To all who've replied,
Thanks for your ideas and thoughts. As stated of my previous experience, I've used Radio Shack diodes for over 20 years without any issues what so ever. And, appears some of you have done the same without problems too. I think both methods have there plus's and minus's. Both, in my opinion, are about equal in complexity and or, ease of installation.
In one way, you don't disturb the factory wiring but, you have to install additional sockets and bulbs. Then, unless you are not concerned about the close proximity of the two bulbs, operating in different functions at the same time, and, do nothing to alleviate the problem, than it can be a problem for a driver following your toad when you're turning and stopping at the same time if, you have auxiliary braking in the toad. Now, if you "cut off" the brake lights from the toads brake switch during towing, you're good to go. That way the only signal a following driver sees is the one from your auxiliary lights. Correct?
But, in setting up your toad lights with the "diode" style you don't have the two bulbs sending conflicting signals to following drivers. In the case of the CRV, there are separate turn signal and brake lights, in not only colors but, also they are separated by partitions in the housings. So, you can have two signals back there but, it presents a clear picture when both are active at the same time. Now, if I do it this way, all I've got to figure out is, how to make a "two filament" system activate a "thee filament" system so that it works correctly.
Scott and Karla SDFD RETIRED
2004 Itasca Horizon, 36GD Slate Blue 330 CAT
2011 White Honda CRV EX-L,4WD w/NAV Toad 2008 Caliente Red LVL II GL 1800 Goldwing KI60ND
I've seen that one before. I like it but, in the grand scheme of things, I'm not too sure, just how noticable it would be, given the fact that the average John Q Driver out there has a "concentration" on the standard lights that would be on the back of a toad and, might not see an "indication" of the drivers intent of a turn or whatever on that light bar on the roof. Now, this is just what I'm thinking here, certainly not down in concrete.
And, yes sir, it is a bit pricey. Thanks for the idea though. Always interested in learning new stuff.
I have wired them both ways but I pefer adding the two additional bulbs. Any time I tie into the toad's wiring system, I worry about damage being done to the toad's wiring system. I understand the odds of that are remote but I figure if it can be totally separate, there will be no chance. I will note that I went back to the diaodes this time. I was told the bulbs would not work for a fit so went with the diodes. Since I have learned that some have have had good luck with the bulbs.
Both systems are fairly simple and the directions I have received have been been clear. For me, the thing I had the most trouble with was running the wires neatly from the front to the back. But not really that bad.
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Sorry for taking so long to get back to all the replies. Just finished installing the base plate for our new CRV. A job, but not too bad. Anyway, has anyone who's done their own wiring ever used one of these:
I tried to "rename" the link so it would not be so long but, either the moderators changed the opereration of this system or, something's amiss with my computer because it would not work.
Anyway, if, I use this "2 wire to 3 wire" converter, I think I'll accomplish what I want to do and that is to be able to use the CRVs amber turn signals and, utilize the CRVs brake lights as well with no conficting signals. I'm pretty sure I'll still need diodes but, using the converter will allow the CRV to brake lights as well as turn signals. What do you think?
That's exactly what I was trying to set up. Instead of a mile long address link, I was going to follow the procedure for a link name change like you did. But, here's what I do, I get ready to respond to a question or, make a post or thread, then minimize that screen (this one) open a new Internet page, find the link I want to convey, go to the top of the page, right click on the address, hit "copy".
Then, come back to this page, left click on the little "link" icon above my graphics I'm typing. It appears with two sections. One, says apply the link or URL you want to convey (or words to that effect) and the second section is "Type what you want to change it to." But, in my case, I can't type anything in there. The screen is there, the letter blocks are there, I'm seeing what everyone else is seeing, and the cursor is blinking, but, when right click to bring down the choices, for which one is "paste", they don't appear. And, if I go to the second block, it won't let me type either. Hmmmmm.
My home page is MSN.Com and my browser is Internet Explorer 7. I've been able to do it before but now it seems to be keeping me from making any adjustments. It's certainly not the end of the world if I can't alter the name of a link but, since every one else can, I'd like to be able to do the same. I've got a PM to the moderator so, maybe it's something they enacted.
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