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Old 06-12-2006, 11:32 PM   #15
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I have the same MH and mine go on with exterior compartment lights switch..took me a while to locate how these worked..good luck
thanks Monicaz,
I am out of town for the remainder of the week. So next Saturday I will start checking bulbs, fuses, and get out my test wire. thanks again

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Old 06-13-2006, 09:27 AM   #16
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You are correct Cooper, My ICC switch does not do a thing.

Lets have coffee again soon, Pat370
When I drove semi's, to signal with your lights was illegal. Could it be that Airstream was advised of this and no longer connected the ICC Blink?

Coffee sounds good. first rainy day, okay?
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Old 06-13-2006, 06:15 PM   #17
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When I drove semi's, to signal with your lights was illegal. Could it be that Airstream was advised of this and no longer connected the ICC Blink?

Coffee sounds good. first rainy day, okay?
My '89 ICC switch does blink the lights. Of course, that doesn't prove Airstream paid any attention to any advice about the official ICC. I've always signaled when folks are around me, especially semi's, and double blinked when someone let me in a lane. Most truckers do the same for me.

Coffee's not my thing, but a nice warm cup of tea sounds good . Can I join the rainy day bunch?
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Old 06-13-2006, 08:51 PM   #18
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My '89 ICC switch does blink the lights. Of course, that doesn't prove Airstream paid any attention to any advice about the official ICC. I've always signaled when folks are around me, especially semi's, and double blinked when someone let me in a lane. Most truckers do the same for me.

Coffee's not my thing, but a nice warm cup of tea sounds good . Can I join the rainy day bunch?
OK, I just went out and actually checked the operation of the ICC switch instead of relying on my memory . It blinks only the upper clearance lights when the engine is on and the lights are on (dash light switch). It does not blink the headlights . It does not work in any other situation, i.e. with lights off, engine off, key on - but engine not running. ONLY when engine is running and lights outside headlights are on. My wife will testify to this, although she wasn't too happy about standing out in the dark while I tried all the switches . By the way, my docking lights switch is the last one to the right on the dash in the line of switches.

Sorry for the misleading info .

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Old 06-26-2006, 12:21 AM   #19
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Docking lights are alive! After checking bulbs, fuses, wires the dash just screamed at me to be taken apart to get to the switch. My wife said "don't you dare" so I did. With test light found the switch was the problem. I pulled it out and cleaned the terminals and plugged it back in outside the dash and it worked. So I put it all back together and I now have light in all compartments and docking lights on the curbside light up the night.
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Old 06-26-2006, 08:37 AM   #20
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Pat,
Nice job. Electrical issues seem to take on a life of their own on these old coaches. Nice to hear about one that did not require the removal of the nose sheet metal and new coach to frame mounts

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When I drove semi's, to signal with your lights was illegal
I read about this before. Something about liability? Seems like it's still a common practice. I certainly wait until I know I'm clear to pull in front of another large vehicle, but feel like a blink of the lights is a nice way to say "thank you".

I've also found that using your ICC lights in a line of trucks seem to keep driver happier about a motorhome anywhere near them (based on the CB chatter).

What's that saying about truckers spending 40 years cursing out motorhomes and then buying one as soon as they retire?
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Old 06-26-2006, 10:24 AM   #21
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We have just been into the dash reparing our clearance/ icc lights. we had to buy a new light switch as the clearance lights wouldn't burn. our icc switch will work when the parking or headlights are on. It is not necessary to have key on or motor running. Lights should be connected direct to a hot wire not thru a keyed power. Icc light switch is a kill switch in line to clearance lights on our unit . The icc switch is a spring loaded switch that is connected in line to the clearance lights only. when you mash the icc switch it breaks the power to the clearance lights and they stay off until you release the switch and the spring returns power. The older semi's had the same type switch. The newer semi's don't have an icc switch.

My husband was a trucker for over 40 years. owned and maintained by him so he is very knowledgeable about the operation of lighting systems.

Blinking lights may be illegal, but it is a common courtesy of the road to signal room to pull back in or to say thanks to another driver for letting you know that it the way is safe to go ahead.

when we got our first rv Roy wouldn't even talk about a motorhome so we got a trailer. After 9 years of pulling a trailer and setting it up he finally decided that a MH would be nice after all. We bought our 83 300 turbo deisel in may 05 and love it.

We are getting it ready to go on a trip to Ark and Okla in July. Most old truckers have what is known as white line fever. Just follow that white line where ever it goes. A new place to sleep every night. If money would hold up we would probably full time and be very happy.

White line fever and alluminitis are very expensive problems. Where else can you find a sickness that is so enjoyable? 40+ years trucking and 10+ years seeing the good old USA. nothing better.

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Old 06-26-2006, 10:25 AM   #22
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Pat,
Nice job. Electrical issues seem to take on a life of their own on these old coaches. Nice to hear about one that did not require the removal of the nose sheet metal and new coach to frame mounts



I read about this before. Something about liability? Seems like it's still a common practice. I certainly wait until I know I'm clear to pull in front of another large vehicle, but feel like a blink of the lights is a nice way to say "thank you".

I've also found that using your ICC lights in a line of trucks seem to keep driver happier about a motorhome anywhere near them (based on the CB chatter).

First to Pat,

Congratulations on your persistence. I can't imagine why Airstream didn't make a separate switch for your docking lights as they did on mine, but that's not all I don't understand about these units . Anyway, I think you'll find the docking lights to be very useful. Just too bad you have to turn on all your compartment lights at the same time. Want to start another project and put a separate switch just for the docking lights ? In fact, why didn't they put separate switches on all the compartment lights (at the compartments) so you could use only the one(s) you need ?

Now to swebster,

I do courtesy ICC blinks, and have been for over 30 years. I seldom have semis who don't use theirs as well. I have no idea if it's illegal, but I really can't imagine why - if it's true. Anyway, I fully agree that the blinking (both from me and the semis) certainly seems to be met with appreciation.

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Old 06-26-2006, 10:33 AM   #23
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We have just been into the dash reparing our clearance/ icc lights. we had to buy a new light switch as the clearance lights wouldn't burn. our icc switch will work when the parking or headlights are on. It is not necessary to have key on or motor running. Lights should be connected direct to a hot wire not thru a keyed power. Icc light switch is a kill switch in line to clearance lights on our unit . The icc switch is a spring loaded switch that is connected in line to the clearance lights only. when you mash the icc switch it breaks the power to the clearance lights and they stay off until you release the switch and the spring returns power. The older semi's had the same type switch. The newer semi's don't have an icc switch.

My husband was a trucker for over 40 years. owned and maintained by him so he is very knowledgeable about the operation of lighting systems.

Blinking lights may be illegal, but it is a common courtesy of the road to signal room to pull back in or to say thanks to another driver for letting you know that it the way is safe to go ahead.



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Kay and Roy,

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this. My ICC switch works just like yours, with the exception that I have to have the engine running. Not a problem, but most likely something a previous owner did while working on something . When I first tested it to see if I could help flash I was very surprised the engine actually had to be running. Very strange, but that's not at all unusual with my unit, as I can also tell is true for everyone else who owns one of these units .
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Kay and Roy - I'm with Tim, great story, thanks for sharing it
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