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Old 09-02-2014, 01:22 PM   #29
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Beleive it or not, the indoor storage place that I use, will check the pressure in the tires, and verify that they are set to my requested pressure. If the cap is not easily removable, that would make it tougher on both them and me, to verify the tire pressure. While that's not a big problem, that is one of the services that comes with the indoor space. They also start the Gen and motor once a month and run it for 1/2 hour. This is new to me, and I'm just trying to make good decisions along the way.
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:10 PM   #30
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Guess I'm just over nervous about valve stems at this point. About six months after we bought our current unit, I found both rear inners pretty much flat. Turns out that the valve stems were not installed correctly, and both were fine when the weather was warm, but when cold they didn't seal. The Goodyear guy said, "we see it all the time, not torqued down correctly." Then a year later I'm in the shop as one inner rear won't take air, but does register on the gauge. Turns out that an extender was a little lose - enough to leak air when I put the compressor to it, not enough to register more than a few pounds down. So I'm getting a little freaked by anything that has the potential to cause more valve stem or extender issues.

But would like to know the pressure all the time. Sigh.
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:04 PM   #31
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My tpms screws on just like a valve stem cap. I do not use the lock ring thingy that came as I manually check my tires at the beginning of every trip and that requires the removal of the sensor, and the lock ring only requires a allen wrench to remove the sensor with ring anyway. I also squirt the sensors (all 10) with dish soap and water to check for leaks. My tpms has saved a tire, the valve stem leaked and the tpms caught it. On the road at overnight stop, in the morning I just unscrew the sensor wait a second for the alarm and screw it back in so it reads the tire pressure. One other problem is where the valve stem extender fasten to the hub cap broke off. I believe due to the extra weight of the sensor. It would seem weight does matter. I fixed it with a pop rivet.


I might add the my tpms is not designed to tell me the current, up to the second tire pressure. It tell when there is a pressure change that is out of specs and unlike the one builtin my car it tells me which tire has the problem.
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:23 PM   #32
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Guess I'm just over nervous about valve stems at this point.

So I'm getting a little freaked by anything that has the potential to cause more valve stem or extender issues.

But would like to know the pressure all the time. Sigh.
You wouldn't be nervous for one second if you had one piece Borg Valve Stems installed on your wheels.

I invested in 6 new chrome Borg Valve Stems back in 2010 when I had a new set of tires installed. They even installed the Dyna Beads to each tire that I had ordered from Innovative Balancing in Rochester NY.

I haven't had one problem or a hint of a leak from any one of them for the past 4+ years and don't expect to have any in the future.

These have been discussed many times on other threads so you must have over looked those discussions. Do a search and get some first hand information.

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You wouldn't be nervous for one second if you had one piece Borg Valve Stems installed on your wheels.

I invested in 6 new chrome Borg Valve Stems back in 2010 when I had a new set of tires installed. They even installed the Dyna Beads to each tire that I had ordered from Innovative Balancing in Rochester NY.

I haven't had one problem or a hint of a leak from any one of them for the past 4+ years and don't expect to have any in the future.

These have been discussed many times on other threads so you must have over looked those discussions. Do a search and get some first hand information.

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Old 09-03-2014, 08:52 PM   #34
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Folks,

I respectfully disagree with using TPMS systems.

I use metal valve stems and alligator caps (the real ones!).

I check my rear tires monthly.

My front tires I check every morning while driving.

Placing anything onto my valve stems other than a steel cap with a rubber gasket is an invitation for leaks.

Use of extenders, not checking tire pressures routinely, not inspecting tires, not replacing tires after 5-7 years, etc is a recipe for failures or more severe problems.

My last flat tire was over 45 years ago on a 1957 Porsche.

The front tires are by far the most critical, by far.

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Old 09-03-2014, 09:44 PM   #35
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Folks,

I respectfully disagree with using TPMS systems.

I use metal valve stems and alligator caps (the real ones!).

I check my rear tires monthly.

My front tires I check every morning while driving.

Placing anything onto my valve stems other than a steel cap with a rubber gasket is an invitation for leaks.

Use of extenders, not checking tire pressures routinely, not inspecting tires, not replacing tires after 5-7 years, etc is a recipe for failures or more severe problems.

My last flat tire was over 45 years ago on a 1957 Porsche.

The front tires are by far the most critical, by far.

Fire away! JohnnyB
Based on my experiences with the TST 510 system, I was considering running without a TPMS. An experience last winter in California made me change my mind.

I had removed all the sensors and replaced the gaskets. I was trying to solve the tiny leakages that I was having with the sensors installed. Morning came, I had not installed the sensors, and I decided to run the day without them. We had been on the road for about 4 hours, and stopped to eat. I checked all the tires. All was good.

We drove for another couple of hours, and we decided to pull off into a truck stop for the night. As we stepped down from the coach, I heard air hissing. The right front tire was flat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The tire valve stem had decided to leak where it connects into the rim. The tire shop man said that he had never seen that kind of leak before.

We were minutes away from a catastrophic highway disaster!

So, now I put up with the nuisance of the tiny leakages, inaccurate morning readings, etc. to be able to monitor my tire pressures and temperatures minute by minute while driving down the road.

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Folks,

I respectfully disagree with using TPMS systems.

I use metal valve stems and alligator caps (the real ones!).

I check my rear tires monthly.

My front tires I check every morning while driving.

Placing anything onto my valve stems other than a steel cap with a rubber gasket is an invitation for leaks.

Use of extenders, not checking tire pressures routinely, not inspecting tires, not replacing tires after 5-7 years, etc is a recipe for failures or more severe problems.

My last flat tire was over 45 years ago on a 1957 Porsche.

The front tires are by far the most critical, by far.

Fire away! JohnnyB
I am sure that there are many others that feel the same as you and will not spend the money for a TPMS.

Your choice, your money, your RV.

I just hope I am not next to you on the road when you are driving your RV and have your second flat tire in over 45 years. Hopefully when it happens it won't be on your toad or trailer that you are towing which can cause one hell of a fire.

Seen it happen more than once.

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I have the TST 507 system with flow throughs on the rear and cap on the fronts. so far I've gone through 3 monitor panels and two of the cap sensors. No idea what's happening with the monitors, they just start shutting themselves off even when the charger is plugged in. The sensors just quit sending info even with new batteries. All have been replaced under warranty with no problem but I am a little worried about what happens when the warranty runs out as I only got a two year warranty. The new systems seem to have a three year warranty.
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........The flow thru design makes adding air easy, though some say slower. The cap type, while it is removable, to prevent theft, requires a tool to remove the sensor.

.........If the cap type, were easily removable... I would probably lean that direction. The fact that they aren't easily removable probably keeps someone from helping themselves to your sensors.
I originally ordered the flow-throughs. They are secured to the valve stem by tiny little set screws that require a tiny little allen wrench. Not a tiny little pita. However, you get a more solid set of the air chuck on the metal valve stem, so I early on removed the set screws. I haven't had any theft problem, and now I just remove the sensor to add air. The sensors spin off as quickly and easily as any valve cap, but they're larger and easier to handle without dropping from fumble fingers.

I also remove all sensors when parked for a longer period, to avoid wasting battery life.
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