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#1 fowlermk

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:48 AM

Are these any good? If so, what one is the best or better one for an RV 6 tire diesel pusher?


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#2 wolfe10

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 01:52 PM

fowlermk,

 

Welcome to the FMCA Forum.

 

At a recent FMCA Convention, I heard a tire expert's evaluation that I thought was great:

 

"If you are comfortable covering up your engine oil pressure gauge and temperature gauge and driving on your trip, you don't need a TPMS!"

 

In other words, it is another of the critical warning gauges/systems that can alert you to a failure before it causes major damage or worse, an accident.

 

I would not look for only a 6 sensor system.  Assuming you have 6 tires on your RV, I would get a 10 sensor system so that your toad is also monitored.

 

As far as system, we have had the PressurePro system for the last 4 years with zero problems.

 

http://advantagepres...PageDetailId=59

 

There are several other systems that receive good reviews.  I would not (yes, my opinion) get one from a company that bought a bunch of sensors and monitors overseas and is just putting together kits-- with the likelihood that they won't be there for support or parts in the future.  I would go with a company that has been in business awhile and I have every reason to believe will be there if I need support in the future.

 

There are several discussion on the various systems right here on the forum.  Go to "Weight and tire safety".


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#3 QuiGonJohn

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 03:16 PM

I bought this one, after reading about it here on FMCA.

 

http://www.tiretraker.com/

 

Many others have bought it too and been happy.  They are a good bit less costly than many of the other brands/models.


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#4 dave111451

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 01:39 PM

I bought a Pressure Pro system 4 years ago, has performed great ever since.

 

Have had to call for assistance when I was too stupid to understand and follow book directions-- they were great to help.

 

I bought the remote antennae to be sure to get a signal from toad.  Don't think i would have needed too but i did.

 

 My system will handle up to 30 tires.

 

 

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 02:50 PM

We purchased the Pressure Pro System with 10 monitors (6 on the coach + 4 on toad) when we bought our coach. I'm sure there are other excellent systems on the market but we have been extremely satisfied with our Pressure Pro. Wouldn't want to travel extensively without it and wouldn't tow without one period.

 

The only issue I've had, is just recently, I've had to replace a couple monitors simply because I left the monitors on the tires during extended storage which reduced battery life. I now remove the monitors while in storage "LIKE THE INSTRUCTIONS SAID". Sometimes I'm my own worst enemy!! 

 

Best of luck to you on your decision


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 04:28 PM

We bought a Tire Minder and are basically satisfied.  We bought a 10 transmitter system with the booster amp package and it seems to work fine.  I am not sure I needed the aux. amp but I bought it.

 

On the plus side, at around 50 psi. the reported pressure on the screen is within a fraction of a pound of 2 different  tire gauges.  This unit has replaceable batteries and the factory will furnish new batteries yearly for 4 years.  On the minus side, at around 100 psi. the sending units are plus or minus around 5 psi.  As long as the pressure stays steady, the unit doesn't seem to care.  I have had minimal false alarms.  One sending unit is a little unstable but I haven't taken the time to get it replaced.

 

Overall I wouldn't be without one and would buy this unit again.


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Posted 31 October 2013 - 01:26 PM

Find out which TPMS that RV maintenance expert Mark Polk prefers:

 

Polk’s Top 7 Reasons for Using a Tire Pressure Monitoring System



 


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#8 John_Harris

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 03:19 PM

Replaceable batteries vs non replaceable batteries in the sensors???? Seems that replacing a battery would be more practical and less expensive but I see some systems require replacing the entire sensor. What are the issues??


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Posted 31 October 2013 - 08:08 PM

I use Tire Minders on mine and they work very good.  They have replaceable batteries and the company will supply you with the new batteries.


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Posted 31 October 2013 - 08:27 PM

I'd use what the truckers use.

 

http://www.bendix.co...erview_7-09.pdf

 

Otherwise, check your pressures regularly, and then check the temps with

an infrared heat gauge.  A low tire will run hot.


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#11 wolfe10

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 08:39 PM

I was not aware that Bendix was marketing their system to the RV market.  Thought this was strictly an OTR truck item.

 

At least that is what our area Bendix rep told me when I was shopping for a TPMS.


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Posted 31 October 2013 - 10:52 PM


Otherwise, check your pressures regularly, and then check the temps with

an infrared heat gauge.  A low tire will run hot.

 

Kind of difficult to get a decent reading on the heat gauge when you're rolling down the road at 60 mph... :D


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Posted 01 November 2013 - 08:58 AM

I have one of the grand kids hang out the window and shoot the temps. :)

 

And I don't think Bendix is market to the RV industry, by my tire guy says he can purchase and install them for me. I'm waiting till new tire time,

cause I'm going to need 4 on the rear, which is soon.

 

Hope all my information is accurate, sure seems like the way to go.


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Posted 01 November 2013 - 10:18 AM

Thank you, looks like we will go with the Pressure Pro Syatem with 10 sensors have a toad.


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Posted 01 November 2013 - 03:55 PM

I have had Pressure Pro since 2007 and now have 12 sensors sytem which interfaces with the SilverLeaf VMS program.

 

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 07:13 PM

We purchased our system from Always Shiny Wheels (ASW) at the FMCA international convention in St. Paul in 2010.  It was a 507RV monitoring system manufactured by Truck System Technologies (TST).  It monitored all of our motorhome and car tires.  The first unit sent had a defect in the brain and ASW immediately sent a replacement immediately to us while we were on the road.  The unit can be programmed for whatever operating parameters you like for pressure and temperature of each tire.  We sold the original TST with our motorhome last year.  I purchased an identical unit from ASW when we ordered our new motorhome and carried it with me to the dealer so I could install in on the motorhome before I drove it off the lot.  The units can be purchased directly from TST, but ASW offers them at the manufacturers price, and ASW's customer service can't be beat.

 

Note:  We installed a repeater on the new unit we purchased because our motorhome was longer (43').  It greatly improved the reception on the tag axle and the tow vehicle's tires.


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#17 grammady

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 07:53 PM

I bought the TST system. I was so glad I did.. last year it alarmed and I had right rear dully going down. I was able to

pull off before tire failed. Got it fixed. I bought a toad, got four more units and couldn/t be happier.

 

I'm an old gramma and they walked me thru the set up and stayed on phone with me until all tires were done.

I mentioned I would be at a convention and they said they would be there & to stop by. I did and they had my name on their sheet and asked if they could come out and check everything.. they did and everything waw OK.

 

After my long call in setting up my system the owner called and followed up with me.

 

They also have a forum on irv2.com. 

 

Excellent..  I refer them any time.. My brother bought a system and is happy and two of my friends in LOWs. Feel very safe with a TPMS... I guess I would suggest just get one. Pressure Pro or TST or whatever.. just be safe out there.

 

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 10:14 PM

I bought the TST system with replaceable batteries and the sensors you can add air thru.  I am not happy with the system as I was told by the company (TST) that it can take up to 20 minutes to get a reading and sure enough on one of my sensors it takes forever to get a reading.  So much for checking my tire pressures before leaving camp.  Also, one of the units falsely indicated a complete loss of air on one trip.  Only did it once but I no longer have confidence in the system.  Feel like I wasted my money.


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Posted 01 November 2013 - 11:36 PM

I've found that it can take several minutes for all my sensors on my TST system to connect to the display, but it's easy to get around that issue. When we get up on the morning that we're hitting the road the first thing I do is to power up the system. Now I can go and do my breakdown chores (dump the tanks, put away outside stuff, etc.) and by then all tires are reporting in so  I can check them and hit the road. If any tires need air it's a simple task to haul out the compressor and take care of it.


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Posted 02 November 2013 - 01:52 AM

I just ordered the TST 507rv.  All the TPMS's noted above seem like very good units and don't think one can go wrong ordering any of the top brands.  I called TST directly, spoke to their rep who was very helpful in answering my questions.  When I informed them that I found the exact unit on ebay for $10 less than TST's quoted price, they matched the price.  I've already received a UPS notification that the 8 system unit has been shipped.  Great customer service was mentioned in many of the reviews I read, and they certainly lived up to the high expectations. 


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