Itís been awhile since my last post. Life issues took priority.
My next project is the install of my SilverLeaf engine monitoring system. This project was completed in March 2017.
A couple of notes. I decided to do this with a cobbled-together PC mount I fabricated from some aluminum I picked up at one of the big box stores. I looked at buying something from Ram Mount but decided I needed a distraction to keep my mind occupied so I made a mount.
The PC I used is a NuVision Windows 10 tablet
. I found it on clearance at Office Depot for only $100. Not too shabby.
The photos that follow outline how I approached this project. Keep in mind Iím not a machinist so the work could have been done in a more professional manner but the price was right (maybe $6) and it doesnít look too bad. Perhaps in the future Iíll redo it.
Here we go:
This first phots shows my standard gauge layout
My thought was I could create a frame that would float above the existing gauges. The size of the tablet will cover the gauges but still let me see the air pressure gauges.
First step was to cut the frame members. On the top is the U-channel I used for the top and bottom of the frame. I guess the light bulb was to show I had an idea? LOL!
Here I was drilling the holes in the end of the frame members that hold the top and bottom.
This photo is just a closeup of the photo above. I also rounded over the sharp edges.
The 2 side members are just about roughed out.
In the photo below I was test fitting the 2 side pieces to see if I got somewhat close to the existing screws on the OEM dash gauge cover.
This photo I was trying to show the 2 side members and the top and bottom U-channel that will hold the tablet.
Slightly different view of the U-channel. Itís Ĺ inch.
Here I show the holder with the sides and the bottom U-channel.
Perhaps this photo does a better job in showing where Iím going.
Now that I have the sides and bottom roughed in, letís work on the top U-channel.
I opted to screw the frame together. Here Iím tapping out one of the connections.
I used some very small screws that I cut so they would just barely protrude into the u-channel. I filed the screws off so they were flush with the inside of the u-channel.
Hereís the screw with a bit of locktite on it.
The frame is roughed out.
Just a photo showing the u-channel
Letís see what the roughed out frame looks like on the instrument gauges.
I wanted the tablet frame to float above the OEM gauges. I did this by using a nylon bushing to raise it from the surface as you see here.
Here it is on the instrument gauge. I still need to clean it up. Youíll notice the left side is a bit wider than the right side. I did this so it would be easier to slide the tablet into the holder.
In this photo, I have the tablet in the frame so you can see how it fits.
I also wanted to add a way to capture the tablet in the frame. I was concerned it would vibrate out during travel. So, I added a small nylon threaded thumbscrew on the top of the frameís u-channel.
Rear view of the frame.
Just a photo of the top u-channel and the yet to be installed thumbscrew.
This photo shows it cleaned up and installed. The bottom u-channel is shorter than the top because the ports to connect the usb connector are located there.
Here is a shot with the tablet in the new holder. As you see, the 2 air pressure gauges are very visible.
Side view of the tablet.
Top view of the tablet in the frame. Note the nylon thumbscrew on the top.
Time to connect the SilverLeaf interface box to the coach engine link. In my case, it was located at the bottom of the steering wheel column as you see here. Itís the round connector.
I just happened to have a flat surface on the steering column just above the engine link that worked our perfect to mount the interface box.
This final photo shows the tablet in the holder, connected to the coach, and showing the SilverLeaf monitoring parameters.
Iíve used this about 7 months since I first installed it. Iíve adjusted the SilverLeaf screen layout several times to focus on the parameters most important to me.
I find it very useful having a better idea of how the coach is operating.