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Old 07-14-2010, 09:27 PM   #1
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Flash my headlights

Just bought a 2009 Phaeton 42 QBH (new) and love every bit of it. But I do wish it had a means of flashing headlights as a courtesy. It has the ICC flash switch, but just a simple high/low beam on the turn signal/cruise lever. (Unless something isn't working or I've missed it.) I have always done this for truckers, RVers, and other long rigs, and appreciate it when I am ready to pull in from passing and get a clearance signal.

So, I am going to crawl through the wiring and install a paddle switch on the column with a relay override to high beams, but wanted to check and see if anyone else has done this or is aware of wiring available. I will check with Freightliner before I go into it, but wanted to toss the question out to those of you who might have already been through it.

Love this rig and the Tiffin group! What a fine piece of craftsmanship from a fine family!

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My ICC Flash button on my Holiday Rambler flashes all of the lights.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:18 PM   #3
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Including headlights?
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:25 PM   #4
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ICC should not flash headlights as it would cause complete darkness at night. You use the ICC to acknowledge someone else flashing you over and you use the high/low headlight option to flash someone in front of you over.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:15 PM   #5
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i gots a '93 and i just push my "off" switch and then "on" switch to signal people back over, if you can't go .02 seconds of blackness then you don't need to be driving... hahahaha. flashing high beams is more dangerous because sometimes it looks like you are going over bumps in the highway. we've all wondered what that idiot behind me is flashing me for, just to find out it is a bad suspension on an old car bouncing around making it look like they are flashing you. if the driver of that long rig sees your lights on a bumpy road he may think you are clearing him and he may cross over and hit you by "miscommunication" thats why i always go for the complete dark to complete light, its unmistakable and easy to see, even if you're in his blind spot he will still know you flashed him properly.

Now if only i had a way of "thanking you" without using my emergency flashers........
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:54 AM   #6
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I towed a 39 ft fiver for years before I got the Phaeton. Every courteous truck driver (and RVer) who ever signaled me for clearance to pull back in flashed high beams on for a few seconds, then off. I've always done the same. Any distinct signal is understandable when you're looking for it. I looked at the control switchblock last night and it may be interchangeable for one with more complete control. I'll check with Freightliner and see what they might offer. I'll let you all know.
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:05 PM   #7
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I drove a big truck for a number of years. Signaling a big truck with your high beams, either during the day or at night, smiply put is rude. Your light bounce off the mirrors and temporaly blinds the truck driver. One suggestion stated was to turn lights off than on. Believe me when I tell you the driver of the big rig will think more of you for doing this than blinding him/her.

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