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Posted: 03/23/07 09:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What do extended valve stems cost and how much to install them on my 2004 Allegro Open Road? The wheels are 19.5.


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They're $55.00 @ Camping World. Install? Who knows? I wouldn't let them do it though. I'd take them to a tire shop first.


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Why wouldn't you put them on?



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I had the dealer install the braided stainless stems at a cost of $110 (parts and labor). You will read a number of pro and cons about the safety of the braided (flexible) extenders; but in my case, after over 1 and 1/2 years of full-time travel I haven't had a significant loss of pressure or any problem whatsoever. The fact that they make checking the tire pressure so much easier is worth the expense. I'd be OK with Camping World or doing it myself. It's not rocket science.


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Make sure that you have steel valve stems - not rubber stems. The extenders will pull the rubber ones out of the rims.

Also you can take the whole RV to a tire shop. Ask about long valve stems. They are only about $12 each. It might require re-balancing the tire (not a bad idea anyway) so figure about $12 - $25 to have the extended valve stems installed. Then you just check the tire pressure the regular way.

The stems are about 7" long for the inner rear wheel and 4" long with a 180 degree bend in the outer rear rim. Typically the front rim it is not to difficult to check the tire pressure without a longer stem.

I have found that valve extenders leak. They make a ZIP - Zero Inflation Pressure brand. It uses a steel rod within the extender to push down the tire valve stem only while you are checking the tire pressure, so there is 0 PSI within the extender braided steel line. This type seems to work best, but still lost air pressure on my motorhome.

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I live in Las Vegas and have had a hard time finding someone to install these. Even the local Firestone folks wanted to install the braded kind. The one truck tire store said to put forth the effort to check the air without them. I can't seem to do that.

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Make sure that you have steel valve stems - not rubber stems. The extenders will pull the rubber ones out of the rims.

Also you can take the whole RV to a tire shop. Ask about long valve stems. They are only about $12 each. It might require re-balancing the tire (not a bad idea anyway) so figure about $12 - $25 to have the extended valve stems installed. Then you just check the tire pressure the regular way.

The stems are about 7" long for the inner rear wheel and 4" long with a 180 degree bend in the outer rear rim. Typically the front rim it is not to difficult to check the tire pressure without a longer stem.

I have found that valve extenders leak. They make a ZIP - Zero Inflation Pressure brand. It uses a steel rod within the extender to push down the tire valve stem only while you are checking the tire pressure, so there is 0 PSI within the extender braided steel line. This type seems to work best, but still lost air pressure on my motorhome.

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Les Schwab Tires just did mine for a grand total of $50. I had steel braided extensions previously and one side leaked constantly.
I consider that a bargain since the technician spent the best part of two hours on the job.

Now I have steel valve stems all around, with tube type steel extensions for the inner duals...

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It's easy to check mine and easy to fill mine, once I can get the little caps off. My hand it too big to fit in that small hole. Once done, it looks like had an arm wrestling contest with a garbage disposal. Ouch ! Oh, of course, I don't have extensions.


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We previously had regular stainless braided extenders. I ended up removing them because they kept leaking. Then I found Zip Airless Valve Extenders. They are moe expensive but as Golden HVAC said and the tire will not deflate even if the extension is cut. To me these safety valves are well worth the extra money.


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Posted: 03/24/07 10:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had extensions that leaked so I got the Dually Valve Kit from Borg Tire supply and now checking the pressure is easy.Dually Valves





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