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Old 06-11-2006, 03:26 PM   #1
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1986 345MH Exterior lights

After a 2 year search I recently purchased a 1986 345. With 60K miles it appears to be a very nice coach in excellent condition. Powered by a 454/TH400. Over the past few weeks we have been getting acquainted. I spent a good portion of my morning trying to figure out what turns on the two exterior coach lights on the curb side. The lights are at the bottom of the skin fore and aft of the door. I read both manuals I got with the coach and there is no mention of these lights. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 06-11-2006, 06:19 PM   #2
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best of luck with your 'new to you' rig. As for those lights, I am of no help as my 280 has upper spot light and door overhead lights only. These are controlled by inside rocker switches.
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Old 06-11-2006, 06:27 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums Flash, I'm in the same spot as Alan who answered above. However one thing to check if you're flipping switches and see nothing happening is to look for a switch that may say courtesy lights.
Lots of folks, me included, will pull the breaker for the overhead outdoor lights that have a door activated switch. If you leave the door open with the lights on it's a drain on the battery in daylight...
Good luck and please post what you find so others can benefit from your experience...
We'd also love to see photos of the rig, so post them when you get a chance too.
We're in the dark as to what part of the country you're in ??
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Old 06-11-2006, 07:58 PM   #4
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Patrick,

Look on your dash and you should find a switch in the line with all the others that says "Docking Lights". That should turn them on. They're designed to help you pull in and park on the door side at night. They should work even without the ignition key. My 1989 370 has the same lights.

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Welcome Patrick and best of luck with your new 345. Like Alan and Glen mine does not have the fancy touches which Tim enjoys. Landing lights on the curb side- I thought we just backed up until we heard a crunch.
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Old 06-11-2006, 11:00 PM   #6
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Flash,
Tim is right on the money. "Docking Lights" switch on the dash. I have the same year/model motorhome and they come in handy when pulling up at night. They are also useful for general lighting (along with the floodlight) when you need to setup or takedown camp in the dark.
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Old 06-11-2006, 11:46 PM   #7
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Thank you all for the replies. I just ran out to coach to see how I had missed the "Docking Lights" switch and it is not on the dash. Here is the inventory of dash switches (left to right) ICC BLINK, Driving Lights, Aux Heater, Aisle lights, Exterior Compartments, Deadbolt lock, Map light. Second row contains Headlight, Ignition, Wiper Mirror driver, Mirror def, Mirror Pass, Generator start/stop. I though originally that the Exterior compartment light would be the right switch but found this only controls small lights in the storage compartments.
I will post pictures in the next week. I live in Lewiston Idaho.
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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
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Your docking lights should come on with the compartment lights (they do on mine as well). Perhaps your lights are burnt out.

I think tey are a standard light found at a marine store.
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Yep, exterior compartment lights. Can anyone tell me what the (ICC Blink) is???
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.... Can anyone tell me what the (ICC Blink) is???
Interstate Commerce Commission required marker lights - sides,front, and rear.

Easy switch to blink these lights on and off to communicate with other vehicles without hitting the main or brake lights (at night) -

Single flash means "you are clear" followed by a double flash of "thank you"

Daylight communication option was a flash of the headlights and a double blink of the brakes.
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Yep, I'm an old trucker from before CB's so I knew that. But I guess My ICC blink doesn't work anymore. It doesn't blink the lights. Thought maybe it was for something else.
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You are correct Cooper, My ICC switch does not do a thing.

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Perhaps you should call them "ICC Blank" instead?
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