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Old 10-02-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Brake light stays on in 2011 Canyon Star

The brake light on the dash is on. I release the parking brake and the light stays on and the running lights are off. When I turn the headlights on the brake light goes out. If the brake is on and I turn on the headlights the brake light stays on until I release the brake so it appears that it is NOT the brake light switch.
The chassis is a 2011 Ford F53. Newmar says it is a Ford problem; Ford says it is a Newmar problem. It is annoying and not getting fixed. Anyone have any suggestions.

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Old 10-03-2012, 06:20 AM   #2
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According the the documentation I have (from 2012 but probably did not change), the park brake wire is the only wire that has to be field wired by Newmar. It's light Green/Red and is located on the top side of the dash panel. I believe this is grounded by the parking brake switch. Improper grounding can make electronics do strange things, for example, turning on the lights can make an alternative ground path for whatever is turning on the parking brake light.

If it is not this wire the issue is most likely a Ford issue.

The chassis section is should be under warranty (3 yr), and the coach section hopefully still as, being a 2011, if I were you I'd keep after the dealer until it's fixed.
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