Fifth Wheel magazine

Wireless Tire Pressure & Temperature
Monitoring System
Fifth Wheel Magazine reviews a Tire Pressure Monitoring system
from one of the leaders in the industry.

Fifth Wheel Tire Safety
When it comes to tire safety, fifth wheel owners recognize the importance of being alerted to a potential tire problem before the problem escalates into a safety issue. Tire blowouts on a fifth wheel 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 fifth wheel.
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 fifth wheel 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 fifth wheel 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 fifth wheel 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 fifth wheel 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. The sensors operate using a readily available CR1632 battery.

How far can the transmitters transmit.
If you have a long fifth wheel 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 fifth wheel. This system has excellent transmission distance so rarely is a repeater needed on a fifth wheel.

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 fifth wheel 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 fifth wheel if you have one of these TPMS fitted trucks.

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

To Order a TPMS System click below Purchase area is at bottom of the next page) Plus an Installation Video

I purchased the T507 system for my fifth wheel mainly because it monitors temperature. I could not find another system that has the temperature feature. I fitted the system and it only took approx. 10 minutes to get it all setup on my rig. Great system and I am impressed with its accuracy.
Tom H

Great System and I am very relieved to have it fitted and now have peace of mind that I am not headed for a disaster without even knowing about it.
Ken G

This system saved me on the first trip. I had an alert and pulled off only to find that one of my wheels had picked up a nail and was losing air. I would never have know this had I not have had this system and probably would have been stuck on the interstate somewhere.
Mike S

I use this system to check all of my tires prior to a trip. It's so much easier to turn on the monitor and see all tire pressures without having to go and check each one.
Beyond that I have alerts whenever there is a problem and it certainly has saved me a few times. Once the system is fitted it's easy to overlook what could have happened each time the alert goes off. I love this system and really believe that every Rv'er should have one for safety.

Alice M

I bought the 4 wheel Monitoring System last week and installed it for an 80 mile trip to our new RV park where we will be staying for the next month. I had never used a TPMS before and was alerted half way into the trip that one of my left front Fifth Wheel tires was increasing in temperature. I pulled into a rest stop and checked the wheels thinking that most probably I had set the TPMS up incorrectly or something was not working correctly on the TPMS. I had never had a problem with my tires. I was shocked to see a large bulge had formed on the sidewall of the tire that I had the alert on. I was about to have a blow-out for sure and the interstate was congested and full of holiday traffic, a nightmare scenario.

I could not have spent my money on a better system. I am so relieved that I averted the failure and the costly damage that would surely have resulted. If I had not have had a TPMS showing heat buildup I don't think I would have been alerted to the problem.

It was now my turn to see how hard it is to get a tire changed in a rest stop :) But hey at least I was not stuck in the outside lane on the interstate dodging hectic holiday goers and 18-wheelers and my family is safe.

Andrew B
North Carolina

I bought this system after I had a blowout at approx. 70 MPH. NOT FUN. I never want to have to deal with that again. The blowout damaged the underside of the RV and the fender area. All in all it was about $800.00 in damage. My nerves will never be the same!

Anyone who has not experienced a blowout at speed with a 12,000 lb RV never wants to. It's nasty!

Very happy with the system and I will never be without a TPMS again.

Silas R
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