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Posted: 08/11/21 05:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For the post that stated Discount Tire---They are the only company here that has the tires we want, but when I said "metal valve stems"---they looked at me like cows in a field do when you sing to them.
Come on, we all have sung to a cow at some time in our lives.....

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Posted: 08/11/21 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I buy quite a few tires from Discount Tires in different areas especially Montana to avoid sales tax. No matter where, none have had metal valve stems. Also, if they are mounting duals, be sure to make sure they line-up valve stems correctly.

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bobsallyh wrote:

I buy quite a few tires from Discount Tires in different areas especially Montana to avoid sales tax. No matter where, none have had metal valve stems. Also, if they are mounting duals, be sure to make sure they line-up valve stems correctly.
That suggests to me that they are focused on car tires and know little if anything about RV tires. But they can talk it up.


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CA Traveler, I know what I want when I go in to Discount Tire, Michelin XPS Ribs. Most locations are fairly tight for larger rigs. Here in Yuma AZ. they do mount a lot of RV tires at their two locations due to high RV population.

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Many years ago I stopped at a Chandler AZ Discount Tire store to ask about MH tires. "Not in stock but we can have them tomorrow", "OK let's set up an appointment", "Ohh we don't install them but you can take them to the guy down the street".

Since that time I assume that most shops can add air to a tire. But even then with "I need 120 psi in these tires which are now warm at about 115F and they don't know what to do".

There are some shops experienced in RV tires but from my experience most can just talk the talk and fall down on the walk.

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Be careful with changing valve stems, I had changed my truck tires to 19.5” with new Vision heavy hauler wheels and had les schwab install the tpms sensors and new metal valve stems.

Fast forward three months or so and I noticed my passenger rear was a little low, went to add air at my usual fuel stop and the valve stem came loose and the tire went down in a hurry. Once I realized what was happening I quickly moved my truck out of the way so I could change to the spare tire. It turned out they used valve stems too short and the nut was just holding by a thread or two and finally came loose, glad I wasn’t on the highway.

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RoyF wrote:

Many tire stores have metal stems: Discount Tire, for example.


X2 They put metal stems on my trailer rims.

Rubber stems can Crack from tpms use


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Tire dealer said the metal valve stems they had wouldn't fit on my rims. They had a heavy duty valve stem, and it was heavy duty.

I ordered the Ford trailer TPMS kit with my truck. I'm going to miss the TST temperature monitoring, but it will be one less device on top of the Instrument Panel.

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I'm planning to add the TMS 507 cap sensors to my 2014 Jeep toad that has factory TPMS with rubber stems. The cap sensors are rated for rubber stems.

Has anyone done this? Are metal TPMS stems available?

FYI For a short trip I moved 2 MH sensors to the rear toad tires as a test and there were no issues. This also verified that the repeater location which is inside the MH and 10' from the rear was OK.

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Generally they do NOT replace metal valve stems unless you request it.
I've had a few cases of valve stem failure where I broke it down and put in metal. I had metal (OEM) from on the motor home... of the six on the Motor home 4 were replaced when I put new rubber on because I put in Duly valves (Oh by the way if you have duals I very very very highly recommend duly valves) They did not however replace the front.... one of which failed later that year.


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