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Old 12-16-2006, 02:05 AM   #1
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I'm planning on buying a OBD II scan tool to permanently mount in my W-22 Mountain Aire. If possible, I want to avoid drilling any holes. I've been looking at the Scan Gauge II at this web site: http://www.scanguage.com/ Does anyone have any experience with this unit? Any comments? I thought that Mike from Brazel's had a scan gauge available, but I'm unable to find it on their web site. I'd prefer to support an IRV2 sponser if possible. I'm not planning on this purchase until late winter, but I thought I'd start looking early.

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Old 12-16-2006, 02:05 AM   #2
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Good Morning All

I'm planning on buying a OBD II scan tool to permanently mount in my W-22 Mountain Aire. If possible, I want to avoid drilling any holes. I've been looking at the Scan Gauge II at this web site: http://www.scanguage.com/ Does anyone have any experience with this unit? Any comments? I thought that Mike from Brazel's had a scan gauge available, but I'm unable to find it on their web site. I'd prefer to support an IRV2 sponser if possible. I'm not planning on this purchase until late winter, but I thought I'd start looking early.

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Old 12-16-2006, 02:47 AM   #3
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First of all Jack let me say that you have great taste in make and model of RV. Great minds think alike!

Call Mike at Brazels and I am sure he will be able to fix you up with what you need.

As for a permanent mount... You can use some thin double face tape.
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Old 12-16-2006, 06:47 AM   #4
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Let me also add that you have great taste in make and model of motorhome! Rick
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Old 12-16-2006, 06:52 AM   #5
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Let me also add the fact of who built your coach lol

I used velcro on mine and put it on the top of the dash to the left.....
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Can I jump in here and say he has good taste also.
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Old 12-16-2006, 09:19 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the positive comments about our rig, likewise I have to compliment you all on your purchase decisions.

For those with a 2004 Mountain Aire my intent is to use double sided tape and stick the gauge on the upper edge just inside the storage cubby hole to the left of the steering wheel and run the cable through a hole I'll drill in the back and through the dash to the OB II plug.

Now back to my original question, has anyone used this particular gauge and how well do you like it?

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Old 12-16-2006, 09:33 AM   #8
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Jack if you go to find and type in scantool you will fine people that have it and you can PM them to get a faster answer. Plus you could PM Mike at Brazels also.
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Old 12-16-2006, 11:54 AM   #9
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Jack,
If you use a laptop for navigation you might look at the AutoTap reader ( http://www.autotap.com/ ). It's a little more money than the Scangauge but does a whole lot more. I've been using it for a year. I not only reads generic parameters but all the engine/tranny sensors with the enhanced version and can log them to a file for later analysis.
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Old 12-16-2006, 12:11 PM   #10
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I also use AutoTap with my laptop same time as GPS and Delorme map software while motorhoming. Use it to show more detailed virtual gages then dashboard can as well as for diagnostics. In my MH I hung a 15 inch LCD from console above drivers seat to view map/GPS as well as virtual dasboard. Very happy with this setup.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Jack Foster:
Thanks for all the positive comments about our rig, likewise I have to compliment you all on your purchase decisions.

For those with a 2004 Mountain Aire my intent is to use double sided tape and stick the gauge on the upper edge just inside the storage cubby hole to the left of the steering wheel and run the cable through a hole I'll drill in the back and through the dash to the OB II plug.

Now back to my original question, has anyone used this particular gauge and how well do you like it?

Thanks again

Jack </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Jack,

I use the ScanGuage and do like it. For a unit a little larger than an old fashioned pack of chewing gum it does quite a bit. On the dash of my F53 is fits nicely right below the odometer and is very handy. On plus is how easy it is to transfer between vehicles and that you don't always have to have the laptop available to use it. When I drop the rig off for service it is very simple to release the plug on the cable and then pocket the ScanGuage. On my Winnie the dash is hinged so I did not have to drill any holes to set things up. Just flipped up the dash, plugged it in, drapped the cable where I wanted it to go and then flipped the dash back down. After the initial setup there is no delay with the ScanGauge. It wakes up instantly when you turn on the ignition, has four real time guages that can be displayed at one time and you get to choose which ones they are with the option to change your mind on the selection any time you desire. My brother purchased one also and was quite impressed with the owner of the company. He answers the support calls and emails personally and is very accomodating.

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Old 12-16-2006, 01:41 PM   #12
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Old 12-17-2006, 05:56 AM   #13
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I got a Scangauge before we left CO to come down to AZ. I left it in gauge mode most of the time but also found the trip computer functions useful. The instantaneous MPG is quite usable, unlike the same function on the Actia instrument panel. The average MPG is also much closer to reality.
Once I set the engine and tank size info, the gallons used and distance to empty were quite accurate.
The other day the check engine light on my Honda came on and I used the Scangauge to see what the problem was.
Much easier than inserting a jumper in the ODB plug and reading out check engine light flashes to get the code like I used to have to do.
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Jack Foster,

We have the Scan Gauges available under our performance parts link.We sell them for $165 delivered to your door.
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