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Old 10-21-2014, 06:25 PM   #1
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TPMS sensor replacement with new tires?

Hey All,

It's time to replace all 6 of my motorhome's tires. I have the Smart Tire system and one of the sensors is bad. Bendix is the company that makes the replacement sensors. They are $83 a piece.

My other 5 oem sensors are working just fine, but I'm on the fence as to whether I should purchase 6 new sensors with the 6 new tires…?

Is there a common school of thought on this?

It's hard to go against the old "if it ain't broke don't fix it" school of thought, but it's also a bit of a pain to replace a bad sensor, as I have to ship the receiver up to a shop in Oregon to reprogram it each time I install a new sensor. I don't know if these Smart Tire sensors are known to have a limited shelf life or if anyone has any insight on this….?

Any thoughts are much appreciated

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Old 10-22-2014, 04:27 AM   #2
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Spending $500. on sensors that are IN the tire makes no sense. At a minimum it will cost $200. to change batteries!
Scrap the entire system and get one meant for RV's where you can install new batteries. (Google "TPMS" here on iRV2)
I note that Smart Tire no longer makes or supports their system

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Old 10-22-2014, 02:29 PM   #3
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Thank you kindly Hal

You helped divert my tunnel vision on thinking I should continue using my existing oem system. I just purchased the TST TPMS 507 flow through valves. Pretty slick. Got all 6 for $320. Thanks for the insight and help saving some $$
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Old 10-22-2014, 02:31 PM   #4
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Also, slightly off topic, but if anyone cares, I just ordered a set of 6 new Toyo M144 295/80/22.5 tires for the old girl. Paying $3,430 otd in SoCal. Will get them mounted up on Friday. Looking forward to the peace of mind, but not the bill!! Haha...
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New tires do give peace of mind!
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