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Old 11-07-2013, 08:09 PM   #15
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I think voiding your warranty is an urban legend. I have used diodes in all of my toads and never had a problem. There is a voltage drop with diodes but it is a non issue. Going from American to foreign requires a diode package available at your local RV store.

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"Going from American to Foreign REQUIRES a diode package available at your RV store" Huh? I'm always learning things here on the forums but, I've never heard that before. To the best of my recollection, a diode is simply a "One way valve" for electricity. To me, it has nothing to do with going from American to Foreign. Now, there are such things as "Tail light converters" that do CONVERT, two filament systems (turn/brake combined) to a three filament system ( separate turn, "amber", brake lights) and, vice versa but, the diodes only stop electricity from traveling in a certain direction. It has nothing to do with American or Foreign that I know of.

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Old 11-09-2013, 04:13 PM   #16
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If you have room in the tail light assembly, separate bulbs. Mine have worked perfectly for 9 years. Stay away from the factory wiring harness if you can.

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Old 11-09-2013, 05:16 PM   #17
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I too have used only the Hy Power diodes with excellent results.

There is no danger of frying anything if you follow the directions.

The advantages of using diodes are;

You are using the OEM bulb which is in the optical center of the taillight assembly which will provide optimal brightness and visibility.

The taillight assembly stays sealed from water and dirt.

The OEM lamp socket is superior to aftermarket kits.

My taillights and brake lights were virtually the same brightness when towing or not.

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Again, if you plan to use diodes, the Roadmaster Hy Power Diodes are the ONLY ones to use.

They are separate diodes not a diode pack and if one goes bad which is highly improbable you simple unplug the diode and plug a new one in it place.

You can do as you please once you have been informed of your options.

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Old 11-09-2013, 05:50 PM   #18
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IMHO diodes are the way to go, easier to install, take less room, and as stated look like the stock lights operating. Radio Shack diodes work just as good as the really expensive ones. Using separate bulbs, you still have to run wires to the back of your toad, plus you have to drill holes in your tail lamp assembly and mount a bulb and socket. With diodes you just run the wire with the diodes attached and splice into the wires already there going to your lights. Easy, simple, and fast.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:19 AM   #19
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I've had the same diodes on my toad for 13 years and still going no problems.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:40 AM   #20
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the op didn't say what kind of toad he has... for me, the simplist thing is the ready made plug in - diodes already built in - no holes, no soldering and no messes (!); couple hours, done! it's not for every car so you really need to give the whole picture before we can tell not-so-general info.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:18 AM   #21
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Diodes are easier.. And may well be better.. I used them with my first towed and no problems

With my "new" towed they (the dealer who installed the lube pump) installed what I call the Add-a-lamp system (I think that is a Blue Ox trademark) This is the one where you add a seperate bulb to the tail lights.

Won't work on some tail light assemblies

But it too works well.. I DID have a problem but solved it by improving the ground on the motor home (The remco lube pump uses a six pin plug/socket and they spliced it into the existing flat 4 using a relative of the scotch lock type connector that cuts through the insulation and makes a fair connection to the wire therein. Alas, not a good one,, I fixed it by improving the ground connection,, Was getting "Feedback" on the light circuits).

I'm mixed.. One issue with doide kits is this.. When the towed brakes come on turn signal lights on the towed are usually disabled (The brake lights override).

With the add-a-lamp.. There will still be SOME flashing.
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With newer vehicles that have separate stop and turn signals such as my 2006 Saturn Vue, that problem does not exist.

If the toad has combined stop and turn circuitry, your correct.

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