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Old 12-28-2015, 01:38 PM   #1
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Tire monitoring - a pleasant purchase experience

Prompted by comments from Norm and others on this forum regarding the safety benefits of a tire pressure/temperature monitoring system I decided to invest in one before next summer’s camping season. My web research led me to focus on the TST system. I was however frustrated that Amazon and other major sources offered only systems with four or more sensors and I only need two (my TV already has them). The TST website did offer a two sensor package but with very little information on what was actually in the package. I emailed them for more information (using their web-based “contact us” form so they should have received it) but never received a response.

In my web wanders I somehow found the website for “Plug It Right” plugitright@gmail.com a small family business in south Texas offering a miscellaneous selection of RV oriented products. Though they also only offered the four or more sensor TST product, I emailed for more information and also asked about the possibility of a two sensor package. I had an immediate and very informative response from Diana Irrgang, co-owner. She emailed me a detailed sheet of information (written by them based on their actual experience) and in both phone and email conversation she helped me figure out which model made most sense for my needs and offered to sell me whatever model I wanted in a two sensor version. Not only was her pricing very competitive, she included free express mail shipping. And it got better. A day after I ordered the unit, she emailed with an apology that she had mis-priced it and would mail me a $4 check to cover the difference.

During our conversation I mentioned there are likely others with small single axle RV’s that might be in the market for a two sensor package and she is now offering them as a regular item on their website.

Overall a very positive experience and I’m confident if I have any further questions or encounter any problems I will receive the same prompt response and courtesy.
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Old 12-28-2015, 02:32 PM   #2
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There has been debate on the use of tire pressure monitoring systems on this site. I used the green/red screw on and you just look at devices for a few years with absolutely no problems then a few years ago I purchased the electronic monitoring system and again, no problems. The speculation by some on this site that installing such devices would create another point of failure and that there would be a loss of air. That did not happen with the visual units and has not happened with the electronic units. The electronic units also monitor the tire temp and do it really well, so we'll that you can see the difference between the tires in the sun and the others. I highly recommend the electronic units because should there be a problem, you get an immediate alarm on your In Cab Reciever.
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Old 12-28-2015, 02:53 PM   #3
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I didn't know there was a debate about their use. I've used them for probably 5 years and other than batteries wearing out and one sensor failure there have been no issues.

We have never had air loss due to a stem mounted sensor.

One advantage to the sensors on our trailer is that you can continuously see what's happening instead of like typical car sensors that announce failures or pending failures.
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Which model TPMS did you pick

I was looking at the few models (TST Brand) they carry and I was a little unclear of the differences. Which model did you pick? It is great to hear of such good service.
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Don,
The major difference is that the 510 has long-life sealed batteries which can only be changed by sending back to the manufacturer and the 507 has user replaceable batteries that need to be changed every year or so and can be purchased locally. There is also some difference, though not significant, in the monitoring/display unit. Price is about the same. I elected to go with the 510. Diana at PlugIt sent me a good review of the various attributes of both. I'll try to figure out how to forward it to you.
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Don,
I should clarify my previous: batteries I was referencing are in the sensors on the tires. The batteries in the monitor are rechargable by plugging into the TV's 12V outlet.
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...Diana at PlugIt sent me a good review of the various attributes of both. I'll try to figure out how to forward it to you.
Can you attach it to a post here? I would like to see it and others also would I think.
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Don and Gordon - I'll send you each the info via email. Out of respect for the original author of the material I'd like to check with her and gain permission before making a general posting.
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I understand that, as with many products, tire minders with different names are exactly the same product.

Ours seem to work a day or so and then not so we are not happy with them. Have received a new sensor and bothered with them some but often can't get them working. When working, they are great as it is good to also have the tire temperatures.
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Sorry to hear you did not get a response directly from TST, it seems unusual. I read a lot of great comments about their customer service on another forum, and I've experienced that CS. I bought a 4 sensor package from them and a while later I got too close to a very high curb and tore the sensor apart (also broke the metal valve stem). When I wrote them to ask if it was repairable or if I'd need to buy another (I explained that it was my fault), TST promptly replied that if I'd send the broken one to them they would send a replacement free of charge! And they did so. I could not be happier.
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:48 AM   #11
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In regards to wheels and tires... my brother suggests I check and ti check tighten my lug nuts....anyone else do this periodically? I will have unload my rear car and dig out my jack lug wrench to do it. I suppose bethere safe than sorry. Your experiences are always hlepful.
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Don and Gordon - I'll send you each the info via email. Out of respect for the original author of the material I'd like to check with her and gain permission before making a general posting.
David I'd like to see that as well, as the replaceable batteries seem more practical.
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OK- for all who expressed interest - here is the information comparing the three different model options with a TST pressure/temperature monitoring system (note: it's not a comparison of other brands). I am posting this with permission of the source at "Plug It Right"
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Sorry to hear you did not get a response directly from TST, it seems unusual. I read a lot of great comments about their customer service on another forum, and I've experienced that CS. I bought a 4 sensor package from them and a while later I got too close to a very high curb and tore the sensor apart (also broke the metal valve stem). When I wrote them to ask if it was repairable or if I'd need to buy another (I explained that it was my fault), TST promptly replied that if I'd send the broken one to them they would send a replacement free of charge! And they did so. I could not be happier.
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I'm pleased to hear of this good service. My lack of a response from them is most likely an exception and not their norm. Good to know.
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