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Old 01-11-2016, 02:36 PM   #15
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Hi Brian-

Hope this isn't dumb, but can't you just check your tires pressures with a good hand held tire gauge before you take off? Since we don't use a monitoring system, it's certainly what we do. I also recently purchase an infrared thermometer at the suggestion of some folks here, and I'm curious to check that out after our first stop!
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Old 01-11-2016, 03:01 PM   #16
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Does this unit work fine without a booster ? This sounds like a unit I would like to have
I bought the booster when I originally bought the TPMS because I thought that with our length of trailer and truck, the distance might be margnal.

But a couple times I have forgotten to turn the booster on and everything worked just as well, So I suppose it isn't really needed.

At the time of my purchase, the company offered to take the booster back if a customer found that they didn't need it. I decided to keep it anyway, assuming it would give me a stronger and more reliable signal.

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Old 01-11-2016, 03:06 PM   #17
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Hi Brian-

Hope this isn't dumb, but can't you just check your tires pressures with a good hand held tire gauge before you take off? Since we don't use a monitoring system, it's certainly what we do. I also recently purchase an infrared thermometer at the suggestion of some folks here, and I'm curious to check that out after our first stop!
Yes, of course, - just would be nice to be able to do it without having to remove the pressure sensors, and you lose a bit of pressure whenever you remove them. I just do a visual check and then I can read the actual pressures after a few minutes once the TPMS kicks in.

I also carry an IR thermometer, but rarely use it as the TPMS also gives temperature readings and I can check temps any time to see if all are similar. (It will alarm above a preset temp also.)

Interesting to see the "sun side" tires running a bit warmer than those in the shade!


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Old 01-11-2016, 03:35 PM   #18
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Our Dill system took a while to sort out. Their tech support staff is pretty good.

They sent us a wifi booster system that included a magnetic antenna and a booster unit. The magnetic antenna is stuck to the underside of the water tank near the rear axle of the trailer. The antenna is linked by coax cable to the wifi booster mounted in the propane enclosure.

We went through two tire sensors early on. They are mounted inside the wheels like on current trucks and autos so a tire shop has to to the change out. Be sure to put one in your spare. Dill usually sends 6 sensors with the unit.

We've been trouble free for 6K miles. My only real complaint is that the readout is pretty dim and difficult to read at time.
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Hi Brian-

Hope this isn't dumb, but can't you just check your tires pressures with a good hand held tire gauge before you take off? Since we don't use a monitoring system, it's certainly what we do. I also recently purchase an infrared thermometer at the suggestion of some folks here, and I'm curious to check that out after our first stop!
We don't use TPMs either, but have top quality tires (Michelin). We check the pressures in the morning of travel, and we do have an infrared thermometer we can use in hot weather. However, at a fuel stop I just walk around and put my hand on the tires, and wheels near the center, to see if any feel too warm. Yes, they are warmer on the sunny side.

Again, not a recommendation just our simple method. Never had a leaky valve stem except when we had the TPMS on our Safari 20; it was the reason for the valve stem leak.
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:45 PM   #20
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The first year we had our trailer we were southbound on US 17 in South Carolina when a carful of nice folks pulled up next to us and told us we had a flat tire. Didn't feel anything different but pulled over and sure enough. Luckily no damage.

Wasn't carrying a spare. So, I pulled the bad tire off and we three-wheeled it to the nearest tire store.

Very shortly thereafter we got our Pressure Pro. And a spare tire.

The Pressure Pro sensors lasted 8 years, just installed new ones last Spring. Alerted us twice over the years in plenty of time to avoid damage.

I am notoriously cheap but I am really glad I have it.

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I also have a Dill and am very happy with it.
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Old 01-11-2016, 06:54 PM   #22
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Brian,
Hawkshead sell T shaped valve stems that allow you to check pressure without removing the sensor. Of course you would have to replace the valve stems.
Just remember to turn your unit on first thing when you go to hook up and it will be up and running before you head out.
I have the Talon set from Hawkshead now and it "finds" the wheel sensors much faster than the set I had originally. The sensors on this one are supposed to be more powerful(have a longer range).
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Old 01-11-2016, 06:57 PM   #23
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We spent the money towards Michelin XLT 16" tires and Sendel wheels and don't use TPMS. We could still have a blowout but it's very, very unlikely unless from a nail and slow leak. TPMS probably won't save damage if the blowout is sudden, useful if the pressure drop is slower.

If we had the original Good Year Marathon tires we would use TPMS, may not save damage but the probability of sudden failure is much, much higher.

Not a recommendation, just what we do.
OH! Just spend the money and get one!
The peace of mind is well worth it.
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The TST system has been great!
It has saved me on 2 failures while "underway".
You aren't going get out and check pressure while moving...
Ok, so I won't. �� But I will take pics...

It is also handy to check pressure without removal of the sensor! Also, TST offers "thru sensors" which you can use to add or remove air while still in place.

Make sure you have the "steel/metal" valve stems rated for YOUR pressures!
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Yes, of course, - just would be nice to be able to do it without having to remove the pressure sensors, and you lose a bit of pressure whenever you remove them. I just do a visual check and then I can read the actual pressures after a few minutes once the TPMS kicks in.

I also carry an IR thermometer, but rarely use it as the TPMS also gives temperature readings and I can check temps any time to see if all are similar. (It will alarm above a preset temp also.)

Interesting to see the "sun side" tires running a bit warmer than those in the shade!


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As long as it's running on the road, the Sun shouldn't be a factor. the airflow will keep the pressures even.
Different story when stopped for awhile.
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As long as it's running on the road, the Sun shouldn't be a factor. the airflow will keep the pressures even.
Different story when stopped for awhile.
Oh, but it does.
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As long as it's running on the road, the Sun shouldn't be a factor. the airflow will keep the pressures even.
Different story when stopped for awhile.
I have seen a PSI and temp difference of over 5-8 PSI Higher and 10 or more degrees warmer on the "sunny side"...
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OH! Just spend the money and get one!
The peace of mind is well worth it.
For the purpose of discussion . . .

Mel, we already have one. It cost about $400 and now needs $200 worth of new sensors because the batteries are dead. Our new Michelins and wheels were $1,000 after selling the originals. If on the outside chance one of them blow, our insurance deductible is $500.

And should one of the Michelins blow, our now $700 TPMS may only advise us a tire has just torn up the side of our Airstream. Maybe it will give an early warning, but it's something we don't loose sleep over.

Not a recommendation, it's just what we do.
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