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Old 11-04-2012, 08:53 AM   #15
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Wait a minute, maybe I should patent the new smoother ride device I just invented.
It's already been done. The invention is called the torsion axle...
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:07 PM   #16
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The flat tire detector came installed on my 98 limited. I never hooked it up though. Needs a wire through to the cab of the truck to connect a light. Pat
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:22 PM   #17
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I have the manual for this flat detector if anybody wants it. I took mine off. The rear view mirror is going to tell me the same thing. When I have a flat the trailer will lean to that side. I don't need a dummy light to tell me I have a flat. I also don't need an expensive wireless tire pressure measurement system. None of this will prevent flats if you run ST tires.

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You might want to rethink your comments about a TPMS system - mine also provides me with a pressure readout and temperature readout in a handy small wireless device about the size of a small cell phone. If a tire starts to lose pressure and gets low, an alarm will sound and I can get safely to a stop before the tire blows out. Before using a TPMS, I did have a blowout on an inside rear tire on my '94 LY diesel pusher. Besides the tire damage, the blowout also caused body damage over $2,000. The ST tires on my trailer are inflated to 80 psi - a blowout could cause mega bucks of damage, all of which could be avoided by using TireMinder Tire Pressure Monitoring System - Product - Camping World to warn me of a pressure or temperature deviating from the acceptable range.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:03 AM   #18
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Maybe I have always been lucky to see tires getting low before they fail. Everytime I stop while traveling I look and feel of the tires. I use 50psi car/truck radials that ride better and are better engineered than ST tires. If I full timed, I might think about the tire minder thing. 80 psi is a lot of stored energy. I won't run ST tires EVER. I would go to 16 inch truck tires before I would run and ST tire but I don't need anything over a D rating.

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:48 AM   #19
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Perry, you buy insurance for your home, car/truck and trailer hoping never to have to make a claim. A good TPMS is like insurance, except it has the ability to warn you ahead of time of an impending catastrophe, allowing you to to pull over to change the tire and avoid the cost. To me such a one-time $250 expenditure is worthwhile. As I said, I incurred this loss once - from which I learned my lesson. A wise man learns lessons from others' misfortunes.

As for tires, they are the only contact you have between your rig and the road, and I opt for the good tires rated for the application. I use load range E ST tires, and in the last year I've pulled my Excella 15,000 miles (Ottawa ON, to TX, NM, AZ, CA, NV, and back plus a quick 2,500 mile trip from home to northern Ontario) on a variety of roads and back roads. I won't compromise on safety and reliability. I'm not an engineer, so I go with what automotive engineers recommend - I had purchased my Excella & TV from a retired automotive engineer and I'm following along with his professional recommendations.

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Old 11-05-2012, 10:15 AM   #20
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Perry, you buy insurance for your home, car/truck and trailer hoping never to have to make a claim. A good TPMS is like insurance, except it has the ability to warn you ahead of time of an impending catastrophe, allowing you to to pull over to change the tire and avoid the cost. To me such a one-time $250 expenditure is worthwhile. As I said, I incurred this loss once - from which I learned my lesson. A wise man learns lessons from others' misfortunes.

As for tires, they are the only contact you have between your rig and the road, and I opt for the good tires rated for the application. I use load range E ST tires, and in the last year I've pulled my Excella 15,000 miles (Ottawa ON, to TX, NM, AZ, CA, NV, and back plus a quick 2,500 mile trip from home to northern Ontario) on a variety of roads and back roads. I won't compromise on safety and reliability. I'm not an engineer, so I go with what automotive engineers recommend - I had purchased my Excella & TV from a retired automotive engineer and I'm following along with his professional recommendations.

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I agree with what you say.

I have had one blowout in many years of towing. It was in a tandem axle Bigfoot TT. It caused some minor damage. Had it been an Airstream, the damage would have been more extensive. I had a slow leak in one tire. I was dealing with it by refilling it everyday. In retrospect I believe the cause was a nail or something similar in it. Whatever it was apparently finally came out, and the leak increased considerably. The tire finally disintegrated.

I believe two things would have saved me. One would have been having better judgment and getting the tire fixed instead of nursing it. The other is a TPMS so I could have known to change the tire when the leak increased. After this incident I decided that the TPMS would be much more reliable than me hoping to acquire better judgment at this late point in life. I am much more relaxed with that little box sitting there, than I would be counting on my judgment.

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Old 11-05-2012, 01:48 PM   #21
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:09 PM   #22
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Do what makes you feel good and safe.

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I would be in a lot of trouble if I did everything that would make me feel good and safe.

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I have a 91 32' excella as well with the low tire pressure system on it. if it is available how can i get a copy? noremark@hotmail.com thanks
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I have a 91 32' excella as well with the low tire pressure system on it. if it is available how can i get a copy? noremark@hotmail.com thanks
This is a bit of an old thread. Do you have this system still installed? Have you tried googling it to see if there is anything online?
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Retracting my support for ST tires

Perry, you were right about ST vs LT tires. Notwithstanding what the automotive engineers recommended, I've gone over to LT tires. I had a tire failure that cost me some bodywork to patch at JC (fortunately only the wheel-well. Since new axles were due, I upgraded the running gear - new axles (increased to 4500 lbs each), new 16" wheels and Michelein LTX225/75R16(E) tires. I also installed Centramatics & the Dill TPMS - the Tireminders failed to sound the alarm when the ST tire failed.

JC supplied the wheels and tires at a good price; seems they have been putting the 16" LTX tires on the Eddie Bauers.
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:23 PM   #27
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It's called a Teletector. I have the 1991 installation/owners manual should you be interested...
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