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Old 05-24-2017, 02:07 PM   #1
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Hey, the valve stem points into the wheel... Really?

Hi guys,

I was going around kicking tires of my bus just out of pure orneriness. Mainly because the tires seemed to handle it better than the cat! Now, before all you tree hugging, kale eating, green piece "wonderful people" get all snarky and want to put a woopen on me! I don't have a cat, the dog chased it off!

I've been looking to buy a TPMS when I noticed that the valve stem of the tandem wheel points into the rim. Now what mechanic ever thought that was a good idea? And how in the heck to you attach a TPMS with that? You guys know that I'd be the last guy in the world to call names! But what kind of an idiot ever thought that was a good idea?

One of those cat lovers would be my bet! Hey send the negative cards and letters directly to the moderator. They can read it while petting the dog that chased off that cat!

Harry

PS. I love that dog!
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Hi guys,

I was going around kicking tires of my bus just out of pure orneriness. Mainly because the tires seemed to handle it better than the cat! Now, before all you tree hugging, kale eating, green piece "wonderful people" get all snarky and want to put a woopen on me! I don't have a cat, the dog chased it off!

I've been looking to buy a TPMS when I noticed that the valve stem of the tandem wheel points into the rim. Now what mechanic ever thought that was a good idea? And how in the heck to you attach a TPMS with that? You guys know that I'd be the last guy in the world to call names! But what kind of an idiot ever thought that was a good idea?

One of those cat lovers would be my bet! Hey send the negative cards and letters directly to the moderator. They can read it while petting the dog that chased off that cat!

Harry

PS. I love that dog!



Great Post and a good quick read after a long day at the office.
I would agree with you 100% and add this was designed by
someone who has never added air to any tires in their lifetime.
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I believe it's because all tires are mounted on a rim the same, but your rear 'dually' outside wheel has to be mounted 'backwards' to connect to the other wheel, thus why the air stem is typically pointed the 'wrong' way - but, of course, they make several different types of connectors to solve that issue.
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:44 PM   #4
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Mine are the same way on our 2009 Monaco Camelot. However, originally they had the braided extensions that brought them around and out to where they were easily accessible. We took them off after one failed and hearing what a weak link in the system those lines are. Maybe the same happened to yours?

I can reach mine no problem with the right chuck but yeah, TPMS doesn't work on those tires. So I keep a close eye on them and give a quick check at every stop just to be safe. Gives me something to do while I fill up.
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The explanation I was given is that all the tires are assembled the same and later on mounted on the vehicle in chassis assembly line. Any tire shop can position and modify the valve stems however you want. The tandem wheels are supposed to be mountable in either the outer or inner location so they are all assembled the same way (so that inner tire can be inflated from outside instead of having to be inflated from underneath on the back side.) You want them, as do most RVers, to have valve stems mounted according to tire location.
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My outside dully points inward like yours. Believe most do. The stem goes directly through a hole in the inner hub. The tire needs to be positioned just right to reach around the outside tire... and it's a real pain in the butt to put on the TPMS on those inner stems but it's doable.... at least on mine.
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Harry-

I love ya', man, but you have to go easy on us cat lovers. Insanity and irrational thinking may be correlated with prolonged exposure to cat litter, although studies to-date have been inconclusive. Besides, we do have the option of helping you out when you post. ;-)
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Did the cat make off with your duel foot tire gauge too?
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That mounting is standard all over at least the US on trucks. Allows the wheels/tires to be mounted either on the front or rear, inside or outside on the rear. Just get a dual foot tire gauge a mentioned above.
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I had the same on my rig, took it to a truck tire shop and they put new valve stems on the 2 outer rims that point in a direction now that I can attach my TPMS sensors for $30 total
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Dismount/remount, break down tire and replace stem....or just get a dual foot chuck and tire gauge. As for TPMS--I am not a big fan of stem extensions but 180 degree stems are available to solve this issue--cheap to buy and easy to install.....
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I know that a TPMS is not used by everyone and big wheels keep on rollin! But isn't that only while playing Proud Mary or watching a CCR video with John Fogerty?

I don't know, we're pushing these big things down the road with all this power. My thought is we should know about the tires. Oh well, I'll figure out something as I'm obviously not the only one dealing with it. And with mine there's no chance of getting a TPMS back there. I can barley fit the air gauge!

Stupid cats!
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Hey, the valve stem points into the wheel... Really?

I purchased replacement valve stems from here.
http://yourtireshopsupply.com/catego...lly-valve-kits
Not sure what type wheels are on your rig so cannot offer specifics. Tried looking them up on the old Prevost and seen several variations.

On my rears the outer wheel has a stem that runs parallel with the tire.
On the inner I have a long one piece valve stem that goes through the outer wheel and easily accessed. All have TPMS sensors on them. Upper right of wheel is inner stem poking through.
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Hey come on Steve, when you say "On my rears", what forum do you think you're on there buddy?

My wheels are similar to yours all round and everything but I see how your stem is off to the side. I think that's what mspicer1234 meant when he said he took his to a tire shop. I think I like that idea better than an adapter. An adapter just sound like if could give false readings!

I thank you all for your help and Steve, I do know some mental health experts if you want to send me a PM. Not that I need them, no way not me... The last time there he wanted me to tell him the difference between a turkey? But I regress!

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