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Old 09-03-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Someone on the forum mentioned that they used one to check wheel hub temperatures when they stop. I went to Amazon and found one for under $20. It measures from -67 to + 230 F. Mine is called the MicroTemp model MT-100.

There was a second one for sale on Amazon that was under $25 that measures to +400 F.

It's small, about 3" long and a 1/2 inch wide. Extremely easy to use.

(That's my notebook in the picture; the picture is in the Black Hills, not far from Interior.
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I use one for both bearing and tire temp. I use the HF version; pistol grip, -4-968 F, F or C, laser pointer. Usually about $60, but on sale now for $27.95. Has multiple uses on the road and around the shop. Handy tool.
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I mentioned using mine in my last post about the Egg having pockets- here it is hanging over my volt meter. ps- I love the Badlands...
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Jim,

Sometime next year I'll be taking that picture again. I also love the Badlands.
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It's a great idea to remind folks about these handy gadgets. I bought one a year ago to check the hub/tire temps on my trailers; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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I also have the Harbor Freight pistol grip one. Works great... Just wait 'till it is on sale! It also has a laser pointer, so you can play with the dog/cat when they get bored!

HINT: IR thermometers don't work well when pointed at light-colored or reflective surfaces. If possible, put a piece of black electrical tape on the object to be monitored. Dark paint would work well, too.
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I use something that doesn't require batteries and is 100% accurate.... my hand. If I can't touch the hub, something is wrong. I don't need one more gadget to buy batteries for or keep track of.... to each his own.
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Clarification of Infrared thermometer picture. The Badlands, part of the reason we RV. Click for enlargement.
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I use something that doesn't require batteries and is 100% accurate.... my hand. If I can't touch the hub, something is wrong. I don't need one more gadget to buy batteries for or keep track of.... to each his own.
Ditto!

I can also tell if I have one side of the trailer loaded heavier than the other, just by feeling the tires' temperatures. Works best after a few miles at higher speeds after dark.
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I use something that doesn't require batteries and is 100% accurate.... my hand. If I can't touch the hub, something is wrong. I don't need one more gadget to buy batteries for or keep track of.... to each his own.
That's great when you can touch your hubs but I have hub caps. With the device I can shoot the laser between the openings in the cap to get an accurate reading.
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