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Old 04-15-2013, 09:02 AM   #29
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[Not intended to any particular person, just general rant and apologizes to OP.]
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It never ceases to amaze me that just because someone disagrees with what another finds usual or helpful, does not make it incorrect. If I wish to spend the money that I earned on something that I think does something useful for me, then so be it. I'd prefer they say, "that's nice, here's what works for me with the funds I participated with.

Until these people make my payment or are lien holder to my chattel please do not criticize those who offer an opinion in an attempt to be helpful.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:26 AM   #30
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I'm a techy...yep...anal retentive at that so what I say might be considered as over kill. BTW...just had our 1 year anniversary for owning a MH so consider that to.

I'm full blown TPMS happy. I run them on my coach and now my toad. I periodically validate their performance with a tire gauge. I can't look at at tire and tell it is flat unless is is really flat nor do I know the correct pitch and timber for a good sounding "thump". Heck, I'm tone deaf according to Sandee. (That really is selective hearing but don't tell her.)

I think, for ME, the cost of a TPMS is worth MY peace of mind for a couple reasons:

1. The first being that I have data on my dash that tells me whether I am in good shape or not.

2. The second being that while driving things change. Road temps can increase greatly, debris on the road just might bite me and a few other real life hazards can happen between thumps.

There was also an interesting account given by another poster that they had a brake hang up and the temp warning probably saved them from a tire fire because of the heat build up.

To me, this is no different than old pilots that swear by compass and maps vs new pilots that learn how to use GPS. Both work but which one makes life easier? Yet, the old dogs of the sky will sometimes take an attitude similar to, "If it was good enough for the Wright brothers, it is good enough for me." OK, perhaps that is a bit too much hyperbole but you get my drift.

I am not going to criticize an veteran road warrior if they choose to use a tire thumper. Doesn't do me any good and it won't change what I have chosen to do. OTOH...I do think I can reverse engineer my TPMS and discover the sound of a good thump. Nothing like suspenders and belts.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:52 PM   #31
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I don't have a temperature gauge but recently caravaned (sp?) with a friend who had one. Immediately upon pulling off the interstate I used his IR gauge on my tires. I found that the inside duals were 10 degrees warmer than the other tires. I am curious if that is because the inside tires are mounted on steel rims or is a reduced cooling air condition?

Has anyone else seen this???

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I don't have a temperature gauge but recently caravaned (sp?) with a friend who had one. Immediately upon pulling off the interstate I used his IR gauge on my tires. I found that the inside duals were 10 degrees warmer than the other tires. I am curious if that is because the inside tires are mounted on steel rims or is a reduced cooling air condition?

Has anyone else seen this???

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That's about right, I see that too. My understanding is that it's due to reduced air flow. The outers get a lot of air on the outer sidewall. Not so much on the inners. I don't think the rims have much to do with it at all.
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IR, about 30 bucks. Accurate: Reads my body temp within .2 degrees. Fast, simple. But I did use a 4 oz ball peen for years.
All of these gizmos are a great tool as long as you understand how they work and their capabilities. Such as, an IR Gun will give different readings depending on the type of surface, colour of surface, angle between the device and the surface, etc. etc. etc.
Same as a GPS, take the information with a grain of salt and make your decision based on good old human logic.
None of these devices will replace good maintenance practice like checking tire pressure on a regular basis.

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All of these gizmos are a great tool as long as you understand how they work and their capabilities. Such as, an IR Gun will give different readings depending on the type of surface, colour of surface, angle between the device and the surface, etc. etc. etc.
Same as a GPS, take the information with a grain of salt and make your decision based on good old human logic.
None of these devices will replace good maintenance practice like checking tire pressure on a regular basis.

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Like all things in life , it goes so much better when good Ol' common sense is applied in heavy doses .
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When using an IR gun, how far should the gun be from the target area. I bought a HF gun and the instructions were confusing. Is it safe to stare at the red dot?
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Most IR guns have a 2-3 degree field of view. Reads a slightly wider area the farther away from the surface. For tires, looking for difference in temp so use roughly the same distance from each tire.
Probably not good to put the red dot on your eye.

Another use, had a new HVAC system installed in S&B, contractor checked output at all the vents with IR gun. Good readings even from vaulted ceiling.
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