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Old 11-06-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Has anyone installed a tire pressure monitoring system on their AS? What type, brand, etc. Is it easy to set up? Does Airstream recommend a particular brand? Since I have a single axle Bambi I feel it is important to know if a tire is going flat>

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Old 11-06-2014, 03:09 PM   #2
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Hi, Kimball,

There have been several threads on this topic. Use the search drop down at the blue bar above. Use the Google space and type in TPMS or Tire Pressure Monitoring System. If you have specific questions after that....ask away!

PS...short answer is yes, many of us ASers have TPMS. Many brands.
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Old 11-06-2014, 03:33 PM   #3
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Try here. A current discussion on TPMS.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f345...ml#post1536202
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All the TPMS I've ever looked at are pretty easy to set up. You first "pair" the sensors which are mounted on the tire valve stem in lieu of the cap with a small base station that sits on your dash someplace. Then you program the parameters for the warning (low and high pressure limits and temperature.) And then you are good to go.

One thing to look for is a TPMS that allows the user to change the batteries in the sensors when needed. The batteries are usually little button batteries like you use for small electronic devices. Some TPMS require that you send the monitors in to the factory for battery replacement. Obviously, you don't want that.

For what it's worth, this is the one we are using and we are quite pleased with it:
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What maximum temperature value should be used on an external system like the TST?
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:04 PM   #6
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What maximum temperature value should be used on an external system like the TST?
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TST recommends 157 degrees
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I had the feeling that 157 was for truck tires. Should our lighter trailers be lower?
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They told me 157. Used that on our GYM's and now on the Michelin LT tires on 16" EB rims.
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:48 PM   #9
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What maximum temperature value should be used on an external system like the TST?
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We have a TST 507 external system on our trailer. I don't believe the temperature limit can be set.

Because the sending unit is outside with high speed airflow passing over it (while you are on the road), the temperature reading we get is basically always within several degrees of the outside temperature. I think you would need to have the tire on fire before the TST temperature alarm would sound off.
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We have a TST 507 external system on our trailer. I don't believe the temperature limit can be set.

Because the sending unit is outside with high speed airflow passing over it (while you are on the road), the temperature reading we get is basically always within several degrees of the outside temperature. I think you would need to have the tire on fire before the TST temperature alarm would sound off.
Good point. I guess I need to travel at night and watch for glowing tires!
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Around 160 I hear that tires start to have 'issues'.. my AS has hit 110 just sitting in the sun! The temp is kind of a 'design' limit for the compounds used in construction.
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My internal TST sensors are consistently 30 degrees over ambient when the tires warm up. Others have reported the same results. With the TST507 system you can set the warning level for both pressure and temperature.

Scratching my head that the external sensors don't show the 'real' tire temps.
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We have a TST 507 external system on our trailer. I don't believe the temperature limit can be set.

Because the sending unit is outside with high speed airflow passing over it (while you are on the road), the temperature reading we get is basically always within several degrees of the outside temperature. I think you would need to have the tire on fire before the TST temperature alarm would sound off.
Is it because of the airflow or is it because they're not inside the tire? Maybe both?

My internal TSTs usually rise 30 degrees above ambient and pressure rises less than 10% above the cold reading if at or near highway speeds. Does your tire pressure rise 5-10%?
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Smile Ast tire pressure monitoring system

I am using the same system that AnnArborBob is using, AST, and really like it. It was very easy to set up.

Over the years I have known numerous RV owners that suffered blowouts but didn't know it until it had done significant damage to the underbelly of their RV.

Last month we did a New England trip. Coming out of a parking lot into heavy traffic I accidentally hit the curb on the passenger side of the RV. Immediately after hitting the curn my TPMS gave me an audiable alarm that I had a significant decrease in tire pressure. I obviously had a blowout but was alerted before any damage could be done.

Another plus was I happen to belong to the Nitro Club and have nitrogen in my trailer tires. There are various opinions on using nitrogen. The cost of the NitroClub is about $40.00 a year. I can really tell a difference in the ride of the AS and also minimal increase/decrease in tire pressure and temperature. The best part is that because I belong to the Nitro Club if you have a blowout the club pays the first $100 to replace the tire. The club also covers road service. The tire replacement cost me $134.00. So, my out of pocket was only $34.00 for the road service and tire replacement. That was the first time I ever used the NitroClub except to put nitorgen in my tires but I am now a loyal customer.
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