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Grit dog

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^The “most importantly “ part is very well stated.
I’ll sound older than my years here, but all these crutches effectively make a lot of people feel comfortable, at least initially, operating machinery they likely don’t have any business getting behind the wheel in.
It’s not someone’s god given right to have a 40’ 5th wheel. Heck the pickups and big 5ver travel trailers are basically the semi trucks of a previous generation.
I know my limits of what I’m comfortable with and qualified to do. I wouldn’t just jump into a Friction rig crawler crane and start swinging loads around a construction site (anymore), because I’m not qualified (anymore).
Same goes for vehicles, if a person is “scared” that they might crash if they have a rear tire blowout while driving, they don’t have the experience or knowledge to be competently doing what they’re doing.


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I learned a long time ago some folks are just set in their ways and no matter how you explain the benifits of some devise, they will come up with a way to say it isn't needed. Those of us that see how something "could" keep us safer, might jump at the chance to purchase said item. I know from first hand experiance that tire pressure monitor systems can and do help in many situations, and I am a beliver in owning a system. As I always say, you get to spend, or not spend your money anyway you want. The original poster has seen the reason so many of us have decided to buy what makes us feel safer.


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stripit wrote:

I learned a long time ago some folks are just set in their ways and no matter how you explain the benifits of some devise, they will come up with a way to say it isn't needed. Those of us that see how something "could" keep us safer, might jump at the chance to purchase said item. I know from first hand experiance that tire pressure monitor systems can and do help in many situations, and I am a beliver in owning a system. As I always say, you get to spend, or not spend your money anyway you want. The original poster has seen the reason so many of us have decided to buy what makes us feel safer.

I agree that TPMS is a worthwhile feature, however the idea that one should be dead without a TPMS as the title of this thread implies is a bit over the top.[emoticon] TPMS are not quite that important....Being without TPMS is not like being without brakes![emoticon]


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^^^^^This^^^^^

I do have TPMS on my trailer (and of course, my tow vehicle), but the "I should be dead" is a tad over the top.

I do question the situational awareness of basically two flat tires and apparently not noticing anything different until stopped.


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Grit dog wrote:

^The “most importantly “ part is very well stated.
I’ll sound older than my years here, but all these crutches effectively make a lot of people feel comfortable, at least initially, operating machinery they likely don’t have any business getting behind the wheel in. …….

Same goes for vehicles, if a person is “scared” that they might crash if they have a rear tire blowout while driving, they don’t have the experience or knowledge to be competently doing what they’re doing.

“Don’t have any business”? “Scared”?

Wow! Where did that come from. I use a TPMS because it might save me from being on the side of the road with a shredded tire because I continued driving on a low tire without knowing it. Might save a couple hundred for a new tire plus having to change it on the side of a busy highway.

And I want my vehicles to have air bags, anti lock brakes, seat belts, and all the other safety features. Not because I don’t belong behind the wheel. Or am scared. But because I want myself, family, and friends protected as much as possible. And in the case of TPMS, possibly spared the inconvenience on a destroyed tire on the side of the highway.

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Shoulda Coulda Woulda.....

I think a TPMS would have saved my TT from total destruction on this one.

Stove, fridge, shower, shore power, cabinets, floor, gas lines, wheelhouse, more plus the obvious in the pics, all destroyed.
I didn't feel a thing even after the mirror check where I saw smoke and pieces flying off....
Not sure how far I drove like that, a few miles I guess. I drove back 2 miles picking up parts off the highway.

It was a write-off on its maiden voyage after I had fixed it all up nicely. Oh well, brown stuff happens! [emoticon][emoticon]

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Posted: 06/18/21 08:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The best response I read so far...."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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BobsYourUncle wrote:

Shoulda Coulda Woulda.....

I think a TPMS would have saved my TT from total destruction on this one.

Stove, fridge, shower, shore power, cabinets, floor, gas lines, wheelhouse, more plus the obvious in the pics, all destroyed.
I didn't feel a thing even after the mirror check where I saw smoke and pieces flying off....
Not sure how far I drove like that, a few miles I guess. I drove back 2 miles picking up parts off the highway.

It was a write-off on its maiden voyage after I had fixed it all up nicely. Oh well, brown stuff happens! [emoticon][emoticon]

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Are you saying that with a single axle trailer and a tire that disintegrated you drove a "mile or so" like that and didn't notice anything?
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Just a quick thought, might be a good idea to decipher the acronym, in the subject line - believe it or not, not everyone knows what TPMS stands for. Not even in the RV community.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

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pics - wow.

I had a wheel come off on a regular pickup. I borrowed it. Not sure why, maybe the owner didn't tighten all the lug nuts correctly. I did drive on 3 wheels for at least 100-200 yards, it was the rear wheel and not immediately noticeable, especially with the trailer hitch that was kind of propping up the rear.

The axle dragged on the ground towards the end, I felt the grind and stopped. Could not find the wheel anywhere.

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