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Old 03-20-2015, 05:20 AM   #1
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Making it Mine - Blinking the tail lights - Thank you

On those very, very, very rare occasions that I actually pass another vehicle on the highway, The driver of the other vehicle will blink their headlights to signal me its ok to pull back in the lane. The normal response is a “thank you”, by blinking my tail lights or brake lights.

Normally this is done with a tap of the brakes (which disengages the cruise control_) or flipping the light switch on/off, which gets cumbersome at night as this also turns off the headlights.

SOLUTION – A momentary switch that will blink the tail lights, regardless if the lights are on or off.



If the lights are on, the blink switch turns them off. If the lights are off, the blink switch turns them on. Here’s how it works

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See diagram. The trucks light switch controls the “Light Relay”. the BLINK switch controls the “Blink Relay”.

These two relays act like a three way switch. notice the normally open and normally closed contacts of the two relays are connected together, but they cross over.



Lights Off – Blink (turns lights on)

The Light Relay is de-energized, when the BLINK switch is pressed, the Blink relay energizes. Power then flows into 30 and out 87 on the Blink relay. it then flows into 87a and out 30 on the light relay. The light are connected to 30 on the light relay and the lights will light.

Lights ON – normal

The Light Relay is energized, the Blink relay is de-energized. Power flows into 30 and out 87a on the Blink relay. It then flows into 87 and out 30 on the light relay. The light are connected to 30 on the light relay and the lights will light.

Lights ON – Blink (turns lights off)

The Light Relay is energized. the power that was being supplied to pin 87 from pin 87a on the blink relay is no longer there and the lights turn off.

INSTALLATION

On the light switch you will need to tap into the Tan wire that has a white stripe. This wire supplies power to the light switch all the time (pin 13)

The Brown wire coming off of pin 14 of the light switch needs to be cut. The side that is connected to the switch gets spliced into the Light Relay pin 85, this will energize the relay whenever the light switch is turned on. The other side of the wire that goes to the lights will get spliced into pin 30 on the relay. This will be the new source of power for the lights.

You can see this and my other projects on my web site.
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Old 03-20-2015, 07:37 AM   #2
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Simpler to use the "ICC Flash" switch. Or hit the four-ways for a couple of seconds.
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Old 03-20-2015, 07:44 AM   #3
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Very kewl!
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:36 PM   #4
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Simpler to use the "ICC Flash" switch. Or hit the four-ways for a couple of seconds.
Yep, a 1-2 second use of the emergency flashers works to do the same thing.
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I flash the ICC marker lights that's what their there for.
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Flashers or the ICC seem to work the best. Or I guess you could get creative and do just like the truckers and use one blink on one side for the blinker.

Tapping your brake pedal will not only shut off your cruise, but make everyone behind you nervous that your slowing down after you passed.
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^^ Excellent options on blinking your lights.

If your MH has an ICC switch (tail and clearance light switch), that's certainly an excellent way to blink the lights, unfortunately, on my Ford F53 chassis, the tail/ clearance lights are part of the headlight switch. :-(
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Why not just turn your hazards on for two-three blinks?
Seems a lot easier.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:05 AM   #9
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Eric;

Yes, Using the four ways is also a nice simple solution to blinking the lights. I think I've used that one on many occasions, along with the turn signal back and forth option, turning the lights on/off with the headlight switch, tapping the brakes, etc.

However, I believe the circuit I've installed provides the simplest, easiest, and most foolproof method of blinking those lights :-)

I reach over, press and release the switch a couple times. Doesn't matter if the lights are currently on or off, they blink.

I don't have to turn lights off, then on. (or was that on, then off). I don't have to screw around trying to get that darn four way flasher switch back up after I press it down. I don't have to worry about resetting the cruise control if I hit the brakes.

Is this circuit for everyone, absolutely not. As pointed out, there are many ways to skin this cat that are perfectly acceptable and have been used for years and years. I've just presented a new one that people may be interested in (or not). :-)

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Very well stated.
I just wish it was used more, But too each there own.
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Blink blink

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Didn't know the F53 had no ICC button...good to know - thanks

Love how the new switch set-up looks OEM (no before picture in this post).
And it is noteworthy that these switches are at an easy reach, where the 4way is often out of easy reach (for obvious safety concerns) to prevent an accidental activation.

Great posts!

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I think the EMER START switch came from the factory (Coachman).

That switch is made by "Carling", its a momentary contact switch wired to energize the Isolator solenoid. The internal light is wired to come on anytime the Isolator Solenoid is energized.

The three switches with the white lens (on the left) are also manufactured by Carling. I had heck of a time finding them (Newark Electronics had them in stock.

The other manufacture I found was DayStar, They have four different color lenses, but they do not make them in a momentary contact version. These are about $10, available on e-bay, amazon, and 4 wheeler shops.

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FWIW, not all ICC systems blink the running lights when the lights are off (daytime)...mine don't (Workhorse)...only wink the running light - if on.

The OP's :Blink: circuit works day (to blink) and night (to wink) - I think, if I read it right.
Pretty cool.

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