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- February 14, 2017 at 11:30 pm #45401
I’m wondering if any Oliver owners use a TPMS for monitoring all the tires while on the road?February 15, 2017 at 7:49 am #45405
I’ve been debating this with myself for a few months. I returned yesterday from a month-long trip to Big Bend National Park and other parks and destinations in Texas. I have TPMS for the tires in my tow vehicle and this alerted me to a slow leak in one of my TV tires. The tire had a screw in the tread and I was able to have it fixed for less than $20. The screw could just as easily found its way into one of the Oliver’s tires and I don’t check my tire pressure daily. This convinced me! I plan to purchase a TPMS system for the Ollie before my next trip. I researched systems and decided that the TireMinder (www.minderresearch.com) was the one I’d purchase. Unfortunately, they make many different models and I haven’t decided which one to purchase yet. I’m interested in hearing from other Oliver owners who have a TireMinder system.
2016 Elite II Twin Bed Hull #126
2016 VW Touareg TDI
States I've visited with my OllieFebruary 15, 2017 at 8:11 am #45407
Two weeks ago we picked up Hull #192. I obsessed over many things, including TPMS, as I awaited the birth of #192. In the end I purchase the EEZ Tire system with four sensors. The TPMS worked flawlessly on our five-day return trip to Colorado. The peace of mind I recieved from being able to see all four tires were in good shape as I was driving 70 mph through Texas, made the purchase price worth it for me.February 15, 2017 at 8:28 am #45409
Prior to picking up Twist one year ago (tomorrow) I purchased a TPMS that was on sale at Northern Tool for about $100. While it is better than nothing, there are times when one or two (usually on the street side) of the tire monitors stop working. The fix is usually as simple as taking unscrewing the sensor from the tire stem and immediately putting it back on. This Spring I’ll look at the “problem” in a little more depth to see if there is a simple fix. However, for the money and the peace of mind – most of the time and always on the curb side – I don’t think that I’d be without this system.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"February 15, 2017 at 8:36 am #45410
Thank you all for some great insight. I think I will get one for that peace of mind and also real time data while towing!
1 user thanked author for this post.February 15, 2017 at 8:58 am #45413
II researched systems and decided that the TireMinder (www.minderresearch.com) was the one I’d purchase. Unfortunately, they make many different models and I haven’t decided which one to purchase yet.
The iPhone version looks really nice – I like that I wouldn’t have to install a separate monitor, and the separate signal booster is also a plus. If you end up getting one yourself, please post your experience.
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford RaptorFebruary 15, 2017 at 9:13 am #45414
I’ve used a monitoring system on my single axle Elite for about 6 years and it gives me a good sense of awareness on The Wonder Egg’s tires. Great peace of mind with only one tire on each side. Be sure to have your tires rebalanced with the TPMS on.
Pete & "Bosker". TV - '18 F150 Super-cab Fx4; RV - "The Wonder Egg"; '08 Elite, Hull Number 014.
Travel blog of 1st 10 years' wanderings - http://www.peteandthewonderegg.blogspot.comFebruary 15, 2017 at 10:39 am #45422
We’ve seen many RV’s with a lot of damage done when not realizing that they had a blown tire early enough. We’ve owned two different brands of monitors. The first brand was expensive junk.
We now have the TST Truck System Technologies model # TM – 507 SE. We also needed the repeater that the company sales. We have used it for many miles and are very satisfied with it. You might want to call their office in Atlanta and talk to them before deciding on which unit to buy and why. That’s what we did and they were very helpful. This is the unit that they suggested for 24 foot Oliver Legacy Elite 2.
Our Chevy truck came with monitoring system already installed so we just needed this for the four tires on the trailer.
Just wanted to let you know what we use.
HapFebruary 15, 2017 at 10:57 am #45425
John E DaviesParticipant@john-e-davies
I caution that anybody planning to drive in inclement weather or on harsh paved or unpaved conditions be sure to pick a system with sealed transmitters (pressure sensors) to avoid water entry and corrosion. I plan to order this one – it is highly regarded in the offroad community (Australia) – read the last link for a though “harsh environment” review in the Outback. Plan on replacing all the sensors every five years. Yes, that will be expensive. Consider it to be Extended Road Hazard Insurance.
Notice that you can get Doran kits with up to 14 sensors, so you can retrofit an older TV that does not have a factory TPMS. I would not bother adding a fifth sensor for the trailer or TV spare. It will not suddenly fail, and you can just check it every month or two with a good gauge to make sure it has not leaked. You do still need to check your trailer and TV tires with a gauge periodically. The sensor readings are not that accurate.
"Mouse": 2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/
Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.February 15, 2017 at 6:59 pm #45445
Such great info folks… I really appreciate the comments. I’ve never owned a travel trailer and so excuse my many questions that arise.February 15, 2017 at 7:04 pm #45446
Mike and CarolModerator@mike-and-carolFebruary 15, 2017 at 7:25 pm #45447
I purchased a Tireminder 66 TPMS with four sensors and the booster. Also I am changing the valve steams on the trailer to the high pressure metal type and having the tires rebalanced before we head out in the spring. Tireminder said you can use the rubber valve steams but highly recommends you upgrade to the metal valve steams. The booster will be installed in the propane tank location, easy access to the 12 VDC needed to power the signal booster.
Our TV has a factory TPMS installed.
Horace & Dianne
2016 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 4x4 Limited
2015 Oliver Legacy Elite II - Hull # 93
1 user thanked author for this post.February 15, 2017 at 7:33 pm #45448
Me too. We just have a few trips with it, but the system does give a lot of piece of mind on the road and works very well. We got the EEZ system:
We got the sealed sensors and not the flow through type, for the reasons JohnD mentioned. I would also recommend replacing the rubber valve stems with rigid metal ones. I popped off both tires and took them to our local tire place where they swapped the stems out and rebalanced the tires. Maybe Oliver uses metal valve stems now, but am not sure. A bit of an extra expense but glad we did it.
2015 Oliver Elite, Hull 107
1998 Ford E-250, 5.4 literFebruary 15, 2017 at 8:31 pm #45450
Me too. We just have a few trips with it, but the system does give a lot of piece of mind on the road and works very well. We got the EEZ system: http://eezrvproduct.com/t/tire-pressure-and-temperature-monitoring-systems-tpms-3 We got the sealed sensors and not the flow through type, for the reasons JohnD mentioned. I would also recommend replacing the rubber valve stems with rigid metal ones. I popped off both tires and took them to our local tire place where they swapped the stems out and rebalanced the tires. Maybe Oliver uses metal valve stems now, but am not sure. A bit of an extra expense but glad we did it. Dave
I’ve been told that it’s better to have the metal stems but having said that I’ve used them with the rubber valves for many, many miles with no problem. I think that I remember someone at OTT telling me that I could have ordered the trailer with metal instead of the rubber valves but I’m not sure if I’ve remembered correctly. If I were ordering a new OTT I would ask. The next time that I have the tires balanced I will have them changed to metal. I’ve also been told not to get the flow through type.
Thanks for the good advice.
Edit – We are having our OTT serviced in about a month while on the road. I’ve called and added balance tires and have rubber stems replaced with metal stems to the work order. Thanks for the reminder.
2 users thanked author for this post.February 15, 2017 at 9:07 pm #45452
Roughly six years ago, we got the TST system, after we got a bolt in a Rick tire, which the truck system alerted us to, in time to save not only the tire, but the rim.
We were in rural Quebec, French speaking, but a young guy in the next business managed to send us to a tire repair place in an “English” town nearby.
We bought the TST system because it had the best ratings then. We bought three tire monitors, to have a spare. Their customer service has been excellent. We have the earlier sealed units, without the capability of user replaceable battery. The factory has to replace batteies.
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Last year, I had to send in another monitor. Beverly suggested I send in the display unit, too, and they programmed for us. $20 or $30, plus shipping, and a renewed unit, including programming, in less than a week.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Im quite happy with their products, and service.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Sherry</p>
2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4
2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12
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