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Old 04-03-2016, 07:59 AM   #1
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My new addition to the Seneca

Just added a ScanGuage D to the dash of my 14 Seneca. I think its a must have as well as the tire pressure monitor for all diesel motorhomes.
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:41 AM   #2
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Nice job, I love mine too! I put mine up high on the left since the Even Brake monitor for my toad is under the radio where you mounted the ScanGauge. I have my TireMinder display low on the left side of windshield. A place for everything, and everything in its place!

I still have not captured the extra readings from the computer and sent them to ScanGauge to see what extra gauges we might get to see. Perhaps in the next few weeks.
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:03 AM   #3
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Just added a ScanGuage D to the dash of my 14 Seneca. I think its a must have as well as the tire pressure monitor for all diesel motorhomes.
Your picture of your dash reminded me of another mod I have found helpful. Since I have had the dash apart (many times!) I decided to swap the location of the Overdrive Cancel switch and the Mirror Heat switch. I got tired of leaning over to activate the switch in hilly territory. And I have only had to use the mirror heat a few times. Just a thought for others to consider!
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Old 04-04-2016, 04:54 AM   #4
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That's awesome. I just hooked mine up this weekend, but didn't have a chance to permanently mount it since I ran out of time. I may end up mounting mine here now that I have seen it. My fiance loves messing with this stuff, and mounting it up high like RobbyR makes it tough for her to mess with going down the road. She's a good little navigator.

RobbyR, love the idea of switching the Overdrive Switch, as I am going to use that a lot with my heavy tow. I also need to order a new switch for the passenger window. So I guess I need to take the dash apart.

How do you guys get the parking brake handle off? I've never really looked at it, but I am sure it more than simply screwed on.

Are there any little secrets/tricks to getting the dash off that I should know to save me some major headaches?
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Here is a link to a post where I talk about removing the roll pin retaining the parking brake knob: http://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f5...e-30699-2.html


As far as the dash removal itself you need a Torx bit to remove the (I think 10) screws holding the plastic dash cover. This piece wraps over the steering column, around the headlight and cruise control switches, and over the shifter handle. You also have to pop the small plastic bezel off from around the radio/nav. Just gentle outward pressure at the corners of the bezel works for me, no tools required. If you have a woodgrain applique on the dash you may find some of the screws are partially covered and have to carefully cut them out to gain access to the screw, I believe some owners have reported theirs were covered somewhat by the applique. Mine is just the factory Freightliner gray; no woodgrain so it is easy!

The radio itself (if you need/want to take it out) is held in by 2 screws concealed by the plastic dash cover. Once the dash cover is off it is very obvious how the radio comes out. I have had the radio in and out several times to add my Sirius tuner and to install a compact subwoofer located under the passenger seat.

Once the plastic outer cover is removed then there will 3 more of the Torx screws visible holding the center aluminum piece that contains the switches, power plug, etc. Those 3 screws also obviously have to come out. Now is also when you need to remove the parking brake knob as described in the post linked above. Once the parking brake knob is off sometimes you can only pull that center aluminum section out a small distance without disconnecting some of the wiring connections, just be sure you keep track of where things belong for reassembly. That aluminum piece is where I had to add my two extra switch cutouts, one for my foglight switch and a second for my side-view camera defeat switch.

Let me know if I can help with anything, glad to pass on what I have learned!
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One thing I have experienced with my ScanGauge is the connector falling off of the vehicle's diagnostic port on very rough roads. Several times I have looked at my display and it is dead. Feel around the connection and it has come off. I have gotten good at continuing to drive while reattaching the connector strictly by feel.

I wish it had some type of retainer to hold it onto the connector, since it points straight down and gravity is always working to remove it. Thinking about trying to just wrap it with a a few turns of electrical tape at the connection point to see if that is enough to keep things together on rough roads. Can't be too permanent since Freightliner may need into the port down the road!
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Great info as usual! I have a Torx socket set, so I will use that to get the dash apart. I am a labeling monster, so the first time I pull it apart, I will label all the switches, wires, and connectors to make re-assembly a little easier.

Thanks for the link to parking brake knob removal. Exactly what I was looking for.

I noticed the connector didn't seem incredibly snug on the port. I was hoping there was some sort of twist lock, but I have already taped mine in with electrical tape. Hopefully that does the trick.

Looks like the weather for racing this weekend isn't so good again, so I should have plenty of time to work on these changes. Want to get the ScanD permanently mounted, move the OD switch, replace passenger window switch and disconnect the relay for the TV in the living room with the ignition. Plenty of work to be done!
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I have had the radio in and out several times to add my Sirius tuner and to install a compact subwoofer located under the passenger seat.
Hey Rob - did you replace the dash speakers as well, or just add the subwoofer? The speakers up front have left me less than impressed.
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Hey Rob - did you replace the dash speakers as well, or just add the subwoofer? The speakers up front have left me less than impressed.
This Spring the dash speakers are on the mods list!

By the way the sub I installed is an Alpine PWE-S8, mounted under the passenger seat. Fits great.
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that concerns we as well. It came off pretty easily when I was installing the the the Scan guageD. I will look for a way to secure it. It may end being taped in placed.
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