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Old 06-12-2014, 04:46 AM   #1
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Emergency Brake Light Switch

I have a 1999 Winnebago Chieftain (Class A) with the Ford Triton V10 Chassis. When I set the emergency brake, the brake light will not come on until I've tried many many times and then by sheer luck, it might work. Because the e-brake light is not on, the HWH system will not turn on (no jacks, no slides, etc). I have tried to find the emergency brake light switch but no luck, (many have told me that it is located on the park brake pedal arm). Bifocals, bad back and age prevent me from being an under the dash contortionist. I've tried my smartphone (HA) camera and mirrors but no luck. I have posted this same question on lots of RV FB pages, googled and still have no solution. Hopefully, I can find help here. Maybe a youtube video ? ? ?
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I have a 1999 Winnebago Chieftain (Class A) with the Ford Triton V10 Chassis. When I set the emergency brake, the brake light will not come on until I've tried many many times and then by sheer luck, it might work. Because the e-brake light is not on, the HWH system will not turn on (no jacks, no slides, etc). I have tried to find the emergency brake light switch but no luck, (many have told me that it is located on the park brake pedal arm). Bifocals, bad back and age prevent me from being an under the dash contortionist. I've tried my smartphone (HA) camera and mirrors but no luck. I have posted this same question on lots of RV FB pages, googled and still have no solution. Hopefully, I can find help here. Maybe a youtube video ? ? ?
Welcome to the forum, there is a Ford Chassis forum on here also. Go to the top of the page right under the IRV2 logo then to RVForums, Chassis Club, Ford Chassis, I know it has been discussed on there. There is a search option also. Good luck!!
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Smile Emergency Brake Light Switch

We3brvn, I have the same issue with my 2002 Chieftain, Slides and Jacks wont deploy, must depress and release multiple times to get things working, did you figure out the fix? Thanks
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we3brvn and 04sterling,

maybe your pb is similar to mine, foot operated. my switch is pn w0004758. workhorse number was available at Napa in 2009.
it is white plastic located on the ib side of the upper fwd mechanism. there is one wire and an adjustment screw.
when I finally got my Sw adjusted, I keep my foot on the pedal when I release it so that it doesn't bang.
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I have a 1999 Winnebago Chieftain (Class A) with the Ford Triton V10 Chassis. When I set the emergency brake, the brake light will not come on until I've tried many many times and then by sheer luck, it might work. Because the e-brake light is not on, the HWH system will not turn on (no jacks, no slides, etc). I have tried to find the emergency brake light switch but no luck, (many have told me that it is located on the park brake pedal arm). Bifocals, bad back and age prevent me from being an under the dash contortionist. I've tried my smartphone (HA) camera and mirrors but no luck. I have posted this same question on lots of RV FB pages, googled and still have no solution. Hopefully, I can find help here. Maybe a youtube video ? ? ?
We3brvn,
The reason your HWH system won't work is because the "parking/emergency" brake, through the switch, provides a ground for the electronics in the HWH to use. If the Ground is not seen, the system won't work. That's also why, if you were getting ready for departure from camping and accidently released the parking brake too soon, the slides will retract and the jacks will start to retract too. It's a safety measure.

Now, I cannot directly answer your question as to the whereabouts of your brake switch. The Ford chassis forum will probably be your best bet. Maybe if you can, get one of the wifes hand held mirrors, the ones that really magnify and tape it to a stick and that might help you to locate it without getting down and looking real close. You might be able to look and find it but, if you're hindered due to age, non-flexibility (like me and a zillion others on here) then, you'll have to go to plan B which, is to get someone young and made out of rubber to get down there and check out the problem.
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Most likely that the switch on the parking brake pedal is not working. Mine is up high, at the forward (read to the front) of the pedal. A can of electrical connection cleaner works for me.
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Your correct I found the switch, it's pretty crude, replacing it is another matter very tight down there :-)
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So, if the emergency brake switch sends a ground to the HWH jacks, am I able to test the jacks if I run a temporary ground to the HWH control box?
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I thought I posted this, but I can't find it. So, her I go again.
If I run a temporary ground wire to the HWH control box bypassing the emergency brake switch, will I be able to test the HWH jacks?
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Yes unplug the single black wire to the E brake switch and ground it, if the jacks or slides operate you may need to clean or replace the e brake switch.mine had a lubricant, a Vaseline like substance on it, dirt lint carpet fibers were attracted to this causing intermittent operation.
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Thank you 04sterling. I'll try that.
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Okay, I have a ground wire and a hot wire at the 1996 P-30 HWH control box. When I have the ignition on, the shifter in park, the park brake peddle down, the red light on the control box comes on when I press the on button, but goes off when I release it and the system doesn't come on.
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