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Old 09-04-2015, 12:42 PM   #15
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ramcquade - glad everything is working out now. NomadMike - my thought on having 4 wheel down was that not as much weight would be on the wheel with the flat and I might see something in my rear camera or one of the side cameras that would make me aware of a problem. That all said I didn't realize one time that my steering wheel was locked making my front tires drag till someone passed me and waved at me. Also, dealing with RV's is a on going learning experience for some of us. Dave
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Old 09-05-2015, 07:12 AM   #16
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I sometimes tell the story of two RVers.. Both of us bought the same TPMS system (Dorian Pressure Pro) I installed mine straight away.. He decided to wait.

Both of us tow 4 down and both of us soffered a left front flat on the towed.

Well when the low pressure alarm went off... I broke out the portable compressor and aired it up, completed the trip, and the weekend (Adding air every day) and returned home (Adding air mid-trip).. On Monday I added air and headed to the tire store.. They found I'd been screwed, removed screw, and patched the hole.. Road hazard warranty, No charge.

HE: was not so lucky ... over 2,000 in secondary damage (not counting the tire was totaled)
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Old 09-05-2015, 07:58 AM   #17
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Question for those running an aftermarket sensor on the toad tires. Do you have any issues with the rubber valve stems due to the sensor installation? I would be fearful of the sensor flailing around and breaking the rubber seal. I know there is a brass piece that goes all the way through, but once you lose the seal you have an issue.
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Old 09-05-2015, 08:19 AM   #18
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Why can't we get another receiver, just like the one in the towed vehicle, and install it in the MH? This way we can see the status of the OEM TPMS in the MH and we don't need two sets of TPMS sending units installed on the tires of the towed vehicle.
Maybe others are different, but the OEM system in our Jeep will tell me a tire has a problem, not which one. Could be any one of the five (including the spare).
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Question for those running an aftermarket sensor on the toad tires. Do you have any issues with the rubber valve stems due to the sensor installation? I would be fearful of the sensor flailing around and breaking the rubber seal. I know there is a brass piece that goes all the way through, but once you lose the seal you have an issue.
Yes they do not recommend installing the aftermarket, external sensors on rubber valve stems.

My TOAD has the TPMS with metal valve stems, so I can install without a concern.

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Old 09-05-2015, 09:08 AM   #20
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Why can't we get another receiver, just like the one in the towed vehicle, and install it in the MH? This way we can see the status of the OEM TPMS in the MH and we don't need two sets of TPMS sending units installed on the tires of the towed vehicle.
I did a little research on this before; I wanted to explore this option as well.

Schrader makes the majority of TPMS sensor units (in the tires); the OEMs install the receivers. It appears the majority of sensors transmit on 315 or 433 GHz frequency. It appears OEM receivers are heavily integrated in vehicle electronic systems and are highly variable between manufacturers and even within different product lines within a single OEM. The variety of OEM hardware and configuration would SEEM to preclude making an aftermarket monitor that would work with multiple OEMs - in other words an aftermarket business may have to provide a multitude of makes/models/configurations to connect to OEM sensors?

Finally, probably the deal breaker, the strength of the signal from the OEM sensors is more than likely programmed to only transmit the distance from the tires to the receiver (close) and any external monitor would only work inside the TOAD (my thoughts). Now you are talking about adding a repeater in the TOAD.

I bought an external sensor kit and monitor. Monitors my MH as well.

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Here is an interesting product that uses Bluetooth to communicate tire status. See individual tire pressure anytime on an Android or IOS device. http://www.tirereview.com/bluetooth-tpms/

Has anyone tried this product? Sounds great.

Here is another review of the FOBO
http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/12/10/...t-tpms-review/


Another link as an afterthought. http://www.gizmag.com/fobo-bluetooth...-system/33754/
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Here is an interesting product that uses Bluetooth to communicate tire status. See individual tire pressure anytime on an Android or IOS device. Bluetooth TPMS Tech to Come

Has anyone tried this product? Sounds great.

Here is another review of the FOBO
FOBO Tire Bluetooth Smart TPMS review
That's innovation, IMHO. May have to look at it closer, I am a techno-geek.

Thanks for sharing.

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Here's additional information regarding "Totaling" a vehicle. Last year, someone hit my wife's 2000 VW Jetta. The damage didn't seem that excessive but the repair estimate was just over 75% of the vehicle value. The insurance company assured my that Kentucky law requires a vehicle be totaled if this threshold is reached. Presumably other states have similar regulations.

We would have been money ahead by accepting the totaled value cash, buying the car back, and paying for the repair. However, this would have resulted in a salvage title, and our insurance (Allstate) would not cover a car with a salvage title. I finally got the repair cost under 75% by agreeing to using a used bumper cover.

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I am the guy mentioned above with the very damaged Prius....

Knowing the approximate value of the Prius and the cost of repairs, I also didn't think insurance company approval would be a problem, and on that point, it turns out I was wrong. After 24 emails ( no cell service for me here ) with the adjuster that determined the Prius had to be totaled, I worked with his supervisor to get that erroneous decison reversed and repairs were authorized the same day my replacement axle happened to arrive at the shop. A very frustrating week plus of arguing with the insurance company, but perhaps it now is going to turn out all right. In the end, I did save myself 2 weeks delay and a lot of money, I really was going to have to go in the hole to purchase and register a new Prius.

Two lessons learned .. use a TMPS and when dealing with an insurance company, educate yourself on your specific state insurance rules, learn about how the "total" value the company uses is calculated, investigate "salvage values", in this case, the salvage value of the Prius in reality was all but zero because of the cost to the insurance company of getting the Prius shipped or towed out of Dawson City to an entity that would actually pay the insurance company to salvage the vehicle. In the end the adjuster's supervisor realized that it was better to repair than to total. Hope to be back on the road early next week!
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