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Old 08-08-2019, 03:32 PM   #1
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Instrument lights on E450 Forest river forester 3011 DS Class C

Does anyone have a fix for the dash lights. In the bright daylight you canít read the speedometer or any of the other gauges. I have tried to turn the lights on and turn the dimmer all the way up with no help. Is there a small set of lights you can put on the gauges to help. I had to use my flashlight today on the way home so wouldnít get a ticket. I use my gps but didnít have it today.
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Old 08-08-2019, 05:53 PM   #2
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Same problem so I will be interested to hear about any fixes.
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Old 08-08-2019, 07:19 PM   #3
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I have a Scan Gauge mounted with Velcro on the top of the dash and one of the readings is speed. Easier to read up there with just a glance. Side Benny if the computer throws a code, you can read it. Works on any OBD2 system.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:38 AM   #4
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+1 on the Scangauge plus I use my Garmin GPS for speed as well. Iím in Canada and the kilometres scale on the gauge is unreadable itís so small the indicator needle covers 10kph on the gauge.
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I like the scan gauge because its almost like a heads up display. I only have to glance at it.
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Ford E-series:
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INSTRUMENT LIGHTING
DIMMER
Note:If you disconnect the battery or it becomes discharged, the dimmer switch will require re-calibration. Rotate the dimmer switch from the full dim position to the full dome/on position to reset.

Note:Move the control to the full upright position, past detent, to turn on the interior lamps. Move the control up or down to adjust the intensity of the panel lighting.
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Old 08-09-2019, 02:13 PM   #7
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thanks chuck I did that. Donít if it did any good yet. Will see when I go out on next trip.
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What model of scangauge do you have.
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Old 08-09-2019, 03:09 PM   #9
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Joel --

For grins remove the Negative battery wire, let the system sit for a minute or two, and reconnect. This may reset the module that's controlling dash illumination. It'll brick your radio, though, so have the code handy. Won't cost you more than 10 minutes. And might just work.

Next stop is one of the Ford Truck forums -- lots of guys with E-series vans there.

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Problem with using the dimmer is it only controls the instrument lights when the park/headlight switch is on. It works sorta OK but it dims the radio viewing screen to the point it is very hard to see the rear camera. My cam is pointed down to view the toad connection and front end. I use a ten inch iPad Pro for a rear traffic observation camera mounted on the Jeep so it has its own dimming feature.

So now, yíall got me thinking about a solution, which is really needed. The gauges are really hard to see in daylight. I cut a 12Ē strip of white LED lights, soldered some 24 gauge wire to it, dropped the wire down behind the panel trim and hooked it to a 9 volt battery. That is just a temporary setup which I will test to see if it works during my five hour drive on Sunday.

If it works then Iíll install a permanent wire and connect it to the chassis electrical system with a mini switch and fuse. I let yíall know the results Sunday night.

Hereís a pix. The reflection of the fuel and temp gauges is only visible to the camera...canít see it while seated and driving.

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