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Old 01-12-2015, 01:07 PM   #1
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Chevy Colorado Toad Lighting

I recently purchased a 2012 Colorado to use as a Toad and need to settle on a lighting system. The setup on the Colorado is that there are two lights (besides the backup light) in each tail light housing that contain a dual filament bulb (3057 bulb). The upper light is used for running lights and brake light. The lower light is for running lights and turn signals. My thoughts were to use diodes for the running lights and turn/brake lights on the lower lights only. As a side note, my brake lights do continue to operate with the ignition off and key out (the position recommended for towing in the manual). This would mean that the upper brake light will also come on when the auxiliary brake system depresses the brake pedal. I would not foresee this as being much of a drain on the Toad battery.

I know that there are more complicated solutions concerning using converters and with kits that contain 6 diodes. However, since both brakes and turn signals are red (no amber turn signals) then I am hoping my proposed setup will work.

I am not new to camping but am new to having a motorhome so any experience or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-13-2015, 09:49 PM   #2
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It might depend on how the lights are tied together. I think that if you can get a copy of the Chevy wiring diagram you will be better able to put the diodes in the right place. I might also suggest running a wire from the RV battery to the Toad battery with an auto reset circuit breaker to prevent shorts or overloading the wire. I wired one through a spare pin in a 6 pin trailer plug and Blue Ox coiled umbilical line.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:31 AM   #3
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This may help answer your question Can a Tail Light Isolating Diode System Be Used on a Chevy Colorado with Separate Brake Light | etrailer.com
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:08 AM   #4
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Chevy Colorado Toad Lighting

This is what I am using on my 2008 Colorado 4X4, With a Brake Buddy, no wire from MH to battery.
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Sounds like the right way to go to me but I think you will see a need for a charge line later on.
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Yes, This is almost the exact question that I was asking. Thank you for this information.

As a side note, the answer fails to mention that you would want to use the tail light/turn signal bulbs on the Colorado with the diodes. Otherwise, the supplemental braking system will actuate the brake light which will override the turn signal. If you leave the tail light/brake light wiring alone, it will still work in conjunction with the brake system but will remain separate from the turn signals.
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This is what I am using on my 2008 Colorado 4X4, With a Brake Buddy, no wire from MH to battery.
Tow Bar Wiring for 2008 Chevrolet Colorado - TrailerMate TM780022C
I really liked this approach until I read the details that indicated to me that this harness changes the Colorado separate brake and turn signal lights into a combined system. Since my brake lights actuate with the key removed, a supplemental braking system will actuate the brake lights which will override the turn signals. The solution is a brake light relay (RM-88400) which I was trying to avoid.
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Try using a Blue Ox BX8869 wiring kit. You have to run wires the length of your vehicle and drill a hole in your taillight assembly. you do not have to tap into your vehicles wiring or use diodes. It is like wiring a utility trailer. very simple. Do not use the LED kit, I could not get it to work, no matter what their techs told me. They finally sent me an incandesant kit and it all worked great.
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This is a easy truck toad light hook up and you don't have to worry about the toad brake lights covering up the turn signal light or mess with your toad rear lights also really gets your attention, a very simple soulition for about $30. It can be installed just under the bottom of the tail gate or the bottom lip of the tailgate. I see it's showing $28 but I belive that is if I bought another? I use it on our F150.

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This is a easy truck toad light hook up and you don't have to worry about the toad brake lights covering up the turn signal light or mess with your toad rear lights also really gets your attention, a very simple soulition for about $30. It can be installed just under the bottom of the tail gate or the bottom lip of the tailgate. I see it's showing $28 but I belive that is if I bought another? I use it on our F150.

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I think this might be my solution. I am not going to drill holes in the existing tail light assemblies. Thanks for the post.
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... I am not going to drill holes in the existing tail light assemblies...
This is exactly what I did to our last two toads. I didn't want to tap into the vehicle system - if there's a problem it complicates trouble shooting, that is if you can get it installed without creating problems that didn't previously exist.

I've had zero issues. Once installed you'd never know the extra bulb was in there.
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I had a GMC canyon and drilled holes in the tail lights installed sockets and run a trailer wiring harness up to the front and it worked great.
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I had a GMC canyon and drilled holes in the tail lights installed sockets and run a trailer wiring harness up to the front and it worked great.
It will work as long as you don't use a toad brake that pushes the brake pedal and with the key in the towing position the brake lights don't come on, if the do come on it could cover up your turn signals according to the type of toad brake used.
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On the Canyon the brake lights came on with aux braking system with out the key in . But the separate bulb that was installed has a double filament that is for running lights and turn signal and brakes. it also is on and can be seen very well.
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