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Old 06-12-2019, 11:31 AM   #1
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Install a Back Off

Has anyone installed a Signal Dynamics - or similiar brake Back Off Module on your Airstream Trailer .

This is so when the Tow vehicle brake lights are engaged the trailer brake lights Flash? It's pretty easy on a Harley or Gold Wing. And it is a good safety item.

Donít know how many times I have had to brake hard and I see in the rear camera the nose dive of some one up to close.

This would be for a 2019 Flying Cloud twin Ft Bedroom or close vintage. I could install on the Tow Vehicle but would rather tie in to the Trailer harness within the trailer.

I have not located the wiring harness yet inside the trailer. Thats because Iím lazy and would rather go to the forum for good advise before I go digging.

Appreciate any help.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:45 AM   #2
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Flashing brake lights

Laws vary from state to state pertaining to the flashing brake light modules. There are rules as to how many times it can flash before going solid, the duration of each flash, etc. Just like some states do not allow a headlight modulator on vehicles. Very distracting.

I would check with your state pertaining to the restrictions on these type of modifications before investing time and $$$.

This is coming from someone that is a lifelong motorcycle rider that has owned many different brands of bikes. Never found it necessary to have flashing brake lights or a headlight modulator. However, when I ride it is ATGATT.
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You would have to install this module after the brake wiring from the umbilical to your trailer brakes in the line that goes to the brake lights. Would take a bit of wire tracing to find the wire that feeds the brake lights.
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:56 PM   #4
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There is no substitute for very careful and proactive driving in crowded traffic. We were rear-ended a couple of years ago by a tailgater, and we have become very defensive drivers as a result. When approaching any slowdown of traffic ahead, or a traffic signal which might turn red, we slow down early and put on the emergency flashers. If someone tailgates we put on the brakes very gently and further lower our speed.

If you leave enough time and distance to slow everyone down, it works fine.

If not, you can often pull over and let the hot-head go by. Frustrating but better than the nightmare of damage, physical therapy, and insurance hassles caused by getting hit from behind.

No fun.

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PS -- Installation of a back-off device would promote driver complacency IMO, thinking that one had things covered. No thanks. The rhythmic blinking would also tend to mesmerize the drivers behind IMO.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:07 PM   #5
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Rear Ended

Good advise all. Appreciate it

I was not aware of the flashing light laws. I see third brake lights that now flash from the factory on some vehicles. I am putting one of those on my F-250 High brake light.

Iím just a little frustrated now. No Im really just MAD! Our brand new truck is out of commission till July. We were pulled off 75 in Ocala Florida for accidents and while stopped in traffic on the exit road we got rear ended. Took out the tailgate rear lens bumper and the Hitch may be bent.

Guy had insurance admitted fault, insurance company admitted his fault as well as trooper report but were sitting home no Airstream trip.

I guess tapping the lights would work just as well. I drive very conservative try to leave room and the few bad drivers still seem to surf in from of you or tailgate.

At least the trailer was home in storage it was not hurt.
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Old 06-13-2019, 03:33 AM   #6
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Good advise all. Appreciate it . . .
. . .
At least the trailer was home in storage it was not hurt.
Sounds familiar . . . glad you are OK.

Our van was totaled but it took months for the insurance to get straightened out, and to order a new van with the correct tow package.

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Perhaps a low tech solution, like this:


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Old 06-13-2019, 11:22 AM   #8
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Second the emergency flashers. Task is assigned to the navigator. If you have a tail gater, slow down.

Note, the folks you collect on your rear bumper are quite often just not looking at you until it's too late for them to stop. So that flasher system is only as good a solution as the attention span of the folks behind. Now if someone could invent a system that applied their brakes for them ....... soon too be mandatory. Pat
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Flashers

in Florida it is against the law to use your flashers unless you are stopped. Driving down the road with your flashers on will get you a ticket.
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In NYS on the hills along the Thruway the signs say "under 40mph" use flashers. I guess Florida has no hills where anyone goes under 40
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in Florida it is against the law to use your flashers unless you are stopped. Driving down the road with your flashers on will get you a ticket.

just last month we were on FL I-95 when it started raining, not a big deal, but almost every car turned on their emergency flashers...
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just last month we were on FL I-95 when it started raining, not a big deal, but almost every car turned on their emergency flashers...
...as they drove under the huge variable message signs that say

DRIVING IN RAIN
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WIPERS ON
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FLASHERS OFF

Drives me insane every time I see it. People are clueless.

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To Install a flasher in the TT stop light wire, look inside the front of TT where the umbilical cord joins the TT wiring harness. It is probably a plastic box about 4 X 6". Have someone press the press the brake pedal while you test for the hot lead. There will be two hot leads unless you pull the fuze on the 12 volt TV to TT feed. Or turn on the hazard lights and find it that way. The hazard lights flash the stop lights which is what your trying to do on the TT. I will agree that flashing lights indicate a hazard ahead, while a steady on stop light indicate a stop!
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:03 PM   #14
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Back off and Flashers

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Perhaps a low tech solution, like this:


Now thatís funny!

We moved from Skaneteles NY to Florida
and every time itís a zero visibility down pour I reach
For the flasher switch. Years of NY training. I was also
Told in Florida itís a ticket to blow your horn unless itís for
being stranded. Florida police could fund the entire state if they
enforced that one.

As posted I guess the best advice is to quick tap the brakes or hit
The flashers. Airstream could use a third high mount brake light
with a once per hit quick flash. Appreciate all the comments and advise.
Makes waiting for the Body shop appointment on June 24th go by faster.
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