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Old 08-24-2015, 06:44 PM   #1
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Installing Brake Controller and Lights at Same time

I am installing a SMI Stay in Play Duo and wiring the tail lights of a 2004 Honda CRV at the same time. Is it necessary to cut into the brake light system of the CRV if the Duo depresses the pedal? The brake lights activate with the pedal and the engine off. Seems like I will only have to wire in the amber turn signals (I am using a 2 to 3 converter) and the tail/marker lights using at most 3 diodes.
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Thought about it overnight and think I may have answered my own question. The Duo on applies brakes while stopping not while stopped. The pedal would not be press while stopped at a light.
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:15 PM   #3
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How bout just hooking up a brake fuse bypass switch for the brake lights on the toad, I can't see how you can get by with 3 diodes instead 4.
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My original assumption was wrong but I think what you are alluding to is the fact that both the towed and the motorhome will be powering the brake lights. If there is a voltage difference (and there almost has to be). I am not sure how they will interact. Surely there is a better way than a manual switch to disable the towed's circuit.
I changed by plan on the number of diodes. Right now I have diodes on the towed side of LT RT and TL each side for a total currently of 4 diodes not including brakes. More than are probably necessary but all sources from towed have a diode on them.
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There is another way but you will have to get under the dash to be able to hook it up to the brake switch it called a brake light relay switch.

From your post it sounds like you are going to hook up the 4 wire system instead of the 3 wire . Why a simple converter on the coach will convert it from a 4 wire to a 3 wire a much simpler system. Then it would L tail light and stop and turn signal , R tail , R brake and turn.

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Yes, that relay is what completes my setup. This setup lets the amber lights, the brake lights, and the tail lights (there are 3 bulbs per side) all work like stock lights on the CRV.
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