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Old 12-21-2015, 07:31 PM   #1
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Tire pressure monitoring systems

After having my first flat tire while towing this year, I am contemplating acquiring a tire pressure monitoring system for BlackJack. Other than tire replacement there was no damage to the trailer, but if I had not stopped when I did, I would have lost the wheel real soon as the lugs were only hand tight due to running while flat.
So I'm doing some research and wanted some feedback from forum members.....
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:45 PM   #2
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I've always thought it would be great if you could just add the trailer wheels into the vehicle's built in tire pressure system.
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:46 PM   #3
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Very happy with this one; alerted me to a leaker (due to a nail) with plenty of time to spare.

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I've always thought it would be great if you could just add the trailer wheels into the vehicle's built in tire pressure system.
A separate TPMS lets you know WHICH tire is a problem, unlike the vehicle version.
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:49 PM   #5
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A separate TPMS lets you know WHICH tire is a problem, unlike the vehicle version.
True - definite advantage there.
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:52 PM   #6
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I'm not really happy with my Tire Traker system. New batteries every year, several part failures (replaced under warranty, though), and I had to install a signal booster in the trailer to get it to work decently. I hear good things about the Dill products, although they have to be mounted on the inner portion of the wheel.

All that said, I just wouldn't tow a dual axle trailer any more without a TPMS. By the time you know you have a problem, the tire is toast.

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Old 12-21-2015, 08:40 PM   #7
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A separate TPMS lets you know WHICH tire is a problem, unlike the vehicle version.
Unlike the built-in systems in most vehicles, but I'm pretty sure that I've read of factory systems which show each tire's data separately on the dashboard.
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Old 12-21-2015, 08:44 PM   #8
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I think the monitoring system on my RAV4 got screwed up many tire changes ago, with switching from snows to all-season and back.
Had a tire with about 16 lbs. in it that didn't light up the dash.
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Tire Minder

Here is my post I copied from another thread:

I have the Tireminder and use with mixed results. Bottom line is that it does what it is supposed to do and alarm when you have a low (or leaking tire or change in set temperature) and that is what I have come to rely on it for. But....

-First I have had to have the "head" unit replaced twice which I must add was done through TM at no problem. A quick call, discussion of the issue and a new unit was on the way.

-The sending units on the wheel tend to go through batteries but they are easy to replace (also need to pay attention to the O rings on the sending units for dry rot).

-I use the sending units to set tire pressure, i.e. use as a tire gauge, but I sometime question the accuracy especially after the trailer sits overnight. The temp reading is sometimes too high for the ambient temperature at the start of the day. Also I sometimes have to take the sending unit off then put pack on to get a more accurate tire pressure reading.

I have nothing to compare this to but overall despite it's shortcomings I would not be without it (or something similar). Service from the company has been great and the few times I had a tire issue the system worked as advertised. After experiencing a blow out in Houston, TX rush hour freeway traffic in our previous Casita I will never travel without some type of monitoring system.

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