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Old 09-22-2020, 04:31 AM   #1
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Blinking Running Lights when Boondocking

Just picked up my 2014 Flying Cloud 20FB. I overnighted at Jackson Center with it leaving it all hitched up and connected to the TV boondocking because I wanted to just take off without making much noise when I woke up. Noticed running lights blinking every 3 seconds or so. Not full brightness, just a couple of the LEDs in each light.

Anybody know what this indicates? Thx
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Old 09-22-2020, 05:04 AM   #2
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Your trailer A7 plug is either wet or dirty. Clean and see if this condition subsides.
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Old 09-22-2020, 05:04 AM   #3
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No first hand knowledge, but I have read on the forum that some of the newer model trucks send a pulse regularly through the electrical connection. Is your truck plugged-in to the 7-way? You should not leave it plugged in when parked for any length of time, although that is brand dependent.
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Old 09-22-2020, 05:05 AM   #4
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That you are trying to call attention to yourself and irritate the other campers? (Just kidding, there was a very lively thread on bright lights recently)
Does it only occur with the trailer plugged into the TV?
What is your TV?
I often pull the cord, and just the cord, to avoid unforeseen results, such as running down the TV battery. (I ALWAYS glance at the side marker light on the trailer to ensure I remembered to plug it back in before driving off!)
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:46 AM   #5
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Blinking Running Lights when Boondocking

Agree with glcmranger.
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:51 AM   #6
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Just picked up my 2014 Flying Cloud 20FB. I overnighted at Jackson Center with it leaving it all hitched up and connected to the TV boondocking because I wanted to just take off without making much noise when I woke up. Noticed running lights blinking every 3 seconds or so. Not full brightness, just a couple of the LEDs in each light.

Anybody know what this indicates? Thx
By any chance, are you towing with a late-model GM tow vehicle? This is a common feature of these vehicles related to the "trailer alarm" functionality. The truck sends a periodic pulse to check if the trailer plug is still connected. With incandescent bulbs, it's generally not enough "juice" to light anything up. Trailer with LED bulbs show a very quick flash.
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Yeah. As stated, don't leave the plug in. We did that one time, the trailer battery was weak, and it drew down the TV battery. Had to get a jump to start in the morning. You can leave the hitch, chains, breakaway in place, but pull the plug when parked overnight.
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sounds like a ground thing..........
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:02 AM   #9
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Your trailer A7 plug is either wet or dirty. Clean and see if this condition subsides.
Agree with this as a first step.

When we have to disconnect at night, we sometimes put a small 4" jumper wire onto the 7-way trailer plug to light up the clearance lights. Gives enough lights when I need both hands without holding a flashlight (I hate those ballcap lights). Good luck! Can't wait to find out your results.
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Old 09-23-2020, 07:42 AM   #10
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I agree with Larry & Jay. Security pulse from TV.
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Old 09-26-2020, 10:06 AM   #11
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And the answer is....

And the answer is (drum roll please)...

Goes away when disconnected from the TV, which is a 2014 MB GL350.

I kind of dig it though... being that obnoxious guy with the faintly blinking running lights. Everybody comes up to tell me my lights are blinking, and that starts the conversations! LOL

Thanks to all for weighing in.

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Old 09-26-2020, 10:07 AM   #12
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That you are trying to call attention to yourself and irritate the other campers? (Just kidding, there was a very lively thread on bright lights recently)
Does it only occur with the trailer plugged into the TV?
What is your TV?
I often pull the cord, and just the cord, to avoid unforeseen results, such as running down the TV battery. (I ALWAYS glance at the side marker light on the trailer to ensure I remembered to plug it back in before driving off!)
Yep... you were right GetawA-S, evidently I was calling attention to myself! LOL
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Old 09-30-2020, 11:19 AM   #13
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Sounds right

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By any chance, are you towing with a late-model GM tow vehicle? This is a common feature of these vehicles related to the "trailer alarm" functionality. The truck sends a periodic pulse to check if the trailer plug is still connected. With incandescent bulbs, it's generally not enough "juice" to light anything up. Trailer with LED bulbs show a very quick flash.
My DenaliHD is a ‘20 and I get the “security pulse” if I stay connected.
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My classic also pluses the center side lights along with the rear lights when connected to my Chevy 2500. I notice it when I parked in front of my house before leaving for a trip. I have had the neighbors who also have trailer comment with all thinking it was great. It is not real bright but catches your attention that the trailer is parked on the rode.
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Just picked up my 2014 Flying Cloud 20FB. I overnighted at Jackson Center with it leaving it all hitched up and connected to the TV boondocking because I wanted to just take off without making much noise when I woke up. Noticed running lights blinking every 3 seconds or so. Not full brightness, just a couple of the LEDs in each light.

Anybody know what this indicates? Thx
I had fast blinking tail lights on our 23 ft International when pulling it with a VW Touareg. The tail light and turn signals on the Airstream also did not function. The problem was that Airstream pulled by VW's, BMW, and Mercedes (German manufacturers) needed an plus adaptor for the trailer plug-to-tow vehicle. They are available at RV dealers for about $28 and that solved my problem.
I liked the Touareg however we upgraded to a Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.3 liter Hemi and that problem does not occur with this Jeep. Good luck.
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