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Old 04-28-2006, 01:05 PM   #15
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Hi Beverly,

We have the first Apex off the line and it has the SmarTire monitoring system. Our left front went out soon after we picked up the rig. We have been on the road ever since and will have a long visit at the factory to get it and other thingss fixed in June when we get back up to Oregon.
Let us know if your fix fixes it.
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Old 04-29-2006, 08:21 AM   #16
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We've had a year of good function on our SmartTire system - no sensors going out (so far, so good, knock on wood). We love the system. The pressure readings seem very accurate compared to our gauge.

EngineerMike gave the link above to our "hot tires" thread. This turned out to be a case of temperature alarms set too low, and WRV has since changed the alarm values. We all learned a lot through that experience.


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Old 05-03-2006, 03:59 PM   #17
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To all of you who responded to my post--thanks so much. A new control panel was received yesterday for our SmarTire system and is to be installed as soon as our hydraulics are fixed. We are having to have all our hoses replaced due to blistering.

I know we will enjoy our Alpine Coach once we get these problems fixed. We really had a string--furnace quit working fourth night we had it (28 degrees in Florida, and we were dry camping); the next day the refrig. wasn't working (meat thawed in freezer, etc.). It turns out was all due to loose wiring in the switch to the Surge Guard. Our slide cover to the entrace step wasn't working when we test drove the coach--five weeks later (three weeks after purchase) it still wasn't working when we picked it up. It's pretty obvious our dealer, La Mesa RV in Tampa, did not do a PDI. Step wasn't working properly when we were trying to move in. The tech worked on it; now it won't come out at all. Hydraulic jacks are giving problems. We do have some minor things, too.

We love the handling of the coach, the floor plan, colors, everything; but, will admit we've had some scary moments wondering whether we did the right thing.

We only owned our 03 34' Tradewinds 4 mos., and only lived in it one month. We realized it did not handle well in wind and really was hard to drive. After test driving the Alpine and others, Alpine won hands down.

Thanks so much, all of you for responding. I'm going to print out the postings, so we'll have the pointers. Your remarks are very encouraging to us. We will join the various organizations and hope to meet all of you.

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Old 05-04-2006, 03:46 AM   #18
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I installed a SmarTire system in my coach. Check out This Link for pics and details of the install.

I've previously used the Tire Sentry and Doran Pressure Pro Systems. The Pressure Pro was very short-lived - too many issues. While the SmarTire is without a doubt the best system, the Tire Sentry is a good value and a reliable system for less money and effort than the SmarTire system.
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Old 05-04-2006, 05:06 AM   #19
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Eng. Mike--read the Hot Tire post. Very good. Will get Buddy to read it tonight. Seems our icons are set to turn yellow after 140. Looks like that will spell headaches. As I said, seems we need a whole new control panel, which has been received (Camping World installed ours). They are to put it on as soon as the hydraulics (regarding our slide malfunction) are fixed.

We have a lot of learning to do, and some times are so befuddled we don't know where to start.

Thanks for these good tips.

I might add--a couple days ago I got on the phone with Mike Glazier and Rex at WRV and talked at length explaining our various problems. They seemed to get right on them and have called Holiday Kamper re the haydraulics, etc. to guide them in installation. I had other issues with charges from our dealer that they are helping me with and pointing me in the right direction. I feel encouraged.

This forum has helped me so much already--even to find out who to talk with, etc. Within four days, our furnace wouldn't work, refrig. not working, hot water heater problems, etc.; it was scary. Then on the first trip, the slide malfunctions (on Sat., of course), jacks give problems, step won't work, tire monitoring system goes out (and minor things not mentioned); it gets REALLY scary!. Hopefully, we can get most of our debugging done in these first two months.

Thanks again for all your help and encouragement.

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Old 05-04-2006, 06:17 PM   #20
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Now that looks like a simple device that should be trouble free

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