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Old 07-26-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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TPMS Confusion

I am thinking about buying a TPMS System for my coach. I want the external senders but do not know if it is worth the expense for the system at all. How many of you all have or think installing any type TPMS system is a good idea. If you think it is a good idea and don't have one, is there a reason other than price?
I have been RV'ing for 10 years with no problems and check my pressure before every daily departure in the morning.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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I am thinking about buying a TPMS System for my coach. I want the external senders but do not know if it is worth the expense for the system at all. How many of you all have or think installing any type TPMS system is a good idea. If you think it is a good idea and don't have one, is there a reason other than price?
I have been RV'ing for 10 years with no problems and check my pressure before every daily departure in the morning.
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Checking your pressures every morning is a great practice, but won't do you any good when you pick up a nail 10 minutes later and one of the doubles goes flat, or you lose a tire on the toad. The TPMS will warn you, typically if a tire loses 5 pounds of pressure. The other thing I really like is that I can check the pressures on all 10 tires while sitting in the drivers seat. I do this before setting out, and at every stop along the way.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:40 PM   #3
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I use tire protector usa. It has sensors that allows tires to be serviced without removing and has replacable batteries. It can monitor up to 22 tires, and Bob gives exelent service. I recomend this system if towing. the systems also monitors the tire temp, helped detect a hot brake on a long decent.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:02 PM   #4
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I added the TST system. Now just a look at the monitor and all is good! What made me a believer was when the system started beeping telling me I had a rear tire loosing air! Thankfully it was one of the duals and was able to get to a repair center. I can't be sure but I think if that tire went unchecked who knows. Maybe body work ? Maybe the other dually can't handle the weight and it blows! Yeh! I like the TPS system!! Have since replaced all the tires, and valve stems and all sensors are on.
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A great product. Worth every penny!
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Checking your pressures every morning is a great practice, but won't do you any good when you pick up a nail 10 minutes later and one of the doubles goes flat, or you lose a tire on the toad. The TPMS will warn you, typically if a tire loses 5 pounds of pressure. The other thing I really like is that I can check the pressures on all 10 tires while sitting in the drivers seat. I do this before setting out, and at every stop along the way.
This was my experience. My wife and I were on the return leg of a trip to Alaska. We had been driving for about 45 minutes early on a Saturday morning when the TPMS alarmed and displayed low pressure on the curb side, inside duel. I took the next exit & parked in a Loves Truck Stop lot. When I opened the door I could hear the air escaping. If I had not had the TPMS, I would have been blissfully unaware of the flat tire until the tire beside the flat blew out at highway speed because it was carrying a double load. It would have been a horrible experience and the TPMS saved us from that. We would have sustained damage to the coach also I am sure.
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I personally would not drive without TPMS on all 6 mh tires and towd tires. But, then again, I wear a helmet when riding motorcycle and seat belts when driving.
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I'm looking into this now as an addition to the MH we just bought. Info on various brands available will be appreciated!
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I heard the beeping from my TPMS after the inner left dual blew. Mine (no longer made) is good for checking pressure by remote, but I'm guessing from experience not much good as a predictor of blow outs. If you religiously check pressure before blast off, I'd say not worth the expense.
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I'm looking into this now as an addition to the MH we just bought. Info on various brands available will be appreciated!
The big 3 brands are:

Pressure Pro. Been around longest.
Doran. Knock off of PP. Doran was original marketer of PP. They had a falling out and started building their own. Appears identical.
TST. Original distributor did a poor job but current US rep has done a good job and has developed a following.

Any of the above would be a good choice. Visit their web sites & ask questions

The problem with the statement by EngineerMike is that checking every AM is good but does no good as soon as you start driving. That was my experience.
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i have a tst, wouldnt be without it.
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Wouldn't leave the driveway without one! But then we wouldn't RV w/o the Steer Safe (in case of a front blow-out), the Amish cooling unit (in case of a Norcold fire), a Progressive Ind. "surge guard" (in case of "bad" voltage, a Halon fire ext. system (in case the Amish unit acts up) or the US Gear braking system (in case something bad happens to the toad hitch or emergency stop is req'd)
I was a Boy Scout - BE PREPARED!
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I went with a Tire Tracker which has user replacable batteries in the wheel mounted sensors. It is worth the piece of mind knowing that all 10 tires ahve air and you will know when one is low.

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I went with a Tire Tracker which has user replacable batteries in the wheel mounted sensors. It is worth the piece of mind knowing that all 10 tires ahve air and you will know when one is low.

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Ken. With 10 tires, are you driving a semi tractor?
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