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Old 08-10-2017, 11:33 PM   #1
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Berkshire Headlights

Yes I know that this subject has been brought up before, I tried to search for it but I had no luck. I have a 2016 Berkshire XL 40BH 380. I love the coach for the most part but night driving is out of the question as the headlight on High are not even as bright as the low beams should be. On the other post there were listed several fixes and I think someone even said what the original application for the light assembly was. If anyone has any information I would love to read what you have to say. This next spring I am taking the family from Northern Wisconsin to Disney World in Florida. Driving straight thru there and back, 3 drivers no problem. But for the night driving we will need to be able to see. Thanks....
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Same issue on out 2015 BH. It's been to the dealer several times and even had the passenger assembly replaced. Now not only can I not see but the low beam went out for a second time.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:56 AM   #3
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The easy fix is switching to Sylvania Ultra bulbs. Helps a lot but still not perfect.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:11 AM   #4
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I'll have do a search for the switch. My lights are projector style and it doesn't look like you can just swap bulbs but that would be a quick kix/swap.
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:16 PM   #5
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I'll have do a search for the switch. My lights are projector style and it doesn't look like you can just swap bulbs but that would be a quick kix/swap.


I forgot they changed them in 2015. Mine is a 2011 and the headlights suck.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:56 AM   #6
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the headlights are from a toyota highlander... i believe the part that fits a 2006. you can get aftermarket HID or LED highlander headlight assemblies that have superior low and high beams as a complete unit.
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Switch to HID's. Amazon has them. They're plug & play.
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:43 PM   #8
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Switch to HID's. Amazon has them. They're plug & play.
Got a link?

usually HID requires a big ballast and proper projectors. they aren't just bulbs...
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the headlights are from a toyota highlander... i believe the part that fits a 2006. you can get aftermarket HID or LED highlander headlight assemblies that have superior low and high beams as a complete unit.


I believe the Highlander lights are for the 2008-2013. I think they changed to a Audi headlight for 14-16 or 17.
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I believe the Highlander lights are for the 2008-2013. I think they changed to a Audi headlight for 14-16 or 17.
yes you are correct.. i remembered the years wrong. thanks.
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zuckerburg Do you know the year and model of the Audi that the headlight assemblies come from? Thanks.
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zuckerburg Do you know the year and model of the Audi that the headlight assemblies come from? Thanks.


I believe it's a 2010 Audi A4.
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Old 08-13-2017, 11:35 AM   #13
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The HIDs come with the ballast & they're about 2"w x 3"h x 1/4" thick.

Like I said they're plug & play.

Go to Amazon, type the bulb number & the correct kit will come up.
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Drive up to a wall and check the alignment. That might contribute. They normally do a poor job of aiming headlights at the factory.

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Old 08-13-2017, 10:13 PM   #16
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Fog Lights

Looking to change out my fog lights on 2016 Berkshire BH does anyone have any suggestions for replacements? Woking on my 3rd set they keep filling up with water. Yes i am putting silicone around the lens.

They are the long fog lights.
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Old 08-17-2017, 10:14 PM   #17
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Our 2015 Berk 34QS are from a Toyota Highlander 2001-03.

The passenger side headlight was badly fogged, and I was in Elkhart in July, so I bought a replacement from FR. The lights that came out were Eagle Eyes, which seems to be the major after-market supplier for headlights. They are manufactured in Taiwan and most Amazon and E-Bay searches seem to come up with that brand, even if they don't explicitly name the brand. In particular, FR doesn't use original Toyota parts, just the design.

The boys in the factory installed the light for me and I asked about the alignment. They say they eyeball it.

I subsequently put Eagle Eyes headlights in my 2001 Honda Odyssey. As installed, they are aimed very high. I lowered them and checked my results by backing away on a flat road from a wall. If the low-beam cutoff is rising as you back up, they are aimed high. If it is falling, they are aimed low. The trick is to find a very flat road with a wall at the end.
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We haven't driven at night yet so I don't know how the headlights are. Ours is a 2018 (first half of the year) 34QS and it looks like we have the Highlander headlights. I found the Sylvania Silverstar Ultra, 2-pack for $ 51.99
Part # 9006 and Advanced Auto.
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SORRY BUT INCORRECT! The lights on the 2016-2017-2018 Berkshire XL coach is from a -
2008 Audi A4 - NOT the model you listed. There is a slight difference between those 2 light housings. The ones used by Forest River (2008 Audi A4) have a rounded curve upper inner corner. The light housing shown in your photo (which is a 2010 Audi A4) does NOT have this rounded upper inner curved corner, it is a sharp corner. Aftermarket housings are available from Amazon $239.00 a pair. NOW THE CONUNDRUM - If you're having trouble aiming the lights that because on the Berkshire the light housings are located on the front of the body at a point that's 4 inches higher and 22 inches wider than where they are located on the Audi. Seems like Forest River chose this item for it's appearance and did not do their proper due diligence - engineering wise on these headlights as there is NOT enough adjustment using the aiming screw jacks in the headlight housings to compensation for the the increased height and width the lights are mounted at on the Berkshire coaches. Forest River will have to come up with a recall and re-design the brackets where the housings mount to the fiberglass nose with brackets that have slotted holes to allow the entire housing to be adjusted inside the body headlight opening.
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SORRY BUT INCORRECT! The lights on the 2016-2017-2018 Berkshire XL coach is from a -
2008 Audi A4 - NOT the model you listed. There is a slight difference between those 2 light housings. The ones used by Forest River (2008 Audi A4) have a rounded curve upper inner corner. The light housing shown in your photo (which is a 2010 Audi A4) does NOT have this rounded upper inner curved corner, it is a sharp corner. Aftermarket housings are available from Amazon $239.00 a pair. NOW THE CONUNDRUM - If you're having trouble aiming the lights that because on the Berkshire the light housings are located on the front of the body at a point that's 4 inches higher and 22 inches wider than where they are located on the Audi. Seems like Forest River chose this item for it's appearance and did not do their proper due diligence - engineering wise on these headlights as there is NOT enough adjustment using the aiming screw jacks in the headlight housings to compensation for the the increased height and width the lights are mounted at on the Berkshire coaches. Forest River will have to come up with a recall and re-design the brackets where the housings mount to the fiberglass nose with brackets that have slotted holes to allow the entire housing to be adjusted inside the body headlight opening.


The change of headlights happened around 2015. I have talked to people that own that year and some have the Audi and some have the Highlander headlights. So be careful on absolutes when talking Berkshires. My 2011 is more like a 2012 than a 2011.
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