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Old 07-06-2019, 01:19 PM   #1
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King pin support? TPM system?

I am new to RVing and just bought a 2016 Cedar Creek 34RE 5th wheel. I have two questions - we are going to go on our first trip soon and am wondering if a king-pin stabilizer is needed and also what is the best tire pressure monitoring system recommended? I don't have a huge budget so am looking for inexpensive solutions.
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Old 07-06-2019, 01:24 PM   #2
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I donít have/never have had a king pin support. Most people donít use them. I do have JT Strongarms and Xchocks and step stabilizers. They all help.

I have a TST RV507 tpms when I researched I decided it was the best option.

Overall I would skip the pin stabilizer and add that money to the TPM.
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I am new to RVing and just bought a 2016 Cedar Creek 34RE 5th wheel. I have two questions - we are going to go on our first trip soon and am wondering if a king-pin stabilizer is needed and also what is the best tire pressure monitoring system recommended? I don't have a huge budget so am looking for inexpensive solutions.
You donít need pin support, Iím assuming you have six point levelling system.
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DDC is correct, if you have the level up system then you should be very stable without pin support. We don't even use wheel chocks and we're rock solid after deploying the hydraulic jacks.
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Old 07-06-2019, 03:52 PM   #5
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I have a TST 507 tire monitoring system, and have used it now for about 3 years. It is a great system with great customer support, I would recommend.
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Old 07-06-2019, 03:55 PM   #6
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King pin support? TPM system?

Another TST 507 TPMS user here. Works great and no issues with the system.

Got hot one day first season and since I went ultra conservative on the high pressure setting it went off. Will definitely get your attention. Upped it another 5% still in recommended range and no alarms since.

The new color monitor is much easier to see over the older black and white one also. New one has multiple trailers you can select as well in case you need that.
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Where we camp most people use the king pin support, but we tried it but were not impressed.

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Old 07-06-2019, 04:40 PM   #8
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King pin support? TPM system?

Thank you to all for your quick replies. I will forego the king-pin stabilizer and have ordered the TST 507 TPMS. It will be here before I leave on my trip
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Thanks for coming back and letting us know your decisions.
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Old 07-07-2019, 01:49 PM   #10
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I bought a 5th wheel stabilizer when I was a newbie. Carried it around for 6 months, used it twice. It's been in the barn for years. If you really want one I can give you a good deal. TPM is probably a good idea, but I don't use one.
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:29 PM   #11
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I have never used a 5th wheel support on any of the 5ers I have had. I was told I needed one to support the neck to keep the stresses of people in the neck from damaging the trailer.......salesmen....trying make a few more dollars.

I have never used chokes or wheel locks. Once the landing gear is down in the front it's not going any where, unless you are on a very steep slope, then it would have to be slick to let it slide. Then I might put a block under a wheel.



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Old 07-07-2019, 09:36 PM   #13
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TPMS for 3-4 years and very pleased.

Background: I have the 29IK and have had tire drop-out once in awhile.

I have tried the long antenna and the repeater and still once in awhile a wheel pressure will alarm.

I've tried changing batteries and sensors but the same wheel always seems to have weak signal.

My last trip however I separated systems and put my Furrion camera monitor close to the bottom of the windshield. I was using the TPMS long wire antenna and installed it so it was centered in the rear sliding window hanging from a cotton string. I only had to reinitialize the TPMS twice in 8 hours so I'm making positive progress.

Long story but just wanted to make sure you don't get discouraged initially if at first you have wheel drop-out alarms from the TPMS. It is a definite benefit to have one to monitor tire pressure and temperature.

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I highly recommend a TPMS for anyone that hauls a trailer and especially for those with heavy RVs.

We use the PressurePro TPMS for many, many years. System monitors high and low pressures, temperature and cross axle measurements. Since we do a lot of hauling at night, gives great peace of mind.
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I like our king pin tripod but I don't pull it our unless we are going to be set up for a week or more. It does help stabilize everything in my opinion. We have a Splendide washer/dryer in our bedroom closet and it really shakes things unless the tripod is set up.

I use an EezTire tpms so that is the only model I can speak to. It works great and has saved me from body damage on two occasions when the oem tires went through a sudden loss of air pressure.
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King pin support? TPM system?

Thanks to everyone for sharing. I purchased and installed the ST 507 TPMS. Completed all the setup (excluding the repeater) and now it looks like I will need to install the repeater as well since the monitor doesn't connect unless I'm sitting with it inside at the table.
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I never had much luck with my TST tpms. Dropped out or wouldn't work at all. Sent it back several times, finally gave up. Wasn't worth the headache for me. Buy good tires, watch the inflation and look them over at rest stops.
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Thanks to everyone for sharing. I purchased and installed the ST 507 TPMS. Completed all the setup (excluding the repeater) and now it looks like I will need to install the repeater as well since the monitor doesn't connect unless I'm sitting with it inside at the table.
I stuck my repeater on the shelf in my battery compartment of my 36CK2. Added fork terminals and wingnuts to connect to the batteries. Monitor picks up signal pretty well.
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The new color monitor is much easier to see over the older black and white one also. New one has multiple trailers you can select as well in case you need that.
I got the color monitor with my TPMS thinking it would be better. But have found it quite difficult to read as the readings are a dark blue on a black background. I'm thinking now that the white readings with a black background would have be much easier to read in bright daylight.
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