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Old 07-14-2013, 04:08 PM   #15
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On my Freightliner the brake lights DO come on with the engine brake. Does not seem like a big deal so I never tried to disable them. What I don't like is when you even touch the wipers on the lights all come on and as far as everything I read the only way to cut them back off is to shut her down.
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I thought about it both ways and decided to leave it as is and run a separate line from a switch mounted on the turn signal to the exhaust brake to allow operation without shifting down for those slight down grades.
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:58 PM   #17
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My coach engine brake does not activate the brake lights and for me, that is correct and the way I want it. The only time I want the brake lights to activate is when the service brake is being used.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:04 PM   #18
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Typically no they don't.
The center light is the only one that comes on when the e-brake is on and active on our Spartan chassis under our DSDP. The others come on when I use the service brakes.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:08 PM   #19
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My brake lights do actuate with the exhaust brake. Freightliner XC chassis. I'm fine with the way it operates.
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I believe all Prevosts activate the brake lights with Jake Brake activation. If an owner doesn't like it a relay can simply be removed. I can see pros and cons to either configuration.
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Freightliner XC chassis. The engine brake does activate the brake lights on the coach and the toad. I need it that way because when the trans shifts to third and subsequently second the coach slows significantly and I don't want someone rear ending the coach or the toad due to no indication of slowing vehicle in front of them.
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Just as a side note, I see this all the time on Busses. They activate 2 amber lights near the brake lights when they slow, presumably under engine braking. To me it really helps to know what they are doing, i.e. just slowing a little or actually going for the brakes.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:19 PM   #23
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On my 2001 diplomat my brake light comes on with the exhaust brake. Verified when my DW followed me.
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At night I can see them come on in the rearview camera
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Mine use to come on when using the exhaust brake, pulled a diode in the rear fuse panel and no more brake lights until I hit the brake pedal. my exhaust brake is used to maintain a speed on hills and the brake pedal is for stopping, no sense in brakes lights being on for miles and miles on a long interstate hill. This is my preference.
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On my 2001 and my 2006 coach the retarder did activate the brake lights. Which in turn, turned on the trailer brakes.

I put a one way diode in so the trailer brakes would not activate but the brake lights will still come on. Cost about $20.00.

I have seen trailer brakes smoking pretty good because of this.
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That is one big reason I diabled mine, my bike trailer brakes would come on also.
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Thanks everyone for the input. DR4Film summed it up pretty well. Overwhelming response though.
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