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Old 11-24-2007, 04:10 PM   #1
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How does your TV react when the TT gets a flat?

Hi all,

Iv'e read with much interest on the technical aspects of tires, which has me asking how do you know you have a TT flat?

I'm new to streaming, and planning my first trip early next year. It will probably be around the country tour. My TV is a burb 2500HD, 4by and I'm pulling a Safari 25' SS.

I've not yet experienced the joys of a flat or a major failure, but from the cab of the TV, what alerts you to tire problems that require immediate attention?

Thanks in advance if you have a moment to share your experience.

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Old 11-24-2007, 05:30 PM   #2
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To be honest, towing a 25' A/S with a 2500 Burb, you probably won't even know your TT has a flat. Since a tire blowout can really cause a lot of damage to the trailer, some folks like to arrange their mirrors such that you can keep an eye on the TT tires for that very reason. I'd suggest Mckesh mirrors with the convex add-ons.
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Old 11-25-2007, 07:08 PM   #3
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I'd suggest a Tire Pressure Monitering System because by the time you notice the tire is flat its probally going to be comming apart and causing damage.
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Old 11-25-2007, 07:48 PM   #4
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The only flat I've had on a trailer was a small single axle utility trailer. I was travelling at highway speed. My first clue was when I saw "mud" coming from behind the trailer - then I realized that the road had no mud on it. I was seeing rubber chunks flying.
The tow feel really never changed, but this was a very light trailer.
With a double axle, you may not know unless you see "mud" in your rear view mirror. Check your mirrors often, check your tires after each stop.
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:49 AM   #5
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I was afraid of this, not knowing that a tire failure has occured until a passing motorist franticly points back at the TT.

There are a few comments on other threads about the Pressure Pro, I think I may invest in a set of four. While not perfect, less expensive then repaired body work. Hopefully.
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Old 11-26-2007, 10:50 AM   #6
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I got a "flat" while towing last winter. I did not notice. Until the next day.... when I was looking at the tires after being parked overnight.
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One of the advantages of a dual axle...
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:28 AM   #8
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I was afraid of this, not knowing that a tire failure has occured until a passing motorist franticly points back at the TT.

There are a few comments on other threads about the Pressure Pro, I think I may invest in a set of four. While not perfect, less expensive then repaired body work. Hopefully.
I really don't know anything about the tire pressure monitors but I've read quite a few comments from folks "in the know" that basically said not to waste your money on them. Anyway, I'd be doing some serious research first.

Unfortunately, I don't think there's a sure fire way of knowing when you have a flat. The best advice is probably to make sure the tires are in good shape, maintain maximum pressure at all times and inspect them regularly.
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:50 AM   #9
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Don't waste your money?
To replace the side panel on an Airstream can run into the thousands of dollars.
To replace the plumbing connections at the dump point which usually gets ripped off when a tire starts flailing the trailer usually $200.00 or more plus the aggrivation of it all.
With a tire pressure monitering system usually you will be standing at the side or the road watching the tire finish going flat (absolutely no damage to the trailer).
The first 1/2 a trip (on the way home) I had mine, it paid for itself. The next time it alarmed was pure profit.
I guess it depends how close to the edge you like to live.
I have to wonder if those folks "in the know" disconnect their engine guages in the dash so they will have less to worry about.
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Old 11-26-2007, 12:03 PM   #10
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I have the Pressure Pro sensors for use during daylight. I figure after nightfall the geyser of sparks from my skidplate will be visible from outer space.
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Sounds interesting... but it uses a cigarette lighter plug? Another piece of equipment visible for no-goodniks to spy in my truck.
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Old 11-26-2007, 04:18 PM   #12
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Pressure Pros

The PPs are great otherwise just hope for minimal damage or hope you hear a blowout (you will) and stop immediately. I agree that if it's merely a tire going down you'll have a difficult time immediately noticing anything from your TV.
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Sounds interesting... but it uses a cigarette lighter plug? Another piece of equipment visible for no-goodniks to spy in my truck.
No, it uses a minicable. I ran the cable from my overhead console to the sun visor, and the Pressure Pro attaches to the hidden side of the visor with velcro. It's not visible from the outside.

I do worry about the pressure sending units. They're held on with a lock nut, but I'm worried some frustrated thief might just hit it with a hammer if he can't get it off.
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like others, I have had a flat and not known it except for another traveler letting me know.

My thought on the sensors would be whether or not they would alarm fast enough before tire damage really gets underway. I have seen a truck tire almost literally explode next to me, and a tire monitor wouldn't have done that driver a bit of good because the tire shredded in seconds.

I'd be open to trying monitors, but I would be a bit skeptical none the less - at least for highway driving.
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