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Old 01-03-2011, 07:07 PM   #15
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I also use the truck driver's stick to see if both rear tires make the same thump sound. Joe
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Use common sense. We use TST and would not leave home without it. Love the system and their service. However I still do walk arounds before, during and after a days travel.

During one walk around a few years ago I found a goose egg size sidewall seperation on the right front. The TST was stilll showing correct pressure and temperature. I assume if I had hit the road I would have had issues real soon.

Be smart and use common sense.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:58 PM   #17
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Thumping doesn't hack it in my book. That only tells me that the tire is basically still inflated but it won't tell you if there is a very slooooow leak or is under-inflated somewhat.

The only authentic way to monitor proper inflation is using a TPMS. I chose the Doran TMPS 10 wheel system and have traveled almost 9000 miles with it on my coach and trailer. I use the repeater just to make sure I have a strong signal for my trailer tires. I only had one sensor problem on the way to Alaska last year and it turned out to be a defective sensor. Doran replaced it free and sent me another one while in Alaska.

I do not leave the sensors on the wheels when not in use for a longer period of time. Like currently I've been stationary for over three months so it doesn't make sense to leave the sensors on sending signals to the master control which is tucked away in a cabinet for now. It saves battery life and it also prevents them from growing "legs" as the locks they provide are a PITA to use so I don't. Someday, I will invent a better system to lock them in place.

I also use a reasonably priced laser assisted IR Temperature gun to monitor the temps of all tires and wheels making sure I don't have a bearing going out.

I do the walk around with the gun every time we stop for a rest, walk the dog, eat lunch or fill up with fuel. I also always visually check the hitch, safety chains, etc. along with opening the side cargo trailer door to make sure the car tie-downs are still secure and tight. I made a costly mistake on my Alaska trip last year by not checking inside the cargo trailer. That cost me a total of about $1500 for car trailer and tire repairs.

There are many brands and types of TPMS's to choose from so you will have to do your due diligence and decide for yourself but the most important thing is to have one and not drive one mile without it. I have done that when going down to my service center in town to have service done but I never head out on any trip without them on and working. When they are not on, it's like driving a vehicle without a seat belt, I feel very vulnerable and insecure.

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Does anybody make a TPMS that installs inside the tire like factory car tires? It seams the temperature readings would be more accurate.

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Yes there is. Found it when researching this last spring. VERY expensive. And if a sensor does fail, you have to remove and dismount the tire to replace it.

Results of my research: I check the tires with a manual guage every morning and at every fuel stop.

Last year I had a braided extender hose (brand new from camping world) go bad. Found it while checking pressuresw at a fuel stop, didn't become a problem.

Wish I could find a way to not use those extenders.
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Wish I could find a way to not use those extenders.
You're in luck. I got rid of my extenders last April when I installed 6 new tires.

I had all new solid chrome valve stems installed and also used the Dyna Beads inside each tire for balancing.

Drove 9000 miles to Alaska and back with NO problem with tires, stems, valves or Dyna Beads. Everything worked as planned and advertised.

Chrome stems can be purchased from Borg Tire Supply. Look under Dually Valve on their selection on the left side of the home page.

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I would like to add my two cents worth. The Doran or Pressure Pro systems give you a visual (in cab monitor)if you have low pressure in a tire which is a whole lot better than a system that pumps up your tires when they get low (which I really don't recommend for the reasons above: captain of your own ship...). The system is by no means a replacement for walking around your rig. Maybe some day a company will invent a pressure monitoring system that can adjust the inflation pressure down as well as up.
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You're in luck. I got rid of my extenders last April when I installed 6 new tires..

Chrome stems can be purchased from Borg Tire Supply. Look under Dually Valve on their selection on the left side of the home page.

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The first time I buy tires for my "next MH" it will have those solid steel valve stems for sure. It will also have 3 different styles of 22.5" wheel, alcoa fronts, alcoa outer duals, and steel inner duals. And no spare.

This bus tho, has 7 identical 19.5" steel rims, all of which can be used in any position, including a full spare that I can and have changed. The solid valve stems would blow that. Pun intended.
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Our Itasca Dealer will not install extenders due to leak complaints. The extensions have to be the one that goes from inside the tire to the stem {with no breaks} when the tire is first installed. Happy Travels, Joe
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Does anybody make a TPMS that installs inside the tire like factory car tires? It seams the temperature readings would be more accurate.

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The system you're asking about is, or more accurately, as far at the RV market is concerned, was called SmarTire. I emailed the company via their website (SmarTire Systems) earlier this week inquiring about their product for RV and towed car use. The reply was:

Unfortunately SmarTire products are no longer available in the passenger car, light truck, recreational vehicle or motorcycle markets and the company has ceased support for these product categories. Parts may be available via your vehicle manufacturer or at the dealer where you purchased your system. Bendix holds no inventory to support service parts.

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FYI, TST monitors and Dually Stems work just fine together. Kinda like a marriage.
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I am curious on peoples experiences on different Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. I would like to put a system on my motorhome and trailer which totals 14 wheels. I really don't want to spend the money only to find out its more of a nuisance than helpful. Seems like alot of people end up having issues with faulty sensors that just makes system a waste of time.

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I use the TST Systems TPMS. I also have the Borg Dually Stems. Great system. I can constantly monitor the pressure, easily add air and no leaks from faulty valve extensions.
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There are many TPMS manufacturers, most of which are for passenger vehicles. Some are designed strictly for OTR trucks and MH's. I have the TST, TPMS-RV system for just my 5er with load range G tires. I am well satisfied with my purchase, but do not omit my walk-around visual inspection at every rest break or other stops.
If/when you buy a TPMS, I recommend buying one that monitors both air pressure and tire air temperature. Mine alerted me to all four tires failing at once! I thought it was an error in the TPMS, but visual inspection revealed all four tires had bulges on them, kinda like a portion of a football. I limped to a truck tire shop 50 miles away (closest town) and their inspection showed the tires were failing from ply separation. The air pressure was the same, but the temperaures were some 20 degrees higher than usual.
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