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Old 03-20-2009, 11:32 AM   #1
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tire pressure monitoring

at the other rv forum a person posted a message about tire prressure monitoring systems like the one at campin world and some you buy on the internet. lots of differnt brands i think and if you got one what brand did you get and wht do you like and dislike about it. im thinking its a good idea for my coach and i like the one that reads tire pressure and the tire air temperature.
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:09 PM   #2
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After a rear blowout at speed, it was time to spend some money so I researched these things and.... I bought the Tire Sentry. http://www.tiresentry.com/ Great little unit, cost less than most, simply a 2" gauge, with an out of sight antenna, showing lighted LED tire positions and has a verbal alarms if pressure drops 10% below set pressure. Also, pressures are monitored 24/7.

The main reason I got this unit was the sensors that attach to the valve stems are small enough to fit the holes in the aluminum wheels, all the other units the sensors are too big for the aluminum wheel holes. The sensors also have a gray sleeve to go over the sensor so they are hardly noticable.

As for the tire temp. monitoring, don't really think it is needed, because the temps are taken from the air in the tire, not the tire its self.

My two cents.

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Old 03-20-2009, 12:36 PM   #3
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I've had the Doran TPMS since 2004. I first used it on a C Class then transfered it over to the A Class and toad. It has saved 2 tires that had slow leaks that I would have damaged by not stopping when I did.

There are a couple of good brands that basically do the same thing for different prices. It a matter of checking them out and personal preference. The Doran TPMS does not show temp but I have not had a
need for it.

What ever you buy it will be one of the best investments you'll ever make.
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:50 PM   #4
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Couple of threads running over there right now regarding TPMS. Any would make a good choice; I don't have one but sure like the idea. I'm thinking of the unit that monitors both the air pressure and temperature (http://www.tsttruck.com/). Hopefully we can get a lot of pro's and con's on a few different brands.

I did email TST with some questions and they sent me the Owner's Manual in .pdf format that answers a few of those questions. Anyone wanting a copy, email me with "TST Manual" in the subject line and I'll send it to you. You do need Adobe Reader to open .pdf's, of course.

I also emailed Doran (http://www.doranmfg.com/) with questions about their Doran 360RV TPMS; both TST and Doran get high marks for responding back quite quickly with helpful consumer information, especially in these days where you contact a company from their own website and your request for information disappears into the Internet abyss...
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:58 PM   #5
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All of the systems seem to be highly praised. I've had the Tire Sentry for over six years. I transfered the unit from another coach. I tow two different cars and have the tire settings the same which keeps things simple.
I personally don't see the need to monitor tire temperature but others feel different. The thing I like best about the Tire Sentry is that pressure is always monitored as mentioned above. The only time batteries see use is when the presure drops below the preset value. Although the batteries see very little use I do change them annually, the cost is very low and it's makes life easy in the long term.
There are some sytems that sleep while stationary and then go "active" upon tire rotation. That's really the time I don't want to stop check things out.
I've been in their small factory and they were gracias to give me a tour and answer all of my questions. Just good folks there.
Whatever you decide to buy, it's money well spent.
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Tire Sentry sounds like a good product. Found the web site but can't find any pricing or ordering information? Anybody know where I can find this info?

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Old 03-20-2009, 09:39 PM   #7
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Best way to get the info on price and details is call the company because it depends which model you want or need, that what I did.

Also, almost forgot, another selling point for the Tire Sentry was the batteries.... They are hearing aid batteries you can change out yourself, the other tire monitors, PressurePro for one, you have to sent the sensors back to they and they change out the batteries for $25.00 EACH!!! Not me!!!

Also note, the TPMS units, there was some real negative discussions in the Forums some time ago so do a search here in the Forums and be cautious.

As noted above, shop around and you pick and choose.

Hope this helps.
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I have had the Pressure Pro on my Tour and tow car for over 1 year of fulltiming and it has worked great. The sensors do fit in the Accuride wheel openings perfectly and seem to be very accurate. I enjoy checking my tire pressure while on the road. I would recommend them.
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I have been using the Pressure Pro system for a couple years now with no problems and the sensor units always seem to be within a pound or two whenever I check the pressure with my truck gauge.
The only downside I can see so far is going to be the $25/sensor when the batteries need to be changed, whenever that will be. Not sure how long batteries are supposed to last.

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i have been using the tst truck system with good results for about 6 months. it cost less than $300.
check out my posts and others posts on the "old" irv2 about installing and using this system. there is a lot of info here on several pressure and pressure/temperature systems.
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I'm starting my fifth year on my Pressure Pro system and the batteries are still chugging along.
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I'm starting my fifth year on my Pressure Pro system and the batteries are still chugging along.
Impressive battery life! Do most people use the 12v adaptor for their power supply or hardwire the monitor?
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This is another vote for Pressure Pro. After I got past the bad sensors they sent me, all is working as advertised. The system is 3 1/2 years old and no further problems. If you get a PP system, consider putting metal valve stems on all your tires, that are monitored. I did not do this and did have a leak in a stem. PP caught the leak. I went to the nearest GMC dealer and had the metal stems installed.
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I've had the Doran TPMS since 2004.

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Back in 2004 the Doran units were private labeled Pressure Pro systems so you actually have a Pressure Pro system.

I only point this out because Doran discontinued their relationship with Pressure Pro and put their own system on the market about a year ago and while it may very well be a good system it doesn't have much history yet.
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