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Old 04-12-2007, 03:18 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any idea where I might purchase a tool to remove caps from tire valves?
We are the proud owners of a new Allegro Bay on a Freightliner FRED chassis w/22.5" wheels. The rear tires have metal valves, brass I assume, probably 4 or 5" in length. I can see the valve on the inside dual but no way can I remove the cap to check pressure.
I checked with NAPA yesterday and they list one in their system but with no specs. From the picture we both agreed that it appeared too short to be of any value. Looks like a tool of about 10 or 12" long would suffice.
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Does anyone have any idea where I might purchase a tool to remove caps from tire valves?
We are the proud owners of a new Allegro Bay on a Freightliner FRED chassis w/22.5" wheels. The rear tires have metal valves, brass I assume, probably 4 or 5" in length. I can see the valve on the inside dual but no way can I remove the cap to check pressure.
I checked with NAPA yesterday and they list one in their system but with no specs. From the picture we both agreed that it appeared too short to be of any value. Looks like a tool of about 10 or 12" long would suffice.
Have a great day!
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:30 AM   #3
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Is it just a hex head nut?
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:58 AM   #4
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If the cap has a hex, you may be able to get a socket with a long extension in there. If you have wheel simulators instead of aluminum wheels you may need to remove them.

I usually have to get down on the ground (depending on where the valve is positioned) and squeeze my arm up between the duals to reach the valve. You kind of need that hand in there anyway to guide pressure gauge or the air chuck onto the end of the valve anyway. If you push on the tire gauge and it is not perfectly square to the end of the valve you'll only let air out of the tire and won't get a pressure reading.
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Old 04-12-2007, 07:05 AM   #5
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I use a short piece of appropriatly sized rubber hose,(fuel line) to remove and reinstall valve caps on inside dual.

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Old 04-12-2007, 11:27 AM   #6
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Why not install valve stem extentons? Works great for me.
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Old 04-12-2007, 04:01 PM   #7
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Hi Mark,
I found an "expedient" & inexpensive removal tool at the local Home Depot. I bought a pair of very long needle-nose pliers [by Stanley in my case] that fit neatly through my outside Alcoa's & could easily grasp the valve stem cap and loosen it. I then slipped a short length of rubber vacuum hose over the loosened cap & finished the removal. Works in reverse too when replacing the cap & tightening it.

I would recommend staying away from any kind of valve extensions [that are not OEM for your coach]. They tend to cause more leaks & subsequent headaches than they [temporarily] solve....Good luck!
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I am amazed that RV mfg's get away with selling rigs with such a poor setup, and I am surprised with all the good things I have heard about Tiffin that they do it too!! My Winnebago/Spartan chassis came with long metal valve stems that make it easy to check tire pressures. If you really want to "fix" the problem, you need the long metal valve stems. Many people do "get away" with using extensions, but many, many of them also leak. I also replaced my metal valve caps with Alligator double valve caps that allow you to check the pressure and/or add air without removing the caps. If you can get a dual foot gauge onto that difficult to reach valve, the Alligator cap would be a great addition. You can normally find them a truck tire service places, or do a google search and you can get them online.
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Old 04-13-2007, 03:09 AM   #9
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Many great ideas - thanks. The valve caps on my coach are not the hex variety, unfortunately.

I thought of flexible extentions but had some problems with a set on a previous Class A.

What gets me is that "they" (probably Freightliner) don't use the longer metal valves. If you're going to install 4 or 5", why not go 8 or 10" (?).

Again many thanks - much food for thought!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by AFChap:
I am amazed that RV mfg's get away with selling rigs with such a poor setup, and I am surprised with all the good things I have heard about Tiffin that they do it too!! My Winnebago/Spartan chassis came with long metal valve stems that make it easy to check tire pressures. If you really want to "fix" the problem, you need the long metal valve stems. Many people do "get away" with using extensions, but many, many of them also leak. I also replaced my metal valve caps with Alligator double valve caps that allow you to check the pressure and/or add air without removing the caps. If you can get a dual foot gauge onto that difficult to reach valve, the Alligator cap would be a great addition. You can normally find them a truck tire service places, or do a google search and you can get them online. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
The tires and wheels come from the chassis manufacturer not the coach builder. I agree longer valver would be nice (extensions are "iffy" because they can leak), but I think the longer valves only come on the higher-end, diesel chassis.
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Maybe the Valve Pal will help? Or you can Googlle tire valve tool and find others gadgets to help deal with this problem. Or put extensions on the valve, either U-shaped solid ones or flexible ones. Ar something like the Cat's Eye
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