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Old 08-17-2013, 12:20 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by lass View Post

A few months back, we were communicating on the Blue Ox & SMI install for our CRV's and want to mention a problem that I was having and wonder if yours is the same.

Before each trip, I do a check on all of my brake lights on the coach and CRV, and found that when the RV brakes are activated the CRV turn signal did not work so I had to install another fuse switch in order to fix the problem.

Have you noticed if yours is the same?
This would be caused by not installing a brake switch relay. If you used a diode set up to get your tail lights to work then there is also a relay that must be installed that bypasses the CRV's brakes. You will know you need this, regardless of toad make, if with the key OFF and you push the brake peddle you get brake lights. This is true for your CRV. In effect, the brake lights from the RV override your turn signals unless you installed a brake light relay.

We avoided that by installing the Tow Daddy Harness

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There is no harness for the 2012 - 2014 model years so you would need to use the Universal Harness and do some wire work in the tail light assembly. Not a big deal.

So...assuming I have diagnosed the problem, you need to install something like the Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay kit. In fact, from reading your message again it appears that is what you did.

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Again, this is not a CRV issue or a braking system issue. This is a design issue for many vehicles with brake lights that can be activated even if the key is off.

If I have misdiagnosed the issue...

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