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Old 01-19-2011, 09:25 PM   #1
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Scary trip this weekend

We took the trailer up to our local mountains this weekend. Our first trip of the new year. The temps were below freezing so I had put in tank heaters and heat tape on the pipes. I like to be prepared!

Great weekend. There was snow for my daughter to play in and I was able to wake up early, like I do, and sit out in the morning and watch the sun come up.

On the way down the mountain I noticed there were some good sized rocks on the road. Nothing out of the normal. As I was coming down there was a car behind me flashing their high beams. I had been looking for a place to turn out for a while, but i was in an area that did not have much room to slow down and pull out. I told my wife that I thought this guy was in a hurry and she said she thought my passenger side trailer tire was flat. I said that if it was flat, I would know. I did not even bother to move the mirror down to look.

When I finally pulled over the car pulled up next to me and said my tire was flat. I looked and I was just about to start riding on rim.

I did not notice any change in the way the trailer felt and some of the roads I went over were pretty twisty. Should I have noticed a difference in the way the trailer felt? I must admit, I have never had a flat on a trailer. Looked like I ran over a rock. It was a good puncture

Has anyone used the remote pressure gauges? I think they screw onto the valve stem and transmit to a device inside the car......
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:35 PM   #2
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have heard the remote transmitters tear the rubber valve stems (the one that is attached to the valve stem).
the better one would the one that is mounted inside the rim and is intergrated into the valve stem if you go that route like on the new cars that have the remote transmitter's
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:04 PM   #3
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Or just buy the metal valve stems.

That story is the very same reason why I am also looking into the TPMS systems for this year's travels. The year I bought my 2000 Roo, I was bringing it back from Des Moines, Iowa when the passenger tire popped. If I would not have had my back passenger window down about an inch, I would have never heard it pop and who knows how far I would have pulled it before noticing. There was no difference to me in the way that it pulled either.
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The year before last we had a tire blow out in Arizona. I changed the tire and 5 minutes later a tire on the other side blew. The beginning of last year I bought the TST tire pressure system. Has the metal valve stems put on and all tires balanced. I feel a lot more comfortable now especially when traveling alone.
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:47 AM   #5
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have heard the remote transmitters tear the rubber valve stems (the one that is attached to the valve stem).
the better one would the one that is mounted inside the rim and is intergrated into the valve stem if you go that route like on the new cars that have the remote transmitter's
Times two here. I put the dealer option tire monitors on my valve stems and took them off after the first trip. The black plastic of the monitors had described an arc on the white wheel rims from centrifical force.

That means the tire stems were bent almost flat to the wheel. This would cause a slow leaking valve stem at the least and potentially early failure at worst as Sherdep suggested.

Metals (high pressure - 100 PSI) stems went on my rims when I replaced the tires.
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I did not notice any change in the way the trailer felt and some of the roads I went over were pretty twisty. Should I have noticed a difference in the way the trailer felt? I must admit, I have never had a flat on a trailer. Looked like I ran over a rock. It was a good puncture

Has anyone used the remote pressure gauges? I think they screw onto the valve stem and transmit to a device inside the car......
I have read where many others could not tell that they had a flat on the trailer. My DD and SIL had a flat last spring, and another member or our group had to call them on the CB to let them know about the flat......my DD and SIL had no idea.

I use the this: PressureProSystem :: Home The reciever has no problem picking up the signal from the trailer tires, and I do not use a repeater. I even used in on my aluminum skinned Trailmanor without a problem.

I had metal valve stems installed to prevent the bending due to centrifugal force that happens with the rubber stems.
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:26 AM   #7
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I think I will look into getting a remote TPMS for the TT, thanks for the heads up!
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:59 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the replys. I will look into getting the remote system and metal valve stems.
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Hey, does anybody know if we can get in on a group buy on these things to get a better deal? I would love to see more of that on here, especially for safety products.
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