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Old 07-06-2009, 03:48 PM   #1
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Aux start switch flashing

Sorry if this is a double post, but somehow my original post disappeared.

Posted this on another forum and received no responses so I was hoping that
someone here could shed some light on this for me.

I noticed just recently that the light on the switch for the aux start (switch on dashboard used to jump the coach batteries and the chassis batteries)
periodically flashes when the unit is parked and not running. Not sure if it is
something new or it has been this way since I picked the unit up and I just
realized that it is doing this. Also not sure if it does it when the engine is running. Is this normal or is it some sort of problem indication?
I have a 2008 Forest River Berkshire 390BH on a Freightliner XC chassis that I
purchased new. It has a Cummins 340hp engine.

Thank you for any help that you may provide.
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:41 AM   #2
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I have never experienced mine flashing. It has always displayed a dull steady light.
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:33 AM   #3
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Sorry if this is a double post, but somehow my original post disappeared.

Posted this on another forum and received no responses so I was hoping that
someone here could shed some light on this for me.

I noticed just recently that the light on the switch for the aux start (switch on dashboard used to jump the coach batteries and the chassis batteries)
periodically flashes when the unit is parked and not running. Not sure if it is
something new or it has been this way since I picked the unit up and I just
realized that it is doing this. Also not sure if it does it when the engine is running. Is this normal or is it some sort of problem indication?
I have a 2008 Forest River Berkshire 390BH on a Freightliner XC chassis that I
purchased new. It has a Cummins 340hp engine.

Thank you for any help that you may provide.
I haven't experienced this. I think your best chance of getting a proper answer would be contact Forest River or Freightliner. It may be some type of indicator that a problem exists. If it was a shorted wire I can't imagine it would keep flashing unless the coach was operating. I'd like to hear what their response is.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:23 PM   #4
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I haven't experienced this. I think your best chance of getting a proper answer would be contact Forest River or Freightliner. It may be some type of indicator that a problem exists. If it was a shorted wire I can't imagine it would keep flashing unless the coach was operating. I'd like to hear what their response is.
I would love to hear the answer too. As far as I am concerned that switch should only light up with the activation of the clearance lights. Otherwise if it stays lit while the rig isn't running that is just a phantom load on the batteries. I don't even like the battery disconnect switch on our rig lighting up for no reason, just more phantom load sucking battery power.
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:34 PM   #5
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light flashing

I have a 09 390BH and have noticed the same light flashing. I have not noticed any problem so I assume if is fine.
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:20 AM   #6
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Two questions. 1) Why is it always on ? I've wondered the same thing (displays a dull steady light) and 2) NW Jeeper mentions "clearence lights" when the switch is for jumping the coach batteries ? I'm confused. Mine lights all the time and has never flashed.
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Two questions. 1) Why is it always on ? I've wondered the same thing (displays a dull steady light) and 2) NW Jeeper mentions "clearence lights" when the switch is for jumping the coach batteries ? I'm confused. Mine lights all the time and has never flashed.
When you turn on your clearance lights the backlighting in all your gauges and switches should light up. It's not that this circuit has anything to do with the clearance lights themselves. If the clearance lights are not on then you shouldn't have any backlighting in ANY of your switches or panel gauges. You certainly shouldn't have anything lit up when nothing it turned on, this would just be a load on the battery when in storage that is not right. This was my point.

That said it is not uncommon to have a bad battery with a bad cell in it that can cause all kinds of screwy things to happen. For instance our starting battery went bad on our rig and I found out because the LED turn signal lights that ring our side view cameras were on for no reason. They should only be on if a turn signal is on. The rig was in storage and nothing turned on. Wierd! As soon as I replaced the battery everything was fine.

If the light is lit up in the switch when nothing is on, perhaps that is the way they intended it to be but from my point of view that is poor design. I don't want anything draining my battery when in storage even a little light in a switch...
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Thanks NW Jeeper. I see what you mean on the CL lights. However since my rig was new the light part on the aux switch has always been on. I asked Matt at FL and he said that's just the way it is. When you turn on the clearance lights it actually gets brighter. In the middle of the night when you look at my dash this light will be on and hence why I asked Matt cause it seemed weird. My batteries are brand new as well. This is not really back lighting but rather the light part on the switch that would indicate on the other switches on the dash that it's on cause it's lite up. So people think the switch is on but you can't turn it off cause it's a rocker type switch to jump aux batteries etc. So yes it would over time draw a load on the batteries. I think your right Jeeper - it's poor design. And mine has never flashed. Thanks...Ron
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Thanks NW Jeeper. I see what you mean on the CL lights. However since my rig was new the light part on the aux switch has always been on. I asked Matt at FL and he said that's just the way it is. When you turn on the clearance lights it actually gets brighter. In the middle of the night when you look at my dash this light will be on and hence why I asked Matt cause it seemed weird. My batteries are brand new as well. This is not really back lighting but rather the light part on the switch that would indicate on the other switches on the dash that it's on cause it's lite up. So people think the switch is on but you can't turn it off cause it's a rocker type switch to jump aux batteries etc. So yes it would over time draw a load on the batteries. I think your right Jeeper - it's poor design. And mine has never flashed. Thanks...Ron
Our battery disconnect switch inside the entry door lights up continuously like this. Kinda stupid really. You would think that it would light up when the batteries are on (connected) and off when they are not. Again another load that shouldn't be.
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nwjeeper, I hate to rub it in ha! ha! but if we had electrical drawings there would not be any mystery.

re: your battery disconnect switch light, according to the info I have the light will always be on when connect to AC power. it should go off when no AC connected and it is activated. Sounds to me
you have a bad switch or it is wired wrong.
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