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Old 01-18-2015, 06:29 PM   #1
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First Flat!

Well, it finally happened. Almost 40,000 miles of smooth towing. 20K on the 14" Marathons, and 20k on the 15" Michelins on our FC23FB. Sunset on I-10 just east of Tallahassee, FL. The TPMS alarm sounded and showed the right rear tire deflating quickly to 0 psi. No vibration, nothing felt! I thought it a false alarm, but pulled over at the first opportunity and sure enough, a flat! Thank you TPMS! Must have been speared at that fuel stop in Monticello. Puncture too large for the fix-a-flat in a can, so I wrestled on the spare - the original 14" Marathon. It rolled just fine in company with the 15" Michelins. Will find a repair in the am.

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Old 01-18-2015, 07:13 PM   #2
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Hi JamuJoe,
I had my first TPMS test (and Michelin tire incident) last September when one of the valve stems began leaking. I carry a Vair 300P portable air compressor so I touched up the tire a bit, found a good ol tire shop just off the interstate a few miles, and they fixed it in about 30 minutes. I was very thank full for the good performance from the Tire Minder so I am now pleased with that purchase and convinced that a TPMS is a worth while accessory. Safe travels and smooth seas. Jim

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Old 01-19-2015, 11:12 AM   #3
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The sooner one knows about a tire pressure loss the less damage created. No matter the tire brand or capacity road hazads happen.

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Old 01-19-2015, 11:24 AM   #4
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JamuJoe, which TPMS system do you use?



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Old 01-19-2015, 01:59 PM   #5
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My TPMS is Truck System Technologies. External valve stem sensors. I'm pretty sensitive to machinery sound and vibration, but did not feel a thing when the alarm sounded as that tire quickly deflated, and I was on high alert. I had to roll almost six miles on I-10 to get to a safe pull-off, and the tire was ruined. Oh well, an unscheduled rest day in Perry, FL as a new Michelin is delivered. I am now fully convinced as to the value of the TPMS.

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Old 01-19-2015, 02:22 PM   #6
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I've never had a flat on a trailer, but I bought a TPMS, anyway. I figured, it couldn't hurt, and it might really save the day, sometime.

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