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Old 03-15-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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Trailer TPMS?

Now that I have a new truck and with it the capability to take longer trips, has anyone used one of the numerous TPMS kits that I see advertised on the internet and in camping magazines? Are they reliable? I am tempted if only to have the option to see my pressures "real time". Or should I just buy a good compressor (if needed) and stop every 2 hours or so and manually check them?


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Old 03-15-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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Get one that shows temperature as well as pressure. That will offer 2 warning signs of an impending problem, and maybe let you avoid or mitigate damage from a blowout.


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Old 03-15-2013, 07:00 PM   #3
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TPMS warns and usually prevents skin / wheelwell damage if you heed such warnings on time. Point is, will you prefer a one time exppense of $200 - $300 on TPMS or $2000 -$3000 plus down time on repairs for each occurrence. If you decide to TPMS, Dill inside tire mount works great IMHO. Happy streaming.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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Jared and Heather...I would not leave on a trip without a tire pressure monitoring system. I have the Pressure Pro system and it has alerted me to major leaking of my truck tires on two occassions on the highway that gave me enough warning that I was able to pick a spot to pull off the road before destroying the tire. It also alerted me to a slow leak on one of my trailer tires at a campground as I was showing another camper the system. My system has the sealed batteries that you have to return to the manufacturer when they need replacement. Try to pick up a system that you can change the batteries yourself.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:20 PM   #5
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I have the Dill internal mounted TPMS. Monitors PSI and internal temp. Display on dash rotates thru all 4 tires. Temp is a button to read. Warns over, under PSI and hi temp.

Well worth investigating.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:29 PM   #6
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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....
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:36 AM   #7
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I have the TireMinder TPMS. Same unit as the HawksHead. It's a little goofy to set up but seems to work very well. The pressure displayed is usually right on with what I get when I use a gauge.

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Old 06-04-2013, 11:35 AM   #8
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We decided on 16" Michelin tires last year and haven't used the TPMS since. Perhaps not for everybody but here's some considerations.

The original Marathons have a notorious failure record; I haven't seen a report of a 16" Michelin blowout (yet) on an Airstream.

Our tandem axle trailer means we can travel to a safe area to change a flat.

We seldom use our trailer in hot weather.

I check tires/wheels at each fuel stop for condition, heat, obvious loss of pressure. Did this with TPMS as well.

In the apparently rare event of failure and trailer damage with the 16" Michelins, our cost is not really the full cost of repair, but the insurance deductible.

If we don't have a sudden failure, we've saved the substantial cost of the TPMS and replacement monitors. Which in effect reduces the cost of the 16" replacement tires.

They say the monitors don't affect tire balance, but I don't know why they wouldn't. Balancing would have to be done with them installed.

The TPMS for trailers is in the gadget stage of development, compared to the integrated system in our tow truck, a nuisance.

Like most things towing Airstreams, opinions vary.

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Old 06-04-2013, 01:53 PM   #9
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Both Doran and PressurePro have good reputations. Our Doran has saved us three times in two years, usually after picking up a small bit of steel from the road. We like the piece of mind.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:59 PM   #10
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It would be great if a vehicle that already has TPMS just had four extra channels so it could accommodate a trailer. Seems to me it would be an easy and cheap add on for promoting a vehicle for towing.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:46 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by dkottum View Post
In the apparently rare event of failure and trailer damage with the 16" Michelins, our cost is not really the full cost of repair, but the insurance deductible.
I see your point, but I'd like to point out that it's also your vacation time and potential loss of use of the camper while it's being repaired.

They say the monitors don't affect tire balance, but I don't know why they wouldn't. Balancing would have to be done with them installed.
I agree with this. That always seemed a bit odd to me.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:59 PM   #12
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We have the Dill system. It works well. We bought it from Tire Rack. Customer support from Dill has been very good. We use a remote antenna with ours to reduce signal interference with a long crew cab truck. The antenna broke once because of my rough handling and Dill sent a new one right away at no charge.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:11 PM   #13
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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
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:21 PM   #14
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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.

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