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Old 06-09-2014, 02:05 PM   #15
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Hi, you mean to tell me that a Mercedes Benz doesn't come with a factory Tire Pressure Monitoring System? Also many Airstream trailers had problems with rubber valve stems too. Mine came with metal valve stems.
M-B, like all manufactures only provided TPMS on vehicle with a GVW rating under 10,000 lbs as required by US DOT regulations. The Sprinter 3500 used for the Interstate are rated at 11,030 lbs -- thus no TPMS, you have to add your own.

I do wish they offered it as an option direct from either M-B or Airstream.
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:29 PM   #16
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Yes...I did mean metal valves. Tire changed in ~ 2 hrs after call to Airstream. Not on highway, so I told them no rush.
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:16 PM   #17
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You folks with the stock wheels/tires should really consider installing a set of Dually Valves then adding a TPMS system. It's not all that expensive and yeilds a lot of piece of mind.
After you install the TPMS caps, you might want to have the tires rebalanced as well.
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First for everyone -- I hope when you say steel extenders you are talking about new longer complete metal valve stems. Don't put any extenders on the rubber valve stems on your inner dual wheels. That is just a formula for disaster since those rubber valve stems can't handle anything but the light weight plastic extender installed by Mercedes.
I've had metal extenders on my inner duallys for over a year with no problem. Less problem, in fact, than the plastic extrenders, because the metal ones don't leak and I don't have to air up the inner set as often as I did before when I was using the plastic extenders.

I can't recall offhand if the extenders are steel or aluminum or nickel-plated brass, though…
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:34 PM   #18
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I think that we are all referring to the Borg DL1SPAL metal stems. Was going to order tonite 'til I saw that the Alcoa wheels have different slot sizes over the years so need to measure mine when the monsoons let up.
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Yes, I meant extended metal valves.
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They are great and work well. I got them on mine with the passthrough TPM for the last 15000 miles.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:19 AM   #21
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I think that we are all referring to the Borg DL1SPAL metal stems. Was going to order tonite 'til I saw that the Alcoa wheels have different slot sizes over the years so need to measure mine when the monsoons let up.

I don't think the Alcoa slot size has changed. But the OEM steel wheels on the 3500 Sprinter has changed over the years.
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Which extenders did you get?

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We just had valve extenders installed on the rear tires. Monday we'll be installing the TPMS that we bought. Feel better knowing that we'll now have some technology helping to look out for our well being. We are not great about checking air in the tires. Need the extra help.
Which extenders did you get? My tire dealer said he couldn't get ones that would fit with my rims.

Oops, didn't read far enough.
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Check the ones in post #18.
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Glad I purchased the Road Hazard policy... It just paid for itself. The nail in my tire was at the edge of the tread and could not be fixed. 4800 miles on it, but that's life.... Now just waiting for a new tire to be shipped to our area.......
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Well.....someone forgot to put our tire on the truck......now it is due in next Tuesday. Glad we are off the road for a few weeks.
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New tire finally arrived Tues. I loaded it into the spare rack and hit the road for Traverse City. Glad to be rolling again. Felt the AI heave a sigh of relief to be out of the driveway finally. 😊


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