Posted 17 August 2012 - 05:03 PM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 05:28 PM
At least with our 36' coach, no need for a booster antenna-- just the monitor and sensors.
Brett and Dianne Wolfe
2003 Alpine 38'
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:32 PM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:30 PM
The system has saved us extensive damage when we had a rear tire pick up road debris. We were driving after dark and highway work had us detoured onto the shoulder. I was near the end of the detour area when the alarm went off. I could tell right away which tire was affected and the pressure was shown so I knew it wasn't a false alarm. I pulled to the shoulder and walked to the rear of the vehicle where I could hear the air hissing from the puncture. Without the alarm I wouldn't have known there was a problem until the tire (and likely its companion) began to come apart. So I consider the system to have paid for itself.
With Pressure Pro the sensors function as valve caps and you remove them when you want to air up a tire to check pressure with a tire gauge. When you replace them on the tire valve they reset to the new pressure as the base pressure. You can tweak the system to make it alarm with smaller or larger changes than the factory settings.
There are systems where the sensor has a by-pass so the sensor, which fits on the valve stem, doesn't have to be removed to add air to a tire or check pressure with a tire gauge. All of the external sensor systems have some kind of anti-theft feature, with most it is a special tool for removal or a lock nut that secures the sensor firmly to the valve stem.
There are other systems that work similarly but the sensor designs vary significantly. Perhaps one of the best type of sensors is installed inside the tire. They detect pressure and temperature. The down side is that installing them requires dismounting all your tires! Then if something causes a sensor to fail or a battery goes dead, you have to have a tire pulled off to replace the sensor.
You will find fans of any system. Take a look at all the systems and decide which meets your needs best. Costs vary considerably. There are new systems on the market periodically so don't rely only on word of mouth. A good place to see these systems will be the FMCA Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Indianapolis in just a few days.
One last suggestion. This has been a topic of discussion in the past so you can pick up information from past discussions by entering tire monitor in the search box at the top-right of this page. Any system you choose will pay off either in reducing or eliminating secondary damage from a tire failure or simply in the peace of mind knowing that your tires are in good condition as you drive down the road.
Tom and Louise Butler
2004 Monaco Windsor, Cummins 400 ISL
Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar, Brakemaster, GMC Acadia, BikeE Recumbent Bicycles
After 9 1/2 years full time in our motor home and being Winter Texans we are now living at Sandpipers Resort in Edinburg, Texas. Now we are Summer Chickens!
"The tipi is much better to live in; always clean and warm in winter, cool in summer, easy to move... If the Great Spirit wanted men to live in one place he would have made the world stand still." -- Flying Hawk, South Dakota Oglala Sioux
Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:20 AM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:41 AM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:22 AM
Ross & Melanie Boyer
2006 Fleetwood Expedition 37U
Cat C-7 300HP
Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:04 PM
I'll give you an example: my wife was on a solo trip, pulling a Roadmaster 2000-1 dolly with her Honda Crosstour aboard, when there was a sudden explosion and the tire alarm sounded.
Of course, the stock Carlisle tire* had reached the end of its brief service life and disintegrated, launching the Tire Traker sensor into low orbit. As the doomed transmitter rocketed away from the dolly, it sent one last signal to our cockpit, tripping the alarm.
So, I called Daryl and said I needed to buy a transmitter, he refused to charge me for the replacement.
Really, the only problem within the system itself has been a fractured leg on the battery clip inside one of the transmitters. I told Daryl that I'd be happy to solder it if he walked me through the process; instead, he immediately put a free replacement in the mail.
In short, two minor glitches, each followed by a box in my mailbox free of charge three days later.
The batteries in the lightweight sensors can be bought at any Radio Shack, and I have yet to need the booster unit I purchased but have not yet installed. There are two locked-down sensors on the Crosstour's rear tires, which places them nearly sixty feet away from the receiver. Still, I have perfect reception to the unit, under all conditions.
* I have reported the early failures of both Carlisles to the NTHSA. This is common, when Carlisles are mounted on dollies or heavy trailers, even when used within their weight ratings. Consumers typically experience catastrophic failure before reaching 4,000 miles, judging from dozens of written accounts. Kudos to the Claims Department at Carlisle for compensating us for the failed tires, the fenders destroyed in these incidents. They are investigating the early failure pattern of their trailer tires. Roadmaster is also looking into the problem, but assumes no liability in these failures, and continues to sell dollies equipped with Carlisle tires.
2007 Beaver Patriot Thunder Winchester44 III C13 Caterpillar 525hp with Silverleaf system; using a Roadmaster 2000-1 to pull a Prius, or a CargoCraft Dragster with a Lexus IS250C inside.
Defected from iRV2 in March 2012 after that forum suffered an outbreak of political bullying; once again contributing there as RVNeophytes2 effective Feb 6, 2013.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:31 AM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:18 AM
The only thing I've noticed that I might call a negative is that adding/subtracting air through the sensors is a bit slower than through a straight valve.
John & Diane, fulltiming with Lincoln the guard cat. [RIP Tiger, 4/29/13]
2002 Dutch Star 40DP towing our 2004 Honda Element
FMCA, Escapees, Good Sam, FCOC, NKK
Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:29 AM
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