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Old 10-31-2011, 11:19 PM   #11
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After all the problems we had with the TPMS on our little GMC Canyon I will pass on having one. I will stick with my pressure gauge and thermal gun.
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:31 PM   #12
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Check out Ranger431 (Guess the Damage) Post on the damage to his TT from a blown tire. Way more than a TPMS system
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:05 PM   #13
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Check out Ranger431 (Guess the Damage) Post on the damage to his TT from a blown tire. Way more than a TPMS system
That damage shown is something I would like to avoid. A flat tire is one thing, damage like that is something else. I read on another thread, a member here suffered a TT tire blow out, even though they had a TPMS. Maybe in that case it was due to road hazard debris? Can't remember now where that was posted.
Ahhh yes, here is the thread where that is mentioned by "Ela 1948";
https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=5110&page=3
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:58 PM   #14
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Frankly, my old, trifocal assisted eyeballs just aren't quite good enough to see if tire pressure is going down while I'm driving because a tire picked up and threw a nail or if tire temperature is going up due to slight dragging because a wheel bearing is starting to seize or a brake decided not to fully release. And even if my eyes were good enough, my ADD wouldn't allow me to concentrate on watching the tires while also concentrating on the road and the morons (other morons?) I'm sharing it with. Too much input at once and my mind goes on vacation.

TPMS - expensive as all get out. Peace of mind - priceless! When I get my TT, I'll probably get a 10 wheel system so I can monitor my spares as well (the system that comes with my truck leaves a bit to be desired). That will beat the hairy heck of crawling under truck and trailer to check spare tire pressure.
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One day I was traveling down an interstate at 65 mph or so and a guy drove alongside my trailer gesturing and pointing. I'm usually somewhat leery of such odd behavior around our trailer, but I decided to pull over and take a look at my tow vehicle and trailer. I found one tire completely shredded. Had that guy not warned me, and had I not overcome my usual doubts about strangers, I would have continued down the road until the second tire failed, and I started dragging my brake drums down the road.

So I decided I had to get a TPMS system. I got a TST system, and for it I had to have installed metal valve stems. It tells me the pressure and temperature in each tire, and will alert with beeping if there is a sudden change in pressure. My truck has a factory TPMS system. I've used the TST system for about 10 months on 10,000 miles and it has worked well.
I had exactly the same scenario in 2007. We were on the interstate heading home when a trucker came up and blew his horn pointing at the trailer. We also had one tire totally schredded. I was amazed because I was convinced that I could tell if a tire was going down let alone totally gone. We changed all tires when I got home because they were 5 years old. We also bought a "tire minder" from camping world that indicates what each tires pressure is as well as the temperature of each tire. We were gone 7 weeks this summer and truthfully, I wouldn't leave the house without them. They worked great. A little tough to get the computer set (for old man like me) but once I finally got it,it works great.
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I had exactly the same scenario in 2007. We were on the interstate heading home when a trucker came up and blew his horn pointing at the trailer. We also had one tire totally schredded. I was amazed because I was convinced that I could tell if a tire was going down let alone totally gone. We changed all tires when I got home because they were 5 years old. We also bought a "tire minder" from camping world that indicates what each tires pressure is as well as the temperature of each tire. We were gone 7 weeks this summer and truthfully, I wouldn't leave the house without them. They worked great. A little tough to get the computer set (for old man like me) but once I finally got it,it works great.
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Thanks for sharing your story. A Tire Minder like you have, is one of the systems I am considering.
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Ela1948,
Thanks for sharing your story. A Tire Minder like you have, is one of the systems I am considering.
Camping world also sells Hopkins TPS systems. They were cheaper but most of the feed back that I got indicated too many unhappy users. That was why I went with the tire minder. There users were much more pleased. Still feel that we made a good choice.
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If I ever decide to go with a TPMS it will be rim mounted not on the valve stem. Yeah they cost more but then are protected and will not cause valve stem leaks.
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If I ever decide to go with a TPMS it will be rim mounted not on the valve stem. Yeah they cost more but then are protected and will not cause valve stem leaks.
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A very good point.
With all the distance you cover between SK and SoCal, Have you ever experienced tire failure? If not, what do you think is your best defensive approach?
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If I ever decide to go with a TPMS it will be rim mounted not on the valve stem. Yeah they cost more but then are protected and will not cause valve stem leaks.
The additional expense doesn't end with with the initial outlay. When the batteries run down, the tire has to be broken down to get at the sensor. If the battery isn't user replaceable, then the entire sensor has to be replaced. If the sensor fails for any reason while on the road, R&R is far more involved than with external sensors.

I'm not saying the internal sensors aren't better. I just want people to be aware of the added expenses and inconveniences.
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The additional expense doesn't end with with the initial outlay. When the batteries run down, the tire has to be broken down to get at the sensor. If the battery isn't user replaceable, then the entire sensor has to be replaced. If the sensor fails for any reason while on the road, R&R is far more involved than with external sensors.

I'm not saying the internal sensors aren't better. I just want people to be aware of the added expenses and inconveniences.
Yes, another thing to take into consideration. My previous car had internal TPMS and it was 9 years old when traded in. The sensors had not yet needed to have the batteries replaced (still functioned). In my work experience, the lithium coin cells can go longer than 10 years, if no circuit failure shortens their life. You make a good point though. There is a finite life to the lithium coin cells.
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