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Old 12-28-2007, 04:15 PM   #1
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I just installed the Tire-Saveguard system on my RV and Jeep toad. I went on the first trip today and monitored the tire pressures as I rolled along the 5 and 101 freeways. The most notable thing I observed was that at freeway speeds, the pressures went up about 10# in the RV and about 5# in the towed vehicle. Also the tires on the sun side of the RV were up about 2# over the shade side.

I had the monitor set to continuous read out so I could monitor the effectiveness of the system. First impressions are positive. I am kind of a "info nut" in that I love having realtime info about as many of the systems as possible.

I had just read a thread about a guy that had a front tire blow out at freeway speeds. Cost him a ton of $$. I would recommend this, or any one of the monitor systems that are out there. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure........

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I just installed the Tire-Saveguard system on my RV and Jeep toad. I went on the first trip today and monitored the tire pressures as I rolled along the 5 and 101 freeways. The most notable thing I observed was that at freeway speeds, the pressures went up about 10# in the RV and about 5# in the towed vehicle. Also the tires on the sun side of the RV were up about 2# over the shade side.

I had the monitor set to continuous read out so I could monitor the effectiveness of the system. First impressions are positive. I am kind of a "info nut" in that I love having realtime info about as many of the systems as possible.

I had just read a thread about a guy that had a front tire blow out at freeway speeds. Cost him a ton of $$. I would recommend this, or any one of the monitor systems that are out there. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure........

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Old 12-31-2007, 07:17 AM   #3
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Sarge,
Thanks for the first impressions. I have installed my Tire-Safeguard but have not had a chance to try it over a trip. When first installed my front sensors read about 4 lbs lower than air guage and rear sensors about 4 lbs higher. Kinda strange but I understand they settle down in a day or so. Very impressed with the readability of the screen, even in sunlight.
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Now that you have had the Tire Safeguard systems for a while, what are your opinions? Would you still recommend it? Where did you buy it?
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:11 AM   #5
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Tire pressures will rise as they get hotter. 10 PSI is not out of the ordinary after driving a while at highway speeds. You'll see this even more so on steer tires if you are doing lots of turns, as in mountain driving. That's why it's very important to check your tire pressures when they are cold - 60 degrees, ideally. A tire with a cold pressure rating of 80 PSI (as per the manufacturer's tire load/pressure charts) is designed to function properly with 90 PSI once it heats up. If you were to set the tire pressure of a hot tire to 80 PSI, it would then drop down to 70 PSI when cold and would be underinflated by 10 PSI at any temperature.
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I've had the Tire Safeguard system on my RV and toad for about a year and about 5000miles. During installation I was concerned about the sensor weight and centrifugal force. Thought of various solutions, but in the end just screwed the sensors onto the steel valve stems on fronts and rear outer wheels. On rear inners, I attached the sensors to the existing braided steel valve stem extenders attached to the center hub. They at first worked themselves loose when driving, but I ended up getting them tight enough without destroying seals. Toad sensors are valve stem replacement type. From toad transmitter to dash receiver is about 45 ft and I do not use a remote antenna. I left them on over the winter due to fear of destroying seals. They survived the few days of sub-freezing temps we had in central IN this past winter.

In operation; the pressures are within a couple of pounds of a digital gauge, and each other, in the morning. During driving, pressures vary widely, 10-15 lbs from cold and from each other. Even the duals on same corner can vary 10 lbs. But I suppose many things like road crown, xwinds, steering input, etc can cause pressures to constantly vary. The nice thing about this system is that you can set the thresholds for alarms. Temp readings are even more variable. And not necessarily reflected in pressure readings. I can see the effect of braking, esp in fronts, which is comforting in view of Workhorse brake issues.

Bottom line: I've had no leaks in a year. I trust the nominal pressures displayed on the readout, and believe it will accurately warn of a leaking tire. I am less concerned about my wife NOT doing the daily pressure checking ritual when she travels alone. Being able to monitor temps (albeit at the valve stems) is a plus. The toad system is in use daily and a nice addition to the car.
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I've had the Tire Safeguard system on my RV and toad for about a year and about 5000miles. . . . (snip)
Thanks for the update. I ordered mine and should receive them by the end of the week.
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