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Old 01-14-2016, 05:37 PM   #43
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Brian asked "Curious why the sensor caused the valve stem leak? defective? not tight enough?
rubber valve stem?"

On our previous Airstream 20 I had one sensor that barely made contact inside the valve stem and kept giving us a false warning. With only one axle I would quickly pull to the side of the interstate, trucks/cars whizzing by, to get out and check for a flat.

It's been some years now, but I think I kept trying to adjust it (each time loosening/tightening the little locking screw on the side of it) and messed up the sensor gasket, so it leaked air. Was fed up with the gadget nature of the things, took them off and that's how we are today. Good tires, check things at fuel stops, one less device to distract from driving.
Sounds like the problem may have been with the valve core and not the TPM sensor. Some people report having problems with air chucks and hand held gauges not getting accurate readings till the core was replaced.
I have a post on my blog on valves and I know it is easy to screw the core in too far when people fail to understand that the core does not work like a water hose valve i.e. tighter is not better.

By Industry standard the pin in the core is to be no deeper than 0.035" and to extend no further than 0.010" above the edge of the valve stem.

Core torque spec is 1.5 to 3.0 inch pounds so you can see it is easy to overtighten the core, crushing the gasket and having the pin too low to properly engage with TPM sensors or pressure gauges or air chucks.
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Old 01-15-2016, 08:52 AM   #44
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I found the nut holding steel valves loosened. I tightened then put a drop of blue Loctite to hold in place. If it moves, the Loctite will hopefully chip off.
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Old 01-15-2016, 09:24 AM   #45
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I also have a Dill tpms that has worked well for 2years. After I put a topper and cargo rack it became troublesome so I contacted dill and sent me a repeater at no charge, but still would not work properly. I took the aluminum tie down brackets off and it works as it should, I guess they were deflecting the signal.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-15-2016, 09:29 AM   #46
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We ran the supplied auxiliary Dill TPMS antenna with magnetic base to the Curt Receiver we have on the back of the truck. Is in the clear so there is nothing in a visual line of sight going to the four tires on the Classic.

The signal seems to get through to the dash mounted Dill display when inside the Mercedes from the 23D axles.We have not needed an auxiliary antenna.
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Old 01-15-2016, 12:01 PM   #47
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XX for TST 507's they work great!!! Did not need repeater antenna for our 30' FC and RAM 2500 w/ topper TV. Easy to setup, have not had any drop outs in over a year of use. DO get metal valves, rubber ones will eventually leak... ask me how I know. :>).
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Old 01-15-2016, 12:08 PM   #48
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I have a Doran. It works fine, I feel at ease looking at the monitor screen mounted on my dash - no surprises for me!

In removing one of the sender units from the valve stem in order to top up the air I bummed up the locking collar. I called Doran and had 4 new ones in a week.

Good product - good service. I'm happy.
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I also have a Dill tpms that has worked well for 2years. After I put a topper and cargo rack it became troublesome so I contacted dill and sent me a repeater at no charge, but still would not work properly. I took the aluminum tie down brackets off and it works as it should, I guess they were deflecting the signal.Attachment 255721

I would also add that since those 2 inch brackets have been removed, that the repeater now isn't necessary. Next time I load the kayaks I'll secure them differently. If you noticed 4 tie downs face one way and the middle one are in the opposite direction.
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I'm trying to choose between the TST 507 system and the Hawkshead Talon 6 Bi-mode system. My educated guess says that these two systems are based on exactly the same reference design. Only the packaging is different. The specifications, hardware, and firmware for that matter appear to be identical as well as the sensor options, including the feedthrough type sensors.

I'm leaning towards the Hawkshead since they provide a newer display optimized for 4 or 6 sensors. In my case I already have a TPMS on my TV so I'm really only interested in monitoring the 4 wheels on the AS. The Talon 6 Bi-mode can be configured to show data on 4 wheels. Losing screen real estate trying to show 22 wheels seems wasteful.

Does anyone have any knowledge or experience that could highlight any advantages or shortcomings of one system verses the other?
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The TST TPMS was delivered to the John Prince Park by UPS today as promised. Installation was delayed since when we weren't under a tornado warning we were experiencing thunderstorms and rain. Tomorrow I'll mount the sensors and display. Tonight the display will charge.
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I'm trying to choose between the TST 507 system and the Hawkshead Talon 6 Bi-mode system. My educated guess says that these two systems are based on exactly the same reference design. Only the packaging is different. The specifications, hardware, and firmware for that matter appear to be identical as well as the sensor options, including the feedthrough type sensors.

I'm leaning towards the Hawkshead since they provide a newer display optimized for 4 or 6 sensors. In my case I already have a TPMS on my TV so I'm really only interested in monitoring the 4 wheels on the AS. The Talon 6 Bi-mode can be configured to show data on 4 wheels. Losing screen real estate trying to show 22 wheels seems wasteful.

Does anyone have any knowledge or experience that could highlight any advantages or shortcomings of one system verses the other?
Hello Sir,

The TST display is optimized for only 4 tires as well. I would love to talk with you before you decide on a system. I am available until midnight 7 days a week at 77-889-9102

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Good Thread! If anyone ever has any questions/ issues with their TST please feel free to call me. I am available 7 days a week until midnight at 770-889-9102. We take customer service extremely serious, and FULLY stand behind the product.
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The advantage of a 6 wheel system is that #5 can go on the spare tire and #6 for backup.

I had two fail on my Dill. The only way to get spares otherwise is to put in a warranty claim. That was a nightmare through Tire Rack. Dill won't sell individual sensors.
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I also have a Dill tpms that has worked well for 2years. After I put a topper and cargo rack it became troublesome so I contacted dill and sent me a repeater at no charge, but still would not work properly. I took the aluminum tie down brackets off and it works as it should, I guess they were deflecting the signal.Attachment 255721
I mounted the Dill magnetic antenna upside down on the water tank between the rear wheels and ran the coax cable to the propane enclosure where the repeater is mounted. It looks through the camper shell straight up to the TMPS unit that hangs from a suction cup mount near the rear view mirror.
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I used the included external antenna.
I ran the coax from the display unit attached to the windshield with the suction cup mount to under the truck bed- maybe 6-7'- and it made a difference.


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