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Old 12-21-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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Hawkshead Tire Pressure Monitoring System Ordered

I decided on the Hawkshead system even though it doesn't appear to be the most popular. I think that's probably due to lack of marketing more than anything else. All the reviews I read about them were positive.

I chose Hawkshead because they use replaceable batteries in the monitors, and knowing myself, I'd be going crazy wondering how much time was left on the non-replaceable ones. I also like the temperature monitoring feature.

I'll post installation results and my opinion after I get 'em on the RV.

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Old 12-22-2009, 01:43 AM   #2
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I'm also interested in their product so I'll be interested in your future comments. Thanks.

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Old 12-22-2009, 07:06 AM   #3
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We've used them (MH & toad) for almost a year and 7,000 miles. No problems and they work as advertised.
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Keep us posted I would be interested to hear how they do. Did you install the booster in the rear for the toad.
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I'm looking forward to your user review.
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Keep us posted I would be interested to hear how they do. Did you install the booster in the rear for the toad.
hardy1000...... I don't have a toad.. Not yet, anyway. But if/when I do, I will definitely install the monitors on it, and who knows if I'll need the booster. I think it would be worth the extra cost for that peace of mind.

But for now it's just the six tires on the rig that I'll be using.

I probably won't receive the kit until end of the year or after, with the holidays and the fact that it's coming from Canada. It always seems to take a while to get across that invisible border. I will give the Hawkshead company a thumbs up so far; they shipped the day after I ordered and emailed me with the tracking info.

Updates later.....

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Keep us posted I would be interested to hear how they do. Did you install the booster in the rear for the toad.
Oh, I guess that was a question for H.Miller, but whatever

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This product sounds great. I'm interested in your updates.

Hal, do you use a booster? If so the hard wire or battery operated?
Do ypu have any concerns with the 10oz units on the end of valve extensions, especially on the duals?

With my length and toad I'm sure that a booster is required.
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I have the Hawkshead with 10 senders, the booster I hard wired. Have installed about one month ago, it works as advertised. I removed and sold my 2 year old Doran,because i wanted the Hawkshead with replaceable batteries and also the temp mode. I installed the booster in the same location that I had the Doran booster. I never powered the Doran it was ready to power, i left the fuse out,it worked fine for info from toad vehicle. I will also remove fuse when i leave first of Feb. 2010 for two months to Texas from Canada to see how the Hawkshead works. At this time I am using the receiver in my Jeep Grand Cherokee toad as it is my daily driver car, Hawkshead so far works great.
Thumbs up for the Hawkshead . They also delivered product in a very timely fashion.
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To All,
Yes we installed the "booster" just because........ For $65., why not? It is in a rear compartment and hardwired to the batterys (thru fuse) as drain is miniscule. Our system does work without it.
10 OUNCES!! They are 10 grams each which is .35 ounce (that's point 35). A third of an ounce even on the toad makes no difference.
Even though the senders are some of the smallest available, you'll need to concern yourself with the toad hubcaps and length of the air stem for fit.
TOTAL install time was less than an hour.
We velcro'd the reciever to the dash and near a cigarette lighter for the battery charger. It could be hardwired but being able to unplug and "unvelcro" it unables you to carry it with you on "pre flight" inspection.
Their mount now houses our GPS
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Thanks for the correction. I read 10 grams but 10 oz reached my brain.
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got 'em

To my surprise the kit arrived yesterday, earlier than I expected. Here's a photo of the contents (photo courtesy of Rvee'rs Gal)

The four silver items on the right side of the photo are freebie metal valve stems which I probably won't use since mine are metal already. Maybe I'll put them on my truck.

I'm planning on installing today and then taking the rig for a spin down to CW to spend some more money on something or other.

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I have researched all of the makers for TPMS and concluded that this unit offers the most flexibility, long term cost, ease of installation.
That being said I placed my order yesterday for 12 valve stem units, one battery operated sender, and the basic unit for 140PSI. As I'm leaving for our winter trip soon I had them ship expedited and should have in hand by next Tuesday.
Keep me informed on your installation and setup.
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I have researched all of the makers for TPMS and concluded that this unit offers the most flexibility, long term cost, ease of installation.
That being said I placed my order yesterday for 12 valve stem units, one battery operated sender, and the basic unit for 140PSI. As I'm leaving for our winter trip soon I had them ship expedited and should have in hand by next Tuesday.
Keep me informed on your installation and setup.
Ronnie, please keep us posted I am interested in this also. I was going to purchase the TST system but I like the ability to install the battery's yourself. Do you know where besides Hawkshead where we can purchase the battery's.

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