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Old 08-05-2008, 05:34 AM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by phototex:
OK. Based on what everyone is saying, I came up with the following list. This list has got to have too many steps in it. Anyone have a better checklist?

1. Coach headlights on
2. Check coach headlights
3. Check coach and toad running lights
4. Coach left turn signal on
--snip-- </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Bill - that certainly is comprehensive and looks like it would check every contingency.

Jane and I are now checking brake lights (coach/toad), then L/R turn signals. We need to add head/tail running lights to our inspection and that should catch 90% of any problem.

See you guys in a few days!
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I do not travel at night. With the toad connected and ready to leave, my light check list is:
1. left turn signal lights
2. right turn signal lights
3. stop lights

Running lights are checked during my semi-annual maintenance.
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I am sure this is not for you elite, but I use a light bar upon the toad. The wife is not able to help check lights. I got tired of walking back there several times. Solution was easy..... I put a small white lens on the foreward facing light containers. Now I can sit in the captains chair and see everything working (hopefully) in the rear camera.
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Ray,
I also use a light bar and have done the same thing. Watching the light in the rear-vision system lends peace of mind.
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I think that from down in the far reaches of my memory (don't go there very often) I seem to remember that the emergency flashers and the conventional turn signals operate on parallel systems. I do not believe that turning on the flashers is the same as activating your turn signals. I think the flashers are designed to work in the event of everything other than the battery being inoperative.
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After reading wilanddij's remarks about using a dowel rod between seat and brake pedal so he can check his brake lights, I got out my carpenter clamp, set it up to expand and slipped a piece of 3/4" plastic pipe over the end. I just tested it and it works great. I just place the clamp against the steering wheel and the end of the pipe against the brake pedal and squeeze the handle on the clamp until it expands enough to depress the brake pedal.
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Thanks John for an important reminder . . . after all, safety first!

The one thing my bride (of 41 years, celebrated earlier this month) and I have really nailed is the light check procedure.

Our MH has its lights on automatically, so we start the test with me in the driver's seat, MH engine running, and she heads back behind the toad in view of my left mirror.

1. If MH and toad taillights are on, she gives a thumbs up.
2. She points left and I turn on the left turn signal - if she gives a thumbs up, all is okay so far.
3. She points right and I turn on the right turn signal - if she gives a thumbs up, all is okay so far (sometimes she'll have to disappear from my view for a moment to walk to the right to properly see the right lights - depends on sunlight, etc.)
4. Back in view from the mirror, she holds up one hand to indicate "stop" and I depress the MH brake pedal - if she gives a thumbs up, all is okay and she returns to the comfort of our little home.

Works great! Teamwork . . . it's a good thing.
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