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Old 07-01-2015, 01:34 PM   #1
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Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)

I am thinking about going to a TPMS, and just curious if anyone has a recommendation one way or the other. What system did you choose, and what's your experience with it? Did you change to metal valve stems? Any issues?

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Old 07-01-2015, 01:40 PM   #2
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TPMS may not prevent damage to your Airstream if a blowout occurs. If you have the original Good Year Marathon tires, especially if traveling extended distances, consider starting with a tire upgrade, then TPMS.
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:44 PM   #3
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Rather than repost just do a quick search on TPMS and you will find numerous threads. Top brands, Tire Minder, TST, Pressure Pro. External sensors (metal valve stems) or internal sensors. Lots of choices and much discussion on the forums.

I use TST, external with metal stems. Works fine.
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:57 PM   #4
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TPMS is a great acquisition, glad you are going after one. As you know, it is very important to keep your tires inflated properly. As stated by one of the experts, "once damaged, tires do not heal themselves."

I have one with external sensors. Go with metal stems, shorties so the sensor is not hanging out in the danger zone (i.e. do not project beyond the face of the tire where it could be bumped).

My system came from Canada and has served me well but I wouldn't recommend it today due to the customs hassles if you have to send something back. You can also get nailed with the cost for an International call if you dial the wrong number when calling them. Yeap, ask me how I know.

As Gary pointed out, do a google search for it here and you will find enough reading to keep you entertained for a day or two.

Here is some good info as well from an RV Tire Safety Blog:
RV Tire Safety: TPMS
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Rather than repost just do a quick search on TPMS and you will find numerous threads. Top brands, Tire Minder, TST, Pressure Pro. External sensors (metal valve stems) or internal sensors. Lots of choices and much discussion on the forums.

I use TST, external with metal stems. Works fine.
Gary, thanks! I did do a search, but the engine only returned one thread. Either I am challenged, or the search engine is like most on the various forums (i.e. not very good)

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Drat,
In the forum search function dropdown you will see an option to use Google, use that. As you point out, forum search functions are poor at best.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:04 PM   #7
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I have the TST system. So far so good it works. I did have to add the signal booster to get a reliable constant signal. Never have figured out why as I have medium sized trailer and tow vehicle. I had all metal stems installed and the tires balanced with the sensors installed. It is common sense that no TPMS system will prevent some blowouts. But they will give an alert driver a heads up of an impending issue no matter what the brand of tire. All brands of tires will have flats and blowouts if improperly maintained, IE: improper pressure, excesively high speeds, punctures or running into curbs.
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I have been very pleased with my Doran TPMS. I, too, had to get the signal booster for 100% reliable reception. It has notified me, early, of 3 stem failures (prior to getting all metal bolt on stems) and one low pressure situation last week. I took off the sensors while camped in FL to save battery life, and didn't put my caps on. After reinstalling the sensors the night before departure, I had a tire at 69psi the next morning. two grains of sand got on the o ring of the sensor and let the tire leak down overnight. I got a warning signal before I left the site.
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Went with a dill 1504-416 from tire rack after having a flat and not knowing it until another motorist pointed it out. Had a problem with the monitor at first but tire rack's customer service quickly professionally took care of it.
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The first one we had was a Doran, but it only last about 3 or 4 years. Then I bought a Tire Minder and now it doesn't work either. I can get it to work if I reprogram it next to the tire, but it doesn't work any further away. Until recently it always worked in the truck. I already replaced the batteries in the sensors. If I had a couple of hours to play with it, I could test how it works from further and further away (you have to wait up to 15 minutes for the system to recycle and get a new reading, so it takes a long time). Also, the very small O rings that seal the sensors have mostly fallen apart.

I think TPMS is a good idea, but it is also a pain. With Michelin tires I feel fairly confident of no problems, but any tire can fail. So far TPMS costs about $100/year, cheaper than a new panel if there's a blowout, but still $100/year.

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Have used a Pressure Pro system for many years, starting with when we monitored 12 tires when we drove a tag axle motorhome. Didn't even consider not using one when we switched to the Airstream. Over the years it has prevented several problems. All of mine have been slow leaks that the TPMS system allowed me to detect very early before any damage could occur. The strangest one was on my motorhome when I received a low pressure warning after being parked in a campground several days. One of the duals had gone completely flat, but it didn't look like it because it was held up by the other dual. This allowed me to discover and fix the problem several days before we were ready to hit the road again. Without the system, I would have discovered the problem on the morning of departure when I would check air pressures--not a good time to find out one has a flat tire. I now consider a TPMS to be an essential piece of equipment, and consider it to be one of the best expenditures I've made for towing accessories.
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I agree that TPMS is a good thing, but the troubles I've had keeping them working have discouraged me. The Pressure Pro made be better made and have lasted you for that reason. The Doran was a copy of it and I know there was a lawsuit over that some time ago, but I don't know what happened with that.

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I don't know if I've just been lucky, or if the Pressure Pro really was of higher quality. In any event, I have not had one bit of trouble with my system except when the sensor batteries were getting weak and I would get intermittent readings. A lot of people fuss about the PP not having replaceable batteries (they are completely sealed, and you buy new sensors at a discounted price), but my batteries lasted 2 years longer than originally advertised (some even longer), and the discounted price is $35 vs $50. The sealed units absolutely ensure that there will be no connection or corrosion problems with the batteries. Overall, I've been very happy with the PP. I'm only on my second set of sensors, having bought the original system sometime around 2003.

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