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Old 05-12-2012, 08:58 AM   #1
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Running Lights blink


I own a 2004 Journey 36G and I am having problems with the running lights. When you turn your headlight switch on for the lights to come on they will blink and I do not know where to start to fix it.

I want to warn everyone about the access door in front where you can get to the fuse panel. Mine came loose on left side and when I looked at the hinge I found that it is only glued on no bolts. I looked on the right side and the glue is still holdingThanks in advance.

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If you have an ICC switch on the dash, try wiggling it to see if that makes any difference. It's fairly common for the switches to go bad after a few years.
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swingover,
May I ask, do ALL your lights blink, including the headlights or just the running lights? The rears too or just the fronts or vice versa? Since the bodies are fiberglass, (normal) the grounds must be carried back to a central ground point. Does it mean it's a bad ground, possible. Sometimes the headlight/running light switch developed some bad resistance in it and can cause your issue.

Ours is an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD, very similar to yours and so far, we've not had any issues like yours, knock on wood (my head). And, by the way, there's been a few posts here and there about Winnies and even some Itasca's with "de-gluing" issues on various points on the coach. There's been lots of suggestions on how to re-glue them (the parts) together.

My favorite one is resin-fiberglass mat. That's a serious fix. Sometimes not practical but, pretty close to the best fix you can use. There are some very nice epoxies out there too. I'm always on the hunt for a good glue.

Anyway, let us know if you find the problem with your "blinking" lights issue. It would be good to know in case any of us develop the same problem.
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If you have a keyless entry keyfob type system the emergency feature might become activated under strange circumstances. If you have that try to disable it by removing fuses or unplugging it.

As for things being glued together that is fine if the proper structural adhesive is used. I built an airplane and it probably had less than 100 rivets in it. It was glued together. It went 160 mph and carried two people. I sure miss it. It was a time warp machine and magic carpet. The newest jetliner wings are glued together.
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May I ask, do ALL your lights blink, including the headlights or just the running lights? The rears too or just the fronts or vice versa? Since the bodies are fiberglass, (normal) the grounds must be carried back to a central ground point. Does it mean it's a bad ground, possible. Sometimes the headlight/running light switch developed some bad resistance in it and can cause your issue.

Ours is an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD, very similar to yours and so far, we've not had any issues like yours, knock on wood (my head). And, by the way, there's been a few posts here and there about Winnies and even some Itasca's with "de-gluing" issues on various points on the coach. There's been lots of suggestions on how to re-glue them (the parts) together.

My favorite one is resin-fiberglass mat. That's a serious fix. Sometimes not practical but, pretty close to the best fix you can use. There are some very nice epoxies out there too. I'm always on the hunt for a good glue.

Anyway, let us know if you find the problem with your "blinking" lights issue. It would be good to know in case any of us develop the same problem.
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Only the yellow lights blink the red ones did not come on when I turned on the headlight switch. I hit the dimmer switch to make the headlights bright and all of the running lights came on and the yellow ones stopped blinking. The turn signal yellow blubs were blinking at first also. Everything is working correct now after I hit the dimmer switch.

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Well Sir,
That's quite an dilmemma. I hate things that malfunction and then correct themselves. Because you don't know if it's permanently corrected or not. And, even if it does it again, it's hard to diagnose. I'd rather have something break for good. Then, I can at least eventually find the culprit.

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I love good glues. As stated earlier on other threads, there's a few folks out in the RV world that have had things fall off and put them back on with various lasting results with various glues. Glues and epoxies have improved over the years and for the most part, are pretty darn good, as you've demonstrated in your aircraft. As long as the glue holds for the life of the vehicle/aircraft/motorhome etc, we're all good. I really like good epoxies and have used a few now and then. But, the fiberglass resin and glass mat system is always a good back up.
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