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Old 09-06-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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I am about to be in the market for a tire pressure monitoring system, seems there are several out there and oddly enough close in price. Most systems come with 4 sensors and charge extra for the other 6, if towing that is. I do tow a toad so I need 10 sensors, that work, any suggestions from those currently using one now. All help appreciated.
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:32 AM   #2
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i use a tire minder i got from camping world.the unit was 379.00 and that included 4 monitors. extra 2 are 79.00 dollars. so it works real well.i set all tires at 90 psi. and then set up unit to read 90psi.during hot weather the reading is a little higher this is normal.the temp gauge is nice also.unit shuts off by it self.one thing nice is when batteries in monitors go bad,you send to tire minder and they send you free ones for 7 years.so about xmas time i will send all 6 in for replacement.some monitors you have to send back to factory? this takes time,they send me 4 extra batteries to start with and this was nice,look them all over and decide. pete aultom gresham oregon
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:50 PM   #3
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Post what you decide to do, I have a toad that had a very low tire last winter in Fla and narrowly escaped ruining the tire. I have heard that the Hopkins units need a signal booster at about $100 to ensure the signal gets to the unit from the toad.

Also, any concern about the stress on the tire stems?

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Old 09-07-2011, 01:36 PM   #4
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i've had TST for the last 2 maybe 3 yrs. i have had two of them replaced. turnaround time was less than 2 weeks. unfortunately, i cannot change the batteries so i don't know what that will cost.
mine were purchased from camping world but i dealt directly with the co for replacements. i bought extras to cover the truck and trailer.

i did not need the repeater. i would suggest trying whatever u buy without one and see. i didn't even have to install the remote antenna.

on the stems, i highly recommend the medal stems. on mine, that is what i should have due to the pressure. two tires were replaced and i didn't check and they installed the rubber version. one of them failed abt 2 yrs later (when i stopped, started to air the tire back up to check, and the stem broke off).

only problem i've had with mine is that abt once a season, one of them will loosen enough to cause the tire to go flat. TST suggested teflon tape and that helped quiet a bit.

was also concerned abt tire balance. tire supplier said it would be insignificant.

they display temp and pressure each scan. if one tire starts loosing air rapidly, it will alarm and go to and display that one.

i'm happy with them and the company that i dealt with. don't know why camping world stopped carrying them.

unfortunately, mine do not shut off. when u screw them on they stay on until u unscrew them. takes them abt 15 minutes to all be displayed. what is unusual is to disconnect from the trailer and drive away and be reading tire pressure for another 15 or so minutes until the scan discovers that they aren't there.
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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The Tire Minder system is looking pretty good so far, have sent them a question as to having to purchase booster or not. Petey, what model did you buy, I am looking at 400c and it is only 299. From the company. I do like being able to change batteries myself, and not having to send unit back to company, or throwing the sensors away because they are sealed and having to buy new ones. Next problem is what effect do the sensors have on the valve stems and how much of a hassle is it to take them off to add air. Last question I have for the company is I found a Chinese model that looks just like tire minder and want to know if it is same unit, the Chinese model is mfg by Jett. Just curious. Will post more when I learn more. Incidentally, the Tire Minder is endorsed by "Mark Polk" of RV 101.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:02 PM   #6
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JIMH, thanks for the info, just visited the company site and looks pretty good, $499. for 10 sensor set up. So many different models, if they were only 10-15 dollars you can stand to buy wrong one, but at $500.00 I like to be careful. How far is it from monitor to rear sensor for you, without booster? I am looking at roughly forty five feet.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:03 PM   #7
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if tpms is anything like mine, there is a little tool that goes around the sensor to grab a "nut" at the base of the sensor. not a problem at all removing.
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:20 PM   #8
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Tire Minder System just got back with me via email, promptly I might add, and stated for the Toad sensors, I will need the booster. Their Booster is $65.00. Now am waiting to hear from TST about their product. Will update all interested when more information is obtained.
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TireMinder from CW is now $251.99 with free shipping!!!!!

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Old 09-07-2011, 04:56 PM   #10
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I have a 10-sensor Pressure Pro set-up. The only feature that it doesn't have that I wih that it DID have is user-changable batteries. I've heard that there a few brands available now that have that feature.
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