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Old 09-19-2016, 01:55 PM   #1
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Tire pressure & temperature monitoring system

Our 2016 Interstate XL didn't come with a tire pressure and temperature monitoring system installed at the factory. Has anyone installed an aftermarket unit? If so, could you please provide some details; model, likes/dislikes, etc.? Thank you.
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:24 PM   #2
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I installed a Dill Model 1506. It works great. There are a few issues with varying severity:
1. MINOR. The display has multiple choices for configuration, but none match a tandem wheel trailer. I use the one for a two axle wagon, i.e. Axles at the front and rear of the trailer.
2. MODERATE. The indication of which tire is being monitored is to blink the small block on the display depicting the tire at a slow rate. When I want to check temperature and pressure, I have to stare at the display longer than I feel comfortable taking my eyes off the road.
3. MODERATE Although I knew this when I bought it, the transducer batteries are not replaceable and the transducers mount inside the wheels. When the batteries die, the tires have to be at least partially dismounted and the whole transducer replaced. The cost of 5 transducers is close to the price of a complete new system. I chose this system because I read reports of valve stem failures from the weight of stem-mounted transducers and the potential for theft. I'm thinking about going to an external transducer system with replaceable batteries at replacement time.
4. MINOR No way to test the alarm or familiarize yourself with it. The first and only time mine went off it took us a while to figure out what it was. We were getting amber and silver alerts on my phone which was connected to the car radio via Bluetooth.
5. MINOR You have to reset the whole system and then wait for it to acquire all four tires when you change one tire. This is an aggravation on the side of the road.

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1. The system saved me from expensive trailer damage when some debris cut a tire. After about a mile it alarmed at 59 psi (set for cold pressure of 75) and I was able to slow down and get off the interstate before and trailer damage was done.
2. Easy to install and comes with a short stubby antenna for the back of the unit as well as a remote (wired) antenna for cases when the signal isn't strong enough for the small antenna.
3. Loud, did I say LOUD alarm that will get your attention when something goes wrong.
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Old 09-19-2016, 03:06 PM   #3
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Our 2016 Interstate XL didn't come with a tire pressure and temperature monitoring system installed at the factory. Has anyone installed an aftermarket unit? If so, could you please provide some details; model, likes/dislikes, etc.? Thank you.
I used the Truck Systems Technologies (TST) TPMS System. It is very easy to program, has user changeable batteries and customizable for up to 22 wheel positions. I have mine set up for the 6 wheels on the AI + 4 more on my tandem axle trailer. Protag had suggested getting an extra sensor for the spare and for that matter you could get a 2nd extra sensor for the trailer spare. (if you pull a trailer).

What ever you get, be sure to change out the tire stems on the duals to steel or brass stems to support the weight of the sensors. Most of us on the forum use the Dually Valve Kit (DL1SPAL) which costs $120 from yourtireshopsupply.com.

I paid around $90 to have them installed. You can do a google search for the best pricing on the TST system but last time I purchased I got a good deal at Roadtrucker.com.

Good luck
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Old 09-19-2016, 03:27 PM   #4
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I used the Truck Systems Technologies (TST) TPMS System. It is very easy to program, has user changeable batteries and customizable for up to 22 wheel positions. I have mine set up for the 6 wheels on the AI + 4 more on my tandem axle trailer. Protag had suggested getting an extra sensor for the spare and for that matter you could get a 2nd extra sensor for the trailer spare. (if you pull a trailer).



What ever you get, be sure to change out the tire stems on the duals to steel or brass stems to support the weight of the sensors. Most of us on the forum use the Dually Valve Kit (DL1SPAL) which costs $120 from yourtireshopsupply.com.



I paid around $90 to have them installed. You can do a google search for the best pricing on the TST system but last time I purchased I got a good deal at Roadtrucker.com.



Good luck

+1, I followed this same path. Works great and greatly reduced my concerns over tire monitoring.
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This thread has some info re: TPMS and extended metal valve stems.
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The Dill works great, but I don't like the power plugging into the bottom of the display. It limits where I can mount the display. I wish the power came into the back of the display like the external antenna does.
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I used the Truck Systems Technologies (TST) TPMS System. Dually Valve Kit (DL1SPAL) which costs $120 from yourtireshopsupply.com.Good luck
I also purchased the TST system and the Dually Valve Kit. I ordered the Dually Valve Kit from Good Sam for around $90.00 with the Good Sam membership. Had them installed by Discount Tire center.
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I purchased the EEZ TPMS and am happy with the performance. The monitor has rechargeable battery that last 5 or more days without a charge so you can place it where ever you want. I got the https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009BE069Q..._Pjy4xbFXWMBJ3
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Tpms

Like the prior message I own the EezRV TPMS. I has performed great. I tow with an E350 van pulling a 30 Classic. I do not need an amplifier for the trailer wheels.

In June on the day we were leaving California for Wisconsin, the pin for the 12v power plug broke. I called the company late in the day. When I got to Wisconsin a replacement unit was waiting at my bothers house. All I had to do is reprogram the unit - a challenge in concentration on getting all the wheels up and running.

Last year in Glacier NP it saved a tire that was leaking slowly.

Be sure to install metal valve stems. The non metals leak after a time. The sending unit must flex the stems more than can be tolerated by plastic.

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Been using the Pressure pro since 2006. Sensors finally needed exchanged last year but they are discounted substantially if you send them in for exchange. Zero chance for leak because they are completely 100% sealed, submersible and never any fussing with reception. They are the "Airstream" if you will when it comes to TPMS so they do cost a little more and the only one made in the USA. Here is a direct link to the manufacture website. Pressurepro
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The EEZ TPMS components look suspiciously like TST components. I would assume the EEZ is manufactured by TST.
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TST, Hawkshead and EEZ TPMS appear to be based on the same reference design.
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+1, I followed this same path. Works great and greatly reduced my concerns over tire monitoring.
Now you got my curiousity!
What Airstream uses "Dually" wheels??
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