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Old 07-10-2016, 01:30 PM   #1
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TPMS - Put your mind at ease

Been reading on this site and others about trailer tire quality, blowout risk and other like topics. Concluded that if I monitor the tire pressure on my Ford F-150 tow vehicle, it would be logical to be able to do the same on my Classic's four tires.

I recently installed a tire pressure monitoring system made by TST (Truck Systems Technologies) - selected model TST 507. Based on helpful advice from Chip Aiken of vendor Great RV Products, I did not go with the flow through sensors as they would stick out too far from the wheel.

The system was easy to install. It worked well on a recent trip to the Texas Hill Country in near 100 degree heat. Very comforting to be able to periodically look at the TST monitor on the dash to see that the AS's tires pressure and temperature were within acceptable tolerances.

Note that I do not need the add-on TST "repeater" as the four monitors' signals were all able to reach the TST base unit in the Ford F-150's cab.

Hope this post helps.
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:43 PM   #2
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I have been happy with my TST system for a couple of years now. Works as advertised in my opinion. (Steve, thank you)
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I went with the Dill system- it uses transmitters that are mounted inside the tire, just like the TV.
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Old 07-10-2016, 02:54 PM   #4
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I went with the Dill system- it uses transmitters that are mounted inside the tire, just like the TV.
Glad you are pleased with the Dill system. Internal transmitters were of interest to me as well, particularly given that they can't be stolen easily. That said, I went with TST due to the ability to easily replace the sensor's batteries. Many ways to solve the same challenge.
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We took a little different approach to peace of mind, spent the TPMS money on tires much less likely to need monitoring, and much less likely to blow out being monitored or not.
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Old 07-11-2016, 11:13 AM   #6
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I, too, have the Dill TPMS.
It is comforting to always know the tire pressure and tire temperature.
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I've read that it is a good investment. I'll watch the thread, but would like to see the consensus on which people like best.
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:38 PM   #8
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I also have the TST 507 system. On one trip it keep dropping one of the wheel's reading. I called them about the issues and they send me a free larger antenna on a five foot cable. I ran the small cable under head lining and the antenna is mounted on back glass. Never drop another reading. Better that buying a repeater. Hope this info helps someone.
It works great and I like monitoring the tires without having to use mirrors.
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I've read that it is a good investment. I'll watch the thread, but would like to see the consensus on which people like best.

Consensus? 😮

On these forums?? 😱

As my dad used to say, don't hold your breath 😂😂

I went with the TST internal mount system. Purchased in 2013 I believe so I'm probably coming due on the batteries. I like knowing the constant pressure and temp of each tire.

Would love to have each tire weighed separately - my front curb always seems to be a couple degrees and a pound higher and my rear street always seems to be a couple degrees and a pound lower than the remaining 2. But overall, knowing they all consistently stay within 10% of cold pressure and 30* of ambient temp is comforting. If something goes out of that range, I know I'll need to take some action. And hopefully, no flats or blowouts but having an early indication of trouble would be a great benefit.
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The biggest drawback to the Dill TPMS is that the power cord comes into the bottom of the monitor, limiting mounting options.
I wish the power cord came into the back of the monitor like the antenna.


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We took a little different approach to peace of mind, spent the TPMS money on tires much less likely to need monitoring, and much less likely to blow out being monitored or not.
I made the same decision ..... however, in one of our rcent discussions, a Michelin tire was reported failed by a road hazard cut. The tire popped a few miles from where the cut was suspected to have happened. The owner said the failure was immediately reported by the TPMS and he pulled over to check the tire. He drove on at reduced speed to an exit where the tire could be changed, the failed tire was destroyed, but the trailer was not hurt. It is my suspicion that without a slow down, the trailer would have received damage.

Now I am considering a TPMS. My reluctance is price. They seem to hit the pocket book at $3-400. Not a trivial sum, however a lot less than the repair of a wheel well. The question therefore is the probability of a similar road hazard failure and the viability of a $3-400 insurance policy making a significant difference. The more we learn, the more variables we have to consider.

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I, too, did the 16" wheel and LT tire upgrade, but figured as long as I was mounting new tires and wheels I had a golden opportunity to install the tire pressure monitors in the wheels and add the Centramatic balancers.
Nothing more I can do there unless one day I upgrade to disc brakes...
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Last year I purchased a Tire Tracker TT-400 system. I have used it a few times and works fine. It has a good price point (important to me) for $189 shipping included.
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Seems like the Dill TPMS was about the same price point ordered from TireRack.com.
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