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Old 01-16-2016, 08:29 AM   #57
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Dill won't sell individual sensors.
I called Dill and they referred me to a supplier who sent me one sensor.
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Old 01-16-2016, 11:42 AM   #58
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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.

Now I just put the external antenna on the roof as before, even with the external antenna mounted to the bumper down low and the repeater activated I still couldn't get all 4 signals. It wasn't till I took off the brackets that it started reading properly without the repeater.
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Old 01-16-2016, 05:17 PM   #59
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Sometimes metal stuff on the roof can be just the right dimensions to screw up radio signals. That's probably what was going on.


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Old 01-16-2016, 08:36 PM   #60
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Installation of the TST TPMS

TST TPMS update. This morning I put the sensors on the truck and trailer and then took a test drive. First impression was that the sensors and their anti-theft covers were every bit as large installed as they appeared to be in the box. Upon careful inspection I confirmed that the sensors did not extend beyond the tire sidewall.

Installation with the provided wrench was pretty easy and after the second sensor I had a handle on it. It was a little fiddly the first time or two but it works well. Don't lose your wrench. As advised I put a dab of dielectric grease on the valve stems before installing the sensors.

I chose to use Velcro tape to mount the monitor base on the dash instead of the provided double-sided tape. The monitor itself rests on a knife-edge in the base making a solid connection which also makes it easy to remove the monitor. I chose not to use the suction cup mount also provided.

Now it was time to take a test drive. First I decoupled the trailer sensors from the monitor, analogous to unhitching the trailer on the display. Off we went with the monitor merrily cycling through each tire reporting current pressure and temperature and that all is well. That's all there was to it.

The installation and test drive were so successful because Mike at TST said that he would set up the sensors before shipping the unit. I had read BB comments about needing tech support for setup and I conclude that the initial setup may be a source of many (most?) initial problems. Because my unit arrived preset for my tow vehicle and trailer tire pressures all I needed to do was to charge the monitor, install the sensors on the correct tires and wheel off into the sunset. Many thanks to Mike at TST for setting up the sensors before the unit was shipped.

With over a thousand miles remaining on this trip there will be plenty of time on the road to test and learn this system.
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Old 01-16-2016, 08:48 PM   #61
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We have tens of thousands of miles on our TST system. The system has been flawless and the customer service amazing. This is a first rate company and one I look forward to dealing with again.
Just for clarity, I have no connection with this company other than I'm a VERY satisfied customer

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Old 01-21-2016, 10:13 AM   #62
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Thank you Doug and Skip!!
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:27 AM   #63
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Just to echo the excellent service received from Mike and TST. I haven't installed my system yet, want it to be a little bit warmer outside.
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:19 AM   #64
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TST and it works fine. Good service and they honored their price promise. I initially bought two sensors for our Bambi and needed two more when we upgraded. They sold me the sensors as if I had bought four in the first place. Also our 12V charger cord failed and they sent a replacement no questions asked and promptly.
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:59 AM   #65
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I have purchased and just coded a new TST TPMS and have not yet replaced the caps with the sensors but will be this week just for the peace of mind.
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If you have any questions with your new TST please feel free to contact me at 770-889-9102 You can reach me until midnight 7 days a week.
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Old 02-04-2016, 06:07 AM   #66
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TST TPMS Update

TST TPMS Update. I had removed the sensors until I could install the recommended metal valve stems after this trip. At the end of the day my trusty Navigator was directing me onto the leveling blocks when she heard air escaping from the tire. It turned out that we had picked up our second large screw. Eh? Is this the road hazard capital of the universe?

Since I had removed the sensors to avoid killing another rubber valve stem I didn't know this puncture had happened until we were stopped, and luckily we stopped before we could run on the flat. It was decision time.

I started the day with a tire rodeo there in camp. My day-long frenzy of tire-changing activity provided endless entertainment for the other good people in the campground. They boiled out of their RVs like groupies at a rock concert. By the end of a very long day I had replaced the punctured tire with a new tire and all trailer wheels had metal valve stems. The truck will come after the trip.

On yesterday's tow the trailer tires were merrily reporting that all was well while the truck sensors remained in the bag. The system is finally installed and running on the trailer and it is ready to alarm if we have, God forbid, yet another puncture.
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:34 AM   #67
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We have the TST system and are not totally thrilled with it. The sensors (ours are two years old) have tiny screws that hold the outer cover on (anti theft). These screws are not stainless so they have rusted and now the outer cover is breaking where the screws attach when taking it apart to change the batteries. The first receiver unit antenna broke after about a year and TST did replace it at no charge (out of warranty). Now the new receiver will not charge without me holding the connector to the unit (nothing is broken). I am quite sure TST will fix these issues. As others have said they have great customer service.

My real question here is about battery life. The batteries don't last a whole year. So invariably they go bad while traveling. So I am wondering about switching to an internal system with long life batteries that are supposed to last as long as the tires (I am hoping for a 6 or 7 year life out of our new 16" Michelins). What are member's experiences with these type of systems? Do the batteries really last 7 years? I understand the batteries in these are not replaceable so we would have to replace the sensors at that time. But really what electronics last longer than that anyway.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:06 AM   #68
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I had one sensor battery finally fail after 5 years on my Doran. Purchased 4 new ones, as the rest probably aren't far behind.
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Old 02-05-2016, 07:52 PM   #69
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I've been running PressurePro systems on two trailers for about 9 years. The original ones are still going although the stated battery lifetime is around 7 years. They do work. Gotten alerts on two different occasions when there was tire belt separation and the tires started leaking. (both times Goodyear M tires). They link up almost immediately when power is applied to the monitoring unit in the truck. In addition to the rolling safety, sure is a lot easier to check tire pressure before starting out. Don't leave home without a TPS of some type. Worth the money in peace of mind.
Ditto on "easier to check tire pressure before starting out" and "peace of mind" running PressurePro TPMS.

PressurePro TPMS now provides High Temperature Alerts.

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I had one sensor battery finally fail after 5 years on my Doran. Purchased 4 new ones, as the rest probably aren't far behind.
Last month, I replaced our 5-year old PressurePro sensors when two showed signs of needing to be replaced.

Earlier this week, I ordered a new PressurePro TPMS monitor that has a High Temperature Alert (my early-2011 monitor only monitored pressures). While placing the order, I spoke with PressurePro Technology Manager, Edward Lutsko, and I asked him about the average life of their sensors.

He said that although they advertise their sensors as having an average age of 3-4 years, their customer experience in replacing sensors, shows that they actually average 5.5-6 years before needing to be replaced.
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