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Old 07-28-2012, 09:36 AM   #1
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How often do you check your tire pressure?

We have moved camp a lot this week and would like opinions as to "best practices" on the frequency of checking tire pressure. Also, what if you forget to take a cold reading? Can you still check after being underway? Thanks.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:47 AM   #2
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Once a month when the tires are cold should be good. If you are traveling a lot, you can check them each morning, before you get on the road.
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I have a PressurePro in the truck. Before every trip, I check while hooking up. It takes a minute or so for all four tires to register on the PressurePro once I back up to the trailer.

During the trip, I check each morning and every hour or so when stopped at a traffic light or on a straight stretch of highway. The pressure rises as the tires warm up, but all tires should be pretty much the same. Tires on the sun side will be a pound or two higher than the shady side.

I also carry an IR thermometer. In really hot weather, I check tire temperatures occasionally at rest stops or lunch stops. A hot bearing or a hot brake will show up on the thermometer.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:13 AM   #4
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I also have a tire pressure monitoring system, And check before I head out. I have set the alarm to go off when my pressure hits 55psi. I run at 60 psi. I have read to Malay threads about tire blow out damage and figured the $260 for the monitor was cheap. It also keeps track of the tire temp.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:39 AM   #5
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I check our tire pressure once a month or before a trip, whichever is sooner. Also check about once a week when on a trip.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:53 AM   #6
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I checked daily when I had GYMs (and had to add air a least once a week), now that I have Michelins, I check weekly (and rarely add air). Of course I visually check when hooking up to travel.
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I check our tire pressure once a month or before a trip, whichever is sooner. Also check about once a week when on a trip.
To me, once a week just doesn't do the trick. Even once a day can be chancy.

On my last trip, during a atop at a rest area, I cycled the PressurePro through the tires and found a slightly low tire. I took the time to put some air in that tire and then kept watch with the PressurePro. I soon found that I had a definite leak and stopped to put on the spare (it was Sunday). When I removed the wheel, I found a nail in the tread.

The PressurePro would have signaled in plenty of time to prevent damage, but I never ran on a low tire which increased my confidence that the tire is good after repair. It also permitted me to find a safe, level place to stop to change the wheel.

This was the second time that the additional checking caught a leak well before I was running on a critically low tire.
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To me, once a week just doesn't do the trick. Even once a day can be chancy.

On my last trip, during a atop at a rest area, I cycled the PressurePro through the tires and found a slightly low tire. I took the time to put some air in that tire and then kept watch with the PressurePro. I soon found that I had a definite leak and stopped to put on the spare (it was Sunday). When I removed the wheel, I found a nail in the tread.

The PressurePro would have signaled in plenty of time to prevent damage, but I never ran on a low tire which increased my confidence that the tire is good after repair. It also permitted me to find a safe, level place to stop to change the wheel.

This was the second time that the additional checking caught a leak well before I was running on a critically low tire.
Point well taken, we will reasses our process. I always do a visual check whenever we stop for gas or a rest break. But maybe TPM would be a good addition to our rig.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:26 PM   #10
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Visually check once a morning when traveling. Otherwise, just before we depart for a month long trip. I run 45-50 psi in my B F Goodrich Commercial T/A's. Got 85,000 miles out of the first set.
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I checked daily when I had GYMs (and had to add air a least once a week), now that I have Michelins, I check weekly (and rarely add air). Of course I visually check when hooking up to travel.

This is about my routine also. When I still had the ST's (Marathons and Maxxis), I was always adding air, and checking the pressure daily. I have now had the Michelin LT's for 35,000 miles. I check them occasionally, and have yet to add any air pressure. I check the tires visually at each stop.

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Once per month when not in use, every morning when travelling.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:58 PM   #14
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Our tire pressure monitor system keeps an eye on them.

Two sets of GYMs on two trailers in three years have lost no air on their own. Corroded wheels are more likely to leak air at the beads or stems than tires, so a wheel change may be necessary along with new tires to prevent slow leaks.

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