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Old 05-13-2016, 11:24 AM   #15
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I have the Dill TPMS and I am mostly happy except...
The power cord plugs into the bottom of the unit limiting mounting options even when hard wired.
I would like it better if the power cord came into the back of the unit like the antenna.
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:38 AM   #16
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I purchased the Pressure Pro system right after I purchased my trailer. It gives you a sense of security that that nothing bad is happening to my truck or trailer tires. I would not tow a trailer like ours without it.
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:48 AM   #17
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I have the Dill TPMS and I am mostly happy except...
The power cord plugs into the bottom of the unit limiting mounting options even when hard wired.
I would like it better if the power cord came into the back of the unit like the antenna.
I too have the DILL TPMS system, and agree with m.hony. The monitor could be designed better, but it works great. Even though we are running Michelin LT tires on our Pendleton (came with 16" Michelin's on Sendel alloy wheels) I like the concept of knowing when there is a problem.

The plan is to change the batteries whenever we replace tires. I bought the system from TireRack and had Discount Tire install the stems. I had some concerns about dismounting brand new tires but all went well. While the wheels were off I put on a set of Centramatic Wheel Balancers. While researching I found some forum members who use them and swear by them. But the deciding factor was an old timer I met at Jackson Center who has driven over a million miles (delivers buses for a living) and he highly recommended them.
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:51 AM   #18
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I'm not sure you can replace batteries in the Dill TPMS tire sensors.
I think after 5-7 years or when you get new tires you get new sensors too for about $27 each.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:44 PM   #19
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Bought tmp66 3 years ago. The monitor and transmitters work well. Charging monitor is important and changing batteries 2 x year.
Week ago 20 miles from leaving home the unit sounded slow leak. From 50 to 38. Stopped at tire discounter. Tire quickly at 18 psi with an old key stuck in thread. Patched tire and on our way.
The TM is much better than just kicking the tires.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:52 PM   #20
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There are lots of threads on this topic in the forum.

General consensus I found, succinctly put:

For single axle trailer, you will know you have a flat tire right away, due to the extreme change in driveability. A slow leak is discovered when driveability changes due to extreme loss of pressure or during a periodic tire pressure check when stopping.

On a tandem axle, the driveability may not change significantly, due to the other tire/axle, with a potential of ripping up your trailer with the flapping flat tire as you continue along unknowingly.



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Old 05-13-2016, 01:14 PM   #21
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We have it on all the truck and trailer tires. When leaving for the winter, the alarm went off and showed that we had a low front tire on the truck, about two miles from home. We only had 40# in the tire but were able to add air and make it to a place that pulled the tire and rim and checked it.
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Old 05-13-2016, 01:16 PM   #22
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I have a TST system which I purchased from a fellow Airstreamer. It was in the $250-$275 range? The system has worked flawlessly and in fact it saved us on a long stretch in NW Nevada. Jerry O'Connell was also great on after sale help in setting it up, etc. Unfortunately I've misplaced his contact info, but perhaps someone else on this thread knows how to reach him. Good luck
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Old 05-13-2016, 01:24 PM   #23
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tire pressure sensors

Don't leave home without one (or two, or four) I started using a Pressure Pro system in 07. The internal sensor batteries on the first two sensors failed for the first time this year. Thats on the order of 9 years service. During their lifetime, I had one tread separation and one slow deflation while moving and in both cases I got an early alert and could pull over and got stopped before any real problem.
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We recently purchased the TireMinder 66 system with ten sensors--4 fir the new Michelins on the AS, and 6 for our Sprinter TV with duallies.

There were a number of challenges getting it all right, but they have already helped us--three times! We were having tire valve issues (long stock rubber valves distorted by bad install of hose valve extenders.)

Now, we have metal valves and properly installed extenders. But the peace of mind is great!
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:25 PM   #25
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I do enjoy the peace of mind that comes from constantly knowing tire pressure and temperature as I travel.
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We put the money towards a set of the most reliable tires we could find which were Michelins, then decided if we really needed a trailer tire monitoring system (not yet). TPMS may not warn before a blowout suddenly happens and tears up the side of the Airstream, excellent tires are a better investment.

I have a tire monitoring system. It DID NOT HELP with the blowout we had however. I just scanned the monitor and looked away, than boom there went one of the GYM tires. Tore up the side of our Airstream.
We installed Michelins all the way around and a few months later with the new tires the TMS showed a loss of pressure in one of the new tires. I would lose 5 # and that was it. I pulled into a tire shop they checked it out without taking it of and and they couldn't find the leak. So after I got home, I took the tire of, took it the local tire shop and sure enough there was a 2" long screw in it.
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I think part of the cost differential is if the system uses valve caps to monitor or a unit inside the wheel- like cars do. I don't like the idea of the valve cap type and that's one reason I went with the Dill.
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:27 PM   #28
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Honestly, I get more peace of mind having ditched a set of TPMS several years ago after getting a tandem axle Airstream, installing the most reliable tires we could find, and not being distracted monitoring more information on the dashboard. We still have it, I just don't care to have it in there for what it provides. Maybe I'm old school, check the tires at every fuel stop.

That's not a recommendation, it's just what we do. Maybe I'll change my mind but it's been five years.

If it's a question of spending money monitoring mediocre to poor tires or buying high quality tires, I would get good tires first.
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