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  1. I did a search on FMCA and didn't find an article covering this so thought I could add an experience we just had over this past weekend that might help others who have a Ford F53 chassis. A remote lake west in Arizona has great boondocking around it. The seven miles of dirt road gets you to a really nice area that's not in a campground and has really great views. While driving there this past weekend, the moment we transitioned from pavement to dirt, my red "BRAKE" light on the dash came on. Brakes worked fine and figured it was something that could wait until we got to camp to take a look at. We stopped at a fork in the road to recon our camp spot with the dirt bike. When I got back to the RV, my wife who was going to follow me in to camp, flagged me down and said she couldn't shift out of PARK. After about an hour with a buddy helping, checking all fuses and even Googled the problem, we couldn't find anything online except for poor souls who had to have their RV's towed to a repair facility. We took apart the BRAKE SWITCH to see if we could bypass or jump it but no luck. Of all things, we checked the little Ford F53 manual and low and behold, there's a process showing how to temporarily bypass the switch. In our manual, the instructions were on page 58/59. Here is a snippet of the process. Attached is a pic of the switch itself which is located just under the pivot point on the brake pedal lever. This procedure really saved our bacon, we would have had a much different outcome for our New Years trip if we hadn't found this "get out of jail free card" that saved the day. Keep in mind that you won't have brake or turn signals until the switch is replaced. I've since ordered a new brake shift interlock switch to replace the bad one and an additional spare to keep onboard for the next time this happens. In my opinion, it's not a matter of "if" but "when" this will happen again. Hope this helps others who find themselves in a similar situation. Happy trails!
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