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Old 06-30-2014, 06:53 AM   #1
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School us about TPMS systems, please

Our new to us MH carries it's original tires. 2005 and 11,000 miles means that age will kill them before tread is close to worn; and we're fortunate that the MH was kept in moderate climate inside...so no cracking so far.

That said, better safe than sorry, so the thought of installing a TMPS enters the question. Will a failing tire increase temperature or pressure before it blows?

Is there a "most commonly used" TMPS system on the market for 6 tires?

If not, what features are Needs and what are Wants?
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:03 AM   #2
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TST is the one I use. It is my second tire monitoring system, the first being stolen in a breakin. It does a very nice job. It will monitor temperature and pressure of up to 18 wheels. The other thing it will tell you is which tire just blew out and at the age of your tires, I would strongly recommend you replace before any road trips.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:42 AM   #3
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I second the suggestion to replace your tires real soon.
TST is a very popular tpms, and I have heard very few complaints about it. I use TireTraker, which is same as Tire Minder and works much like the TST systems. The cost of a good tpms is usually less than the cost a new tire, so in my opinion that's good reason enough to install and use one of your choosing.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:53 AM   #4
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Forget the TPMS for the immediate future AND get yourself to a tire store to replace the 9 year old tires. They are a major accident waiting to happen.

They may look great on the outside but take a good look on the inside and the beads.

I replaced 8-10 year old tires back in 2010 prior to my first trip to Alaska. Before that, the coach sat in one place since purchasing it in 2003. When the technicians changing the tires were breaking down the old ones, the beads were breaking into pieces as they used their bars to dismount the old tire.

In regards to TPMS systems, there are many to choose from. I tried the Doran TPMS for three years and I do NOT recommend them at all. I now use the Tire SafeGuard and I am a VERY Happy Camper.

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I just purchased a TST TPMS and on the first trip it performed flawlessly. We bought the 507RV which measures both the Air pressure and temperature. It was very easy to setup. The added bonus was it required a special tool to remove it preventing theft. As I understand I can also replace the batteries in the sending units as required. Its interesting to see how quickly your tire pressure rises as your tire warm up when travelling. I know it might not prevent every failure that might occur. But there's no guessing when pressure drops or disappears and the unit alarms. Very pleased we bought the TPMS
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I understand the time situation, and have had three service companies besides myself inspect them, too...I'm that interested in what others see in them.

All say the same thing. Tires look fine...er, don't look like they need immediate replacement. That said, I'll likely get the two fronts done first, then do the rears a few months later, just to be sure.

In the meantime, what's the drill for IF a tire blows out on the highway? Call Good Sam and they handle it, or what?

What's the cost difference between an emergency tire replacement and store-bought?
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We like our TST system, and please consider replacing all your tires now.
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I would agree that your tires are pushing the "aged out" limit.

I have used a Tire Tracker system for several years now after serious problems with a different system. The Tire Tracker sensors are smaller and lighter than any others I am aware of, but more importantly, they work well and have never failed me.
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I use the TireTraker system. I bought it with 10 sensors so I could cover the toad, and also bought the range extender to mount in the BR closet to get better signal from the toad.

It was the most economical system I found at the time. You can replace the batteries in the sensors, the sensors are less expensive than most, and the sensors seal the valve stem to prevent leakage.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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We like our TST system, and please consider replacing all your tires now.

Well, gentlemen...I haven't felt so, "looked after", since basic training

Our plan is to change the front tires before our next trip. Look at them after removal in order to determine whether they're as good as they look...or not.

If we have to do the rears, too, then so be it. Since we're not full time at all, it would be nice to get more time out of them, just because. That said, it's safety first, and I'll err that way if need be.
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Please reconsider the tire issue! Those OLD tires are DANGEROUS! I know it is expensive but so was the RV and so are your lives. If you have a problem on the road replacing those tires will cost you twice what getting them done by a reputable local dealer will charge - don't ask how I know.
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Coming from a boating forum, I can see that we all look out for each other, and are generally much more conservative about the mechanicals. That's good.

Morphing into another subject (TIRES), I'm a 3,000 mile/year guy at most, so the pain of replacing tires based purely on their age is heightened

Being cheap, I'd hate to replace one on the road...likely 3x more expensive

Being practical, I know that any tire can blow at any time; even new ones.

Being frugal, I'd like to keep a set of tires (2) under $750. I have a local shop that has two Yokohamas for that price. He also has Samsun (Isreal) for about the same price.

GIVEN that we are not full timers, and do not drive high speeds or summer driving...does anybody have a suggestion?

Our current (OEM) tires are GY670, and I'm not in a position to tell you whether they're good/bad, or ugly.
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... Before that, the coach sat in one place since purchasing it in 2003.

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Richard, I would love to hear the story of your coach that sat for 7 years and never moved. What had to be fixed/replaced other than tires after all those years? Just curious....
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IMHO--most of the brand name TPMS's are comparable in function and price. Do like the TST model with lockable sensors, flow-thru stems, and replaceable bats. I wont preach to you about tires--think you realize you are in the "danger zone" and are taking a calculated risk--your safety, your call. The two main concerns about blow-outs are: 1) the potential to lose control of the coach and cause a major accident for yourself or others, and 2) the considerable damage that can occur to the coach in a blow-out [eg, fiberglass, air bags, suspension, etc.] Good luck on both your decisions--tires and a TPMS.....
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