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Old 09-25-2016, 07:45 PM   #1
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Is it a Ford Problem or Forest River Problem

So, hooking up the Toad today we go to check the turn signals and brake lights on the Toad. They were working fine, but the RV not at all.

So the only rear lights we had were on the Toad... and the backup lights on the RV. No tail lights, brake lights or turn signals on the RV.

Two questions:
1. Is this a Ford chassis issue or a FR RV issue?
2. Any one know a fix for this or where to even start. I looked for fuses for these lights and found none.

HELP?
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:13 PM   #2
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Sounds like a blown fuse. Should be a chassis issue. Do you have your Ford Manual which should show you location of fuses for this function? Usually in Driver side fuse panel by feet.

If yours is an E450 Ford chassis...here's a link to the available manuals:
https://owner.ford.com/tools/account...014/Ford/E-450
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I once had 3 of 4 bulbs blow on our Sunseeker 3100 while driving in heavy rain. Water got into the taillights and shattered the hot bulbs. I put a bead of RTV sealant around the top and sides of the lenses and haven't had a problem since. Ours is a 2011 model with the old incandescent bulbs. If you have LED'S, that problem may not apply.
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20a Fuse. Under the hood. Use the manual to find the location.
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20a Fuse. Under the hood. Use the manual to find the location.
Found it. Changed it. No joy.
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Old 09-29-2016, 05:43 PM   #6
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Dumb question... But did you check the lights on the RV with the Toad disconnected? From reading I couldn't tell.
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Old 09-29-2016, 05:47 PM   #7
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Yes, we checked that. First item actually.
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Old 09-29-2016, 06:54 PM   #8
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Tough question. Ford provides a chassis to FR which has working taillights and associated wiring. FR then modifies the Ford arrangement to fit the coach and its taillight. The only other thing I can suggest is to try and trace the wiring from the taillight to the chassis fuse box, as there may be a connector that has become unplugged. It could even be under the dash.
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If the lights on the toad are working, I would check the "plug n play" harness connector for the harness that was installed for you to plug in the toad. Ford has a plug under the rear that a "trailer" harness can be "T'd" into. Since you didn't mention that the marker lights & front parking lights were out, I would start at that connector.
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If the lights on the toad are working, I would check the "plug n play" harness connector for the harness that was installed for you to plug in the toad. Ford has a plug under the rear that a "trailer" harness can be "T'd" into. Since you didn't mention that the marker lights & front parking lights were out, I would start at that connector.
The only lights not working are the RV's tail lights, brake lights and turn signals. The side markers, front lights/signals and clearance lights all work. The only thing working on the rear of the RV are the backup lights. Everything works on the toad.

I'm going to look at a few other things then call in a repair person.

Forest River tells me it's not a Ford problem but a FR problem.
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