Welcome to SilverLeaf Electronics

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Looking to get better fuel economy? Get up the hill a bit faster? Avoid breakdowns? Or just understand how your diesel engine really wants to be treated? Then you are in the right place. A Vehicle Monitoring System (VMS) can do just that.

We build the best diesel engine instrumentation in the world. And you can use our monitors to accomplish all of the above - and a lot more. Once you've experienced driving with SilverLeaf, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

Our "Glass Dash" is a full-on and wondrous dash-cluster replacement which can pull double-duty in house monitoring and control. With built-in video processing, it can manage up to 4 cameras 'right out of the box.'

An Entry-level system lets the owner build their own Vehicle Monitor using their own Windows-based PC, hence "VMSpc". Older or new coach, PC-tablet or old-dog of a laptop--no two setups are the same--A great system for the 'Do It Yourselfer.'

As with all of our equipment, knowledge is put in your hands. And with knowledge, comes horsepower.

VMSpc 4.0.9 Release: Now with Round Gauges and a TST Interface

VMSpc Demo

If you've been waiting for a little better analogue display on your VMSpc, well, Round Gauges are finally here! As you can see in the demo, these Round (or "Radial") Gauges allow for a little more customization in the color and positioning. Of course, the original Simple Gauges are still around too, which you probably used in previous versions. So now the VMSpc offers more layout options than ever before, whether you want to replace all your Simple Gauges with the new Round ones, stick to the old style, or mix up your display with a combination of both!

The other major change in this version is the integration with TST — a TPMS that provides detailed information on up to 20 tires, including real-time reports on pressure, temperature, leak status, and more. The VMSpc interface makes using the TST simple, giving you easy access to the knowledge you need on the road.

As always, this new version can be found on the downloads page, and additional information about TST, bug fixes, and other updates is listed in the VMSpc Forum.

Here's a Great Example of One Man's VMSpc

Here's an excellent example of how one man, Scott Hicks, has set up VMSpc to work alongside DeLorme on a 2003 Tradewinds.
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Scott's using a Jotto Desk to hold the laptop in place.

You may post your questions on our VMSpc Forum or e-mail us here.

Aftermarket Glass Dash Installations!

If you have ever wanted the best of the best in dash instrumentation with onboard diagnostic capability for your motorcoach, look no further than our Glass Dash. In 2010 we saw a very large upswing of aftermarket installations of this fantastic system by owners looking to update, or to replace old Windows-based systems that came stock in their coaches.

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The VMS Glass Dash has been manufactured and installed since 2003 by many leading coach manufacturers as well as custom aftermarket. There is no match for the Glass Dash's proven reliablity and ease of operation. Click Here to take a look at our Gallery Of Fine Dash Installations.

Running VMSpc on a Surface Pro

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The folks at Motorhead Garage did a segment on our VMSpc product recently - you may have seen it on the Velocity Network. For that video we installed VMSpc on a Surface Pro. I thought the results were excellent, and I ended up making the Surface my personal machine.

Installation was easy using the newly Signed Drivers.

I found a lot to like with the Surface Pro. The screen was sharp and bright - especially if you keep it plugged in so it doesn't try to save power. The form factor is different than the other pads - it's taller or longer, depending on how you look at it. I made some custom screens, but I found that it was easier to do this using the touchpad than by trying to use the touchscreen, even with the stylus. There is also a little glitch in Win8 where if you turn the unit so the screen switches portrait/landscape mode, and then back again, it doesn't restore the window to the full screen size. But I expect that Microsoft will fix that glitch.

Overall, I really like the Surface Pro. I own an iPad and two different Android pads, and the Surface is easily superior to them all. The only advantage the iPad has is battery life, but the Surface is faster and runs all the software I need to run. I also prefer the Surface form factor. What really surprises me - I generally dislike Microsoft products and I heard a lot of Win8-bashing before I bought this machine - is that I find it easier to use than the iPad.

I still make a lot of use of my Netbook - mainly because it has the best keyboard. I also use an Android pad a bit, since it has by far the best battery life. I occasionally bring along my full-sized laptop, but only if I know I am going to need it for some serious work. But the Surface Pro is now my main road machine, and I have hardly touched the iPad in a month.

Connect It with Wifi!

Total Control from Your Phone or Tablet!

Put your control panel in your pocket! If you have a SilverLeaf RV-C coach system you can now add our TM-550 WiFi Module and connect your Android phone or tablet. You now have a wireless connection to your coach that you can use on the sofa, from the driver seat, or even take outside. You can both monitor and control - so you can start your generator or turn off your water pump from anywhere within range.

We use a WiFi transmitter to reach distances of over a hundred feet. Installation is easy - Plug into an unused bus-tap port or tee into the existing Silverleaf connectors. Download the software to the phone or tablet, and then pair the device.

The TM-550 WiFi Module is $250.00 and works with Android and iOS devices.

These are real screen shots from a Motorola Atrix phone. You can download and preview the application from either the Android Play store or Apple's iTunes site.

Truckers Welcome!

This company was founded by RVers, and we design all our products with RVs in the forefront of our thinking. Sometimes we forget that other folks might be interested in getting a little better fuel economy.

This was pointed out to me rather forcefully this morning when we got a call from a trucker who ordered a VMS. He will be far from the first professional driver to use our products. Kenworth and Peterbilt have been using our products for years as both a driver tool and a data analyzer in their in-house test fleets. Allison has a batch of VMS units as well. But most gratifying to me are the professional truckers that have discovered our products.

One fellow stands out in particular. He is a route driver, running basically the same 300 mile loop every day in North Carolina. That makes him the perfect test to see if all this stuff we say is true - whether you really can save fuel and get better performance with a VMS. You might think that an experienced professional wouldn't need an electronic device - it should already be instinctive.

He says it took him less than a week to discover otherwise. By watching carefully and experimenting - and even taking notes so he could compare his results on the same hills each day - he was able to adjust his driving with amazing results. He went from getting 5.0 mpg to 5.5 mpg - a 10% increase. At current prices that's almost a twenty dollar bill extra he gets to put in his pocket every day.

So if you are a trucker - Welcome to SilverLeaf! We're glad you found us.

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Talk Back!

If you look over to the left side of this page you'll see two important links, "VMS Products Forum" and "VMSpc Forum". These will take you to the most important parts of our site. We encourage you to ask questions, share answers, and show off your coaches here. Our own people watch the forums, and we love to answer questions there. And keep in mind - if you have a question about a product, chances are good someone else has already had that questions. So browse the forum or use the Search tool and see if your answers are already in there.

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