Tattle Trail Monitor, Know More
About What Your
Trailer Is Up To
haul heavy steel displays in my horse trailer around the country to
horse expo's. Using trucker cargo bars to tie the stands to, still
allows things to bounce around on our beat up Interstates. Using
Tattle-Trail tells me when a stand falls over and when I'm taking curves
too fast, the load is leaning and about to fall over. I can tell by the
beeping that I need to slow down on the mountain roads that follow the
rivers. I made it home and didn't tear up the trailer lining.
#1: On the road
travel around the country with my horse trailer to major horse expo's.
Sometimes the only hotel left is in a bad neighborhood. I've been
surprised in the morning with the car next to me has all 4 tires slashed
and the windshield busted. Now with Tattle Trail I can monitor my truck
or trailer in Park mode from my hotel room. I just plug the monitor into
the 110 adaptor and see how the night goes. Just got back from Pomona
California from the Equine Affaire. Used Tattle Trail up and back. This
alone is worth the price. Now if I can just learn not to lock my keys in
tried the TTK 550 wireless Portable Towing Monitor System with my 3
horse gooseneck trailer. The receiver, (picture above) is next
to my radar detector and CB. Tattle-Trail uses a three-axis
accelerometer to detect movement, vibration or shock. An
accelerometer is a device that measures non-gravitational
accelerations. Like the gyro in my camera
to prevent shake and blurry images. In a previous life, the engineers at
Tattle-Trail developed kidney dialysis instrumentation. These guys tow
trailers with their RV and could see the problems their experience could
solve with early detection of trailer tire tread separation, broken suspensions,
wheel bearing problems, loose lug nuts, and coupler
I use Pressure Pro to monitor my trailer
tire pressure, but there is so much more that can go wrong back there. I
tow my trailer across the country and often at night when the wind blows
less and can get better fuel mileage. At night you really can't see much
other than clearance lights and you can't whip your trailer in the
daytime to see much either. Cameras can be part of the answer, I have
those too. But imagine knowing you have a tire coming apart before it
tears your fender off or knowing a wheel bearings is going out or your
trailer brakes are set too tight. Even when the horses act up and get
into serious trouble, you'll know it's time to pull over and fix the
problem before it gets worse.
This is sophisticated equipment with 30,000 lines of software code
reading movement 100 times a second. Easy to set up with a wireless
transmitter with suction cups for your trailer. the TTK 550 uses a 12
volt plug for power, but you can get them with batteries and water proof
if you want to put the transmitter with the horses above the axles.
The Tattle-Trail installed in my horse trailer dressing room.
Easy to install in a Living Quarters using 12 volt outlet. If
you want to install in horse compartment, battery option or at
12 volt outlet to wired to clearance lights.
test, I wanted to test how sensitive the unit was. Tested using cruise control
at 70 mph, a 44 mile loop on Interstate 76 with low traffic. Turned the
transmitter in the trailer on first. You can attach in any direction.
The accelerometer self adjusts where it's at. Turned on the receiver,
got the green lights and hit the road, picture right. Picture left,
dial all the way counter clockwise and the red light is on at maximum
detection. On the road you turn the dial to the right, (clockwise) to
dial in sensitivity when it stops beeping and flashing, you've found
your baseline for where normal trailer movement is. After I had a
baseline and things were too calm, I'd drive over the right median and
let the trailer ride the rumble strip. That brought Tattle-Trail to
life. This is what I need, rumble strips and an alarm telling me to pay
attention on those long cross-country trips. Over bumps, the red light
would flash and one beep.
Back to the barn for my 10,000 mile trailer axle greasing. Lifting one axle at a time to grease,
these are Dexter EZ Lube axles with a grease zerk in the end of the
spindle where a hole goes to the middle of the spindle in-between the
axle bearings. I rotated the wheel as I pumped the grease gun 5 times.
Now back to my test road.
was very surprised that Tattle-Trail could tell the difference before
and after greasing. The picture left shows before greasing axle bearings
at 2 o'clock on the dial with both green lights. Right picture shows I
was able to turn the dial counter clockwise 1/2 a notch toward max
1:30 o'clock after greasing the trailer axle bearings. Off to the next
test, the horse.
volunteer was a 11 year old Paint gelding, (Tonto). He had a bad
experience in this trailer last time I loaded him, as I get stuck in
deep sand in a pasture and stuck in a mud hole near a corn field doing
another project and rocked my way out. Tonto loaded well but pawed the
floor intently to let me know, that he remembered his last experience.
This trip was smooth so hopefully all is forgiven.
my horse I only had to drop 1/2 notch clockwise for less sensitivity for
a little more movement. Like a empty
truck with a load in it, rides better, same for trailers, with horses it
rides better. Since most horse trailer don't have shock absorbers, the horse
absorbs some of the shock and rebound settles down bounce.
with horse after greasing axles at 2 o'clock on the dial.
If Tattle-Trail has increased more alarm when braking, your trailer brake
may be set too high or brakes too tight.
Road bumps are simple to adjust for, just one beep, one flash,
if the problem is more severe, a lot of
beeps and flashing light with elevated alarm. With battery model
receiver, when battery is low, a
yellow solid light tells you to recharge.
feature of Tattle-Trail is when you're parked or at a motel, with the
optional AC/12 volt adaptor, you can take the receiver with you and keep
track of movement in your trailer. Park mode works within 1000 ft. of
your trailer. It will detect motion and if your trailer is stolen.