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Old 03-16-2011, 05:29 PM   #1
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My TPMS has a temp feature and this has to be a joke. The sensor is on the valve stem and the inside dual is on a stainless steel extension hose. I guess the value of it is to see a change from norm but not for actual temp.
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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Yes, the extension makes the temperature sensor useless. This does work properly when installed directly on the valve stem.
I too use the temperature feature as a deviation from the normal reading, not actual temperature.
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They are intented to be mounted on the valve itself, not the extension hose.

But if you want one that measures the actual tire temp.. SMART TIRE mounts INSIDE the tire.
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This post (Multiple use TPMS?) details information I gathered on the SmarTire TPMS system, which, unless something has changed, is no longer available for RV's.

After a lot of research, I just purchased a 10 tire TireTraker system (https://www.tiretraker.com/). It's only installed on the toad so far, the RV comes this weekend. So far it works as advertised.

Several features I like about this system are:
  1. The small system display which can mount just about anywhere
  2. 30-day battery life of the system display, although I haven't had it long enough to see if the charge really lasts 30 days
  3. User replaceable batteries
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I use a TireTraker system, previously had another brand. Both have a temp reading. I see no noticeable difference in temp on the inside duals with solid metal extensions compared to the outside with no extension. But as already mentioned, I am much more interested in temp differential between similar position tires than I am in the actual temp. The TireTraker system is working great. I recently added the booster as I sometimes had lost signals on the toad. I needed a booster with the previous system too. Apparently my 40' MH rear closet interferes with the signal from the rear of the toad just enough to loose those rear sensors occasionally..
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My TPMS has a temp feature and this has to be a joke. The sensor is on the valve stem and the inside dual is on a stainless steel extension hose. I guess the value of it is to see a change from norm but not for actual temp.
i have had my tst system installed for over 2 years now. i use braided steel extension lines on my rear inside duals.
my tst system indicates temperature and pressure on the ib and ob duals just fine. my ib tires usually indicate about 20 degrees higher temperature than the ob tires which is normal.
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i have had my tst system installed for over 2 years now. i use braided steel extension lines on my rear inside duals.
my tst system indicates temperature and pressure on the ib and ob duals just fine. my ib tires usually indicate about 20 degrees higher temperature than the ob tires which is normal.
I have the same extension setup on my rear dualies with the TST sensors and it also reads the temps fine on the IB wheels. My IB only read about 5 - 10 degress higher than the OB when traveling.
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Dan why do you think the IB wheels should read 20 degrees higher than the OB?
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Its not a matter of "should" ...the inner tire will normally be hotter than the outer, mostly due to less air circulation around the tire. The crown of the road can also cause the inner to carry slightly more load than the outer. How much hotter will vary depending on many variables. For instamce, the outer and front tires on the sunny side can be 10 or more degrees hotter than the corresponding shady side tires.
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AFChap, You just made my day. Way too much info!!!!Marvh
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I really hate answers that don't have enough info.
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Try these dynamic balancers to keep your tyres cooler
I have them on my Diplomat with Bilstiens and a tpms,
A huge improvement in ride , handling, steering in sidewinds/passing trucks,
but especially the noise reduction

Centramatic

http://www.centramatic.com/
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A huge improvement in ride , handling, steering in sidewinds/passing trucks,
but especially the noise reduction
...don't suppose you sell those things do you UK Gordo? ...sounds like snake oil to me. I don't believe anything would improve the ride, handling and steering of my coach (much less a tire balancing gizmo) ...and I have no idea what noise I would need to reduce either... call me cynical I guess...
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I use a Doran TPMS 10 wheel to monitor my coach & cargo trailer or toad tires. I just don't believe that a sensor on the outside of a tire valve stem can report the temperature of a tire accurately versus reporting the air pressure inside the tire.

I use a laser sighted IR heat gun to shoot each tire and wheel to monitor the tire and wheel temps. I will believe that those readings are more reliable than any sensor sitting on the valve stem.

The temps on the sunny side of coach & trailer are always higher than the shady side. The wheels have some variability but I am looking for one that sticks out like a sore thumb that would be heating up due to a potential problem.

The IR gun was $35 from Amazon.com.


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