tyre pressure monitors - good idea? what brand is the best to get!

Submitted: Monday, May 10, 2021 at 16:00
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G'day all,
thinking of getting, tyre pressure monitors - good idea? what brand is the best to get? for my motorhome 'n tagalong,
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Reply By: catmandoo - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 16:15

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 16:15
Hi Aussiedingo,

They are a great idea - particularly if you are not comfortable with your ability to detect possible tyre problems using sound and vibration as your only indicators.

I have what was originally sold as the Inawise TPMS system. My system can monitor up to 12 wheels.
I have sensors on the 5 tug wheels and 5 wheels of my caravan.

Controllers and sensors are now available from a distributor called Spartanlync Technologies . Below is the contact detail for the distributor which appeared in a post on this site some time ago. I believe they are a major supplier to the mining industry.

I have ordered replacement sensors from them and they work fine.

Joe Ray
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Reply By: David I1 - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 17:14

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 17:14
Look at Digoptions. Advertise of Ebay and also via Web. I have a 6 wheel solar charged one (over 6years old) still working. None are 100% accurate on either temp or pressure, but they do give you advanced warning deflation before the tyre gets damaged beyond repair.
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 21:44

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 21:44
David l1. Do not agree. I have had Sensa internal tyre monitors for over 15 years and they have always been extremely accurate for both pressure and temperature. You get what you pay for.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 17:30

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 17:30
Only internal tpms sensors can give an accurate temp, but my Masten externals from Digoptions agree with my pressure gauge +/- 1 psi.
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 17:50

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 17:50
Warren H. Temp is not pressure. If you want to know the temperature inside the tyre the device reading the temperature has to also be inside the tyre, simple logic. Knowing the temperature inside the tyre is more important than knowing the pressure. The internal temperature is affected by the air pressure AND the weight on the wheel, AND the speed being driven, AND ambient temperature, AND the road surface. Keeping your tyre temperatures under 60 degrees Celsius will go a very long way in ensuring you do not have tyre problems.
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 17:41

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 17:41
Just get onto ebay, solar tpms for $30 to $50, been using the mon the 80 series for 3 years, 2 trips up Cape York, through creeks etc with no problems, don't pay the over inflated prices some Aussie mobs are charging, most come out the same factory
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Reply By: Member - Core420 - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 18:01

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 18:01
I have a cheap eBay one and it works well so far for 3 years. Did not have to replace the batteries yet.
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Reply By: Member - Robert1660 - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 18:36

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 18:36
I had SensaTyre internal monitors installed on my 200 Series and Tvan. Being internal they are more difficult to fit but are better able to meaure temperature and pressure. Only experienced one puncture in the many years I had them installed and when that occurred the alarm sounded and when I got out to inspect the tyre was only half flat. As there is a radio connection between the internal sensors and the monitor on the dash occasionally there would be a lost connection but this was not a major issue. The interesting aspect was that monitoring tyre temperature was much more useful than tyre pressure. If the temperature was too high it meant you either had to slow down or put more air in the tyre. The other advantage of the internal system is that it makes managing tyre pressures more straightforward. No need to remove sensors prior to inflation or deflation.
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 21:46

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 21:46
I concur with Robert, my experience is exactly the same.
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Reply By: Member - Barry P (VIC) - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 20:18

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 20:18
have problems with external monitors,when airing down, removing monitors/sender and refitting, my arthritic fingers have a lot of problems with the small spanner for the locknuts .best of luck
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 20:22

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 20:22
I gave up on the locking devices for the same reason, Barry. So far, none knocked off and airing up/down is much less fiddly.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigfish - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 05:47

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 05:47
I bought a cheap open ended spanner that fits the lock nut and simply bent it (a lot) to make the undoing of the lock nut very easy and simple... The pissy little spanner supplied was thrown in the bin.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:27

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:27
If you do choose external sensors, and doing a lot of track / sand work, it's almost imperative a 2nd set of valves are fitted.
I did this on my 8 Ranger rims (4 + 2 spares + 2 for camper), opposite side of rim to std valves.

Also, get the shortest valve stems you can, as it limits movement from coro roads, vibrations . . . I hada couple of valve stems get damaged due to desert tracks / outback roads when normal ones were fitted.

Digoptions have 8 monitor systems around $500 or so when I bought, to be honest I have also had a cheaper ebay unit with 4 for town car, solar on dash, works as good, think it was under $40.
2 of these one for car one for towed vehicle would be ok . . . the important thing is having something that does the simple job of telling you if you have a slow leak, stop damage occurring by setting the alarms to whatever level you like.

I just found the ones I bought . . . Now $434

https://www.digoptions.com.au/8-tpms-tyre-pressure-monitoring-system-caravan-tru

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:29

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:29
Edit - 2nd set of valves are of course for air down / up easily, the TPMS monitors stay on permanently.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 17:04

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 17:04
Barry P, or buy the "T" valve stems.
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Follow Up By: Member - WBS - Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 21:31

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 21:31
I removed the locknuts as they are a right royal PITA. I’ve done a lot of kms without the locknuts and haven’t lost one yet.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 17:24

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 17:24
T-valves don't fit all rims. I was asking on the Pajero forum about any experiences with them and was reminded that the Pajero has a recessed hole for the valve stem and they can't be fitted, so check before you buy if you have alloy rims.
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Reply By: Member - Gordon B5 - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 21:14

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 21:14
After a blowout on left rear last year, my fault most likely I didn't air up after getting back on blacktop, just a bit further and I'll pull up for the night, I ended up purchasing a set of TPMS from safetydave Have only used locally so far but we go away next week for however long it takes.
You can get T piece valve stems, I don't have them but will look into it further when I get home. Do a search for them if your interested, has to be easier for tyre pressure. My tyre supplier talked me out of internal sensors, problems if your repairing punctures was main reason can't remember the rest now.
The system I purchased can do up to 22 wheels, I only needed 6. My brother has been telling me for years to get some I should have listened. Cheap insurance really
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Monday, May 10, 2021 at 22:03

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 22:03
I've been using the Safety Dave system and T-pieces for about 4 years now. No problems with either.


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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 07:39

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 07:39
I bought a set of Masten TPMS monitors and they have proven to be reliable.
Sensors available in either external or internal options and you can monitor up to 22 tires.
I have external sensors which gives great flexibility. I added a repeater module to the back of my vehicle to provide extended detection distance for the van tires.

One great thing a TPMS will provide is a ready guide as to whether your tires are inflated correctly, especially when towing. By referring to the monitor you can see how much the tires pressure increases as they heat up and adjust pressures accordingly.
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Follow Up By: Member - Trevor_H - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 19:55

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 19:55
I have same setup for a couple of years now, warnings have included - inadvertently left the van park brake on and the temp warning alerted me, staked inside of van tyre and warning (rate of deflation)allowed me to find a safe place to pull over and change. Often wonder how many van roll overs could be avoided with TPMS, especially with dual axles.
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Reply By: Gary W3 - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 16:06

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 16:06
I recently bought a set from Repco, but had a problem with one sensor. Repco replaced it. The product is Chinese (aren't they all!), but it was worth the extra buying from a reputable Australian retailer.
Also saved me $200 bucks within two weeks as I had a flat on a high country track which would have wrecked the AT's if I hadn't been warned. Quick plug repair and on my way in 10 minutes. Definitely worth the outlay.
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Reply By: Dave P8 - Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 14:36

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 14:36
I've got a set of LMS Technologies TPMS. Not cheap but work great. Widely used in the trucking industry.

I paid $1k for 6 monitors and the head unit.
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Reply By: aussiedingo (River Rina) - Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 15:25

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 15:25
Thanks everyone for your help/advice! I have just ordered Safety Dave with 10 sensors, great service. Thanks again....
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Reply By: Member - WBS - Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 21:27

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 21:27
I had a tyre failure on my caravan that destroyed a tyre a few years ago. Bought a Safety Dave system with 8 sensors. I haven’t had a problem or flat tyre since, so they must work. ??
Seriously though, it gives me peace of mind knowing that I‘ll be warned of overheating or tyre deflation well before a tyre blows.
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Follow Up By: Laz - Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 19:45

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 19:45
Hi WBS,
I'm considering to buy Safety Dave system. Just wondering, if you are still happy with yours. Would you recommend it?

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Reply By: Members - North200 - Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 09:21

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 09:21
I have fitted a safety Dave sensors to my air suspension on the caravan and car.
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