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Old 02-21-2014, 12:35 AM   #1
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Tire pressure monitoring systems for the Escape

Greetings everyone,

So I've been looking into TPM systems, anyone using one that they feel like boasting about
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Old 02-21-2014, 02:10 AM   #2
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Have a look here,

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This link takes you to a posting with a link to the review on 'BLIP' Unfortunately, it seems it has been removed.
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Thanks rick

Before posting I'd found that post but the link is not valid anymore.

Also apologies for posting on the Mods forum. Silly newbie lol
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We have the Dill sold by tire rack. This is the 2nd dill unit we have owned. I tried one brand with the sensors that screw on the valve stems but just did not like that.

http://www.tirerack.com/accessories/detail.jsp?ID=160

Dill Air Controls Products Trailer TPMS

I like the fact sensors are install inside the tires but you do have dismount the tires to install. Dill also offers very good service.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:19 PM   #6
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The people over in the Casita site have discussed the TST Tire Monitoring System extensively (http://www.casitaforum.com/invboard/...toring-system/). You will have to register to view the site but there is a wealth of information there that applies equally to the Escape trailers.
On thing they did was set up a group buy with the TST company for a 15% discount (everyone places individual orders so it was convenient).

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Old 02-21-2014, 07:25 PM   #7
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As I posted in the related product review topic...
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I am leery of any tire pressure monitoring system which screws onto the tire valves externally. They hold the valve open and must seal against the valve opening to keep the air in the tire, which just seems like an invitation for leaks (which they would detect, of course ). Also, adding an object to the valve then spinning it around at about 800 RPM (205/75R14 tire at 100 km/h) seems like a fundamentally bad thing to do to the valve.
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I use the Tire Minder system. Overall in 2 years of use it has worked fine. Brian does bring up some good points but I have had no issues to this point with the sensors mounted on the stems. Also changing batteries on set mounted units is quite easy.

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Here's an interesting comment from the Casita forum's thread about the TST system:
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The one weak link is the little "O" ring that seals the sensor against the valve stem. If you over torque the sensor, they disintegrate.
Every time you add air, you must remove the sender (with a special tool), so this seems to me to be an unfortunate consequence of the screwed-on-the-outside design.
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The battery-changing issue is an interesting point. In cars, the batteries of the internally mounted sensors last far longer than most tires, so batteries can be changed at tire chsnge time and access is not an issue. With a trailer, the clock may run out on the battery before even the junk sold as trailer tires has a chance to wear out, due to the low annual distance typically travelled by RV trailers.

In the Casita discussion, it appears that the earlier TST units cost $25/sensor to replace the batteries, and the newer model has user-replaceable batteries but serious quality issues. I don't see a winning solution here, but one can get lucky.
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