Checking to make sure your brake lights are working before departing on a trip has been problematic for years. Without a partner to stand behind your RV or trailer and tell you if they’re operating meant you had to jam something between the vehicle’s floorboard and brake pedal, then run to the back of your RV to take a look.
Others checked their brake lights operation by looking for their reflection in a window, chrome bumper, or other reflective surface located behind their RV. However, with the advent of remote vehicle entry via a key fob, checking your RV’s brake lights these days is as easy as pushing a button.
Now it is just a matter of hooking up your tow vehicle to the RV, walking to the back of the RV, and depressing the lock button on your key fob. If the brake lights on your RV are operating correctly, they should flash along with the lights on your tow vehicle. If not, you need to check the connection at the vehicle or the bulb in the RV.
On both American and foreign-built vehicles, using a key fob can help you confirm the connection between the vehicle and RV, along with the bulb function and its connection with the socket.
If you don’t already own a key fob, we highly recommend the V4 From RV Lock, which you can find on Amazon here.
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.