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Old 02-19-2014, 11:11 AM   #1
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Hazard light flasher

We have a 2005 Fleetwood Bounder 33R, and have had issues with the hazard lights. They are working now but I noticed that they flash very rapidly - almost always on. There are, on this coach, 4 lights on each side - 2 below the headlights (amber bulbs), a corner light and a side marker light - all of which flash with the turn signal and double that for the hazards. Add in the rear lights and the dash lights and you have 12 bulbs with an electrical load of around 10.5 amps for the turn signal and 21 amps for the hazards. The flashers for both are Tridon 552s rated for 8.3 amps, barely enough for the turn signals and way under capacity for the hazards. No wonder I could smell something hot when the hazards are on. I replaced the hazard flasher with a Grote 44690 - available from NAPA - part# GRO44690 - about $20. This is a variable load electronic flasher (not thermal like the 552) that will handle up to 16 bulbs and a load from 2 amps to 33 amps. Works great. The new flasher will also handle the added load from the toad. Note that this is a 2 pin flasher and the equivalent 3 pin flasher is also available as well as 2 and 3 pin units with a load rating from 2 amps to 42 amps and up to 20 bulbs.
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We have a 2005 Fleetwood Bounder 33R, and have had issues with the hazard lights. They are working now but I noticed that they flash very rapidly - almost always on. There are, on this coach, 4 lights on each side - 2 below the headlights (amber bulbs), a corner light and a side marker light - all of which flash with the turn signal and double that for the hazards. Add in the rear lights and the dash lights and you have 12 bulbs with an electrical load of around 10.5 amps for the turn signal and 21 amps for the hazards. The flashers for both are Tridon 552s rated for 8.3 amps, barely enough for the turn signals and way under capacity for the hazards. No wonder I could smell something hot when the hazards are on. I replaced the hazard flasher with a Grote 44690 - available from NAPA - part# GRO44690 - about $20. This is a variable load electronic flasher (not thermal like the 552) that will handle up to 16 bulbs and a load from 2 amps to 33 amps. Works great. The new flasher will also handle the added load from the toad. Note that this is a 2 pin flasher and the equivalent 3 pin flasher is also available as well as 2 and 3 pin units with a load rating from 2 amps to 42 amps and up to 20 bulbs.
Someone probably replaced the flashers with the wrong type earlier in the history of your RV.
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