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Old 08-16-2012, 05:45 PM   #11
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On my previous TT, a 1999 Dutchmen, I changed out the original tires in 2011. Don't remember the brand that came on it. All I can tell you is they were black.
Never rotated or balanced them from day 1. Still had decent tread left when I put the new set on.

From experience and I guess forced advice from my dad: Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you. For the most part, I spend more $$ on preventive maintenance then I do repairs.

The side of a highway is a lonely place at night!

And you fellars stop scaring me with all the horror stories about Trail Express tires. I'm going to keep them until I have problems with them. If they last another 15 years that will be even better!
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:52 PM   #12
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Let me see here,80+ PSI to O PSI and it took 5 min.to register on your TPMS! I will put this unit in the same list as Orange TPMS. Youroo!!
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:57 PM   #13
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Let me see here,80+ PSI to O PSI and it took 5 min.to register on your TPMS! I will put this unit in the same list as Orange TPMS. Youroo!!
I am in no way defending the Tire Traker TPMS, but what Daryl said about a sudden blowout being undectable by a TPMS makes some sense to me.

Does any TPMS manual say anything about their system alerting you to a sudden blowout of a tire? The TT manual states that the system will not prevent a blowout - it simply says that the system will alert you to a change in either tire pressure and/or temperature. The alert level is based upon your baseline tire psi is. To me a tire that is about to have a sudden blowout will have the same pressure and temperature readings just before the blowout occurs, thus causing that wheel sensor to not alert.

Think about it - what would you expect if all of the TPMS readings were normal and all of a sudden, a tire hits a nail and blows out. Would you expect your TPMS to alert just before the nail went into the tire?
I wouldn't. And as I stated before, the sensor did alert after the blowout occurred.

I am rethinking all I have read about any and all TPMS and still haven't found any that will alert before a sudden blowout.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:04 PM   #14
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Think about it - what would you expect if all of the TPMS readings were normal and all of a sudden, a tire hits a nail and blows out. Would you expect your TPMS to alert just before the nail went into the tire?
True, but isn't it the usual claim of the tire manufacturers and the forum's on-line tire "experts" that most non-debris caused blow-outs are cause by running at too low a pressure, building-up friction (heat) and then the sidewall failing?
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I am in no way defending the Tire Traker TPMS, but what Daryl said about a sudden blowout being undectable by a TPMS makes some sense to me.

Does any TPMS manual say anything about their system alerting you to a sudden blowout of a tire? The TT manual states that the system will not prevent a blowout - it simply says that the system will alert you to a change in either tire pressure and/or temperature. The alert level is based upon your baseline tire psi is. To me a tire that is about to have a sudden blowout will have the same pressure and temperature readings just before the blowout occurs, thus causing that wheel sensor to not alert.

Think about it - what would you expect if all of the TPMS readings were normal and all of a sudden, a tire hits a nail and blows out. Would you expect your TPMS to alert just before the nail went into the tire?
I wouldn't. And as I stated before, the sensor did alert after the blowout occurred.

I am rethinking all I have read about any and all TPMS and still haven't found any that will alert before a sudden blowout.
Yes I am thinking about it,I would get a Rabbits Foot for LUCK before I would buy one like you are saying! Youroo!!
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True, but isn't it the usual claim of the tire manufacturers and the forum's on-line tire "experts" that most non-debris caused blow-outs are cause by running at too low a pressure, building-up friction (heat) and then the sidewall failing?
You are correct - and once again I have to say that a good TPMS should alert you to a low pressure level. As stated earlier, that one sensor was appartently not reading right at 59 degrees F and I should have investigated why earlier.

But once again, show me a TPMS that will alert you to a sudden blowout before it occurs and I will buy it.
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Yes I am thinking about it,I would get a Rabbits Foot for LUCK before I would buy one like you are saying! Youroo!!
That is one way. I like my TT system for letting me check my tire pressure without having to use a guage. I did top off two of my tires before this trip - one was reading 77.4 and the other was reading 78.6 cold and the TT gave me the accurate pressure reading after the popping off of such a small amount.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:22 PM   #18
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A good TPMS will detect low A/P,low A/P will produce Heat which will show up also on a good TPMS. That is (2) warning that there is a problem. Stop and check it. Now if you are running from the LAW and you run over a STOP STICK or the LAW shoots out your tires,the TPMS will NOT tell your before they take action! Have a Safe nite! Youroo!!
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Think about it - what would you expect if all of the TPMS readings were normal and all of a sudden, a tire hits a nail and blows out. Would you expect your TPMS to alert just before the nail went into the tire?
I wouldn't. And as I stated before, the sensor did alert after the blowout occurred.

I am rethinking all I have read about any and all TPMS and still haven't found any that will alert before a sudden blowout.
I'm a little confused by your posts. One of them stated that the TPMS took 5 minutes after the blowout before it alerted you. That's way too long. My Tireminder system alerts me right away. For example, if I remove a sensor to manually test the tire pressure, it starts going off right away that I had a blowout. It doesn't know I unscrewed it from the valve stem. Anyway, I would think it react the same in a blowout.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:14 AM   #20
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How many miles on them?
I hope I have not started another thread on Trail Express and other RV tires as there are many already.

I did not observe any RV's of any class pulled over with bad tires that i could tell - I did see one motorcycle hauling trailer pass me at a high speed and saw the same trailer pulled over looking at his tire shreds about 4 miles down the road after passing me.
My tires have about 2000 miles on them. I have always kept the pressure right max of 50 psi and it seems they are low cause most of wear is on outside of tread.
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