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General news about SilverLeaf, including rally dates, new customers, and other publicity.

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.

We Have Moved!

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Our new corporate headquarters has relocated quite literally 100 Yards down the road to a larger and more easily accessible facility.

We also have a large motorcoach staging area that is now open for those that would like to come to our facility for installations and service. Be sure to enter on the 25th street side for a smooth, flat approach.

Please call ahead to schedule your visit and note our new address:

Silverleaf Electronics Inc.
2490 Ferry St SW
Albany, OR 97322
541-967-8111

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.

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.

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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Looking for a Bargain?

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Had your eye on a new VMS for you dash, but feeling a little thin in the wallet? Then this site is for you. Every once in a while we get a unit in our inventory that we can't sell as New. Sometimes these are units that failed an initial quality check, but could be repaired. Sometimes these are units that customers traded in for something bigger. Sometimes these are units used as demonstrators or scratched in handling. Many have minor cosmetic flaws.

But they all have three things in common. They are fully functional SilverLeaf VMS units. They are backed by SilverLeaf Electronics, and your satisfaction is guaranteed. And they are, shall we say, attractively priced.

But you have to be quick, because these are all first-come, first-served, limited offers. And the selection is constantly changing, so click now to see what's available today.

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