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Old 09-08-2015, 09:21 AM   #71
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As previously posted I was having trouble maintaining reception even after paying for and adding the repeater. Mike suggested I move the receiver to a different location, did that, no help. Next I moved the repeater from one side of the battery box to the other. I now have as far as I can tell perfect uninterrupted reception. Piece of mind restored.😎
So where exactly is your repeater? Inside or outside the TV? I am playing with mine, I am thinking it works best inside the TV. Not sure just yet.
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Old 09-08-2015, 09:41 AM   #72
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Ted, My battery box is located on the tongue of the trailer. I added a two inch aluminum C-channel extension to the top of the box to accommodate a pair of 6 volt batteries. Repeater is now located top street side inside lip of the extension. Wired to the batteries using a fused two wire plug in.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:15 AM   #73
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Our TST repeater is mounted on the tongue of the trailer between the propane tanks. It's hidden from view by the cover. When I saw where the dealer had mounted it I fretted, assuming the aluminum tank cover would block the signal, but it works fine.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:17 AM   #74
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Ted, My battery box is located on the tongue of the trailer.
I thought about adding mine there. But then I figured I would forget to unplug it thus leaving draw on the battery, so then I thought it might be good to be controlled by running light power because I always tow with lights on.

Still playing with it, it seams to work will in the TV. Not sure is light of sight is important yet. I would assume so.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:59 AM   #75
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"I thought about adding mine there. But then I figured I would forget to unplug it thus leaving draw on the battery,"

I have just the opposite problem. I remember to disconnect but forget to plug it back in. I was over thinking what is really a nonissue (happens a lot around here) and was thinking about mounting a lighted switch on the outside of the box where it would be visible. I do not know what the power draw of the repeater is but it must be very little compared to other parasite trailer systems. Maybe Mike can answer that one.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:19 AM   #76
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You can mount the repeater in the inside or outside. The draw on the battery is very low. It would take quite some time to drain the battery. Some people put a toggle switch in and then they can easily just move the switch between power and no power. Please call me with any additional questions you may have.
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Old 09-08-2015, 12:25 PM   #77
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We just returned from a trip with 3,600+ towing miles. I bought the TST unit in July and it worked fine. No repeater needed so far as I could tell. This is our third TPMS system—each worked better than the last for a while. First was Doran, 2nd was Tire Minder. Doran worked longer than Tire Minder, but when the sensors died, it cost little more to buy a whole new system. Tire Minder had tire temp., useful info. But as soon as the Tire Minder batteries died at 2 years, replacing them helped nothing, so I wasted money on new batteries. Also, the very thin O rings sealing the battery case on the sensor broke as soon as I opened them to replace batteries.

The TST system seems to provide info faster except for when you are away from the trailer and forget to turn it off. Like mentioned above, it takes a long time—maybe more than an hour—before the alarm goes off. That may indicate a very slow response time for info from the sensors to be displayed on the monitor. Can you explain that Mike? Blowouts and other emergency situations are supposed to be reported immediately, so how does the system know the difference between a very fast loss of air and no signal? Can the system be confused by loss of signal and why does it take so long to set off the alarm for that?

So far we are pleased with the TST system. When we bought it, if I recall correctly, most or all of the packages were for big truck tractors with 6 wheels, not trailers with 2 or 4. I spoke to a helpful person at TST and got 4 sensors saving me some money. Maybe they have changed their offerings for RV's. It looks like the company is going for the RV market. Since we got our first one the technology has advanced and hopefully reliability over more than 2-4 years has too.

I bought the ones with the flow through system because it was the one with the window suction cup mount. There really is no other place to put it in our truck and I like having it right in front of me. I can push the buttons easily too. The display can be hard to read in bright sun though. The company programmed it for me, so I don't know how hard or easy it is to program.

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We noticed the same thing - if the receiver stops getting a signal from the sensors, it can be some time before the receiver starts complaining about that. I guess the "lost signal" algorithm is a little over-optimistic?

This is what drove us to install a repeater. With the repeater in place and toggled "ON" we have a responsive solution that tells us quickly if anything changes.

When the trailer is camped without hookups or stored, we flip toggle switches for the TST repeater and the Voyager camera to "OFF," which makes us feel like we're helping to preserve our coach batteries.
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I have also noticed faster initial pick up of signal and response time with repeater installed. I suppose the signal output from the 12 volt repeater is quite a bit higher than from the senders alone.
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I did a speed test with and without the repeater comparing the amount of time from the initial "on" to finding all the tires with the entire rig in my shop. To my surprise there was very little difference, in fact the longest time was with the repeater on.

I am convinced the repeater improves the reception, however. As I have had it shut off and lost a tire signal on the road, turned the repeater on and it quickly found the tire. With no repeater it would take a long time to find it.
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Hello All,
The repeater will push the information from the sensors to the monitor and will typically ensure you have great reception. With that being said, there are a few wireless weather stations that run on a 433.92mhq, that could cause a reception issue, as we also run a 433.92mhq. Other than that the repeater should solve any reception issue.
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You can mount the repeater in the inside or outside. The draw on the battery is very low. It would take quite some time to drain the battery. Some people put a toggle switch in and then they can easily just move the switch between power and no power. Please call me with any additional questions you may have.
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If I were installing the system I would install a switch to the repeater and install an "LED Idiot Light" just below the front window on the trailer that would come on when ever the repeater is powered. You would see it as you drove insuring that you turned the system on.

If you forgot to turn the repeater off as you disconnected the trailer the light would be in your face.
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I mounted ours on the front of the power jack just under the center. I mounted it with go pro double stick tape and wired to the power jack source. I put a two wire disconnect in the line. If the red light of the repeater is on power is on.
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You can mount the repeater in the inside or outside. The draw on the battery is very low. It would take quite some time to drain the battery. Some people put a toggle switch in and then they can easily just move the switch between power and no power. Please call me with any additional questions you may have.
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See # 68 for a confirmation of Mike's ( Mr. TST) good advice.

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