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Old 03-13-2016, 10:56 AM   #1
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Our new 2015 FC 23D and tire valve stems

So we are picking up our new 2015 FC 23D and based on these discussions it has rubber valve stems and 14" tires. I don't plan on changing tire sizes any time soon but question whether I should change over to metal stems. Recommendations?
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The Dill TPMS 1506-453 system data senders are inside the tire and have metal valve stems as part of the sender. All of my motorcycles were switched to metal stems. There is some more piece of mind not having rubber tire stem failure on the list of things worry about.

I have had a rubber stem fail in the past starting as a leak right at the wheel rim surface.
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Metal. Make sure the nut holding will be tight. Then follow with one drop of blue Loctite to top of the nut. Put enough to seal around the top of the nut. When you need it out, it will come out.
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Best thing to do is call TST directly. They're very nice and will answer any questions you have. We went with metal valve stems, and we're happy with the switch.
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Since the trailer is still at Bay Area Airstream it is wise to just have them change the rubber stems out to metal?
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Since the trailer is still at Bay Area Airstream it is wise to just have them change the rubber stems out to metal?
Yes. and show up with a TST system already programmed... easy..
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The Dill TPMS 1506-453 system data senders are inside the tire and have metal valve stems as part of the sender. All of my motorcycles were switched to metal stems. There is some more piece of mind not having rubber tire stem failure on the list of things worry about.

I have had a rubber stem fail in the past starting as a leak right at the wheel rim surface.
Why does an Airstream have a T.P.M.sender INSIDE the tire?
Most TPMs have their senders Outside the tire, and hence the need for metal valve Stems.
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Cactus you don't say if you are planning to add TPMS. If not adding TPMS sensors then no need to change. If adding TPMS pickup the trailer and stop a one of the chain tire stores like Discount Tire or Lew Schwab. They can change to metal stems, but on the TPMS external sensors (if that is what you are going to do) and balance the tire. Might also consider changing the lug nuts if the ones installed are the lug nut with a chrome cover.
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Yes - planning on going with a TST 607 non flow through sensor.


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Cactus you don't say if you are planning to add TPMS. If not adding TPMS sensors then no need to change. If adding TPMS pickup the trailer and stop a one of the chain tire stores like Discount Tire or Lew Schwab. They can change to metal stems, but on the TPMS external sensors (if that is what you are going to do) and balance the tire. Might also consider changing the lug nuts if the ones installed are the lug nut with a chrome cover.
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Cactus you don't say if you are planning to add TPMS. If not adding TPMS sensors then no need to change. If adding TPMS pickup the trailer and stop a one of the chain tire stores like Discount Tire or Lew Schwab. They can change to metal stems, but on the TPMS external sensors (if that is what you are going to do) and balance the tire. Might also consider changing the lug nuts if the ones installed are the lug nut with a chrome cover.
I have changed countless tires during over 50 years of driving experience and never stripped a lug nut thread until my first AS 23 FB last year. I damaged three lug nuts within 2 months while checking torque or changing a flat trailer tire. I have had no problem after switching all 20 lug nuts to solid lug nuts without the cheap chrome casings. Those are entirely worthless. The $25 was definitely worth it.

Also, I replaced my 14" GYM tires after 16,000 trouble free miles and requested metal valve stems. Cost - about $28 at Les Schwab, where I bought my Towmaster tires. (More recently Les Schwab repaired a tire on my TV even though I bought the tires from another company as a result of an urgent need on the other side of the continent.)
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Having the Dill TPMS sender inside the tire (similar to all the factory installed TPMS systems on pickups and cars) means it can read both the pressure and temperature inside the tire. It will not vibrate loose or fall off nor is it easily stolen or vandalized. Since the tires will need to be replaced long before the battery inside the TPMS gets tired (suggested three year tire cycle in the Southwest) one would need to consider replacement on every second tire change. The sender gets turned on when the tire starts rotating.
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Which Dill TPMS system is best for 4" wheels?
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Having the Dill TPMS sender inside the tire (similar to all the factory installed TPMS systems on pickups and cars) means it can read both the pressure and temperature inside the tire. It will not vibrate loose or fall off nor is it easily stolen or vandalized. Since the tires will need to be replaced long before the battery inside the TPMS gets tired (suggested three year tire cycle in the Southwest) one would need to consider replacement on every second tire change. The sender gets turned on when the tire starts rotating.
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We installed the Dill #1506-453 TPMS with #1900 display in both trailers. It has six senders so one can be in the spare as well. When we were going to Alaska, it was suggested to have two spares.

The "453" refers to the valve stem hole size in the 15" T03-56545T SenDel wheels installed on the 23D and the 16" T03-66655T wheels we installed on the Classic.

Make sure the tire installer puts the installed sender's letter on the tire so you can position the receiver chips in the proper location of the display. I then marked the tire with permanent marker where it could not be seen looking at the tires.
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Which Dill TPMS system is best for 4" wheels?

Meant to say 14" wheels!
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