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Old 03-13-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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Need a tire pressure gage for rear dual tires

I have a 2013 Solera.
I tried to check tire pressure on the rear dual tires and have not found a pressure gage that works. Even the mechanics at the tire store had a hard time getting a reading on the pressure.The problem is that the dual tires have narrow valve extenders that a regular pressure gage doesn't work on. I explained the issue at Camping World and they sold me another pressure gage that also doesn't work.

Has anyone found a pressure gage that works? If so, could you be specific on the model and where to order it. Thanks, Steve
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:10 AM   #2
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I don't have a Solera, but I do have a dually truck. Here's the air chuck that I bought:


Being straight lets me hit the inner dual and my front tires.

With the reversed/angled chuck lets me hit the outer dual.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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Deluxe Tire Gauge - Intersource Enterprises D10-62 - Tire Accessories - Camping World

This is the one I use. Is this what CW sold you and it doesn't work?
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:28 AM   #4
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I have a 2013 Solera.
I tried to check tire pressure on the rear dual tires and have not found a pressure gage that works. Even the mechanics at the tire store had a hard time getting a reading on the pressure.The problem is that the dual tires have narrow valve extenders that a regular pressure gage doesn't work on. I explained the issue at Camping World and they sold me another pressure gage that also doesn't work.

Has anyone found a pressure gage that works? If so, could you be specific on the model and where to order it. Thanks, Steve
Steve: If you have the yellow Air-Flexx extenders - which I have - the problem is the inner core doesn't extend far enough out for the pressure gauge to engage it The solution for me was to remove the extender and using a utility knife, cut off the outer end one thread at a time until the pressure gauge will engage the inner core. Cut off just enough so the inner core is even with the outer tube. I had to remove two thead widths to get a reading. You can take a mill file and smooth the end down afterwards. If you have to take off too many threads, you may have to get a thread chaser (available at any Advance store) and turn down a few extra thread widths in order for the tire pressure monitor to go down far enough, or for the valve cap to engage tightly.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:38 AM   #5
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Maybe this?? Works really good and precise, but I don't know about your stem.

1 "Longacre Economy Digital Tire Pressure Gauge"
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I know on the Sunseeker it's easier to check the tires if you just take the extenders off.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:28 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the help. I used the Taylor's suggestion to shave off the end of the Air-Flex Extender. It worked!

But, you have to be careful. I found that each tire valve was different. Two extenders worked without modification. I cut the thread (two turns of the thread) off the other two extenders with a retractable knife. If you do this, you want to cut a small amount off (one thread) at a time and retry it. These are tight spaces to work and it would be easier with a helper to put a flash light on the valve to screw it back on.

Thanks again to the quick replies. Steve
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I'm thinking of having the valve extenders replaced when I have the tires rotated this Spring. I don't like the idea of shaving the steam off in order to get a pressure reading. And why does it seem to be a problem only on the Solera tires?
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I'm thinking of having the valve extenders replaced when I have the tires rotated this Spring. I don't like the idea of shaving the steam off in order to get a pressure reading. And why does it seem to be a problem only on the Solera tires?
Henry: Be careful about that. The Valve OEM valve stems are rubber. Attaching a heavy metal or braided extender will result in all sorts of problems (see Double Blowout thread). I think FR started using the Air-Flex because they were having problems with heavier extenders, and the light Air-Flex solved that problem. I've thought about the same thing, but have decided if I put metal extenders on I'll replace the valve stems with metal stems, too. Got a quote from my tire guy - $12.00 each tire to replace the stems. And it looks like a good set of metal stems and extenders is gonna be > $100.00. I'll wait for next month's welfare check to come in!
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Thanks for the advice I'll look into the medal stems also with extenders.
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