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Old 07-28-2016, 08:22 PM   #1
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Thank you TPMS, no thanks Airstream

2500 miles and two months into our travels in our 2016 27' FB International Serenity, with dealership-installed Michelin LTX 225/75 R16 tires and the TST TPMS system, when we crossed into Idaho, the TPMS started to warn us.

Tire pressure dropped from 80 to 15 in 10 seconds and we were barely able to clear the interstate, with vehicles passing us at 80 mph. I came prepared with a heavy duty electric impact gun so, tire replacement went quickly. We found a small town tire shop and the closest tire they could find within 20 miles was a Cooper Discoverer LT all terrain.

I've read Forum stories of tires shredding and causing catastrophic damage to the trailer, so a big thumbs up for our TPMS! If it wasn't for this device we would be telling our own expensive horror story. Now for the rest of the story...

The tire had no visible damage upon side-of-highway inspection. No visible nails or screws. At the tire shop, however, when the tire was removed from the rim, the bead of the tire (the part which seals the air to the rim) was ripped severely, causing the interior sidewall belts to weaken and create an imminent bulge. I spent 30 years teaching upcoming automotive technicians how to mount and dismount tires from rims, and I know that when using the tire machine, certain precautions must be taken. But this type of damage would actually jam the machine and be VERY visible to the operator.

Whoever was mounting these tires saw the problem and either disregarded the damage for fear of reprimand, or they were just flat lazy, passing the eventual results on to the new owner.

Of course I called the GM of the Airstream dealership and he promised to make all costs right and replace the tire. We were very lucky, as things could have gone much worse. Moral? Ya just never know. Prepare as much as possible for every eventuality and hope that those you do business with have integrity.

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Old 07-28-2016, 08:31 PM   #2
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Which TST system do you have?

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Old 07-28-2016, 08:52 PM   #3
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Boy are you lucky, not sure what system you are talking about, but sounds like I might need it.
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:56 PM   #4
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"No thanks Airstream"
Curious, you seem to be blaming Airstream for possibly the dealer caused problem. What are you blaming Airstream for?

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Old 07-29-2016, 09:38 AM   #5
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I'm thinking the takeaway from this is that tpms is a very good idea.

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Old 07-29-2016, 09:44 AM   #6
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TPMS, don't leave home without one on the AS.

Glad it's just a tire issue.
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Old 07-29-2016, 09:45 AM   #7
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You nailed it Mike, thanks!
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Old 07-29-2016, 09:57 AM   #8
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To those of you who asked, TST is a company that has been mentioned here on the forum and can be found in a search. They have several models, including a removable sensor over each valve stem, or a "pass through" type.

The important point that Mike brought out is this or any system, for that matter, can save you a bundle of money, headaches, or potentially your life...preventive money well spent!
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:00 PM   #9
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Was the TPMS factory or after market installed?
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:47 PM   #10
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I buy my tires online then pay my local guy to mount and balance. So it's not cheap, he won't do it for free, but he has had the same shop in the same place for over 30 years for a reason.

I guess my point is more directed to those tire outlets who mount for free, well I had that job when I was a kid. No thanks.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:55 PM   #11
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Does anyone know if A$ buys the tires already mounted on the rims?
I would be checking the other tires as well as the spare.
I have been dealing with the same tire shop for 20 years. I only trust one of the employees to do the job right. If there is someone different doing the job, I watch closely and the double check their work, ie torquing the lug nuts.
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:04 AM   #12
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We researched the TST 507rv-non-flowthrough sensor with replaceable batteries in the sensors. Each sensor is screwed onto the valve stem with a special supplied wrench so theft is reduced. For our 27'fb serenity a repeater was not necessary. The dashboard on our 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 looks like a 747, so we decided to mount the suction cup monitor to the passenger rear window, and angle it so the driver and passenger can easily look back at temperature and pressure readings as they cycle. Our front window also has a 6" color rear airstream video monitor keeping us aware of the invisible vehicles approaching from behind.

It's very reasuring to know the TST system is constantly alert to sudden background changes making our road time more pleasurable and safe.

Do your homework and choose the best for your needs.
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:24 AM   #13
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Still on the road, and after turning over 10,000 miles so far, my TST TOM provides an invaluable comfort level while towing our AS. Especially while traveling through remote areas of Canada and Alaska where a blowout could be a huge inconvenience.

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Old 07-30-2016, 10:37 AM   #14
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Ive been seriously considering a system as Im hauling one of the last 23's that only have single wheels .... I think you've convinced me to pull the trigger before I head south this year. Last fall I installed Maxxis tries (very happy) and I'm constantly checking them but loosing a tire at 60mph is a little scary!! Thanks

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