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Hi all! My name is Stephanie, I am Dan Schrader’s daughter. My dad has been getting the bus ready for a trip in October and yesterday while on the way to install a new braking system, I noticed the brake lights are not coming on. The person that installed the braking system said it could be a brake switch. He didn’t think it was a fuse or wiring but didn’t feel comfortable messing with it since he didn’t know much about the bus. My dad and husband are currently buying new bulbs as a first step. Any thoughts of what else could be the problem? Any advise would be great! Thanks!

Ps..my dad hooked up the Jeep to the Rv to check the new braking system and when the rv brakes are pressed, the brake lights come on the Jeep, just not the rv.
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First of all,let me say this is great news!
We miss your dad,hes a good friend of ours.
Onto the bus,first thing i would do is unhook the pigtail to the toad car/jeep?
See if the problem is the toads wiring or the pigtail.
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Thank you! He is getting there. This is actually something we noticed before the braking system was put on. The person that installed the braking system thought maybe it could be the brake switch. We aren’t sure where that is located to check.
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Start with the brake light bulbs and grounds.

Glad to hear Dan is getting there. We all would love to see him.
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Dans coach is a BMC 37,Spartan chassis,if any of you guys can help locate the brake light switch.
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Thank you! He is getting there. This is actually something we noticed before the braking system was put on. The person that installed the braking system thought maybe it could be the brake switch. We aren’t sure where that is located to check.
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Start with the brake light bulbs and grounds.

Glad to hear Dan is getting there. We all would love to see him.
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Dans coach is a BMC 37,Spartan chassis,if any of you guys can help locate the brake light switch.
I don't know a lot about BMC wiring but based on how the brake lights on my coach work, I suspect the toad brake lights and the coach brake lights both get their power from the same pair of brake pressure switches... so my "guess" is that if the toad brake lights are working, it's not a brake switch problem.

Like Rick said, I would check the bulbs and the ground - I would also check the sockets for corrosion.
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He just replaced the bulbs and still is not working. Also just now noticed the turn signal lights are not working either. They were working yesterday. I think we will probably try taking it somewhere next week.
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He just replaced the bulbs and still is not working. Also just now noticed the turn signal lights are not working either. They were working yesterday. I think we will probably try taking it somewhere next week.
That sounds more like a bad ground for the coach rear light fixtures.
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Hi Stephanie, I am also glad to hear Dan is doing bus stuff. I have a 95 BMC. It has a finicky tail light setup, lots of brass and connections if I remember correctly. They , sockets and connections, need cleaned often. Not sure if 94 is like that or not. I haven’t looked for my brake light switch either, but I will if it would help. Let me know. Good luck
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Ok, here is a picture of mine, generator out looking up next to steering box frame. Appears to be 2 switches, don’t know anything about them. Redundant?
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