We’ve used a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for as long as we’ve been RVing. It’s just a smart thing to do, and I appreciate the added safety. We started with a TireTraker system long ago in Das Bus. Then we upgraded to a TireMinder system somewhere along the way in Lance. The TireMinder system worked well, but there were just enough things that bugged me to make me open to something else. So NOW, we’re trying out the TST TPMS (from Truck System Technologies). Check it out in the video:
So if you’re wondering why to get a TPMS at all, here are a few reasons. First, the TPMS that comes with new vehicles is nice, but it usually only warns you when your tires have become dangerously low. An aftermarket TPMS will warn you if your tires get too hot, if the pressure is too high, if the pressure is too low, if one of your tires is experiencing a slow leak, or a fast leak. And the main thing a TPMS will do (that the factory one won’t) is to also do all that same monitoring on a towed vehicle or trailer. Since we sometimes tow our trailer, George, we consider a TPMS essential equipment.
Not to rehash most of the video, but we had been using the TireMinder for a few years with pretty good results. The thing that finally got to me was what seemed like a too-frequent loss of sensor data. This was due to a number of things – low battery, cracked sensor housing, etc. But it got to feeling like every time we went out in the RV, we would wind up shutting the TireMinder off because it just KEPT ON SENDING ALARMS. There were other issues, to be sure, but they were all pretty minor in the big scheme of things. Eventually, the TireMinder was left switched off more than it was switched on, and that was a problem.
Time will tell if the TST TPMS is able to maintain solid sensor performance. I’ll come back to this post and update as I have more miles with the TST unit. But there were a number of things right out of the box that I liked about their system.
- The color display. I didn’t think I cared that much about a bright color display, but wow. This thing is easy to read, and just a joy to look at.
- The stub antenna. Not having to pull up a long telescoping antenna means there are more places you can mount it. (And it comes with multiple mounts!)
- The SCROLLING. The TireMinder would go dark after a while, and I guess that saves battery. But the TST system scrolls through all the available tires, so you never have to ask your partner to read your tire pressure.
Beyond that, we don’t have much time under our belts with the TST TPMS yet, so we’ll update right below here as we do. One thing I’m curious about right off the bat is how long will a battery charge last with that really bright display and constant scrolling. I guess we’ll see.
See you on the road!