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Old 04-13-2009, 12:10 PM   #1
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System

I know this topic has been discuss before but I don't remember this question being ask. Has any one had a problem installing the tire monitoring sensors on a Alcoa aluminum wheel I would hate to order them and then not fit! The wheels are on a 07 Winnebago if that will help.
I have been looking at the system from Truck System Technologies(TST).
Also if you have had any trouble with this system?
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:43 PM   #2
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You should have no problems with Alcoa wheels. You might want to check out THIS thread in the same area here on IRV2 .. Installation of the TST tire monitoring system
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:03 AM   #3
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I have the aluminum wheels and Pressure Pro sensors.

However, the type of valve stem used can make a difference in convenience of installing the sensors. I added 180 degree extensions to my outer rears to make the sensor more accessible.
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While not an aluminum wheel issue, if your valve stem is aluminum versus brass, my TPMS manufacturer (Hopkins) recommends using teflon tape or pipe joint compound between the dissimilar metals as brass and aluminum may fuse together over time.
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:20 PM   #5
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Question; has anyone sent the PressurePro tire monitoring sensors back to be refurbished and to who, mine are getting toward the end of there battery life.
Also are there any tire monitoring systems available with owner battery change features? I am trying to get a handle on it before it is time.

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I don't know anything about sending back the Pressure Pro sensors.
On RV.Net they talk about a TPMS called Hawkshead that you can change the batteries in it your self, it also will read temp.
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We have a member that is a TST distributor, and maybe he can offer some informtion.
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:26 PM   #8
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Is it really true???? $50 a sensor when the batteries die! Yikes

(From the TST website)

What happens when the sensor batteries do die?

As with all wireless systems, when the sensor batteries do finally die, you will need new sensors. At this time our sensors do not have user replaceable batteries.
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Biggie--

I was told at the time when I purchased my TST system the sensors are on an exchange program for $25 each. The batteries are supposed to last approximately 5 years.

Member Ken Roberts might have further input (he's a TST distributor).

Mine (I have eleven- six on the coach, one on the coaches mounted spare and four on the toad) are all working well at one and a half years. I'll immediately post any failures that might occur. It sure is a pleasure now to periodically check the pressures on all eleven wheels while sitting in the coaches drivers seat listening to XM satellite music instead of crawling around in the mud and rocks and under the rear spare tire carrier. I'm located in rainey, coastal Maine for six months.

You have to decide how much peace of mind is worth to you----
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We also had a thread about Hawkshead TPMS. I have the system and in 6,000 miles it's worked as it should. They are small enough so that mounting on a MH with any rim shouldn't be a problem. If a toad is involved, there is where the small size may be important. The batteries took 2 minutes per to "load". The price was definitely right (10 monitors)
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$25 on an exchange...now I can handle that! That's more reasonable.
I've been in touch with Ken and I'm gonna go for it. Just gotta convince the DW.....timing is everything.
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I have had the Pressure Pro system for about 4 years now. Recently some sensors were starting to act like they had low signals as the monitoring process was taking longer and longer to pick them up.

I called Debbie at Pressure Pro (Doran) who suggested that by deleting the sensors from the system and then relocating them in other positions I could possibly extend the life a bit. She emailed a procedure for doing this as the manual can be a little misleading in this regard.

I completely deleted all sensors, mixed them up and installed them in different tire positions following the procedure. When I was done the system acted like new ( was reporting pressures in 5 minutes at all positions ) and I have had no trouble since.

And I believe replacement sensors are $25 each.

Also relevant is that Debbie emphasized using metal valve stems on the toad's tires due to the flexing that occurs with rubber stems.
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Thanks WANT-A-BE for the tip on the Hawkshead TPMS, checked out there website & the product has some neat features.
Also thanks to H. MILLER for the user report on the TPMS.

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In response to the OP. I have 22.5" Alcoa rims on my '98 Vectra. When I had the tires replaced I had the outside dual valve stems change to short stems with 45 degree bend. The earlier stems were longer and protruded into one of the holes in the rim. The inside dual stems did give me some problems. The TST tool interfered with the outside rim. I finally trimmed some of the wings off of of the tool. Still, if the tool is oriented wrong after tightening the monitor, I cannot remove the tool and must loosen the sensor, remove the tool , rotate it 180 degrees and retighten. You loose a small amount of air making this change and need to be sure you have more air than you need in the tire. If I'm lucky and have the tool oriented properly the first time then I just back off the sensor slightly to bleed the excess air from the tire.

I've now used the TPM's for about a month and don't know how I lived without them.
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