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Old 12-11-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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LED side turn signals

Just mounted two LED turn signal indicators on the coach near the head lights. Just wondering if anyone knows if there are only 3 wires going to the headlight? I can see 3 and believe I will have to tap into them for the 3 wires coming off of my new LED side mounted turn signal lights. If that is the case then I will open up the black ridged plastic loom and attache. That way I wouldn't have to remove the light assembly. I have always mounted extra turn signals to the front of my RVs. When I activate them the cars back off so I can change lanes. I noticed trucks sometimes have them attached to their mirrors. The trucks seem to get more respect when they put on their turn signals. deSanford
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Just mounted two LED turn signal indicators on the coach near the head lights. Just wondering if anyone knows if there are only 3 wires going to the headlight? I can see 3 and believe I will have to tap into them for the 3 wires coming off of my new LED side mounted turn signal lights. If that is the case then I will open up the black ridged plastic loom and attache. That way I wouldn't have to remove the light assembly. I have always mounted extra turn signals to the front of my RVs. When I activate them the cars back off so I can change lanes. I noticed trucks sometimes have them attached to their mirrors. The trucks seem to get more respect when they put on their turn signals. deSanford
The turn lights are not connected to the headlights. You will have to tap into the turn signal lights to power the new lights. And yes you will have have three wires. 1 ground 1 running low and 1 turn bright.
I agree with you that they are a safety factor. many times someone in your blind sight area will blow the horn if they see the light start blinking. It also lets them see your intention and they know you are changing lanes and not just "wandering" in your lane.
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I have thought of doing that also. Since your connecting to the head lights are you going to use the new light for turn and side marker? Do you just surface mount a flat light or have you found one that is angled so drivers can see it better? I have seen some city buses that they have added a turn signal to the Valvac mirrors, don't like the installation though because the wire is exposed.

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Old 12-11-2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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My large front light assembly has a "orange" light built into the large assembly. It is not separate from the enclosure. I found the loom carrying the 3 wires to the back of the large light enclosure which I can attach my wires to and then go to the side LED turn lights. These are units that STICK out from the side of the coach. There are square ones with front and back LEDS and a LED on the side edge of the turn signal. You can spot them on fenders of trucks or mounted on the side sticking out into traffic. I purchased the 3"round ones with a plastic chrome ring separating the red and orange plastic lens. The large assembly has two clear looking lights next to each other and of course the previous mentioned orange lens light built into the large light assembly. My thought is to have the turn signal work during the day and be a running light at night (and turn signal light when required). I will use the Braille method of touching all around the light fixture to feel anymore wires coming out of the large light box. If anyone knows if there is more then the 3 wires I see please let me know. deSanford
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:44 PM   #5
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I just made a thread about a similar retrofit I did. Maybe it can help somebody over here.

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Before I head out to the motorhome this morning I'm going to take my own advice and call the tech guys at Monaco ((ASV) in Coburg and see what they can tell me. deSanford
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Monaco ASV got back to me with a diagram of the light wiring, and answered all questions I had. Picked up some hook-up wire and wire fasteners at Home Depot. Excellent support after sale even on after market product hook up questions. Thanks...deSanford
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:37 PM   #8
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NOW I HAVE SIDE LED TURN SIGNAL AND RUNNING LIGHTS. The directions and schematic that I got from ASV (Monaco) in Coburg were very helpful in finding the right wires to connect too. Another project completed only 3 more to go so far. deSanford
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NOW I HAVE SIDE LED TURN SIGNAL AND RUNNING LIGHTS. The directions and schematic that I got from ASV (Monaco) in Coburg were very helpful in finding the right wires to connect too. Another project completed only 3 more to go so far. deSanford
I'm wondering-- don't you already have a indicator about mid ship? I thought that was a requirement on longer vehicles. Are you thinking it's a good idea to have another indicator farther forward? I do like the newer vehicles that have the arrow on the mirrors. .
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Yes Loren there is a "flat" led indicator mid ship. On larger vehicles like a truck you will see all sorts of side indicator lights, but also notice one light near the front mirrors that sticks out a ways (hanging from the mirror, or protruding out or above the front fender). When this is readily seen by a motorist they will back off and let you move one way or the other. Otherwise some of the motorist treat you like a car and may not give you the "right" of way. I find from past experience of having these turn indicators on previous motorhomes that I can change lanes easier and faster with these protruding signal lights. Whatever you can do to make driving these large vehicles safer is a good thing. deSanford
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DeSanford,
I wounder if you have ever spent time at the slabs? I've read a little about it and sounds like it could be an interesting place to spend a little time. Whats your thoughts on this place.
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Loren that is a topic for a whole new thread. deSanford
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Crown royal happy hour must have my mind gone. My 03 dynasty has yellow lights on the bottoms of the mirror brackets and my side center lights light up as turn signals. Why do your rigs not have lights on the mirrors? Different models and years?
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:32 PM   #14
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Maybe the mirror manufacturer saved a little money by not putting a red arrow in the mirror it self or putting a yellow light on the bottom. Just my guess........deSanford These days you pay more for less, or a lot more for what might be considered standard.
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