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    Tire Monitoring System

    Is a tire monitoring system worth putting on my fifth wheel?

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    I think so. My system saved me from tearing up the bottom of my slide when it warned me of low pressure due to a leak.
    It won't do anything to prevent an immediate blow out but could prevent it if it was due to a leak.

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    Hi george637,

    The short answer is YES. TPMS systems protect you from certain types of problems, alerting you before you have a total failure. For example, if your tire picks up a sharp object resulting in a gradual loss of air. You'll be alerted before the tire is irreparably damaged.

    Without the TPMS, that type of air loss will usually end up with the tire getting shredded, causing damage to the RV.

    The TPMS will alert you if you have a blowout (sudden air loss). That's important because when one tire fails, the entire load is on the remaining tire, significantly overloading it. If you don't pull over pretty quickly, you could end up with the other tire on that side failing a short time later.

    Unfortunately, the TPMS cannot predict a blowout, and can't alert you before it happens, except where it's caused by gradually decreasing air pressure.

    Certain types of brake failures can generate excess heat. The TPMS will also alert you to this. In my experience, if you have a temperature alarm, you'll need to investigate fully to find out to what extent the excess heat may have damaged other parts, including bearings.


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    I think so. It tells me if there was a leak immediately. Plus it tells me the pressure and temp of the tires as well. As your tooling down the road there really isnt a great way to see if there is a issue with a tire otherwise.

    Of course there are a lot of other things to consider. First off make sure you have quality tires on the rig. Sometimes the tires arent all that great from the factory. Make sure you have the rated PSI in them. Having a blow out on these rigs is a big deal as the parts of the damaged tire tend to destroy the slides and the floor areas they contact.
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    TPMS alerted me to a slow leak when on the Top of the World Hwy in the Yukon this past summer. Ended up being a cracked rim.


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    Re: Tire Monitoring System

    Thanks for all this good advice. Does anyone know how easy or difficult the TPMS are to install?

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    Quote Originally Posted by george637 View Post
    Thanks for all this good advice. Does anyone know how easy or difficult the TPMS are to install?
    I purchased the style that screws on in place of the stem cap... easy.. alerted me one time to an overheat situation on front wheel of my truck... overheated going down a long grade and using too much brake instead of driving slower....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTPockets View Post
    I purchased the style that screws on in place of the stem cap... easy.. alerted me one time to an overheat situation on front wheel of my truck... overheated going down a long grade and using too much brake instead of driving slower....
    What system did you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by george637 View Post
    What system did you use?
    Mine was the TST507 ..... search that and find it available from several sources. I purchased with 10 caps, for both my truck and trailer.
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