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Old 01-10-2016, 09:01 PM   #1
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Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Sounds like this is an important item to have for our AS's. What brands have folks found that are easy to use, reliable and not too expensive? Thanks And Happy NewYear to all!
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Old 01-10-2016, 09:20 PM   #2
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I have a Dill. I can't comment on not too expensive, but it works well. It has several screen setups, none of which exactly match a tandem axle trailer, but I picked the one for a steerable trailer with front and rear axles. The sending units mount inside the wheels which eliminates one source of failure, flex in the valve stems, but adds difficulty to change the batteries. I needed the (included) external antenna under the truck bed to get a reliable signal.

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Old 01-10-2016, 10:35 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 01-11-2016, 05:43 AM   #4
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I have used a Doran system for 5 years. Has notified me of 3 valve stem failures and one nail puncture. Paid for itself at least 2 times over as notice was given before tires were low enough to be damaged by driving on them flat and thus ruining them....let alone possibly saving body damage.
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I have a system marketed as "Hawkshead" on the trailer that I have used for quite a few years, and I subsequently put the same system on our motorcycle.

The sensors screw onto the valve stems and the batteries are easily changed.

About the only thing that bothers me a little is that when you start out after leaving the vehicle parked over night, it can take up to 15 minutes of driving before the monitor links up with the sensors, so you have no protection during that time.

Apparently this is normal - not sure if other systems are the same.

It would also be nice if you could immediately check pressures before setting out on a trip, you cannot, but I always do a walk around anyway.

It will alert (flashing lights and beeping) and discriminate between slow leaks, blow outs, and also over pressure and excess temperature.

Never yet had a tire problem on the road to test out its effectiveness, but certainly if I loosen a sensor to let a little air out of a tire it alerts right away! I have had over pressure alarms a few times once the tires heat up if I put too much air in the tires in relation to the nominal pressure that I have set the system to monitor.

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Old 01-11-2016, 09:54 AM   #6
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"About the only thing that bothers me a little is that when you start out after leaving the vehicle parked over night, it can take up to 15 minutes of driving before the monitor links up with the sensors, so you have no protection during that time."

Brian,

Try experimenting a bit. Probably all are not the same, but with the Doran:

1) if you power up the dash unit PRIOR to applying pressure to the sensors, the reading is immediate, as the head "sees" a change in pressure immediately.
2) If you leave the sensors AND head powered up for a quick overnight, readings are real time.
3) if you leave sensors installed and power down the head, it can take up to 6 minutes (for Doran) to give a reading, depending where in the periodic 6 minute update cycle the individual sensor is.
4) if you unscrew the sensor overnight and power the head FIRST, reading is immediate, upon screwing the sensor down.
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TST TPMS Many of the AS Owners use TST, it reports PSI and Temp. It reports while stationary and when moving. We have Internal and External Sensors as well FT Sensors. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 770-889-9102
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I have an older PressurePro system. Sensors screw onto the tire stem. Batteries not replaceable. But it works.

Detected a slow leak in a wheel once. I believe sudden blowouts are extremely rare, so a TPMS system is indispensible.
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I have a system marketed as "Hawkshead" on the trailer that I have used for quite a few years, and I subsequently put the same system on our motorcycle.

The sensors screw onto the valve stems and the batteries are easily changed.

About the only thing that bothers me a little is that when you start out after leaving the vehicle parked over night, it can take up to 15 minutes of driving before the monitor links up with the sensors, so you have no protection during that time.

Apparently this is normal - not sure if other systems are the same.

It would also be nice if you could immediately check pressures before setting out on a trip, you cannot, but I always do a walk around anyway.

It will alert (flashing lights and beeping) and discriminate between slow leaks, blow outs, and also over pressure and excess temperature.

Never yet had a tire problem on the road to test out its effectiveness, but certainly if I loosen a sensor to let a little air out of a tire it alerts right away! I have had over pressure alarms a few times once the tires heat up if I put too much air in the tires in relation to the nominal pressure that I have set the system to monitor.

Brian.
Does this unit work fine without a booster ? This sounds like a unit I would like to have
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We use the TST system and it works flawlessly!
Best value out there as far as I'm concerned
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I have the Dill TPMS.
It was maybe $179 from Tirerack.com.
I'm sure there are others that work just as well in the price range.
Please do a Google search for Airforums TPMS and read all the threads on here related to the subject.
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Old 01-11-2016, 02:17 PM   #13
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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.
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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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