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Old 08-10-2002, 02:53 PM   #1
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I stopped by Camping World today with the intention of buying a set of the low tire detector they were pushing by mailouts a couple of months ago.

They have withdrawn the detectors permanently from stock. That location installed about 3 sets of them and every one of them had repeated false alarms. They had to remove the sensors and issue refunds.

I guess I ducked a bullet by not getting them installed earlier.
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I dont think 3 failures is much of a trend to warrant removing them from the shelf, the system they advertise in the catalog is made by Roadmaster they make alot of stuff for towing. I would verify through other sources about their product or even call them and ask about the CW failure/returns see what their side of the story is. It could have been caused by faulty installation by CW. And there are other systems out there such as Tele-tector in the Blue beret. I plan on getting one but thats down the road (with no flats I hope) .

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Old 08-10-2002, 05:25 PM   #3
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I doubt that the local CW pulled it unilaterally; it isn't listed in any of the CW catalogs anymore. I just checked their website and their 800 number and it isn't there either. Those are national in scope.

The local CW had 100% failures, but, IMHO, they wouldn't have pulled it if other outlets were successful with it. Installation is simply putting a self-adhesive sensor inside the tire and mounting the receivers nearby.

The Teletector apparently doesn't work on my International though I will call them and verify that.

I had destructive blowouts over the years with my last 2 trailers and I really would like the sensors.
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Old 08-11-2002, 07:33 PM   #4
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Interesting that even Roadmaster doesn't have them on their website. I have a strange feeling that they didn't work out.
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Roadmaster brochure

A few months ago I received literature from them and the tire brochure was in it, but I did'nt save it.

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Old 11-11-2007, 01:59 PM   #6
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i just got back from a caravan and we had many flats. almost everybody had various types of detectors. none of the detectores gave positive readings that helped. i think the technology needs to ketch up with the demand. i will wait a bit befor buying one.

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Old 11-11-2007, 02:57 PM   #7
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i've wondered if a wireless microphone would be a better addition. if you could hear the tire flapping, it would be helpful. i suppose a vibration sensor would work too.
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Old 11-11-2007, 03:41 PM   #8
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I wonder if a "flat tire detector" would be the same item as a "tire pressure monitor"?
If so, there have been a few posts on this subject. Do a search and see what turns up. There have been some positive reviews .
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Here's a negative review on tire pressure monitors. They are on my Toyota 4Runner. The dealer's service dept. hates them because they give a lot of false readings (one problem the 4R is they also read the spare and I can't keep extra pressure in it because warning light goes on) and when tires are changed they are easily damaged. My warning light has been on 2 months—we are used to it by now. I do check the 4 tires regularly, but the spare is a pain to check. They read rotations I was told so as the tires wears would readings get even stranger? I don't see how a reasonably priced system could be installed on the trailer and send readings to the TV. I think Ricky has the right idea—a mike to hear the flapping.

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Old 11-11-2007, 08:58 PM   #10
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This thread is scaring me. I am about ready to order the Pressure Pro system of tire monitoring. A number of folks on our caravan this summer had them and seemed to be quite positive on their day to day operation plus ability to alarm on pressure drops over 5-8 lbs.
Only problem noted was potential vandalism or theft and cost to replace batteries every 3-5 years.

Are your detectors a completely different system?
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I just listened to a guy talk about his Saturn Aura with tire monitors. He wasn't very happy either because of lots of false alarms.

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We have the OEM tire pressure monitor on our Ridgeline and after 40k mi. it works fine with no false alarms. The only time it gave an indication was when I got a nail in a tire. Great safety system.
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I just came back from Europe and drove a high end Peugot. It had tire pressure monitors on it and the system was alwasy saying the rf tire was low. I manually checked it several times in the 12 days I was there. tires were good. Some times the LF would show low. Other times no warning as in all was good.

Neat idea. And the teckys need to find a better design. Cause this French design doesn't work.

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I went to the root of the problem, the crappie 15" ST tires!

Switched out to the 16" steel rims/metal valves (0 off set) and Michelin load range (D) LTX tires. They fit like a glove.


I've run the (E) range on my TV for 70,000, without a hitch. No more checking the sideview for black bits.



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