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Old 06-09-2013, 09:47 AM   #1
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Brake Light Question

I have a 96 Tracker all set up to tow and I have a question.

My brake lights on the Tracker work even with the key off. I have the Ready Brake braking system installed.

The Tracker gets power to the brake lights from the Motor Home AND when the brakes are applied with the Ready Brake.

Should I be concerned that the brake lights are getting power from 2 sources? Right now I disconnect the Battery on the Tracker, but it is a pain.

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I installed a battery disconnect , Nascar style , rated at 1000amps, in my toad battery ground wiring. Cost less than $15 for the disconnect, ground cable and solder on cable end. The tethered key is in or out in a second. Install time 1/2 hour with soldering.
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I have a 96 Tracker all set up to tow and I have a question.

My brake lights on the Tracker work even with the key off. I have the Ready Brake braking system installed.

The Tracker gets power to the brake lights from the Motor Home AND when the brakes are applied with the Ready Brake.

Should I be concerned that the brake lights are getting power from 2 sources? Right now I disconnect the Battery on the Tracker, but it is a pain.

Thanks LeeB
LeeB,
Well Sir, I have been trying to explain this situation 'till the cows come home to many that tow and, have auxiliary braking systems. There are many toads out there that activate the brake lights with the key in the off position and folks don't know it. There is an alternate issue that many folks don't recognize too.

Now, if you're using your original tail lights as toad lights, then, you've got separate set of problems. I am also assuming you have "amber" turn signals too, correct? But, for those that have a hard time taping into the factory wiring and utilizing the stock tail lights, but install separate sockets and bulbs, they've got problems too but don't know it. You see, if you do it that way and, have an auxiliary braking system like Ready Brake, what do you have when you put on a turn signal and apply the brakes at the same time?

What you'll have is, two conflicting signals, within an inch of each other. One is constant, for brakes, and one is blinking for turn. Now, it would be quite so bad if, there was a divider/partition between the original stock bulb and, the new bulb/socket that was just installed. That way the two light outputs would not collide and you should be able to see two distinct signals, even though they are only an inch apart.

This is why I tap into the stock wiring and utilize the stock bulbs for my toad lights. It's always been easy to me and it's worked for (7) different Jeep Wranglers and a brand new Honda CR-V EXL. It's a preference thing.
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