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Old 01-14-2016, 12:56 PM   #1
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Awning lights and toggle panel

Hi guys, I'm not sure what forest river was thinking when they wired the awning lights to the running lights (headlight LEDs and halo). It kind of makes it unusable for a patio light use. I don't know about you but I don't want to sit around wasting electricity and having people think I left my lights on. Has anyone considered or changed it to separate the two?

Also I'm not sure if this is correct on all FR3's but my toggles in the front panel do not eliminate when my headlights are on. This makes it impossible to see any of the switches while driving at night including the fog lights. Seems like a huge safety hazard. Has anyone else been frustrated with this?


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Old 01-14-2016, 01:26 PM   #2
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I think it must be a factory (defect) miswiring. Our awning, not a motorhome, has a separate switch just for the awning on the main switch panel. I can't think of any reason to have the awning light connected with the running lights while rolling down the road. As you said, kinda defeats the purpose!
Probably fixable if you are up to it, if too large a task a dealer is the option.
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Old 01-14-2016, 05:24 PM   #3
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My FR3 is wired the same way, I did think that is was funny to set it up like that. If you figure out how to do it let us know so we don't have to reinvent the wheel.


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Old 01-14-2016, 08:11 PM   #4
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Saw somewhere on this thread a while back that a few owners did some thing to correct this. I have the same issue with my fr3 also. 2015 model. I pulled my panel off an saw 4 wires attached to the switch, was scared to cut though. Maybe theres a owner that can chime in an help us out. Camping World here in Fl. wont help, they say it would be a warranty issue if something goes wrong down the line.
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Old 01-15-2016, 04:21 PM   #5
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Pull 4 wires off the switch and measure voltage if any......If +12v it is a feed line & tie voltage point........If other switch terminal has +12v that is feed side.........If yes now trace the 4 feed wires to determine what is controled thru switch
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Old 01-15-2016, 06:11 PM   #6
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On my to do list...hope I did this right...

Disconnecting the Angel Lights from the Awning Lights


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Old 01-16-2016, 03:00 PM   #7
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I think it must be a factory (defect) miswiring.
It wasn't a mis-wire; it was just a dumb decision by Forest River. But they got enough complaints that they fixed it in the 2016 models. There are now separate switches for the two sets of lights.
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I made a change. I put a toggle switch to the left of the Awning/Battery panel at the bottom of the pantry. Behind, I tapped the awning power feed for 12VDC. I traced the LED wires down the awning right mount, through the wall, and under the coach to find the hot wire going to the awning lights. With this wire in hand under the stairs, I cut the feed that comes from the dash, spliced in a wire that went through the bundle of wires under the pantry floor to the other side of the switch mentioned above.

Now the dash switch does the front halo LEDs and the new switch does just the awning. Glad to hear they woke up for 2016. The link above by Antone is an easier solution to install but a slightly longer reach to activate.
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Hi guys, I'm not sure what forest river was thinking when they wired the awning lights to the running lights (headlight LEDs and halo). It kind of makes it unusable for a patio light use. I don't know about you but I don't want to sit around wasting electricity and having people think I left my lights on. Has anyone considered or changed it to separate the two?

Also I'm not sure if this is correct on all FR3's but my toggles in the front panel do not eliminate when my headlights are on. This makes it impossible to see any of the switches while driving at night including the fog lights. Seems like a huge safety hazard. Has anyone else been frustrated with this?


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I rewired the LED's in the front to turn on with the headlights, and now the switch on the dash controls the awning lights only. It's much better this way!

Cut the connection that goes to the dash (It's the grey wire). Then hook the LED's up to the parking light circuit. The parking lights go on when you turn on the parking lights or headlights switch, so the LED's turn on the same way. Here are some pictures to illustrate.

Good luck, I hope this helps!


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Landshark1 Did u do that on a fr3 model? I have a 2015 25ft fr3 but I can not seem to locate any wiring like your pics. I like the idea.
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