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Old 09-09-2011, 08:16 PM   #1
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Additional Gauges / Instrumentation for a Classic?

Planning to add a couple of additional Instruments/Gauges for my Classic.

In the Instrument panel I have already:
Speedometer
Tachometer
Coolant Temperature
Oil Pressure
Fuel Level
Volt Meter
Rear Suspension Tank Air Pressure

I have a Zemco Fuel Computer, that will give me MPG, and distance to empty(If I dont run the Genset!)
I was thinking about adding the following:

Transmission Fluid Temperature Gauge
Fuel Pressure Gauge(0 to 15psi)
Engine Oil Temperature
Front Airbag Pressure(0 to 150psi)

Thoughts, Ideas?
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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Planning to add a couple of additional Instruments/Gauges for my Classic.

In the Instrument panel I have already:
Speedometer
Tachometer
Coolant Temperature
Oil Pressure
Fuel Level
Volt Meter
Rear Suspension Tank Air Pressure

I have a Zemco Fuel Computer, that will give me MPG, and distance to empty(If I dont run the Genset!)
I was thinking about adding the following:

Transmission Fluid Temperature Gauge
Fuel Pressure Gauge(0 to 15psi)
Engine Oil Temperature
Front Airbag Pressure(0 to 150psi)

Thoughts, Ideas?
A real first class upgrade for a motorhomr, or for that matter a tow vehicle, is to add a "air speed" indicator.

When used wisely, it has a great effect on improving fuel mileage.

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Old 09-09-2011, 08:41 PM   #3
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This was the most important gauge I added to our 95 454 Burb, well worth the investment.

Plus the Filter is easy to change at LOF time and the added fluid helps with cooling. You should have a trans cooler in the Radiator side tank(curbside), you can tap in the lines there, I mounted mine on the fan shroud, up high for easy access. The MH could be a lot different.

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Old 09-09-2011, 08:44 PM   #4
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Cabin pressure, tire pressure true airspeed...
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:24 PM   #5
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Planning to add a couple of additional Instruments/Gauges for my Classic.

In the Instrument panel I have already:
Speedometer
Tachometer
Coolant Temperature
Oil Pressure
Fuel Level
Volt Meter
Rear Suspension Tank Air Pressure

I have a Zemco Fuel Computer, that will give me MPG, and distance to empty(If I dont run the Genset!)
I was thinking about adding the following:

Transmission Fluid Temperature Gauge
Fuel Pressure Gauge(0 to 15psi)
Engine Oil Temperature
Front Airbag Pressure(0 to 150psi)

Thoughts, Ideas?
All my gauges are ISSPRO.com Your home for quality Gauges, Tachometers, Speedometers, and more! Might think about a bathroom temp gauge, though.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:32 PM   #6
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I would add a few more:
  • In-Law Annoyance Level (in db)
  • Rear gunsight camera (assuming you have a rear gun)
  • Alcohol Tank Gauges (one each for beer, wine, and spirits)
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:00 PM   #7
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Airspeed indicator....
Now THAT would be COOL!
Imagine being at a Rally, and someone asking "What is that thing mounted on the Roof?"
KeyAir replies... "Oh, that thing? Its the Pitot Tube for the Air Speed Indicator..."
Killer reply, Love it!

Like that remote filter Robert, and will look into that.

Being a Brit by birth, a beer gauge, and a Gin gauge is mandatory!

I only have Ex-Inlaws, and they will NOT be inside my Airstream...
Maybe under it, as they seem happy to throw you under the bus, so it would be fair.
For those that have one, I looked into another gauge...
Ex-Wife Annoyance Level Guage?

Seems, they could not make one, as there is no scale large enough...
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:21 PM   #8
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I am working with ISSPRO this winter to develop a gauge that should revolutionize traveling: It will be roof-mounted with a 360 view and have a remote belt-mounted gauge,too. My working name for it is "bsdetector". I expect we'll sell a ton of them.
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For those that have one, I looked into another gauge...
Ex-Wife Annoyance Level Guage?

Seems, they could not make one, as there is no scale large enough...
Sorry, but if that one is not at zero, you're doing something wrong. After all, that's sort of the point of them being "Ex."

If fairness, sometimes it takes some time for the reading to stabilize at zero.
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Old 09-10-2011, 06:16 AM   #10
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The remote trans filter/gauge was made by Tekonsha, it worked very well for 12yrs. Had no trans problems in 170k and I think it was an important part of that fact. I installed it so the hot fluid from the trans ran through the filter and temp sensor and into the factory cooler.

At every filter change you could pour out the fluid, ck with magnet for metal contamination, just a very handy way of keeping track of tranny condition.


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Old 09-10-2011, 05:14 PM   #11
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last year i installed what i believe are the most important gauges ever:
1. stink detector - calibrated to a skunk with jalopeno diareeah, it monitors black tank fumes and mega farts very efficiently. it has a 'mega stink' sensor that allows me to evacuate the grandkids after a mexican meal.
2. shower drain hair sensor - lets me know when the hair buildup is enough to mulch a fig tree. very effective.
3. defective mirror sensor - allows me to understand after 9 bloody marys why my head looks so big in my wife's makeup mirror. a latvian accented female voice simply says 'turn the damn thing around fool.' works very, very well.
4. turd mountain measurer - gives me accurate black tank mounding info so i'll know when to put in ice cubes.
5. monkey monitor - detects simians with one less chromosome less than a human being. i am proud to say that after all of these years in tennessee we have not had one single yard ape abscond with our pork rinds.
6. pee thermometer - pretty obvious. above 98.6 you need an aleeve. below 98.6 find a kidney heating pad.
7. 'the age of tires' myth detector - enough of this crap about tire age thing which is fostered by the tire industry to make you spend 2 grand every five years. inspect them for cracks...drive often...keep them inflated on your moho to at least 100 lbs. drive on. go forth. breed like minks on viagra. and prosper. more to come. i am just getting started.

p.s. - do you realize that less than .0000091% of the world's population owns an airstream. thas what im talking about.
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:53 PM   #12
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LOL!

Ok, so thinking about it, maybe a Air pressure gauge for the front and AND one for the actual bags?
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A real first class upgrade for a motorhomr, or for that matter a tow vehicle, is to add a "air speed" indicator.

When used wisely, it has a great effect on improving fuel mileage.

Andy
I agree with Andy, an airspeed indicator would be great! Buy why stop there? Garmin's got the G5000 flight deck (https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=153&pID=90821) that would give you everything you need... Airspeed, Real Ground Speed, 2 COMs, 2 NAVs, GPS, Realtime Weather, GPS, Autopilot, traffic proximity warning, Cylinder Head Temp, Exhaust Gas Temp, Fuel flow in pounds per hour...the works! Not to mention how cool it would look at night!

But seriously, I'd go first for the transmission temp gauge. Please post some pictures of your panel after you finish the install. Good Luck.

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gauges

A sensitive altimeter works great, too.

When your on a long trip out in the open highways, as a driver, we easily become bored.

Am I feeding more gas pedal than necessary??

That's a frequent question.

Are we slightly climbing, or is it our imagination?

That sensitive altimeter will tell you, very quickly.

Using it, as a guide, along with an airspeed indicator, properly used, saves a ton of fuel.

I know, first hand, when I used those instruments towing a 31 foot Airstream, around our entire country, what a difference.

Most of the time, I saved between 10 and 15 percent, on my fuel consumption.

At today's fuel prices, that adds up, very quickly.

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