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Old 05-11-2018, 01:19 AM   #1
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I am shopping for an after-market tire pressure monitoring system. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best to buy. I am researching brands, options, prices, and features. I have a 3-axel 2016 XLR 375 AMP Thunderbolt. I need a 6-tire monitoring system. My 2017 Ford F350 dually already has an onboard monitoring system for its' six tires. In looking at the TIREMINDER and TST brands, I see prices ranging from $125 to $500. It's difficult to understand the difference in models and prices. I do not understand what no flow through transmitters are vs. flow through transmitters.
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Old 05-11-2018, 01:28 AM   #2
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Flow through means the sensor is screwed onto the valve stem the same as the non flow through is. The difference is you can add air directly to the valve(schrader ) on the flow through. The non flow through must be removed from the valve stem to add air to the tire. You need/should have medal valve stems for the flow through. They both work the same. I have the TST 507 with the color monitor, Iím very happy with that one . One of the forum members works at TST and is extremely approachable for any info you may like. Good videos on you tube as well.
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We also have the TST 507 system but with the older black and white monitor. I have had the system for about four years now and we love it. We have went on a two month trip to the grand canyon and then a 4 month trip that covered about 17 states. The TST system has been great in letting us know the tire pressure as well as the temperature of all of the tires. I have the non-flow through sensors on both the 5th wheel and my TV. The system has alerted me on several occasions of tires going flat in time for me to find a safe location to pull over and fix the problem. I have had to replace the batteries in most of the sensors at least once and that was no problem either. I will never go anywhere without my TST system. I usually turn the system on the night before we are to leave our location and this way I am updated that all tires are ok or if I need to add air to any of the my tires. I also purchased the extender because my 5th wheel is almost 39' long so I sometimes had problems with signals but after installing the extended no more problems with loosing signals. Hope this helps with your decision. My 5th wheel also came with the Westlake tires (China bombs) but I still have the original set of tires on my 5th wheel after 4 years of camping. It is my humble opinion that the TST system has helped me to maintain these tires longer than normal for these tires. I will be getting a new set of tires soon because the tread on my set is getting low but I will always have the TST sensors on my tires wherever I go.
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Someone will (please) correct me if I'm wrong. Doesn't the "New" TST package now include the repeater/extender?? .....
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Someone will (please) correct me if I'm wrong. Doesn't the "New" TST package now include the repeater/extender?? .....
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Someone will (please) correct me if I'm wrong. Doesn't the "New" TST package now include the repeater/extender?? .....
Yes it does. Cant beat the TST for function, ease of programming, and support. I’m sure Mike B. (TST rep) Will be along shortly to answer any questions.
I am running the TST system with 10 cap style sensors, color monitor, and repeater. Not one issue with the system.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:32 AM   #7
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Think of non-flow through sensors as a 'cap' on the valve stem that needs to be removed to add air to the tire.

Flow-through have the ability to add air without removing the entire sensor.

Adding air with either sensor isn't an issue at all.

As mentioned, the non-flow through sensors are slightly smaller and less weight and can be used with rubber valve stems.

Flow-through are a little bigger, stick out on the valve stem farther and require metal stems.

Both sensors work exactly the same as far as monitoring pressure and temps and both have anti-theft devices built into/onto them and the anti-theft part can be removed. (which many of us do whom are not concerned with theft)

On top of the things already mentioned about the color monitor... the color has the ability to store several banks of sensors. So, If you have three different trailers you pull, you can purchase additional sensors and then program the specific trailer's sensors into a pre-set bank and switch/recall whichever set necessary when connected to that trailer.
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I have a TST and wouldn't be without it. I did agonize about flow through or non and decided on the non flow through. It was the right decision. You have to remember that most of the time you needed to get to the schrader valves was to check pressure, not add or release air on a cold start. With a TPMS you don't need to do that as it will tell you where you stand. The only time you need to remove them is to add or remove air...and that may happen 2 or 3 times a year or when going from very warm ambient to cold on a north south trip in the winter.
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The TST system is a good system. What I like is the peace of mind that I don't have to be constantly watching my mirrors for a shredded tire.
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I use the Tireminder A1A. I chose the non-flow-through transmitters. Mainly, because after a lot of research on all of the brands, the flow-through models have slightly more issues than the non-flow-through. Not a huge difference, but a difference none the less. It also comes with the repeater, which is very easy to install.

I did have an issue with the base unit. I pulled out the antenna for a trip, and the antenna came right out of the unit. I stuffed the antenna back in, and it still worked for the trip (I tested it by removing a transmitter from one of the tires). After I got home, I contacted Tireminder, who said to send it in and they would repair it. I sent it in and about 10 days later received by repaired unit back. I knew it was mine, because I didn't have to set it up again.

It works very well. I know two other people, who also chose the A1A and they both like it. If you have any other questions about it, feel free to ask here or PM me.
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