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Posted: 03/25/12 05:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How important are they to have? Are they necessary or a helpful tool?


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Depends on who you talk to. IMHO, they are near the top of the list of important things to have. Most systems, I have TST 507, give you an up to the minute reading of tire pressure and temperature. They cycle ever 5 seconds to each tire. The Federal Government feels they're important enough to require them as mandatory equipment beginning with the 2013 models. You could check your tire pressure each time you stop like we used to do but having that info immediately is pretty important. Before a blow out, oftentimes a tire will heat up rapidly, the TPMS hopefully would sound a warning to allow you to stop before that occurred. They may seem expensive but what price do you put on safety...???....Dennis


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My 10 sensor TST 510 system has alerted me to both tire and brake problems on my toad that could have been very expensive had they gone unnoticed. In four years of service, I have not had any issues with any part of the system.


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While not necessary they are convenient. Instead of crawling around my rig before each trio checking my tire pressures, I push a button and read the information for each tire. It has alerted me to a problem on two occasions, possibly preventing damage to my rig.


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I had the external valve stem versions to start with and they caused more trouble then they were worth. I have switched to the internal versions and a range extender that I plug into the front of the trailer. My tow vehicle has TPM covering its tires and the extra one covering all trailer tires and both spare tires. I did have a blow out in NM on the trailer and I did not know it at first and fellow travelers on the interstate had to let me know. That one experience made me get them and it helps my sense of safety.


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I have never used them. I do check my tires each morning of a trip and pay close attention to tire pressure. We travel with several coaches who have them and there always seems to some kind of problem with them.

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They can be very easily replaced with a good gauge and a IR reader. Then you can stop every 5 miles and check the temps and pressure. You get the same thing as a TPMS





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Say you're going down the highway at the speed limit enjoying the scenery and lovin' your free lifestyle. You checked the tire pressure of all 10 of your tires before starting out and feel very confident that they are all in great shape.

Unfortunately, and unknown to you, you're inner right dual just picked up a large nail (or something) that punctured the tire and is allowing it to deflate very gradually and will eventually lose all of its air and will, in all probably, break its bead on the rim and then will start to flop around. It will then very quickly, and literally, come apart wrapping around whatever is within its reach. Brake lines, hydraulic hoses, electrical cables, fiberglass, wheel well covers, ect will not be any match for the destructive power of that tire.

You can well imagine what kind of damage that tire could cause and how big a bite out of your wallet it will generate.

Now don't forget that the partner to that deflating dual is now supporting all that extra weight. That, unfortunately, can damage that tire and could possibly fail at a later date.

Now if the tire exploded immediately after being punctured, chances are you may not hear or feel it (especially if it is one of the tires on your toad). You can possibly continue to travel along until somebody pulls up next to you waving frantically and honking their horn trying to get your attention. That distance you travel until someone gets you to understand what's going on will also provide sufficient amount of time for that exploded tire to do the damage mentioned above.

Of course, if you had a TPMS, it would have alerted you to the pressure loss almost immediately allowing you you safely pull over and determine the problem....saving you untold amounts of $$.



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Bought mine more for the toad than the MH as no way to know what's going on back there even though I used a IR temp gun at every stop.


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The concept sounds good. I spent over $400 on a nVision system from Hopkins Mfg. It never worked right. The company sent me two complete replacement systems and each worked worse than the previous ones. I junked the lot and am back to checking my air pressure daily.


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