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Old 08-05-2019, 03:09 PM   #1
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Tire Patrol System for RVI3 Brake System

Does anyone have experience with the RVI3 "toad" brake system?
It comes with a tablet to monitor the system, and is easy to connect; but also has available a "TPS" system that functions with the same tablet, so one less screen to look at!

What's your experience? Good, Bad, Indifferent?

How are the sensors? Reviews seem to state the downside is having to send back for battery replacement, but when it's done they service it & change to "o" ring too.
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Old 08-05-2019, 04:11 PM   #2
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It works well. You can have TPMS, braking, and toad charge status (if you have their toad charger) visible on one screen.
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:50 PM   #3
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I have both and i like the braking system. The tire patrol works well. The sensors are wheel specific so if you take them off you do not have reprogram them because you don't have them marked for which wheel.

I have one small gripe about the sensors. You cannot change the battery yourself. You have to send the sensor in and you pay like $10 to get a new one. That is a pain as you will inevitably be without a sensor for up to 2 weeks waiting for the replacement. Its not the end of the world, but I am one who likes those sensors to be working going down the road.

If you leave them on the stems, the life is about one year. if you take them off between trips with a lot of time in between, they say you can get 2 years out of the sensors.

Be forewarned about leaving the sensors on the toad for long periods of time if they have rubber stems. Much has been written about this.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:18 PM   #4
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I have both and i like the braking system. The tire patrol works well. The sensors are wheel specific so if you take them off you do not have reprogram them because you don't have them marked for which wheel.

I have one small gripe about the sensors. You cannot change the battery yourself. You have to send the sensor in and you pay like $10 to get a new one. That is a pain as you will inevitably be without a sensor for up to 2 weeks waiting for the replacement. Its not the end of the world, but I am one who likes those sensors to be working going down the road.

If you leave them on the stems, the life is about one year. if you take them off between trips with a lot of time in between, they say you can get 2 years out of the sensors.

Be forewarned about leaving the sensors on the toad for long periods of time if they have rubber stems. Much has been written about this.

Sorry, I'm not sure what you meant about the "stems"? Damage? Cut? Sling em off? Or ruin the sensor?

Educate me, & Thanks!
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Sorry, I'm not sure what you meant about the "stems"? Damage? Cut? Sling em off? Or ruin the sensor?

Educate me, & Thanks!
Here is one recent thread on this topic.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f103/tire...es-448796.html
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:55 PM   #6
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I have all three features connected like others above. We love the system and would definitely recommend and purchase again. After owning a Blue Ox Patriot II system... there is no comparison... the RVI is superior in every way.

The only down side I have found is that I was a little careless with the tablet in the beginning and now have some scratches on the screen. I wish it would have come with one of those screen protectors, (like for cell phones) from the factory and an option for me to purchase additional ones. It still works perfectly and its just surface scratches.... I should have been more careful.... completely MY fault!
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Old 08-05-2019, 10:09 PM   #7
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I have all three also and would buy again. The customer service by RVi is fantastic.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:24 AM   #8
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I have both the brake and tire sensors which I first bought two years ago. Over that time, the brake has been replaced twice and I can't even count how many times they've replaced the tire sensors. They also replaced the tablet once due to not charging. Everything has been under warranty and, as stated, their customer service is top notch. I'm sure they've lost money on me with shipping charges. The issues seem to be that they are or were still working out the engineering with the tire patrol sensors. The explanations I would get would involve some sort of issue with the design of the tire patrol system. The last replacement of the tire patrol was about 2 months ago and it's been working as it should since then. It's the only system I've ever had so I can't compare to others, but now that it's working, I like it. It was a little frustrating to have to deal with it multiple times but that seems over now. A HUGE part of easing the frustrations are how amazing their customer service has been.
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I have the RVI3 and like it, I had the Tire Patrol, absolute junk. I returned after 5 months of being jerked around by the company. Caution: if you have the 365 front tires, it takes valve extenders that put the sensors in harms way to clear the rims. I actually had one come apart and flatten a front tire !!!
To get the sensor batteries replaced you need to send the sensors back to RVI for a charge of $120 each time. They do claim as much as 2 years life on batteries.
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:15 AM   #10
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I do not know about the brake system but I did try the Tire Patrol.

8 MH tires and the 4 Towed. System showed up packaged very well and was a snap to install. Each sensor is marked with what tire to install. Pad was very easy to program with upper and lower pressure and temp limits. Worked well for about a week. Then two of the sensors on the car would not show up on the display. Tried moving around the "repeater" to every possible location in the MH.

Called the factory and the tech on the phone was baffled why that would be happening. Sent replacement sensors next day air. Installed them and all was well. A week later 2 other sensors went out along with one of the new ones they had replaced. So for about three weeks I have had no working tire system. Called again and asked for a refund - no problems there. Complete refund including shipping. Tech said their sensors don't fail...… Yeah right.

My experience only - too bad. I liked the ease of installation and the display on the dash. I wanted to like it but cannot recommend.
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Not a good system compared to other options available. The Tablet the system relies on is JUNK.
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