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Old 10-07-2016, 09:59 AM   #1
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Theft of Tire Pressure Sensors?

I am about to spring for the purchase of a set of a 10 TPMS system (TST)...I was wondering...out there in RV land...is there a concern of folks stealing these sensors often? We begin full timing next spring.
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:05 AM   #2
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Never heard of anyone ever saying the sensors were stolen.
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I do not worry about theft enough to loose a second of sleep.

IMHO...if someone wants to steal them or just cause mischief, they will do what ever it takes including more damage than the cost of a sensor. In 4 years, never had a problem with theft.

I have the TST non-flow through sensors and removed the security cover because I got tired of using the "tool" to remove them when I work with them. You can easily remove the security cover yourself.

BTW...I've used both the flow through and non-flow through versions and kinda grew to a real dislike of the flow through sensors. (Sorry TST). MY EXPERIENCE found the flow through sensors prone to being broken off, general cracking and the battery cover cracking when replacing the battery.

OTOH...TST was OUTSTANDING with customer service addressing those issues but I got tired of having to work that out. I've been extremely satisfied once I reverted back to the non-flow through sensors.
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:14 AM   #4
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Our TPMS ones would take a lot of work to steal. You have to remove the hubcaps to even be able to use the special tool that unscrews the individual tire monitor. And to take our hubcaps off requires a special tool as well, so someone either has to have the right tools to start with or a good bit of time--something thieves rarely are willing to take.
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I am about to spring for the purchase of a set of a 10 TPMS system (TST)...I was wondering...out there in RV land...is there a concern of folks stealing these sensors often? We begin full timing next spring.
BTW...consider ordering 12 sensors. Keep 2 as spares in case you run into a sensor problem or want to quick change when some batteries start to run low. Also carry a few extra batteries.
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Never heard of anyone ever saying the sensors were stolen.
DITTO...

I have heard stories of folks that "know of folks" that had them stolen but no "first person" accounts.
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So far I've never had an issue. Mine have little set screws that I can tighten down to keep them from walking away but I don't use them. Too much of a pain if I have to air up a tire.
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Never had an issue with my TST 's.
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When I had my 5th wheel, we kept it in a "secure" storage area. After about a year or so, the thieves hit the place. I had placed my Tire Minder in the basement area of the 5th wheel. They opened it basement with a key, the old CH751 key, and the only thing they took was the Tire Minder receiver. They never took the four transmitters on the wheels. I think in the dark they must have thought it was a cell phone or walkie talkie.
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I've never heard of that happening! I think probably that most of the TPMS users are RV'ers and thank goodness the vast majority are good, honest folks!
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I've had TPMS sensors on my MH and toad since 2011, no issues to date.
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I've noticed posts asking or worrying about thief's of various items, fuel, surge protectors, tpms, grills, an endless list. For the most part the camping/ rv community are self policing and are always more helpful than the normal society as a whole. Yes, there are yard apes (ankle biters, brats, miss guided playstation kids), out to have a good time, occasionally they cause harm, but if you think the area is not safe then move. I'd bet most rv's don't pack everything up at night and lock everything down. just my opinion...
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You'd have more chance of damaging them from a pothole, curb stone, tree branch sticking out etc than someone tampering with or stealing them.
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Have not had an issue. Mind you I take them off when sitting for long periods and remove the battery. Minder has a free battery replacement program that we use but my instinct is to 'save' the batteries when not being used.
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