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Old 08-01-2018, 09:46 PM   #1
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A vote for tire monitors

So just got back from 2.5 months on the road going from CA-LA-MI-IL and all the states in between.

This was our first trip in our new for us '16 International 25FB. Before we left I tried to prepare as best I could. One of those preps was TPMS for the trailer.
Our last days driving across the salt flats of UT my wife notices one tire low pressure. I check and refill with air (had a compressor too). Again the TPMS warns low pressure. We get to an exit slowly and find a screw in the tire.
Replace with the spare and we were off...all in 105 temps.
Stopped at next exit to check lug torque and came upon a 5th wheel changing a tire which was in shreds with trailer damage. Offered some help and was very very happy we had TPMS.....

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Old 08-01-2018, 10:13 PM   #2
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What brand of monitor? What's the consensus here for the best one to get?

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Old 08-01-2018, 10:38 PM   #3
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I have the eeztire TPMS anti-theft monitor. Have yet to use but would be interested to hear others experiences with it. I also have a Viar air compressor, for situation like you had where the pressure is low or other issues.
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:55 PM   #4
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I went with the TST TPMS, cap sensors.
It was a combination of the color monitor and their customer service.

Second choice would have been Dill, because they're a leader in valve stems.
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Old 08-02-2018, 12:41 AM   #5
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We have Eeztire as well. Saved our bacon two years ago when we drove over some metal in the road. We got a low pressure warning and by the time we found a safe place to pull off and got back to the trailer the tire was still losing air. 30 minutes to change the tire (first time I had to change a tire but I had rehearsed at home). 30 minutes for Les Schwab to repair the puncture and mount it back on our trailer and we were on our way with a repaired tire and no trailer damage. That one incident paid for the monitor system and I’m a believer.
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:49 AM   #6
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Excellent! kbmwrs shows us exactly why a system like this is important, and they avoided a blowout and almost certain Airstream damage. Aluminum can be tender when beat up by 55 mph slinging rubber.

We put a Doran system with screw-on cap sensors on our Pete before our Summer travels started. No problems on our 2000 mile loop in early June up into WV and back thankfully. The piece of mind of being able to glance at the monitor and know what our coach tires were doing was awesome.
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:06 AM   #7

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Another vote for EZtire...1000mi on our install, couldn't be more pleased...mostly.
85-90degree ambient, 60mph all 4 GTE's within 1-3 psi's and 2-4 degrees. Tells me that the loading must be pretty close.
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:44 AM   #8
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We have the TST, works great, but reports sound good on most systems so whatever you decide should work fine.
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Old 08-02-2018, 10:53 AM   #9
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We also have the EEZ Tire TPMS; I like it and it's easy to use as its brand name suggests. While preparing to leave Flagstaff a few weeks back the TPMS alerted me to the front driver's side tire being low; it registered at 72 PSI cold when it should have been 80 PSI. The three other tires were fine. Long story short, the tire wouldn't take air so I changed it
and later learned the tire stem was broken. The system certainly gives me a piece of mind while driving. And I concur w SmithCreek: Any system (brand) is better than no system.
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Old 08-02-2018, 11:09 AM   #10
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TST. They have excellent customer service! Mike
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Old 08-02-2018, 11:19 AM   #11
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We too had a similar experience... earlier this year we bought a new FC and immediately installed the TST system. On the day of departure for our very first weekend trip I pulled the trailer out of our nearby storage to bring it home to load up, and somewhere along the way picked up a brad type nail. It was a slow leak and I would have had no idea i had a problem until I was on the road, well on my way, and in a much more precarious position to deal with it. Instead, I had a leak indication and was able to drive to the tire store for a quick fix. I'll always have such a system. One thing for us all to keep in mind is that the majority of traumatic tire failure can be attributed to under-inflation (especially in high heat conditions) or tire age (beyond 4-years).
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Old 08-02-2018, 11:29 AM   #12
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I hear the value of a TPMS system but am still wondering just how "needed" they are on a Bambi, rather than your tandems... I think I would (knock on wood - no tire/wheel problems in 10,000 miles the past 5 years) immediately notice a flat if one occurred and I diligently check the PSI at each stop along the way so should catch any slow leaks. But maybe I am deluding myself??? And I am open to being convinced otherwise.
Oh yes, my TV has a built in system for its tires.
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Old 08-02-2018, 11:49 AM   #13
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Single axle"s TPMS are more important. First sign of a problem is reworked AL. Tires go down faster as there is no additional support from an additional tire.
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Old 08-02-2018, 12:49 PM   #14
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I have been using the TST system for several years on 3 different trailers. I like the fact that they monitor temps as well as pressures. They have saved my bacon on a couple of occasions. The last was a temp alarm on a single tire yet the pressure was normal. Got out, looked at the tire and could see it the tread was in the process of separating from the tire. Had I not been alerted to an issue not related to tire pressure this would surely have ended with a blowout and damage to the trailer.

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