Brake lights

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  1. Natureangel

    Natureangel Everythings better outdoors...

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    Does anyone know if brake lights are on the same circuit as the emergency blinkers? I ask because the times I am taking off alone. I can't check the brake lights but I am able to check the blinkers. Any connection there? If not what can I do? Please and Thank you!
     
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    Snow Well-Known Member

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    If the lights are the single bulb dual filement .. yes, they should. .
     
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    I take a stick (I carry a ash fire bat/tire thumper )and prop it between the brake pedal and seat to check mine . The flasher is a turn function as they are 4 way flasher meaning up front too the front don't light up when Applying your brakes .
     
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    I keep a 2x4 that I cut for that purpose in the camper to check them. I got tired of looking for something the right length.
     
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    I like the 2X4 idea haha... I have been just pushing the Emergency flasher switch but often wondered the same question is this really checking my brakes lights when using the BRAKE PEDAL. Thanks for the tip...

    Roy Ken
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    On the trailer it usually the same bulbs.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I use the door of my shop, I can see the reflection on the door through the mirrors if the lights are working.
     
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    Most flashers and brake lights work together but some do not. The obvious solution is to determine once if they work together...if so, you don't need to check both every time....unless you suspect that someone is changing the trailer wiring when you aren't looking.
     
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    Easy enough to do a "filament check" every time before pulling out. Once hitched, plugged and chained up turn on the headlights or parking lights and hit the 4way flashers. Get out and walk around the trailer -- everything should be lit and/or flashing. Bad bulbs and poor connections become evident quickly.
     
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    joet Well-Known Member

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    The brake light circuit on most vehicles goes through the turn signal switch.
    So if the turn signals work and the brake light switch works, you will have brake lights.
    I just turn on the emergency lights and walk around to check lights.
     
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    In a 7-pin setup (and 4-pin too), the bulb filament for brakes is the same as turn signals is the same as hazards. All you need to check is if the light illuminates. So, putting on the hazards DOES check the brake light on the trailer. If it lights up with hazards, it will light up with brakes and with turn signals. If it DOESN'T, it's a problem on the TV, not the harness or trailer or bulbs.
     
  12. jumpoff

    jumpoff I'm in a camping state of mind

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    Camping alone.. I might have to try that soon.
     
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    I do the exact same thing every time I hitch up.
     
  14. Natureangel

    Natureangel Everythings better outdoors...

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    Thanks to the info, this place rocks.
     
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    I use the wife with a radio.
     
  16. Natureangel

    Natureangel Everythings better outdoors...

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    Awww I don’t have one! And the hubs rarely goes with.
     
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