Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-29-2014, 04:05 PM   #11
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 192
Twice my STS TPMS alerted me to low PSI. Both times it was little nail punctures. Can't imagine being without them.

MC9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2014, 04:19 PM   #12
Senior Member
5er_tom's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 872
Our TPMS saved our *****. We were driving on I-80 across the Bonneville Salt Flats last July, running about 65mph. The wife was on the phone making campground reservations. The TPMS alarm went off. I looked and tire pressure was... 50, 40, 30, and going down fast. I pulled to the should and found the right rear tire with a 6" separation. I had felt nothing! Another 1/2 mile and who knows what damage would have occurred.

I don't go around the block without the TPMS.

Tom & Renée
Durham, NC

2015 Wildcat 295RSX
2012 Ford F-250, 4x4, 6.7 Liter Diesel
5er_tom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2014, 05:15 PM   #13
Senior Member
SKnight's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1,519
Originally Posted by Tireman9 View Post
Given that the vast majority of so called "blowouts" are in fact "Run Low Flex" failures, TPMS can prevent most such failures if the warning is heeded and the TPM is set properly.
My system has two levels of warning based on loss from the hot pressure plus one warning level based on loss from the cold pressure level.
Bingo. Very few tires "Blow out" simply by popping. The pressure gets low, the sidewalls flex and just like bending a fork back and forth until it breaks the sidewall eventually can take no more and gives way proving that 10PSI (What pressure was left) can be pretty violent when released at once. Imagine if the tire let go at 80PSI. The damage would be extreme.

I've had one TPMS experience, it was on my company car. Cruising on a long straightaway I suddenly had the TPMS alarm go off indicating a left front problem. I hit the display and found 17PSI........14PSI.......12PSI finally as I got stopped 9PSI last I looked. It was a serious hole, nearly 1/4" and was flowing air easily. But going straight the car drove normally, and that's where TPMS shines. When going straight you don't know anything's wrong until it's too late, either you turn and feel it possibly losing control, the stress of turning finishes it off and it blows, or still going straight it gives way which is usually a surprise.

When it's a trailer, it's even worse. I've seen (And tried to flag down) people pulling trailers with one tire gone and they have no idea.

Now, delaminations can happen suddenly and are often called blowouts. That's where the tread separates from the tire and flaps around like film at the end of the reel. That causes serious damage.

Now-2014 Sierra 346RETS 5er BUB
Then-2002 Keystone Springdale 286RLDS TT

Nights camped in 2014-28, 2015-127, 2016-10
SKnight is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:09 AM.