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Old 04-08-2019, 07:40 PM   #1
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Unhappy 2001 Forest River Georgetown - Hazard lights are coming on (solid) for no reason.

Good evening everyone. I am totally baffled as to how this could happen. The last thing I did was pull off on the side of the road 2 days ago and was struggling to get the Hazard lights to come on. They finally engaged. I turned them off when I began to drive again. Now for the last two days, the hazard lights come on (solid not flashing) randomly. To the point where they have drained the coach battery. It is raining and dark outside, and I can see them come on, then look out again and they are out again. Spooky? I think so! I am wondering how this can just happen when the key is no longer in the ignition and the brakes or hazard lights are not engaged. It is just parked in it's normal location. Does anyone have any suggestion about how to keep them from coming on or why this would happen. Baffled by this phenomena. Thanks all.
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The electrical connector on the switch may be partially falling off. I had similar on mine... I used a long wire tie to hold the connector on the switch..""Look at this article, scroll down near the bottom and where it says "IMPORTANT"..


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Old 04-08-2019, 09:17 PM   #3
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Thank you for your reply.

I checked out the site, but in between responding to you. The lights have come back on. I can see them from the window. I went out and jiggled the hazard light button; they were still on; I closed the door and they went off. I came back in here and responded to you and looked back out and they are back on again. I know hazard lights will work even if the battery is low. But since they have been going off and coming back on for the last 2 days, the coach battery is now dead and it will not start. I can't think of what could possibly cause these hazard lights to come on and stay on. They are not flashing, just solid. I am totally lost on this. If the rain stops, I am going to try and just pull the fuse for the hazard lights, if I can locate them. Thanks again
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You stated it's been raining.....you could have water intrusion into the system that is causing the issue. I can't tell you where to specifically look. Do you tow anything and plug into the trailer harness at the rear. They can get corroded and cause some shorting back into the system that can cause your issue. Last thing, there is a flasher for your turn signals/hazard lights that may have gone bad. Easy to remove and replace. It's small metal or plastic can the size of an old 35 mm film canister or for the old guys, marijuana container. It may have shorted out. Slamming the door may have jolted it. Other than that, I don't have any other ideas.
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Verify that the brake pedal isn't causing this. i.e. reach down and lift the brake pedal up.

The connector on the multi switch can also cause this. You need to pake the top cover off the steering column to inspect the connector.

Here is a diagram of the circuit:

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Red face The culprit has been revealed!! Feeling a little stupid right now!

So, it appears that the hazard light connection was not the problem, although there is definitely another issue with that too and your instructions were helpful for future reference. However, the actual culprit was.. drumroll please!!! The canvas around the steering column had fallen down and when I closed the door, it shook the canvas, but as the wind was blowing, the RV would move "ever so slightly" and the canvas would press on the brake pedal. I have now removed the broken zip tie and have the canvas secured to the column again. I was so focused on the hazard light button not functioning properly, I never noticed the canvas had fallen away. Thanks again and I am extremely happy that the lights did not come back on again for the rest of the night or this morning. Now to jump the RV to charge the now dead battery. Thank you all again for being so helpful. I am very happy that I joined this forum. I had always used this forum because I have found so many resolutions from you!! I will spread the word. You all Rock!!

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