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Old 10-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #29
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I think this might be on topic,,, I have the go ahead from DW to get a TPMS for the rv,, I've been reading here about them.. One sensor on my 04 Grand Cherokee (factory) says it's bad, (I can still press the button and read it) , anyway, since we don't full time and the rv sits a lot, couldn't I get dual purpose from a system by using it everyday on my jeep, then transfering it back to the rv for a trip ? I figure reprograming (4 tires-6 tires, pressure, etc) is fairly easy ????
The Tire Tracker is very easy to program and if you don't use the RV for long periods pull the batteries so they last longer.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:17 PM   #30
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The Tire Tracker is very easy to program and if you don't use the RV for long periods pull the batteries so they last longer.
Thankyou Tireman,,,
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:35 PM   #31
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My personal opinion is that TPMS' are about as useful as GPS'. Which is, somehow we all got by without GPS units and tire monitoring systems for many years. I have had nothing but problems with various GPS systems and my Tire Minder system. The Tire Minder gives false alerts after driving a long distance and into a rainstorm. The tires cool off very quickly and the sensor senses a drop in pressure and thinks it's a leak. This happened three times on our trip out West last month. This is a known issue with this product and there is nothing that can be done about it. The company response is something along the line of "if you know what causes it, then just ignore it" What good is a TPMS system that gives false alerts, especially in the worst possible situation such as inclement weather? I don't think ignoring it is the correct answer.
Great ideas in technology, but not ready for Prime Time IMHO.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:43 PM   #32
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So now I know to eliminate Tire Minder from my list of possible replacements for my useless Doran TPMS.

Thanks for the heads up.

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I have been quietly following the conversation and really appreciate all the information. I just bought the TPMS from TireTracker and look forward to using it on my next trip. Thanks! Al
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:41 PM   #34
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Ball peen hammer works great and also will take care of the gps.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:21 PM   #35
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I have been quietly following the conversation and really appreciate all the information. I just bought the TPMS from TireTracker and look forward to using it on my next trip. Thanks! Al
I think you are going to like it. We just got ours last Thursday. I set it up and used it on our trip to Vermont. There is something very reassuring about something sitting sentinel on your dashboard at the ready for any unforeseen tire calamity. I think you will like yours.
One word of note. At times if we slammed a door, or mabey not even slammed, just closed something with a thud, the TireTraker would beep for a second. It's no big deal but the first time we heard it I thought something was wrong. It just seems to be a mite sensitive when in sleep mode that's all.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:46 AM   #36
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Tire Traker had such a good review here by our forum members that I finally made a decision to purchase it. Also liked TST but it's a bit pricey.
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Tire Traker had such a good review here by our forum members that I finally made a decision to purchase it. Also liked TST but it's a bit pricey.
Yes, and it was that favorable consensus that helped sway me to purchase one for myself.
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I have had nothing but problems with my Tire Minder system. The Tire Minder gives false alerts after driving a long distance and into a rainstorm. The tires cool off very quickly and the sensor senses a drop in pressure and thinks it's a leak. This happened three times on our trip out West last month. This is a known issue with this product and there is nothing that can be done about it. The company response is something along the line of "if you know what causes it, then just ignore it" What good is a TPMS system that gives false alerts, especially in the worst possible situation such as inclement weather? I don't think ignoring it is the correct answer.
Great ideas in technology, but not ready for Prime Time IMHO.
After searching the web for information on the Tire Minder TPMS it appears that it is the SAME unit as the Tire Tracker TPMS.

So now I am REALLY confused. Many people on this thread have raved about the reliability of the Tire Tracker TPMS only to find out that it's the same as the Tire Minder. However, since they are the same units with just a different name, I have to eliminate both from the list of choices.

So now with both the Doran TPMS and the Tire Minder aka Tire Tracker TPMS systems not being 100% reliable, the choices are getting slimmer.

That leaves basically two systems left to choose from. The Pressure Pro TPMS and the Truck Systems Technology TST tire pressure monitoring systems.

I haven't heard too many BAD things about either of those two systems. I will now do my due diligence on both and make a decision in the coming months.

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Old 10-10-2012, 04:43 PM   #39
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My personal opinion is that TPMS' are about as useful as GPS'. Which is, somehow we all got by without GPS units and tire monitoring systems for many years. I have had nothing but problems with various GPS systems and my Tire Minder system. The Tire Minder gives false alerts after driving a long distance and into a rainstorm. The tires cool off very quickly and the sensor senses a drop in pressure and thinks it's a leak. This happened three times on our trip out West last month. This is a known issue with this product and there is nothing that can be done about it. The company response is something along the line of "if you know what causes it, then just ignore it" What good is a TPMS system that gives false alerts, especially in the worst possible situation such as inclement weather? I don't think ignoring it is the correct answer.
Great ideas in technology, but not ready for Prime Time IMHO.
No GPS or TPMS is a substitute for using your own smarts. If there is a warning it isn't too difficult to watch the pressure and temperature to be sure the pressure doesn't continue to drop. If it was hot and then it rains the temp and pressure will drop a bit but then re-stabilize. I consider this a small negative vs the big positive of having a warning of a "rapid" pressure drop from the hot pressure.
The alternative to no warning is the possibility of driving down the road and not knowing you have a puncture until you have a sidewall flex failure which puts you in a ditch.

No unit is perfect or a substitute for thinking about what the sensor is telling you. If the Tire Minder shows all tires as having a decrease in pressure and it just started to rain it's pretty reasonable to say I understand what is happening so I don't have to worry.

I wonder what you do if you see your engine temperature go down when going down a hill or if it goes up when climbing. Do you say the engine temp gauge is worthless and remove it from your dash?
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:48 AM   #40
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Thanks to all posts! We were leaning towards the "tire tracker" but like Richard, it is the same unit as "tire minder". So that coupled with the quick response from Dan Covington at TST have convinced us to go TST. Still undecided as to 507 or 510 systems! Thanks to all.
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I spent a few hours at the California RV Show in Pomona where I talked to a TPMS vendor there selling the Tire Safe Guard system.

After seeing the system and talking to him, there are now basically only two systems in the market left that are worth their weight in GOLD. Both of which were designed with reliability in mind and engineered for the trucking industry. Not by some lame brain engineer attempting to capitalize on the RV market like all of the others that are out there including the Doran TPMS unit which I bought 3 years ago which ended up to be a $700 mistake.

He stated that the both the TST and the Tire Safe Guard are the ONLY systems that I should consider buying. He said both are excellent in the way they have been engineered with the ease of setup and operation. He would recommend either one and was NOT pressuring me into buying only theirs. However the show price was attractive but he said that it would be available on the Internet for the entire month of October. It would save me $50.

He stated that I will not have problems like I am having with the Doran system. These are 100% reliable. They have to be otherwise the OTR truckers would NOT be using them.

Now to choose, TST or Tire Safe Guard?

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He stated that the both the TST and the Tire Safe Guard are the ONLY systems that I should consider buying. .... He stated that I will not have problems like I am having with the Doran system. These are 100% reliable.
. I had a TST system and had exactly the same kind of problems you described w/Doran ...multiple failed /mis-reading sensors to the point we had zero confidence in the system. We even had two toad flats while parked because of sensors coming loose ...I tried everything but Loctite. TST's customer service could not have been better, but I returned the system and eventually replaced it with TireTraker. The only false signals I have had with TireTraker has been occasional leak indicator on a rear dual while refueling after pulling off an extended highway run as "the tire cools quickly." I just watch the reading and know within minutes that there is no leak as the psi reading stays the same. I like TireTraker's smaller and lighter sensors.

I did add the booster to both TST and TT after dropped signals on the toad while underway. My 40' my has a rear closet and I thought perhaps that helped kill the signal. I wired the booster into a bedroom 12v power outlet and stuck it high beside the bed.
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