With these systems, you install pressure monitoring sensors on each air valve of your tires (ideally including your RV tow-behind), and these sensors transmit pressure & temperature information to a central display screen you keep in your driving compartment.
While they can’t alert you to every tire problem you might be having, and they don’t replace regular manual inspections – advance warning of a sudden change in tire pressure or temperature can be life saving.
This post won’t be a comprehensive education in tire safety, or even necessarily a full review of what we use (it would be far too time consuming for us to research everything on the market) – but today we are sharing what works for us, based on experience with three different TPMS systems over the past six years.
Our Video Overview:
Over the years, we have tried three different Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems for our bus conversion.
First System: Pressure Plus 8000 by Pacific Dualies
When we first bought our bus in 2011, Chris researched what was on the market for TPMSs, and decided on the Pressure Plus 8000.
We purchased it with 6 sensors (one for each tire on our motorhome) on Amazon after communicating with the manufacturer, Pacific Dualies – who now has a newer version out, which we have not tried.
The feature we found most appealing in this TPMS was being able to view all of the tires at once on the display.
But in practice – this actually turned out to be impractical while underway on a small screen that sits a few feet away from your line of sight.
The numbers were simply too small to glance at and get usable information off of while bouncing down the road.
But the bigger problem with this setup that stood out to us was that if we lost communication with one of the sensors, it kept displaying old information.
Ideally, we’d want to know the sensor had lost communication – not establish a false sense of security that everything was alright.
Second System: TireTraker
In mid-2014 TechnoRV.com reached out to us wanting to send us gear to review. At the time, we were in the market to acquire additional sensors to add to our Pressure Plus 8000 system for our Mini Cooper tow behind vehicle. While the MINI, like most modern vehicles, has a built in monitoring system – that system doesn’t relay to a motorhome in a tow behind situation – and we really wanted warning if our Toad were to ever suffer a blowout.
As we were not completely happy with the Pressure Plus System, we agreed to try the TireTraker that TechnoRV was selling at the time.
We honestly just didn’t love it.
It too had the consistent problem of losing connections with sensors (even using their signal booster) and the bad habit of displaying old information that might even be from the day before. We’d even regularly see the TireTracker displaying a pressure reading for the Mini when we weren’t even towing it behind us!
The display was also relatively small and hard to read, and we didn’t like that to turn the unit off, you had to hold down the button for 10 seconds.
(TechnoRV has since switched to selling a system by TST, we have no experience with this unit.)
Third Try is a Charm: EEZTIRE T515
In mid-2015, on one of the various RVing groups we participate in, our friends David & Brenda Bott of Outside Our Bubble had shared their post about the new EEZTire system they had been trying (Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) And Why You Want One!).
We inquired about problems we had been having with old data displaying on the past two systems we had, and were told this problem didn’t exist with the EEZTIRE.
Tom Roberson, who is one of the people behind EEZ RV Products, is a follower of the blog – and in response to the thread he reached out to gift us a unit – with no expectations that we would ever promote it (which is the only way we’ll accept review units).
We can honestly say after 2 years of running this system, we are completely happy with it.
When a connection is lost – such as when driving the bus separately from the MINI – we visually see it (no out-dated data!). The display is clear and easy to understand at a glance. And it’s intuitive to operate – imperative for something you might need to scroll through while driving.
The unit that we received did have the anti-theft sensors – which we ended up taking them off. They were just too cumbersome when having tire work done to have to find the right tool to remove them. We’ve never had an issue (knock on wood) of anyone stealing our sensors. They have also come out with pass-thru sensors, allowing you to air up without removing the sensors – which is pretty cool.
To purchase a EEZTIRE:
Direct from EEZ RV Product (Use coupon code ‘technomadia’ at check-out with the programming service selected, and you’ll get the programming for free!)
Disclaimer: Aside from our normal Amazon affiliate commissions, we receive no kickbacks from EEZTIRE if you purchase one of their units, and they haven’t even asked for this post. We just really are happy with this system.
Other Tire Safety Gear We Use:
- IR Gun (for manually checking temperatures): Ryobi Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer
- Viair Air Compressor (built into our air system): Viair 450C Air Compressor
- Aerospace 303 (for washing & protecting our tires): Aerospace Protectant Trigger Sprayer
- Warning Triangles (for when stopped on the side of the road: Triple Warning Triangle
Additional posts from friends on TPMS & Tire Safety:
We can’t test every product out there, but thankfully some of our friends have experience with other systems you might want to check out before deciding on your unit:
- From Outside Our Bubble: Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) And Why You Want One!
- From WheelingIt: Monitoring Our Ride -> Review Of The Tire-Safeguard TPMS
- The RV Geeks: PressurePro TPMS! (be sure to check out their other posts on tire safety, these guys are the experts!)