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Old 08-05-2011, 09:09 AM   #1
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Infrared thermometer

Anyone use an infrared thermometer to check for low tires or brake caliper sticking and over heating. Look like it might be a good idea for a quick check. I'm sure there would be other things you could check as well.
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I think its quite common. We have one and use it at every stop, pretty much.
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Yep! It is a cheap one from HF but it does the job, I just look for differance between wheels on coach and toad.
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I've found one slow leak in a tire and a broken spring on the trailer brakes by keeping an eye on tire and hub temperatures.
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I think its quite common. We have one and use it at every stop, pretty much.
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:28 AM   #6
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I use them for checking hot and cold areas to insulate in my TC. I used to check my wheel bearing caps on a small pop up very time I stopped. Just felt them though. almost lost a tire one time due to bad china bearings.




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Thank you for your input. Some say they are not accurate but what I found out is the accuracy for most of them is at one foot or less, however using it to check tires or axles from a distance will indicate if one is at a much higher tempature and that is really all you want. A warning something is wrong.
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They are generally accurate to within a couple of degrees which is more than adequate for tire and wheel checks. You can get ones that are more accurate, but be ready to pony up a lot more bucks. Also, you want to keep the sensor within about 1 foot of the surface to get a more accurate measurement.

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I have used one since 2004. Haven't had a problem with low tires or bad brake calipers. So I guess it is working well.

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Have used one for years to check RV tires/bearing/brake temps. Also can check radiator/hose temps and tramission pan/line temps. And the A/C. Works also for checking BBQ grill temps and a lot more. Wouldn't be without one.
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