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Old 11-09-2019, 07:08 AM   #21
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Mike - you are spot on about those tire stems. Yes, everyone needs to replace those... especially like you said if you have sensors hanging on them.


When I put new tires on 15k miles ago, I had them switch to metal stems but for some reason they were unable to do so on the rear (I think outside?) rims. However, I still have experienced sensor failures since then.
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Old 11-09-2019, 10:12 AM   #22
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Mike - you are spot on about those tire stems. Yes, everyone needs to replace those... especially like you said if you have sensors hanging on them.


When I put new tires on 15k miles ago, I had them switch to metal stems but for some reason they were unable to do so on the rear (I think outside?) rims. However, I still have experienced sensor failures since then.
You need these "dually valves" from Your Tire Shop Supply.

https://yourtireshopsupply.com/categ...printer-trucks

I've had mine for over five years now and no issues with TST TPMS flow-tru sensors. I'm on my third set of batteries and they still work fine.

There are some other sources for dually valves, these were one of the originals once known as Borg valves.
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Old 11-09-2019, 11:57 AM   #23
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...and TPMS sensors.... anyone have recommendations for brands that worked well?
I've been totally satisfied with the TST system (With the color monitor).
At first you think, "It will warn me in case of a pressure loss", true but the real value is, "I never get out the tire pressure gauge anymore unless the sensors tell me."
I suspect most components come down the same assembly line in China, so which system depends on whether you want a separate monitor or use your phone screen. Also, customer service is important, TST has always responded quickly to my e-mails.
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Old 11-09-2019, 01:58 PM   #24
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I installed a sterling 60 amp dc to dc charger that I bought from Battleborn when I bought the 2 lifepo4 battleborn batteries.
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Interesting concept with the alternator idea. Will look into that too.
Hawk, you won't have to worry about a DC to DC charger like narteallen80 installed unless you also convert to lithium batteries as he did. The need for such a charger is necessary for the two types of battery technology (lead acid & lithium) to play well with your engine alternator.
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Old 11-09-2019, 02:25 PM   #25
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Hawk, you won't have to worry about a DC to DC charger like narteallen80 installed unless you also convert to lithium batteries as he did. The need for such a charger is necessary for the two types of battery technology (lead acid & lithium) to play well with your engine alternator.
I should have chimed in on that. I think even 100 ah of lithium (with dc to dc charger - Renogy one is much cheaper than sterling) is probably the single best upgrade that can be done. Much lower resistance makes charging from whatever source much faster.
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Old 11-09-2019, 05:50 PM   #26
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Boxter, are you talking about the flow through sensors needing to be mounted to a metal stem? You're not saying the cap style, correct?

Every reply is exactly what I was wondering would or would not work so thank you and keep going please! Really interesting to see what approach you have taken to extend your stays off the grid or to help use more items while out and about. Really appreciate hearing your ideas and solutions!
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Cap style should be on a metal stem as well... those rubber extensions should be replaced anyway...

The link I gave earlier was for the cap style sensors... same ones that I have. No issues in 13K miles (I know, I know, I need to get out more!!! )
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Old 11-09-2019, 06:40 PM   #28
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Hmm..interesting. Good to know the TPMS is more than just a quickie add on. I'm not sure I would have thought of that otherwise. Probably would have been one of those learn the hard way scenarios. I can't remember if we have the metal stems to I'll check it out before taking it in tomorrow.

I do remember reading about the alternator add on for lithium now that you bring it up. Still a neat setup. I'm a little leery of the lithium batteries due to the temp issues we have here in Iowa. Might start a new topic on that point, we'll see.

Taking our AS back in for a Ad Blue heater replacement possibly next week, our second in a week. Was hoping for a trip south but it's not looking good for us this year. We don't have enough under our belt yet for a big trip either. Kind of depressing it's getting put away and having to fix it already, so thanks for sharing, it keeps me a bit more chipper. Just not ready to put her away yet! I was looking forward to more trips but mother nature is not cooperating at all this year (along with that heater).

If you are on Wachuko, I got the 80/20 sample box and want to mount something to the back of the van with it. Did you use a specialized connector to hang it when you made your shelf? I'm thinking of mounting ours right between the back doors and the wood drop down piece. Not sure what you'd call that wood piece. I think a one-by will fit in that space. I haven't gotten with 80/20 or online to see what they use for end connections. By the way, my mind was blown with that product. Brought it up to my brother who is an engineer and he's like, ehh..we use it all the time. Oh....well, so much for impressing him!
Told him I was surprised he hadn't made his kitchen table of it then...ha. Cool product. Your shelf turned out really nice too. Neat to see the different takes on materials and craftsmanship on them.
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Thanks for the advice on heat. I got it working now with your advice. Didn't realize you can't be hooked up to shore power to make it work. Thought it was really counterproductive to have the AC run with the heat! So you can't be plugged in or run the inverter, meaning the only thing you can run is the furnace?... well, and fridge off batteries, Lights, etc.? Can you run the generator at the same time? ... I thought I researched this before buying but I'm finding out I didn't read enough to know whats up.

Question back to the thermostat now that you said it's finicky. I feel like I have to cycle through the program mode to make anything be able to work, AC, temp, mode, anything. If I get that all set right (like what time of day it is and if the right setting is on the program, I can get it to kick on eventually. Is this also normal for this year and finicky thermostat and system? I really feel foolish not being able to make it work like the videos where you hit the button and walk away. Seems like something is not right or we have a problem with the controller or something. Or I admit to not knowing how it's supposed to work, but I've tried to find the answer to my issue through the forum, videos, and manual and I'm not finding why ours acts like this.
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Boxter, are you talking about the flow through sensors needing to be mounted to a metal stem? You're not saying the cap style, correct? . . .
Just confirming wachuko's comment above...

Yes you need metal valve stems with either the flow-thru or cap type sensors. I've read of many owners who installed cap type sensor and the rubber vale stems eventually failed causing a flat.

On the TST web pages for a single cap sensors it gives confusing info.

For one model of cap sensor it clearly says:

"For use on metal valve stems only."
https://tsttruck.com/507-series-sce-...or-single.html

The Flow-Thru sensors also say "metal only".
https://tsttruck.com/507-series-flow...or-single.html

But the other cap sensor says "Valve Stem Application - Rubber or Metal"
https://tsttruck.com/507-series-rv-c...or-single.html

I'd say mounting anything but a light weight plastic dusk cap on a rubber valve stem is risky.
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