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Old 12-26-2015, 07:15 AM   #31
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Thanks for the feedback...and the links.
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Old 12-26-2015, 08:07 AM   #32
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This one is worth checking out too.

TireMinder A1A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with 4 Transmitters for RVs, MotorHomes, 5th Wheels, Motor Coaches and Trailers (TM-A1A-4)
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:04 AM   #33
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With the sensors mounted externally on the end of the stem, don't they need to be removed each time you need to adjust the air pressure on the tires ?
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:48 AM   #34
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With the sensors mounted externally on the end of the stem, don't they need to be removed each time you need to adjust the air pressure on the tires ?
Thoer, that is true. My truck has metal valve stems. I can twist a sensor off and on about as quickly and easily as I can a dust cap with one hand. On the trailer, I usually use two hands, or some pliers to keep the rubber stem from rotating as the TPMS manufacturer recommends. Cliff
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:55 AM   #35
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Thanks Cliff. Some show the installation using a special wrench so I was wondering if it was a hassle to take them on and off.
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Thoer, I was thinking the same thing. So far I've only googled up one that lets you add air without removing it.
http://www.tiresafeguard.com/pdf/TSG-TPMS-RV-Mon-H.pdf
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Jim, I keep thinking that the internal ones, even though I would have to take them in for install and changing batteries would be something to consider. The sensors would be safer in there and hopefully batteries would last longer than trailer tires, but who knows if they really will?
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Old 12-26-2015, 10:23 AM   #38
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When I ordered from TST they told me I could order ones that let you fill through them, however you had to send them in every three years I think for battery replacement. Seemed like it was more for commercial applications.
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Thanks Cliff. Some show the installation using a special wrench so I was wondering if it was a hassle to take them on and off.
Thoer, it has been a long time since I initially set up my system and the memory is old. My Pressure Pro system has optional locks one can mount with each sensor which requires the use of a special small wrench. I ordered them, but took one look at what is involved in putting a sensor on or taking it off using a lock and felt it wasn't worth the trouble. Never used them. That may be what you are seeing in videos. A complete new sensor (w/battery) costs $50. I have never lost one. 99% plus of the public probably has no idea what they are. I have only observed them on a few rigs in my travels. When I return home from a trip, I usually take the sensors off and remove the monitor from the truck cab mostly to extend the life of the batteries in the sensors, but also because I don't feel I need the monitoring when I am driving the truck around town unloaded. From memory I believe the manufacturer states batteries should last at least three years or more with good care. I got 5 or 6 years plus on my first set of batteries before I sent them to the manufacturer for battery replacement at about $25 or $30 each. The sensors were still working at this point but I could tell the batteries were getting weaker. Also, I was preparing for a long trip. Yes, the manufacturer needs to replace the batteries, but he also replaces seals, etc. When they came back they appeared they could have been new. Hope this helps. Cliff
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With the sensors mounted externally on the end of the stem, don't they need to be removed each time you need to adjust the air pressure on the tires ?
You can go either way. I have heard the ones you have to remove are prone to needing new O rings. It might be something to add to your ever growing spares pile.
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