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Wireless Tire Pressure & Temperature
Monitoring System

Travel Trailer Magazine reviews a Tire Pressure Monitoring system
from one of the leaders in the industry.

Travel Trailer Tire Safety
When it comes to tire safety, travel trailer owners recognize the importance of being alerted to a potential tire problem before the problem escalates into a safety issue. Tire blowouts on a travel trailer or on the tow vehicle often result in extensive damage being done to the underside of the trailer or the tow vehicle.
If a tire overheats and catches fire then the problem instantly turns into a nightmare scenario for all involved. A blowout on the tow vehicle will often result in difficulty controlling both the fifth wheel and the tow vehicle.

The Solution
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) have come a long way since their inception. Todays systems offer features that play an important role in identifying a potential tire problem before it becomes a safety issue.

Why Monitor Both Temperature & Pressure
Having a TPMS that monitors both tire pressure and tire temperature helps cover all of your bases when pulling a travel trailer.
Often a tire will start to show signs of failure by an increase in heat which will then be followed by a decrease in air pressure. Catching the problem long before it starts to escalate is of great importance. It gives you time to reduce speed and get to a safe location where you can visually check the problem tire. If a bearing on the axle of the travel trailer is starting to overheat or perhaps the brakes are binding or getting hot, the tire temperature should alert you to the problem. With a TPMS that only monitors tire pressure you would get no warning until the tire starts to lose pressure. That loss of pressure could be the blowout which you are trying to detect before it occurs.

How the TPMS Works
The TPMS consists of transmitters that screw onto the valve stems of the travel trailer and tow vehicle tires.

Each transmitter has its own unique identification number that is recognized by the monitor. These unique identification numbers ensure that the monitor knows which transmitter it is getting data from. If there is another travel trailer near yours that also has the same TPMS system, your monitor will not be affected. A monitor resides in the tow vehicle. The transmitters from each tire send tire pressure and temperature data to the monitor. Should a specific tire experience a sudden air loss or increase in heat, the transmitter immediately alerts the monitor which will then alert the driver with audible and visual warnings. The tire that is experiencing a failure is shown on the monitor.

TPMS and Saving Fuel
The TPMS helps save fuel by allowing the driver to see all of the tire pressures at a glance. If any tire is showing either to high or to low a pressure it can be adjusted prior to travel.
This reduces the arduous task of checking each tire prior to departure, especially the inner tires on dually trucks.

Questions to ask when purchasing a TPMS system.
Do the transmitters have user replacable batteries and what is the life of the transmitter before needing a new battery. If you are not using your travel trailer you can remove the transmitters from the tires. With this particular system the transmitters will turn themselves off once they are no longer connected to the tire, which saves the battery life.

How far can the transmitters transmit.
If you have a long travel trailer their is the chance that you will need to purchase a repeater so that the monitor receives a strong signal from the furthermost rear tires on the travel trailer. This system has excellent transmission distance so rarely is a repeater needed on a travel trailer.

Are the transmitters theft proof.
This system provides transmitters that need a special tool to remove. They cannot simply be unscrewed from the tire.

How many transmitters can the monitor handle. If you have 6 tires on the travel trailer and 6 tires on the tow vehicle then the monitor needs to be handle 12 transmitters. Newer trucks come with a built in TPMS so you would only need sensors for the travel trailer if you have one of these TPMS fitted trucks.

The Truck Systems Technologies TPMS system is available directly from Travel Trailer Magazine along with a 2 year warranty. Invest in your safety and get one of these systems. Install it on your travel trailer and tow vehicle and be safe while travelling.

Click here to view and purchase the TPMS System

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