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When it comes to tire safety, one of the best investments you can make is buying an RV TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). Originally, we were on the fence if this type of product would be worth it, considering the high cost.
However, we have changed our tune since living the RV lifestyle for over three years. We firmly believe an RV TPMS is one of the first safety items you should buy for your RV. Personally, ours has saved our bacon at least three times. It’s been fantastic to have a heads up about potential tire issues before a blowout happens!
What Is An RV TPMS?
An RV TPMS is a system that constantly monitors the pressure of your tires and notifies you of any air leaks or low and high pressure. Most systems will not only tell you your tire pressure, but each tires temperature as well.
The way a tire pressure monitoring system works is by measuring the air pressure in your tires via a sensor that you screw onto your tires valve stem. The sensor measures your pressure and transmits this information to a system in your truck or an app on your cell phone.
In addition, most RV TPMS devices will allow you to set certain parameters. For example, what your tire pressure should be and what pressure threshold you want to be notified about.
The Best: TireMinder A1AS
We recently upgraded to the A1AS and are extremely pleased with it! We had the A1A model for the past three years, and while it did its job, there was room for improvement. However, after having the A1AS model for three months now, we can safely say TireMinder has done a phenomenal job upgrading this TPMS. There isn’t one thing we don’t like about it.
Jason’s favorite feature is that you can view your tire pressure from your phone and the color display. Before, TireMinder only offered systems that would do one or the other, so the ability to have both is a big plus.
Additionally, the signal on this model is much better. We used to lose data from a tire occasionally and would have to reset it. This was even with a booster. With the A1AS, we haven’t lost signal to a single tire over the past three months.
Benefits and Features
The TireMinder A1AS is the newest TPMS system from the company. It’s the world’s first unified monitor and smartphone based RV TPMS. Additional features include:
- Large 5.5″ Color Display
- Simultaneously displays up to 22 tires
- +/- 1 PSI accuracy from 0-199 PSI
- Flexible stand to display monitor anywhere on your windshield
- 3 -year warranty
Installing the Tireminder A1AS RV TPMS is extremely easy! You simply turn on the display, screw on a sensor, and then program the display to tell it which tire the sensor is on. Next, repeat for each tire and you’re good to go!
How to Buy a TireMinder TPMS
While you can find RV TPMS devices on Amazon, we’ve noticed the prices seem to fluctuate. Personally, we got ours from Innovation Tire. The delivery was fast and we love that they have install videos on their website for newbies.
Additionally, they offer free shipping in the US and a flat $30 shipping fee for Canada.
Lastly, if you purchase through their website you can get $20 off any TPMS by using the code “GETAWAY20“.
The Best: TireMinder A1AS RV TPMS
The TireMinder A1AS model is our top choice for the reasons listed above. We love that you can view your tire data from your phone and the color display.
Runner Up: TireMinder Smart RV TPMS
The TireMinder Smart model is the first smartphone-based TPMS for RVs. For instance, it is compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android Smart Devices. The included TireMinder Bluetooth Adapter converts standard 433Mhz transmitter data into a Bluetooth signal. In other words, you are able to view your tire pressure and temperature right from your phone.
Runner Up: TireMinder i10 RV TPMS
The TireMinder i10 model is a great budget-friendly option. This TPMS simultaneously displays up to 10 tires at once, automatically swapping between the front (truck) and rear (towable) vehicles.
In conclusion, no matter what model you go with, you’re going to want to have an RV TPMS on your rig. Not only will you be safer rolling down the road, but you will have peace of mind. That one benefit alone is priceless!
Speaking of safety, have you read our article about Building Your Perfect RV Emergency Kit?
We use the EezTire system. It’s been a very good system with no issues. Great peace of mind knowing we have it.
I just happened to pick our new TPMS up at the front door from Amazon. I went with the Tymate M12-3 with six sensors to install on our 5th wheel trailer. I have never had any tire issues since we bought our trailer but installed new tires a week ago as our originals had aged out. I wanted to have the peace of mind of knowing my tires are not loosing air driving down the road. We will be heading to Zion this week so will see how the TPMS performs.
We use a TST tpms system. My biggest concerns are: 1) tire pressure changes so fast in the Spring and Fall that we get false readings shortly after starting with cold tires, as they warm up; and 2) The rubber holder designed to adhere to and sit on the dash, bounces the monitor off and out to the floor.
Knowing what we know now, I do wish we had purchased flow thru sensors, just for ease of fillimng and adjusting air pressure…
Pat & Cindi OConnor
Yes, I bought a TPMS after our 2nd trip. I use a TST system on our GD Reflection 5th wheel aNd I’m very pleased with its performance and accuracy.
We have an older EEZTIRE tire. It works great for us. We have never had really any tire problems on any of our 5er. When we bought our last Montana in 2017 the first thing we did was to upgrade to Sailuns. I put them on ore older Montana and loved them.
We have the A1A Tireminder and own a Refelection 337RLS 5th whl. Where did you mount the “”booster” box and where did you pick up the positive current? I would like to install the booster in a permanent location.