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Old 09-18-2016, 08:02 PM   #15
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Don't waste your money. Buy quality tires and check them
before each trip. JMHO, and lots of folks will disagree.
80,000 miles, 7 years, never a problem.
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Old 09-18-2016, 09:55 PM   #16
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Don't waste your money. Buy quality tires and check them
before each trip. JMHO, and lots of folks will disagree.
80,000 miles, 7 years, never a problem.
I would tend to agree - but mine already had it and it is reassuring for the toad.
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Old 09-18-2016, 10:18 PM   #17
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Don't waste your money. Buy quality tires and check them
before each trip. JMHO, and lots of folks will disagree.
80,000 miles, 7 years, never a problem.
What happens if you pick up a nail or develop a slow leak after you are back on the road?
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:28 AM   #18
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Toad and Dolly TPMS: I had an axle failure on a dolly several years ago, so toad/dolly TPMS has been a top priority for me.

I was looking for something that was reasonably inexpensive, but could monitor significantly different tire pressures from each axle.

I found the Schrader retrofit kit ($135) did exactly what I needed. It allows me to set the rear axle and front axle at different alarm points.

I installed two sensors in the rear wheels of my Camry, and installed two sensors in the wheels of the Acme dolly.

I set the Camry tires to alarm at about 29 psi / 140 deg F. These are defined as the rear axle on the TPMS. I set the dolly tires to alarm at 75 psi / 170 deg F, these are defined as the front axle on the TPMS. The sensors are mounted inside the tire, so the temperature is of the air / rim as measured inside the wheel.

The only thing I don't like about the Schrader is the instructions. They are a little cryptic. Once I figured it all out, I was able to learn the sensors, and set the alarm points fairly easily..

Dolly / TOAD Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

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NOTE - On a recent trip to Arizona, the left brake on the Acme dolly was hanging up. (had a small leak on wheel seal and grease got into calipers and was binding)

On one very long descent out of Globe AZ, the temperature alarm sounded on the left dolly wheel and I seen a temperature of 200 Deg F. We stopped and let the brakes cool. I'm not sure what the results would have been had we not caught the brake binding.

http://www.2001mirada.com/acme-brakes-and-axle/

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Buy quality tires and check them
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Ah, some people will disagree, and some people are just jerks!
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:05 AM   #22
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Don't waste your money. Buy quality tires and check them
before each trip. JMHO, and lots of folks will disagree.
80,000 miles, 7 years, never a problem.
Last I looked, nails and other road hazards do not check the brand of a tire before causing damage.

You can check pressure before you leave, you can thump the tires at each stop, but you cannot check your tires as your are moving.

"80,000 miles, 7 years, never a problem" means you are due.
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Don't waste your money. Buy quality tires and check them
before each trip. JMHO, and lots of folks will disagree.
80,000 miles, 7 years, never a problem.
Too much at stake, with reasonably-priced technology to prevent a catastrophe. You pick up a nail, drive for three hours with a slow leak, heating up the tire and over-flexing the sidewall as it deflates, the TPMS will alert you to a situation that will result in a blowout. A blowout in a motorhome, with 32,000 pounds pushing you, is a lot more dangerous than a similar event in a passenger vehicle or pickup.
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Too much at stake, with reasonably-priced technology to prevent a catastrophe. You pick up a nail, drive for three hours with a slow leak, heating up the tire and over-flexing the sidewall as it deflates, the TPMS will alert you to a situation that will result in a blowout. A blowout in a motorhome, with 32,000 pounds pushing you, is a lot more dangerous than a similar event in a passenger vehicle or pickup.
We pretrip before every trip, both have CDL licenses over 30 years. Year old tires... It's a crap shoot! Sorry, meant to quote the same post you did!
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OK then RunawayJim - told ya there would be many opinions!!! Let's try for a summary:
  1. Having a TPMS is relatively cheap insurance, especially considering what the damages from a catastrophic blowout can cost ya.
  2. Having a TPMS is better than not having one.
  3. There are several good TPMS brands on the market.
  4. It probably doesn't matter which one you use, as long as you do use it. They all use pretty much the same technology anyway.
How's that?


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