New RVgeeks Giveaway: Win a $700 PressurePro TPMS!

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If you’ve seen our videos about RV tires, you know that there’s a lot more to be aware of than with passenger car tires. In this video, we cover yet another important RV tire safety tip: the set-up and use of a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS. To help keep you as safe as we are, we’re giving away the same model PressurePro TPMS monitor that we use, along with 10 tire sensors, an awesome prize worth over $700! The giveaway ends on March 22, 2015, so be sure to enter today.

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Unlike a passenger car, you might not know if you have a flat tire on your RV. Since there are usually dual wheels on the drive axle, one tire can support the RV if the adjacent tire goes flat, or just gets low on air. And you almost certainly wouldn’t know about a flat on your toad, even with a backup camera.

A flat isn’t the only concern. Low tire pressure can make an RV difficult to control, cause uneven tread wear and even early tire failure, or at least a reduced lifespan. Since most blowouts are the result of slow leaks, we want to know as early as possible if the pressure drops in any tire.

Our PressurePro TPMS keep tabs on all of our tires at all times, providing an extra level of safety and peace of mind. Since our RV is over 40 feet long, we also use an echo repeater, installed in the rear of the coach, to make sure the signals from our rearmost sensors reach the monitor. We love the way the system operates, and we also appreciate the fact that PressurePro is made in the USA. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, since we just provide an overview of the set-up and use of the system here.


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On Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at 5:00PM Pacific Time, one lucky RVgeeks viewer will win a PressurePro tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) with 10 tire sensors, with a total retail value of more than $700! Use the form below to enter for your chance to win the same TPMS monitor we use on our motorhome!

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  1. I’m curious how you settled on the Pressure Pro system vs. others, but more importantly the functionality. Are the audible alerts loud enough? Is the display easy enough to see in sun/bright light? We’ve come to rely heavily on your opinions for both quality and value, and have purchased many of the items you recommend as a result. Thanks for your attention to detail, and for bringing the rest of us information we can easily understand.

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      Hi Glenn,

      We picked the Pressure Pro system for a couple of reasons:

      • We like Pressure Pro’s reputation in the industry. They manufacture systems for use in commercial/industrial applications and have been in the business a long time.
      • As a result of the above, we felt the system would probably be more robust than many others that were on the market at the time we got ours.
      • The sensors are sealed, which makes them less prone to failure from water penetration. While we know lots of people want to be able to replace the batteries instead of having to replace the whole sensor, PressurePro’s system is good at conserving power… and they report lifespans of 7-10 years for the sensors. So we’d rather not have yet another maintenance item of replacing the batteries in our TPMS sensors.
      • The LED lights in the monitor panel are easy to see AND aren’t affected by using polarized sunglasses. With several other systems that we looked at, our polarized sunglasses made their screens very difficult to read.

      And in regard to the alerts… YES! They are absolutely loud enough to be heard in ANY situation. That is definitely not a problem.

      Now… all of that said… we have NOT kept up with the state of the industry, so we’re not sure what other players there are out there that we might consider if we were in the market today. As with all things “tech”, there could very well be new options that have become available since we got ours (back in early 2015)… including a new system from PressurePro that we’ve looked at casually, but haven’t evaluated in depth.

      Hope this helps!

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      Hi Steve. We have the same gear and the same situation. We always trust our Accu-tire above all. We figure the Viair’s primary mission is filling tires, and the PressurePro’s mission is tracking changes.

  2. Hey guy’s it’s me again. Boy this RV thing is getting expensive :-) Just wondering if you looked at other systems like EEZTire or TST? I was looking at the EEZTire or TST as they have the flow through sensors. Are the Pressure Pro sensors theft proof? I can not tell from their site.

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      We don’t have any experience with any other TPMS system, but we’ve heard good things about many brands. We have little lock nuts and a special wrench that locks the sensors onto the valve stems, but we’ve never used them, and never had anyone bother them.

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  4. My experience with trailer tires on a 5th wheel has been a total series of blow outs. With the correct air pressure on cool to moderate winter road surfaces at 55 mph two of the 2 year old tires tread belts unwrapped off the casing. One tire deflated and beat part of the 5th wheel side off and the other outside Nashville was left with a bald casing still inflated. I have found out from other owners and blogs that this a common occurrence with the Chinese manufactured tires that currently are available at most tire shops. Trailer owner beware.

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  5. thanks for all your helpful hints. what did you guys do regarding changing the valve stems on your towed to metal to accommodate the added weight of the tpms sensor? also, did you have to rebalance the towed’s tires?

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      Hi Mark! We didn’t do anything on our toad except screw the sensors into place and we’ve had no problem with the stock valve stems. However, we did notice one factor that may be in play for us here… the design of our wheels places the tip of the valve stems very close to the wheel itself. With the sensors of course being of considerably larger diameter than valve stem caps, they almost touch the metal of the wheel when screwed into place. We’ve noticed a tiny black rub mark on each wheel, directly adjacent to each sensor. That of course means that the centrifugal force of driving at speed had allowed the valves stems to flex slightly — enough to allow the edge of the sensor to touch the wheel. Since the edge of the sensor is almost touching the wheel at rest, it was a very small amount of flexing. But of course we don’t know how much it would have flexed if the wheel was not right next to it to stop it from flexing further. Since new valve stems are a standard part of getting new tires, we’re talking about installing rigid stems next time new tires are needed. We don’t anticipate that for a couple more years, and we’re okay with continuing the way things are now indefinitely.

      But you raise a good question that we cannot answer definitively, because the shape of our wheels is preventing an amount of valve stem flex that may or may not be anything to be concerned about. We’d suggest that a question posed directly to PressurePro would be a good idea. You can email them here: service@pressurepro.us

      As far as tire balancing, we did not re-balance, and we can’t detect any difference in the front end at all — no vibration or anything like that. On PressurePro’s FAQs section, they ask & answer the following question: Do I need to rebalance my tires when using a sensor? Answer: The 2/3 oz. Sensors, on large tires (RV/Truck), seldom necessitates a tire be balanced. Smaller tires may require a ½ ounce stick-on balancing weight opposite the Sensor.

      Hope this helps!

  6. I am very impressed with your videos. Maybe it is because I am OCD, but the fact that you get down to basics, do a very thorough and complete presentation, and do not skip over bits and pieces of a particular process is refreshing. We have been into RV-ing for a couple of years now and find that everyday is a learning experience. Not full time yet, but working on my wife to get there. Thanks for posting. and Best Regards.

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      As one OCD person to another, you just made my day! I always say that being anal retentive has its benefits; namely being thorough. Thanks so much for the comment. If you need some reinforcements to get your wife to come around, just let us know! lol

  7. Many thanks for your time and effort to help me find a source for the brackets. It seems to me that it would be prudent for the TPMS manufacturers to offer the brackets as an optional accessory. I am quite confident that you and I are not the only ones needing such a device to install their systems.

    In the meantime I will look into the source you found. I have friends living in China and perhaps they can help.

    Again, many thanks!

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      Glad we could help a little, Don. I hope you can get them. I’m actually surprised that your flexible extensions aren’t held in place in some fashion from the factory. Our Bounder’s were, and our current rig has rigid steel extensions, so didn’t need it. Good luck with the Chinese connection, or finding something similar a little closer to home!

  8. Many thanks for your efforts to keep all of us RVers properly informed and up to date on technology. Also, we love the easy & down to earth approach you take with your presentations.

    Question, my class A motor home has hard tube valve extensions on the rear outside wheels, but the inside rear wheels have a flexible, braided, metal, type of extention. Is there any cause for concern with the weight of the sensors causing the valve extensions to fatigue and or break from spinning wheel forces?

    In RV supply stores I have seen valve extension kits that include support brackets as part of the quite pricey kit, but I have not found any of these brackets that could be purchased individually.

    Keep up the great job!

    Don

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      Thanks so much for the nice comment Don! We had the exact same type of flexible braided valve extensions on our inner duals on our first motorhome. They were held in place by the type of support brackets you described. I would think that they should be held in place with the brackets whether you have TPMS sensors in place or not. If they’re already flopping around, I can’t imagine it being okay to add the weight of sensors without first installing the brackets, but you might consider calling PressurePro to ask their guidance. I’m Googling like crazy looking for the type of brackets we had, but nothing so far. They were like little angle brackets with a hole for the valve on one side and screwed into the chrome wheel trim ring on the other side. If I find something like it available separately from the valve extensions, I’ll let you know.

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      Hi again Don! I’ve looked all over the place for valve stem extension support brackets, and I finally found a place that sells several styles without having to buy the whole extension. The bad part is that they appear to be in China, so it might take a little effort to buy from them. Here’s the page I found them on: http://www.extair.com/flexible-valve-extension-kit.html and their contact info is at the bottom of the page. If I spot something closer to home, I’ll let you know. Hope this helps a little.

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  10. Had to chuckle at the post re: newbees ICEMAN ART. We have been on the road since 2003. Thought we’d do it a few years too…. Still loving the lifestyle! Always enjoy your Videos!! We have added as many as could afford as we go. After all these years we still always learn something new! Great Job!

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      Thanks for the nice comment. 2003 must have been THE year for us long-term full-timers to set out on our adventures. We drove away from our just-sold house on 4/11/2003, so it will be 12 years just over a month from now. What was your launch date? Who wins longest here?! LOL

      1. We took the trek in our new PT Cruiser (bought Nov 2002-MT License Plate “Dinghy”) With our two cats (Cockatiel to join later) to pick up our new home in Myrtle Beach, SC on May 14, 2003. Then to drive to CA for the Escapade and then back to Montana to move in. Made may crazy fast short trips until…. Officially on the road (stick-house less) Oct 1, 2003. Crazy driving days…. we have slowed down from those first years! now 60 miles/day is just about right! :0 So beat us by 4 days or 4 1/2 months lol

  11. I love all your video’s, as a NEW Travel trailer owner your video’s have made it so I don’t feel like a complete newbe to RVing.
    Thank you for all that you do and I can’t wait to watch the next video.

  12. Enjoy your videos and find them very helpful since we are new to the RV life haveing owned our RV for just over a year. We especially appreciate the ViAir inflation system info, it works great. The TPMS seems like the next step. Thanks

  13. I’ve only had my coach for two years but the first thing I put on was a tire monitoring system it is invaluable. After having it on my coach I could not live without them so I put a system on my dually and horse trailer. Knowing I have this system makes me feel so much safer as I go down the road especially when I’m hauling my precious horses.

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      FIVE WEEKS! Wow, does that ever bring back memories of a thrilling and exciting new life. Better be careful…. we planned to be out here two or three years, and that was nearly 12 years ago. Have fun & safe travels!

  14. What a great giveaway!! Your video made it look simple to install, as well….. ::whew::

    Please check this link/verbiage, because when I posted above to Twitter (from the entry form above), here is the link it showed on my Twitter page: Enter this contest to win Utility Block jack pads for your RV! http://bit.ly/1AcJ2N2

    Then when you click on it, it directs back to this page.

    Thanks for giving the opportunity to win a fabulous and safety-necessity, contest!

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      Thank you so much for the nice comment, and for letting us know about the Twitter error, Tori! That’s what happens when you cut and paste details from one giveaway to the next! We just fixed it.

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  15. As usual a great video from you folks, thanks! I should also mention that if you use a VmSpec engine monitoring system the Pressure Pro is the only TPMS which will interface with it.

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  16. Such a wealth of information!!! I think I could spend a month on the road with you and not learn a 10th of what’s out there. We aren’t full timers and it takes a few days to remember what’s in which cabinet again. LOL That’s so much for all this information!!!

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      Don’t feel bad… we’ve been full-timing nearly 12 years and we still learn new things all the time. As a matter of fact, we’re just putting the finishing touches on our new “Favorite Resources” page, full of links to people who know all sorts of things we don’t! lol Thanks for the nice comment. :)

      1. We just passed our 4th year of being full time on the road!! It sure seems like the longer we full time the more we enjoy it!We have no thoughts of returning to a sticks and bricks house anytime soon. Thanks for all of the excellent information you provide on your website..!

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  17. really enjoyed the video, looks very user friendly and you do a great job of explaning what to do. So thank and looking forward to seeing many more informative videos from you

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  18. This TPMS system looks outstanding. It sure does provide peace-of-mind when travelling down the road. I didn’t win the compressor, so Santa had to bring me one. I hope that I win this, so the Easter Bunny isn’t put to work too!

    Great job on the video as per usual! Thanks for the info!

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