Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-17-2015, 08:10 PM   #1
Past Prez.NEU/Membership
 
AirHog's Avatar
 
2005 34' Classic
2015 Interstate Ext. Coach
N Smithfield , Rhode Island
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 846
Images: 21
2014.5 Interstate. Blinking lights

We are confused. Just hooked up our motorcycle trailer to the Interstate. Except for running lights (head light, or side light)- all the trailer lights is functioning properly. Turn signal, hazard, brake, reverse lights goes on and off as intended. However, no running lights, but every 5 seconds all the lights blinks. The trailer lights are fine as we tested them on another vehicle. Sprayed the electrical cleaners on the wiring harness and the light receiver. Nothing. The running lights on the trailer, however it blinks every 5 second. The wife says the trailer will look like a Christmas tree while driving in the dark. I hope this is not normal.

Help.
__________________

__________________
T & Gail
2015 Airstream Interstate Ext
2005 34'Classic- Mercury (Goddess of Travel)
2004 Yukon Denali
, 2016 GMC 2500 Denali-Duramax Diesel
WBCCI #2905-NEU

AirHog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 10:14 PM   #2
Past Prez.NEU/Membership
 
AirHog's Avatar
 
2005 34' Classic
2015 Interstate Ext. Coach
N Smithfield , Rhode Island
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 846
Images: 21
Looking for help
__________________

__________________
T & Gail
2015 Airstream Interstate Ext
2005 34'Classic- Mercury (Goddess of Travel)
2004 Yukon Denali
, 2016 GMC 2500 Denali-Duramax Diesel
WBCCI #2905-NEU

AirHog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 10:36 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Ron_CA's Avatar
 
2015 Interstate Ext. Coach
San Diego , California
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 665
Did you look in the manual under trailering?

I was thinking maybe turning off the traction control?
__________________
Ron_CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2015, 03:26 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Boxster1971's Avatar

 
2013 Interstate Coach
Fulton , Maryland
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 2,265
If those lights are LED that is your problem. The Sprinter trailer light circuits don't work well with LED lights.


- - Mike
2013 Interstate Lounge EXT on 2012 Sprinter
__________________
- - Mike
--------------------------
2013 Airstream Interstate Lounge EXT
Boxster1971 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2015, 11:21 AM   #5
1 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Nemo , South Dakota
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Boxster1971 View Post
If those lights are LED that is your problem. The Sprinter trailer light circuits don't work well with LED lights.


- - Mike
2013 Interstate Lounge EXT on 2012 Sprinter
I tow a number of trailers with my 2013 Sprinter 3500, all of which are equipped with a full compliment of LED lights. When I first started setting up my van, I ran across a number of comments in various Sprinter forums about compatibility with trailer LEDs. Near as I can determine, Mercedes must have addressed the problem beginning with the 2013 MY vans because I've never had a problem with any of my trailers.
__________________
clarklaflare is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2015, 12:48 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
Boxster1971's Avatar

 
2013 Interstate Coach
Fulton , Maryland
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 2,265
The LED lights on my rear carrier worked, but they did a few weird things. With the Sprinter turned off they stayed very dimly lit. While driving activating the brakes caused the stoplights on the carrier to flash. They also flashed with each turn signal. So the were OK, just unusual.


- - Mike
2013 Interstate Lounge EXT on 2012 Sprinter
__________________
- - Mike
--------------------------
2013 Airstream Interstate Lounge EXT
Boxster1971 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 02:56 PM   #7
Newbie
 
joemikeb's Avatar
 
2013 Interstate Coach
Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 289
When I was shopping for tow dollies I was told by several manufacturers the light circuits on the 2013 and earlier Sprinter models always have a small current "bleed" through them. Apparently this was a common practice in other German made vehicles such as BMW and VW as well. I suspect it was/is used to identify when an exterior bulb has burned out. The current bleed is not enough to make incandescent bulbs glow, but LEDs will ó dimly. When Mercedes switched to LED vehicle lighting in 2014(?) they changed the system to eliminate the current bleed.

One manufacturer of tow dollies recommended adding a resistor to the trailer light circuit to reduce the bleed current to a level insufficient to trigger the LED lights, but all the others who responded to my queries either offered to install incandescent lighting at the factory or told me I could change them out myself. I ended up buying a tow dolly with incandescent lights.
__________________

__________________
Make errors ó otherwise the Great Spirit realizes
you have finished your purpose on earth.

ó Navajo saying
joemikeb is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2014 Flying Cloud 20'FB Questions About Running Lights "Blinking" FCloud9 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 9 06-21-2014 10:18 PM
New 2014 Sport 16' - why are the running lights blinking when parked? OurJuneBug Airstream Trailer Forums 2 05-27-2014 02:48 PM
Blinking lights!!!!! StingrayL82 Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 6 06-15-2006 06:29 AM
Blinking lights 53flyingcloud On The Road... 0 10-26-2003 10:57 PM
Blinking Galley Lights ViewRVs Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 7 06-23-2002 09:42 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.