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Old 06-04-2013, 06:45 PM   #15
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Sure they would affect balance, but the question is how much. The Hawks Head sensors I just got weigh 15 grams or just over 1/2 ounce. While you do see lighter balance weights than 1/2 ounce used it is pretty rare. So technically they do affect balance but practically probably not. Since the system is going on the truck and the trailer, I intend to install the system and see.
The TTS sensors weigh 13 grams and that is negligible on AS rims. Since I have Centramatics installed, I could go a lot higher than that but the point is they are light weight and have practically no impact on wheel balance with or without Centramatics. They are easily installed and uninstalled to change batteries or when you are storing your unit for the winter.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:15 PM   #16
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After having two blowouts in two days and incurring about $500 in damage, we purchased a TTS system which was originally developed for trucks. The system costs $259 for a 4 tire system or $399 for an 8 tire system that can monitor your TV tires as well. It can monitor as many as 22 tires! It has many advantages over some of the old standard RV monitoring systems in that it continously monitors both pressure and temperature and you set individual tire limits for the alert warning system. It also features replaceable batteries which several of these don't (saving the cost of expensive replacements), have a built-in locking system to prevent theft, and are light weight so they don't impact your wheel balance. We used the system for a year now and are happy with the results. Since we have two axles we drove many miles before a state policeman in Oklahoma pulled us over to warn us about a flat tire--that won't happen again with this system. Information on this system is available at: RV Tire Systems - Truck System Technologies, Inc
I've just been reading a bit about the TST system. They say their small sensor units (under 1/2 ounce) are OK on rubber valve stems. Does anybody here have experience using TST with rubber valve stems?
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:42 PM   #17
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I've just been reading a bit about the TST system. They say their small sensor units (under 1/2 ounce) are OK on rubber valve stems. Does anybody here have experience using TST with rubber valve stems?
I have been using TST sensors for a little more than a year and I see no reason that metal stems are necessary with this type and weight of sensor. Their suggestions relating to metal stems pertain to their 510 semi truck system which uses 23 gram sensors. The RV system uses 12 gram sensor which are perfectly fine on rubber stems.

They also include two installation tools that prevent them from being removed from the stem with out using them to prevent theft. I remove thesensors during long storage periods to extend battery life and have yet to replace a battery.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:47 PM   #18
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I've just been reading a bit about the TST system. They say their small sensor units (under 1/2 ounce) are OK on rubber valve stems. Does anybody here have experience using TST with rubber valve stems?
I think you will be fine with the TST 507 system (regular sensors - not sure how heavy the flow-thru sensors are). TST: great customer service. If you are moving to their system from something else, like I did (PressurePro), they will give you a bit of a trade in allowance - just mention it when you call them.

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Old 06-05-2013, 07:23 AM   #19
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Someone above said they hadn't seen a report of a Michelin blowout on an Airstream yet. Well here's a friend's trailer that was damaged when a new 16-inch Michelin shredded. The insurance adjuster said the repair would require replacement of the entire rear quarter panel. A TPMS might have saved the day. We've been pleased with a Doran TPMS. For three years I've had constant feedback on tire pressure. My rule of thumb is to add air if a tire is three pounds low from temperature or altitude change. I'm confident that the Doran will give some warning if a tire is losing pressure while underway or if the tire is heating up from a mechanical malfunction. A TPMS is a must-have accessory. I'd put the Michelins and 16-inch wheels in the nice-to-have category.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:29 AM   #20
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It's a must have. First, purchased the Hawkshead. Bad decision for me. Too complicated. Returned to factory to have it checked out. Still could not get it to work
(Probably me now, I have messed with it for so long, now I have a mental block).

Finally bit the bullet and purchased the "Pressure Pro." I highly recommend it. It is everything that you need and want, pressure and temperature. Installation is easy and in plain english.

Anyone interested in a Hawkshead. You may be able to get it to work.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:28 AM   #21
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Someone above said they hadn't seen a report of a Michelin blowout on an Airstream yet. Well here's a friend's trailer that was damaged when a new 16-inch Michelin shredded. The insurance adjuster said the repair would require replacement of the entire rear quarter panel. A TPMS might have saved the day. We've been pleased with a Doran TPMS. For three years I've had constant feedback on tire pressure. My rule of thumb is to add air if a tire is three pounds low from temperature or altitude change. I'm confident that the Doran will give some warning if a tire is losing pressure while underway or if the tire is heating up from a mechanical malfunction. A TPMS is a must-have accessory. I'd put the Michelins and 16-inch wheels in the nice-to-have category.
I had been looking for a 16" Michelin blowout and no doubt would find one, thanks for posting. However that does look a lot like the stock 15" Classic wheels?

Having used a TPMS and the 16" I would have to place the tire upgrade way ahead of TPMS for peace of mind. Both would be ideal I suppose but they are clunky to me (and I'm due for $200 worth of sensor replacements).

I could give someone a great deal on a very lightly used Doran TPMS if interested.

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:46 AM   #22
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I had been looking for a 16" Michelin blowout and no doubt would find one, thanks for posting. However that does look a lot like the stock 15" Classic wheels?

Having used a TPMS and the 16" I would have to place the tire upgrade way ahead of TPMS for peace of mind. Both would be ideal I suppose but they are clunky to me (and I'm due for $200 worth of sensor replacements).

I could give someone a great deal on a very lightly used Doran TPMS if interested.

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If you ever do have a blowout without some type of TPMS system you may change your opinion. Our $259 TTS system would have saved us a $500 repair bill. We were lucky it wasn't worse. For me, I wouldn't travel in an Airstream without one. I had two relatively new Maxim tires which are highly rated blow before I installed my monitoring system.
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The Dill system sold at Tire Rack is a great system for the money.The sensors are on the inside of the wheels and are part of the metal valve stems.Metal valve stems are a must for Airstream applications.This system gives you internal temperature and psi in real time for 4 tires and goes to sleep when not moving or in storage.
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A friend of mine who is a mechanic at a local dealership has seen several valve stems torn due to the valve stem mounted TPMS sensors.

If I added a TPMS system it would only be an inside mount system!
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:33 PM   #25
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I have the Dill system from TireRack and I really like it. I like that it is internal and does real time pressure and temp. I have mine for a few years and no problems. I put them on when I switched to 16" wheels and Michelin tires. I should also add that I was horrified when I took the 15" Marathons off and found that 3 of the 4 tires had tread separation, were lumpy and the treads were wavy. I had noticed the trailer was handling bad and the new wheels/tires were an amazing improvement.
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I use the TireTraker system. Its the same design as two or three other companies such as Hawkshead. I didn't find the programming too difficult but it required reading the owners manual a few times to get the hang of it. One of the sensors went bad on me and the company shipped a replacement ASAP with a self addressed stamped envelope. The new sensor has been find so far.

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I had the Hawkshead and didn't like it. When I ordered the 16" Michelin's from Tire Rack I ordered the Dill setup and REALLY like it. Very easy set up and having a constant visual on tires is very comforting. Think a TPMS ought to as mandatory for a TT as it is for a car.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:28 PM   #28
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We bought the hawks head system last summer based on recommendations from the forum. Does temp and pressure. We've been very happy with it....
Ditto. After having a flat (somehow we found a BIG nail) we got the Hawkshead. So far, so good.
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