Protect Your RV with a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)

Protect Your RV with a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)


If you’ve seen any of our recent videos about the use, care & maintenance of RV tires you know that there are quite a few more things to be aware of than when operating a regular passenger car. Today we’re going to cover another critically important tire safety tip: the set up and use of a tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS. Unlike a car, you won’t necessarily be able to tell if you have a flat tire on an RV. Since there are usually at least two wheels on each side at the rear of the rig, and in some cases three, a flat tire won’t always be apparent.
And even with a backup camera you probably wouldn’t know if your towed had a flat. Of course, a flat isn’t the only concern. Low tire pressure can make your rig difficult to control, cause uneven tread wear, and early tire failure. Most blowouts are the result of slow leaks,
so we want the earliest possible warning if the pressure is dropping in any tire. We keep tabs on all of our tires at all times with an excellent tire pressure monitoring system. Our PressurePro came with the monitor panel, one sensor for each tire, antenna, velcro mounting strips and a 12-volt power cord. Because our RV is over 40 feet long,
we also ordered the echo repeater to make sure the signals from the rear-most sensors reach the monitor. The very first step in setting up the system
is to check and adjust every tire, making sure that each one is at the correct pressure. Of course, we use our Viair compressor… and double-check with our digital gauge. Once all of the tires on both the RV & the car
are set where they belong, we can program our TPMS. Our PressurePro was easy, and actually fun, to set up! Screw the antenna into the top of the monitor, plug the cord into a standard 12-volt power outlet, and connect it to the unit. After a few initial lights flash, the green power light under the “SET” button will continue to flash once every 5 seconds,
letting us know the unit is on. To start the initial programming of the system press and hold the “PROG” button for about 5 seconds until the green light stops flashing and stays on. The front driver’s side tire location light will begin to flash, letting us know that this is the first sensor we’ll be pairing to the monitor. The words “No Sensor” will scroll across the screen, since we haven’t installed it yet. Simply screw the first sensor onto the driver’s side front tire. You should hear a brief release of air as you screw it on, which confirms that the valve core was properly engaged. Tighten the sensor firmly to assure an airtight seal. Now just wait for the monitor to pick up the signal from the sensor. When the sensor is paired, the monitor displays the tire pressure reading and the green light starts flashing. To lock in the sensor, press & hold the “PROG” button for 2 seconds. The left front sensor is now stored,
showing a solid red light. The right front tire position is now flashing, letting us know which sensor to install next. Continue adding and pairing sensors,
following the order that the lights flash. Even though we have a total of 12 tires, our model TPMS is able to handle up to 16. When a light flashes next to a tire position that we don’t have, like here, where the unit can accommodate tandem tag axle wheels, we simply press the up arrow and skip it, and move on to the next position that you do have. The system will continue taking us clockwise around the entire rig, until we have all our sensors in place. After locking in the last sensor,
you’ll see three dashes in the display. Complete the set-up process
by touching the “SET” button. The green light will go back to flashing once every 5 seconds, and about 15 seconds later all other lights will go out. The system is now fully operational, with each sensor paired to, and safely monitoring, a specific tire, with its correct pressure stored at the desired baseline PSI. So what happens if a tire is low? We’ll slowly release some air out of our towed’s left rear tire to demonstrate. A drop of 12.5% triggers the alert, showing which tire is low and what the pressure is. At 25% low a more urgent second-stage alert comes on. There are also alerts for high temperature and high pressure. A press of the “SET” button will silence an alert, but a blinking red light every 2 seconds and an audible alert every 30 seconds will remind us to get off the road as soon as possible. There’s even a button that allows you to select the front vehicle only, when you’re in your RV but not towing. Or the back vehicle only,
when you want to use the TPMS in your car. We love the added level of safety and peace of mind that our PressurePro provides, so we’re excited to announce your chance to win one in our latest RVgeeks Giveaway.
On Sunday March 22nd, 2015 at 5PM PT one lucky RVgeeks viewer will win a PressurePro Tire Pressure Monitoring System with 10 sensors, an awesome prize for any RVer, with a retail value of over $700! This setup is perfect for a wide variety of RVs, including most Class A or C motorhomes towing a car, or a dually pickup truck
towing a fifth wheel or travel trailer. And since the monitor is the same unit we have,
it can handle RVs with up to 16 tires just by adding additional sensors. Visit our website “TheRVgeeks.com”
to enter for a chance to win. Be sure to enter by March 22, 2015 and don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll
be notified when the winner and future giveaways are announced. If you’re viewing this video after that date,
we’ll put a link to our PressurePro system in the video description so you can purchase one for your RV. To see our video about “Tire Age, Care and Replacement”, you can watch it here. We’ll also put links to all of our videos
about RV tires in the video description. If you enjoy our videos, please be sure
to give them a thumbs up, share them with your friends,
and subscribe to our channel. Best of luck in the contest, and thanks for watching!

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  1. I hadn't considered monitoring my toad. Great setup. That would have come in handy last summer when we got a puncture on the rv. I didn't know until I heard air hissing out of the rear dually. Great review. Thanks!

  2. Great video!!  I had one of these systems on my wishlist for my dually and horse trailers! I love your videos!!  Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the great video! I heard this system being mentioned in a seminar at the Good Sam Rally last week. I like the added feature this system has, monitoring the tire temperature!
    Tires generally spike in temperature before they fail, so its a great warning to get you off the road before an eminent tire failure.
    This system is also compatible for interfacing with the Silverleaf system!

  4. Oh, how I would love to have a system for my RV
    I am worried though if people would steal those sensors off my tires

  5. Hey guys.  The only concern I have is the blogs I have read about system such as these. Accuracy and signal loss. In your video you didn't mention if the initial pairing delivered accurate PSI within a reasonable +/- from your air gauge.

  6. I have had a PressurePro TMPS on my RV and tow'd for over 15-years. I'm in the process of upgrading to the recently introduced "PressurePro PULSE" system; really easy to read display with an intuitive user interface that walks/steps you through installation,  and fully customizable layouts. If you want to change an display funtions, you simply hit menu, go to display and a list of options will be there.  When you do set-up you just pick your vehicle and have the option to name RV and your tow'd.  If you want to delete or add a sensor it is simply not hold down your program button and if you hold it down to long (like your previous monitor) you will accidentally do a global delete.  Now instead you will hit your menu button, use the up and down arrow till you see “sensors” and from there gives you the option to add and delete.  Really like PressurePro's "family" attitude, and superior customer service. Again, a great system; it's on my "go / no-go list".

  7. Hey guys, It's clear to me that you two think the safety aspect of tire maintenance and proper inflation is near the top of you list of important things to do. I see this as one of the most valuable systems for your RV. The question I have is do you just set the monitor on the dash of the coach? Or maybe in your electronics cabinet?

  8. It's great….until someone steals all 12 sensors off your rig and car hauler because they know how much they cost. That's a $600 replacement cost . Cheaper to buy a complete system from another company.

  9. Hi, I'm just seeing this so are there any more modern models that works better since this video?

  10. Hello, Peter and John, Are you still fans of the Pressure Pro TPMS? I'm doing research and all of them seem to have some flaw. I'm having trouble deciding among Pressure Pro, TST and EEZRV systems. Any suggestions? If anyone else wants to weigh in, I'm all "eyes." Thanks.

  11. That you for the informative videos. In one of your videos you spoke of weighing the tires separately and setting the tire pressure depending on the weight. You used a chart you got from Michelin. Can you tell me where I might find that chart? Do you have a video on that?

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