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Old 03-23-2016, 06:44 PM   #1
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2016 28DS Valve Stems and Inflation Access Problem

I am getting ready to dewinterize the unit and head out for the first trip. I checked (or tried) to check the tire pressures. The fronts and inside dual was no problem as FR installed a valve extension on the inside tire that I can access . The problem is the outside rear wheel. The valve stem is near an access hole in the rim but it is not in a position that I can get any type of pressure gauge on it. My long handled offset contacts the rim before I can align it with the stem and a standard head gauge will not fit. I have the same problem with the inflator head. I tried valve extensions but that made it worse as the tires are very close.
Has anyone else solved this problem? I have a little time left but I would hate to have to remove the outside tires just to air them up.

Anthony & Amy Dennis
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:59 AM   #2
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You need some valve extenders. I have these, and they work, just a little tight with the simulators.

Pacific Dualies 18135 135 Degree Valve Stem Extension

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Old 03-24-2016, 06:21 PM   #3
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My FR3 has the same problem. My dealer told me it was either take off the wheel caps to check and fill or have them put on special extenders. When I dropped it off for waranty work Tues I told them to put the extenders on as I don;t want to be messing with removing the caps every month.

The problem seems to be in Fords use of 3 inch metal valve stems on their rims. On my Thor I had one that kept coming loose as I drove resulting in a flat tire. So far on the FR3 I haven't had that problem.
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:55 PM   #4
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I didn't want to introduce a failure point by adding screw on extenders. I had "dually valves" extenders installed by a location tire shop. This required all the tires to be remounted. The chrome extenders eliminates the braided extension and provided the connection for my pass thru tire pressure monitors. Not a low cost upgrade.

Dually valves $120
Remove old valves an remount tires $200
Tire pressure monitor approx $175

Peace of mind: priceless.!
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