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Old 07-12-2016, 07:26 AM   #1
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What is everyone using to monitor your coaches vital signs?

Is Silverleaf the only monitoring system or are there better ones? Let's see your setups. I'm looking for ideas.
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Depends on what you want to monitor. I do not use an after market system. Just the gauges and the LBCU. I have the LBCU set to monitor trans temp, boost pressure, and trip mileage.
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What is everyone using to monitor your coaches viral signs?

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Is Silverleaf the only monitoring system or are there better ones? Let's see your setups. I'm looking for ideas.

Silverleaf is most likely the best known and monitors the most systems. The Scan Guage products are widely available as well. I believe Cummins has a proprietary product.

My OEM Aladdin system that was a Monaco product still works fine but when it goes "Tango Uniform" I will replace it with a Silverleaf.
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I use the Silverleaf VMSPC interface and software on an RCA 2 in 1 10" notebook with a removable keyboard. $100 at WalMart.Click image for larger version

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Scan Gauge D:ScanGaugeD - Advanced J1939 & J1708 compatible Vehicle Monitor for Diesel Pusher Vehicles : Linear Logic
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I have been using VMSpc for over 13 years on a 15" Laptop that sits on the dash.
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I am curious why you chose one brand over another. Size, ease of use, systems monitored? I have one on my list of things to get, too busy fixing things at the moment.

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Thank you for your replys. I want to mimic what Terry W said.
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What is everyone using to monitor your coaches viral signs?

I run a Dell 15" laptop on the dash with a split screen, one half Delorme the other VMSpc.Click image for larger version

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Nice DrDaveMA...I like it!
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Alright Lady's and Gentlemen....Silver Leaf had two refurbished VMSpc units on the shelf. I purchased one for $189. I figure it's worth messing around with at that price. I'll use my laptop for now with the option of buying a Windows tablet down the road.

With that said, any pointers or tips from those who have this system?
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I use the USB connection. I understand they now have Bluetooth, so I guess it is up to you. The data port in front of the passengers seat is convenient to route the USB cable up and out near the window do you can go over the dash. I grabbed power on the bus near the data port. I also placed a spare power supply for the laptop in the overhead cabinet (I used a plug on the inverter) and ran the cord down the window pillar, so all wiring is concealed as it enters from the back of the laptop. A side benefit is I can leave the laptop there when we are parked and have power to recharge it.

The installation is straight forward, the only glitch I have had was when I upgraded to Windows 10, I had to reinstall the drivers, Windows glitches, who would expect that😱. The Delorme is also an easy install, although you might be hard pressed to find a copy, they got bought by Garmin and I heard a couple of months ago they are not going to release any new versions, so you might consider another mapping program.
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Is there an advantage over using the usb port vs. the serial port on the laptop? I have both. It seemed like Art over at Silver Leaf was telling me to get an adapter that goes from usb to serial. I'm not sure why, I'll have to call him tomorrow and clarify.
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