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Old 12-06-2014, 09:09 PM   #1
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Installing one on my 21 that I had on my Casita, and searches here didn't show much angst from owners on blowouts, flats, etc. Thought I might see a difference between single and dual axle owners, but nope. Just wondering why not..........
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:25 PM   #2
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I had a tire go down in '11 on my 19, didn't notice it was going flat until it was toast. Pretty sure it was due to a crappy (i.e., Chinese) rubber valve stem failure. I bought a Tire Traker TPMS. I've had a monitor and one sensor go bad, and they were good about replacing them under warranty. For some reason, the new monitor wouldn't work over 3' away, they finally gave me a signal booster. Now the system works.

I think having a tire start to go on a dual axle trailer is much harder to recognize than on a single axle. I'm glad I got the TPMS (and steel valve stems), even though I've had no problems since. Peace of mind.

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Old 12-06-2014, 09:30 PM   #3
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I had a tire go down in '11 on my 19, didn't notice it was going flat until it was toast. Pretty sure it was due to a crappy (i.e., Chinese) rubber valve stem failure. I bought a Tire Traker TPMS. I've had a monitor and one sensor go bad, and they were good about replacing them under warranty. For some reason, the new monitor wouldn't work over 3' away, they finally gave me a signal booster. Now the system works.

I think having a tire start to go on a dual axle trailer is much harder to recognize than on a single axle. I'm glad I got the TPMS (and steel valve stems), even though I've had no problems since. Peace of mind.

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Exactly my thoughts! Although I set the low tire pressure alarm too tight and when it got cold the system said ALL my tires were going flat.....
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:34 PM   #4
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I had the Dill TPMS on our Casita and purchased another when we got the Escape.


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Old 12-06-2014, 10:35 PM   #5
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Part of my "pre-flight" whenever I get gas on a trip is to walk around the vehicle, look at and feel each tire. If one feels different, or is a different temperature than its mate on the other side, I try to find the reason. Checking pressures is one part.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:03 PM   #6
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Part of my "pre-flight" whenever I get gas on a trip is to walk around the vehicle, look at and feel each tire. If one feels different, or is a different temperature than its mate on the other side, I try to find the reason. Checking pressures is one part.
Agreed, that's why I have the system. Monitors both pressure and tire temp.
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:46 AM   #7
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Agreed, that's why I have the system. Monitors both pressure and tire temp.
And, it allows you to monitor tire conditions between stops when you are moving along the road. A tire problem when stopped is not likely to cause any problems or be costly above and beyond the price of a replacement tire; when moving in traffic at speed it's a different story.
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Old 12-07-2014, 01:32 PM   #8
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Tire pressure monitoring systems make sense, because tire pressure is important and there are a lot of tires to keep track of. On the other hand, the world drove pneumatic-tired vehicles for about a century before these systems became common, and we seemed to manage. The systems became factory equipment on cars for two reasons:
  • low-profile radial tires don't visually show pressure change as obviously as old bias-ply tires; and,
  • vehicles with run-flat tires need a way to tell the driver to stop, even though the tire may be working adequately.
Trailers still have high-profile tires (although at least many - including all Escapes - are radial), and none of them are run-flats. A monitoring system would be useful, but I think life without one is quite manageable.

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... searches here didn't show much angst from owners on blowouts, flats, etc. Thought I might see a difference between single and dual axle owners, but nope. Just wondering why not..........
Tandem-axle fans will often state that tandem axles are needed for redundancy, because the failure of the single tire on one side of the trailer would obviously be a catastrophe. Single-axle owners who have had a tire failure consistently report that controlling the trailer when the tire failed was not a problem.
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Old 12-07-2014, 02:01 PM   #9
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For a number of years I have carried a "tire checker" of this design. It is also billed as a fish thumper and I believe you can find other uses for it as well. Most truck stops carry them. A side benefit is by thumping each tire you do a visual exam at the same time. Finally it generates a great deal of satisfaction to thump the tires.
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Yeah but a TPMS is another one of those cool gadgets that modern technology has brought us like a GPS that make life easier and more fun. Unlike a TPMS on a car, a trailer one has both temperture and pressure readout for all your tires. It also has a alarm if you have a pressure loss so you don't have to mess with it going down the road and you know instantly if you have a problem before a tire comes apart and tears up your trailer. Peace of mind for me.
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