled many motorhomes for the first time. Fan of large vehicles, mountain biking and traveling without weight and financial restrictions. At CampRest, I am responsible for all publications on automotive topics.