1. As far as TIRE TRAKER vs. HAWKSHEAD, it seems they are pretty similar, just that the support may be more reliable from HAWKSHEAD vs. TIRE TRAKER due to the "mom & pop" nature of TIRE TRAKER. How do people here feel about that?
2. I read some that recommended the DORAN over either of the above. But I also see that for the Doran sensors, the batteries cannot be changed by the user. This may be costly in the long run. Any thoughts on this?
I used Pressure Pro on the 5th wheel and now have them on the Winnie. No, the batteries can't be changed by the user. The sensors are exchanged for new ones with the supplier. I have been very pleased with Pressure Pro and the battery situation is not an inconvenience. I purchased from Duane Sprague in Arizona. He has a very nice website and has been very helpful in emails and phone calls.
Mike LeBlanc, "The Digital Guy"
Professional Photographer, Retired Art Educator
Sour Lake, Texas
So far I am leaning towards TIRE TRAKER. Some research says it, HAWKSHEAD and Camping World's TIRE MINDER are really all the same equipment, and TIRE TRAKER has the best price, $289 for a 6 Tire System.
I order a 10 wheel set the first time then a 6 set after I added the F700 flat bed dump. I only used 6 of the 10 set because we decide not to tow so they were only on the Blazer about six months.
Last fall the first set was about 4 years old so we decided to put the new 6 set on the MH before the cross country.
On testing of the four year old set of 10 we found 7 to be dead or flakey so I sent them back with a check for $140 and had 7 new ones when we returned from our trip.
NOTE: The funny part was three of the four used on the toad for only six months were dead/dying. In practice we found the batteries will last just as long where in use or not mounted.
Some seem to prefer the new ones with 12 month battery life but are replaceable. I still lean towards the "sealed" sensors I guess but they may not be any better. I think the 507 model has a computer that some prefer too.
I have the TST system. Had the original version with non-replaceable batteries in the sensors, but had several sensor problems. Replaced it with the newer, user-replaceable battery version - has been working great for 2 full seasons. Just saved me $$$$ last week - I noted I had a rear tire losing pressure (and increasing tire temp). Hadn't gotten low enough to sound the alarm prior to my seeing it. Sure enough tire had picked up a chunk of steel. Spare on before I had an issue! VERY glad I had a TPMS! ST
Two and a hound in a 2003 Roadtrek 190P and a pair of Limmers... First 50 done, working on the second pass!
Doran system works good but the battery life is just a little longer than the warranty, about 26 months onaverage for my sensors. $39 each for new but it has saved me twice so far and the peace of mind is worth the cost IMO. I do like the new TST system with replaceable batteries but have no experience with the TST system.