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Old 01-31-2013, 08:22 AM   #1
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Anyone ever install Clearance Light Flasher (ICC)?

I have a Coachmen Mirada (35') and am considering installing ICC (Interrupt Clearance Circuit) capability to allow flash of clearance lights. Anyone ever tackle this on a unit that did not have it from the factory?
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:49 AM   #2
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What a great idea. Don't know why I didn't think of it. I'm currently rewiring my headlight switch (so it doesn't burn out the dome light switch again) and adding automatic lights while I'm in there. A momentary switch that's tied just to the parking light circuit would be really easy to add. Gotta find an good place to put it now...
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:02 PM   #3
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Once you identify the correct circuit, it's just a matter of installing a switch in the circuit. Switch in the on position, current flows to the clearance lights. Switch in the off position, clearance lights go out. I did it and used a lighted rocker switch so I can be sure I'm not accidentally running down the road without clearance lights. I think the truckers get a kick out of it when I flash the "thank you" after they flash me to let me know I can come back to the right lane after passing them. They expect it from trucks, probably not so much from RVs.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:24 PM   #4
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Funny mine came with one and I could not figure out what it did until I asked on this forum
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:25 PM   #5
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Why not just turn on the emergency flashers for a couple of flashes or toggle the left and right back and forth like the other lazy truckers?
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I have a Coachmen Mirada (35') and am considering installing ICC (Interrupt Clearance Circuit) capability to allow flash of clearance lights. Anyone ever tackle this on a unit that did not have it from the factory?
I think you'll find that ICC in this context stands for Interstate Commerce Commission. The ICC (now DOT) regulated Interstate transport including OTR trucking, and introduced clearance lights on heavy trucks.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:01 PM   #7
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I highly suggest installing the ICC Switch but I do suggest the spring rocker so you never have the problem of forgetting what position it's in when you are rolling. Mine came with it from Fleetwood and I use it ALOT!! I do think there is something about courtesy on the road and the guys out there making a living appreciate the professionalism.
I would contact Fleetwood in Indiana and simply order their spring loaded rocker ICC switch.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:09 AM   #8
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You could also use a momentary push button switch. Very common and you can find it at any Radio Shack Store. For your application you want the Normally ON. (They also have it in Normally Off)
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My semi trucks all have a switch to flash headlights and clearance lights. On my Ford chassis motorhome I can flash headlights day or night with the turn single stalk. To flash clearance lights day or night I just use the headlight switch and turn them off or on. Or u can flash all turn signals with the 4 way flasher switch. I really don't need another switch to do this. Or want one. I hate to mess with factory wiring if I don't have to. If it works don't fix it. Or you can fix it till its broke!
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My UF came with a "smart wheel" steering wheel, that has a button for flashing the headlights and another button for flashing the clearance lights. I use them a lot, especially at night. It's also a way of saying hello to another driver on those long trips at night.
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Thanks to all for your inputs. I appreciate your thoughts. I now have to decide if I want to tackle this project.
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I took on a similar project in an older coach I once owned. I found the plans over on RV.net. I wish I could remember exactly what I did. Seems like I used two relays and tied into the clearance light circuit. Using only one momentary switch, the clearance lights flashed on when he lights were normally off during the day and off at night when they were normally on. It was a pretty neat project. I wish I could remember more.
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