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Old 11-13-2010, 07:09 AM   #1
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Doran tire monitoring system

Has anyone installed the Doran monitoring system and is it any good.
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:57 AM   #2
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Doran tire monitor

Yes I have and they alerted me to a near fire in my left dual on my Monaco. I purchased the monitors because I was having trouble with rear tires pressure, turned out to be bad valve stem extentions. I threw away the extions and put on the Doran, on a spring trip I thought I was driving against a strong head wind as the MH was taking about 5 additional pounds of boost above what I usually cruise. The Doran system came on and alerted me of a loss of tire pressure in the left rear iner tire. What had happened was the Bosch brake had stuck on, heated the hub and wheel to the point that the Doran had failed from the heat. When the sensor failed, the dash monitor alarmed and I stopped to check the tire. It was hot I thought the brake would burst into flame. Sensor was melted, and in a few more miles perhaps the mh would have been on fire also. RichardN
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I assume you're talking about the Doran 360 and yes I've had mine installed on all 10 wheels for nearly 3 years now. It did save me from a problem when a valve stem on my toad sprung a leak and was loosing air rapidly.

I have three concerns with it.... It's pretty spendy compared to some alternatives.... I still get "lost sensor" alarms even though i have the RF signal booster in the rear of the coach.... and, I'm about to replace my second sensor due to low battery (I assume) failure.

I think I'll be able to fix the false alarms by playing with the location of the booster but I am disappointed in the two failures I've seen so far.

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Thanks for the reply, I am also checking the HawksHead system. I like that it shows an outline of all the tires on screen. If I understand the system if a tire is low it blinks and you don't have to push buttons to check from tire to tire.
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Thanks for the reply, I am also checking the HawksHead system. I like that it shows an outline of all the tires on screen. If I understand the system if a tire is low it blinks and you don't have to push buttons to check from tire to tire.
My Doran does that as well. The display shows an outline of the coach and toad with each tire being monitored. If a tire is low an alarm sounds, the display blinks and the offending tire blinks with the actual pressure.

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Old 11-13-2010, 11:41 AM   #6
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I will check the Doran again. The HawksHead is also about $100.00 less then the Doran for 6 tire set up.
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. What had happened was the Bosch brake had stuck on, heated the hub and wheel to the point that the Doran had failed from the heat. When the sensor failed, the dash monitor alarmed and I stopped to check the tire. It was hot I thought the brake would burst into flame. Sensor was melted, and in a few more miles perhaps the mh would have been on fire also. RichardN
Does your system have the Temperature Alarm feature?
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I just returned my Doran for a refund, I sent the whole system back twice for recalibration and sensor replacement, and still had trouble with it. False alarms, long recovery time after the alarm sounded. We still work , so when we travel it is often at night after work, everytime that alarm would go off(lost sensor) I would pull over and find nothing wrong, it got very frustrating.It played wolf so many times in a 6 month period , that I finally returned it for a full refund. We buy these types of devices for piece of mind , and I wasnt getting anything but a headache. I will buy another one, just not sure which one yet. I would like to say this , Doran was absoulutly wonderful to work with, they tried to correct the problems I was having , and truly wanted me to be happy , in the end they gave me a refund . I bought the Doran because I liked there monitor better than the Pressure Pro, and TST was expieriencing growing pains with there system.
I really like the new TST 507, however it seems as though they are having some issues with this new system as well( I like that you can replace the batteries yourself) but I dont like the small monitor. Hawkshead or TireSafe, dont no much about them other than some user reviews ( not favorable), and that leaves PP. All things being equal the PP is probably the best system out there, very few if any unsatisfied customers,made in the USA. What I dont like about the PP , is the monitor, however I may have to accept it. I am not concered about the difference in cost of the various units , I just want one that works. Some like the TST because it shows temp, this isnt a big concern to me , when the temps go up so does pressure. Thats all for now folks , Have a Great Day.
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6 years 2 months with the same sensors on PP.
No problems, but did add the repeater in my bedroom when they came out with it.
No lost signals since, from all 10 sensors.
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heated the hub and wheel to the point that the Doran had failed from the heat
...good testimony for the value of a system that reports tire temp in addition to low/high pressure. Apparently the high temp of that tire did not trip the high psi alarm as most presume it would...

I've been running the TireTracker for a few months now (understand it is same system as HawksHead & Camping World Tire Minder). It reports both psi and temp, and has smaller, lighter sensors with easily replaceable batteries. I am very pleased with it at this point compared to a different system I was running in 2009.
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... Hawkshead or TireSafe, dont no much about them other than some user reviews ( not favorable), ...
When you say "Tire Safe" are you referring to the Tire Safeguard TPMS? If so, there are at least two users on this forum that are pleased with it. I have used it for three years now and have been alerted to a tire going down twice (both slow leaks).

A feature I really like is the ability to add air to the tire without removing the valve stem sensor. The system reports both temperature and pressure, as most others do, and does have a overtemp alarm setting I programmed in (though I've been lucky enough not to set it off).

Support from HCI is excellent, I had a problem early on with a transceiver and they sent a new one right out.
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...good testimony for the value of a system that reports tire temp in addition to low/high pressure. Apparently the high temp of that tire did not trip the high psi alarm as most presume it would...
I was about to reply that the Doran 360 RV system didn't monitor temp but went to their website to check first and.... yep, I guess they've added that since I bought mine when they first came out.

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I checked the tire safe site and wow. That is quite and install, looks like a $300.00 install between hard wiring and tire removal and all.
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We have and love the Hawkshead System... works very well and has Temp & pressure monitoring
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