Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-20-2014, 07:41 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 69
Headlight Question

I recently purchased a 2010 Berkshire and the headlights are on all the time the coach is running. Has anyone figured out how to shut the headlights off when driving? I'd actually just like to figure out a way to flash the headlights to signal to passing trucks or other RV's.

Thanks
__________________

__________________
RNuzzolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 09:12 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
NV245's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Carmel, In
Posts: 175
I usually turn on the headlights at the switch, set to high, turn them off and use the headlamp switch to signal passing traffic an all clear. What I'd like to know is how to turn them off when backing into a spot at night when backing into a spot. (The glare off of the inside windows is blinding)
__________________

__________________
NV245 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 11:24 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 69
Thank you, I'll try that next week when we move next. I have not been able to find any way to shut the lights off including backing up.
__________________
RNuzzolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 10:16 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Campin Cajun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Cut Off, La.
Posts: 1,830
I believe it's a safety feature, but there may be some kind of programmer that can be plugged in to get them not to come on while the engine is running.
__________________
2013 Berkshire 390BH
Campin Cajun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 10:23 PM   #5
Phat Phrog Stunt Crew
 
awwall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Biloxi, Ms
Posts: 704
A little crude, but you can always add a switch to the dash and break the power feed to the headlamps.
__________________
Wayne & Susan Biloxi,Ms
2012 GeorgeTown 351DS...2015 Ford Focus/Brake Buddy
FROG Member
awwall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 10:46 PM   #6
Cyclone
 
beipers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Iowa
Posts: 175
On ours, I run with the marker lights on then push the headlight dial to flash the fog lights when someone passes me. Then when I'm passing someone else, I flash the marker lights by turning the dial to acknowledge the other rig. By running with the lights on I only have one motion either way.

I'll have to double check, but I was thinking that the daylights would shut off if you turn the hazard lights on. If so, this could provide a solution while backing up.
__________________
2015 SOB 5th Wheel
2013 Chevrolet 3500 CC, DD SRW
1 Wife, 2 Kids under 5

Camping nights: 2015 - 19, 2014 - 39, 2013 - 48
beipers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 10:47 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
NV245's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Carmel, In
Posts: 175
I notice that the daytime running lamps turn off when the parking brake is on. I think that I would prefer to find access to that circuit.
__________________
NV245 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 10:55 PM   #8
Cyclone
 
beipers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Iowa
Posts: 175
I've always assumed that the park brake indicator is run off an air pressure sensor switch as I don't believe there is any electricity in the actual air valve. Obviously I haven't traced the circuit down, but likely the daylights, buzzer and icon on the dash are all controlled by the computer. I'm always concerned about messing with the computer inputs, because you never know what other safety features you may be messing with. I think you'd be better off with awwall's suggestion.
__________________
2015 SOB 5th Wheel
2013 Chevrolet 3500 CC, DD SRW
1 Wife, 2 Kids under 5

Camping nights: 2015 - 19, 2014 - 39, 2013 - 48
beipers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 11:06 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
VinceU's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 3,502
Quote:
Originally Posted by RNuzzolo
I recently purchased a 2010 Berkshire and the headlights are on all the time the coach is running. Has anyone figured out how to shut the headlights off when driving? I'd actually just like to figure out a way to flash the headlights to signal to passing trucks or other RV's.

Thanks
Keep in mind, some juristrictions require daylights whenever the engine i running. One notch of park brake shuts them off.
__________________
VinceU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 11:11 PM   #10
Oklahoma Proud
 
MillerTime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: central OK
Posts: 2,774
You might look for a fuse labeled " DRL" for daytime running lamps. U could pull that fuse.

On ebrake switch circuit, you can test, but on some vehicles sometimes when ebrake is engaged just enough to trip the switch, but not enough to catch the brakes; if the vehicle continues movement the drl will kick back on again. I dont know if this will happen with air brakes as my truck didn't have drl's.

On finding presure switch, you may look by the manifold, usually close to the steering column- sometimes outside the cab, sometimes under the dash. But you will have to test the switches, as some systems have 2 switches, for brakes, pressures, and you may have more, Im not sure on that kind of system.
******************************
If it was me, I would find the ground for the headlamp, isolate those 2 wires and place a switch on the ground wires, then you can just ground the other switch lead to any body grounded area. You will just have to remember that you need the switch to be "normally closed" for your lights to work. Also this way you won't ever have to worry about "shorting" any circuits out.

MillerTime- Future Sabre Handler!!
__________________

__________________
MillerTime is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:56 AM.