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How Do I Replace The Clearance Lights On My RV?
(Huntington Beach CA)
How to Replace RV Marker Lights
I have a 1997 Fleetwood Tioga, 23 feet. I have owned it for about one year. All in all excellent shape. Along the roofline in the rear of the rig, four of my running lights are out. The covers seem VERY tight. Do they just pop off? Is this just age? Any tricks. I do not want to break anything.
ANSWER: Hi Rod, I am going to assume that the roof line at the rear of your RV is equipped with 5 Clearance Lights. The reason I am assuming that is if all of the clearance lights on the roof line at the back of the RV were all out, I would first check for a blown fuse.
Replacing the Clearance Light Bulbs
The lenses do pop out. Depending on which type of lenses your clearance lights have; they may be easy to pop out or they could be a little harder to pop out and in some cases, you can crack the lenses.
To remove the lenses you will need a thin flat-head screwdriver. Do not try to pry the lenses off from the top or bottom of the marker light assembly. You need to lightly pry the lenses from the right or left side of marker light assembly. Some marker light lenses have little tabs on the right and left sides that will break off if you try to pry them off from the top or bottom.
Once you have the lenses off it will be easy to replace the bulbs. One thing you might want to do
prior to putting the new bulbs in is clean off the electrical contacts where the bulbs plug into the clearance light assembly. You can use some fine grain sandpaper or an emery board to clean the contacts. Make sure you blow off any sandpaper residue.
Another tip is to replace all the bulbs and test them before putting the lenses back on; that way you will not have to remove the lenses again if there is a problem.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you decide to replace all of the bulbs in the marker lights, you could choose to replace all of the marker light assemblies with newer more reliable Marker Light systems.
Installing New Clearance Marker Lights Assemblies
If you decide to replace all of your clearance marker light Assemblies and the ones you are replacing are the old single bulb type, now would be a great time to install the newer LED Clearance Marker Lights. You can buy a LED Clearance Marker Light Kit that includes all of the Clearance Marker Lights you need. Take a look at the video below to see how easy it is to replace your RV's marker light assemblies. This procedure is the same whether you are installing LED or single bulb lights.
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