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BobsYourUncle

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Posted: 06/15/21 11:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Even my basic model 2009 PT Cruiser has TPMS. Our 2012 Rogue does too.
Wish my 07 dually had it.


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I have 5 vehicles in that time frame and the only one that has TPMS is the Smart car. Anyway I check air before I leave and every time I stop. So far this has worked pretty well. I sometimes tow a trailer or a car dolly. Don't let your tires get of of date. I changed my DP yesterday, 2 were 2014 and 4 were 2015. Shame they age out but better safe than sorry.

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I could tell a story too on ignorance of tires that resulted in tire failure, but in our case the TPMS did not save us. The TPMS will warn of a slow leak not when the tire fails quickly which ours did. Now, we faithfully go through the hassle of taking our FW at the start of every season to have the tires inspected. That's the key point here. Don't rely on the TPMS entirely.


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rlw999 wrote:

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How many have TPMS on their daily vehicle??????


Everyone that drives a car or light truck (< 10,000 lbs) in the USA built after 2007 has one since that's when they became mandatory.



Sept of 2007 (2008+ models) Less than 10,000 GVWR....that leaves out a whole lot of trucks used for daily commutes, work, towing


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Mr. Hoerschel, you do have a way with words, and dramatic recounts of non-events, but oh, what on earth did we all do before TPMS were invented?

I agree that TPMS is handy. It doesn't work on our new pickup as OEM systems don't allow for "proper" tire pressure, but rather only mfgs recommended pressure, and the systems are now not able to be re-programmed by the OEMs, but rather only expensive aftermarket software. Of which I haven't done yet to turn off the low tire monitor light.

Not making light of a safety feature. Each person has their priorities and opinions and yours is valid.


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rlw999 wrote:

Old-Biscuit wrote:

How many have TPMS on their daily vehicle??????


Everyone that drives a car or light truck (< 10,000 lbs) in the USA built after 2007 has one since that's when they became mandatory.


I'm 2 for 6 on vehicles and 0 fer 2 on trailers under our roof. Would be 3 if I reprogrammed the big truck to work properly rather than what the mfg "thinks" is the right pressure.

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Old-Biscuit wrote:

rlw999 wrote:

Old-Biscuit wrote:

How many have TPMS on their daily vehicle??????


Everyone that drives a car or light truck (< 10,000 lbs) in the USA built after 2007 has one since that's when they became mandatory.



Sept of 2007 (2008+ models) Less than 10,000 GVWR....that leaves out a whole lot of trucks used for daily commutes, work, towing


We did just fine without them. I don't understand how losing both tires leads to such mayhem as described. The coach won't flip over, your brakes still work. Slow down and pull over to the side. Sure it will lean a bit but I've seen plenty of rigs weighing much more than a motorhome losing both tires even losing the hub, drum and tires. If driving something larger than your car is a concern look into a safety course or driving course to help you to understand and know what to do if that situation occurs. Be safe out there.

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^Thank you for bringing the story back to real life. Everyone was (like usual here) getting a little Sara Bernhard about it….

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I intentionally don't have a TPMS on our Class C, but here's some comments:

1. TPMS systems are just another level of complexity that can cause air leaks themselves, or eventually fail to accurately indicate, or otherwise let one down such as in forgetting to periodically replace their transmitter batteries.

2. I carry along a tire-fill air compressor and a trucker's nozzle for the compressor's hose so as to deal with the rear duals.

3. I carry along a rubber-head hammer to quickly check the inner tire of the rear dual sets for firmness whenever stopped.

And probably most importantly, I can easily feel when one tire is low among the rear duallies because the motorhome's handling definitely feels "way off" - soft, squishy, wobbly, etc. - if a rear tire is low or flat. This is from experience, as I've had it happen once and it was obvious that something was wrong.


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