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Old 10 September 2018, 10:54   #1
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Tire Pressure Monitoring for Boat Trailers

Hi everyone. I really need to share this info with anyone trailering their rib longer distances.

I just found these amazing TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitors) which also record Tire Temperature!! They install inside you wheel just like on your car and communicate via blutooth to your cell phone to display and alert on conditions you choose such as temperature over a certain threshold or low tire pressure.

This is a game changer for me because I used to stop, pull over and shoot my hubs with an IR gun to make sure the bearing, brakes were all good. Now I just glance at the phone for peace of mind.

I have a 32ft trailer and I got the range extender / repeater which mounts on trailer and gives extended range from tires to cab or truck.

They have different types of sensors but I got the internal ones, cause you just get them mounted and never worry about them after that.

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I think I'd still stop and check with a IR gun - it's pretty much habit now.
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What are you checking with the IR gun .... is it the tyre temps or the wheel temps or are you going in close to the brake drum temps ?

Is there a " normal " operating temp .... or are you just looking for a general similarity in temps between one side and the other ?

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Hi everyone. I really need to share this info with anyone trailering their rib longer distances.



I just found these amazing TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitors) which also record Tire Temperature!! They install inside you wheel just like on your car and communicate via blutooth to your cell phone to display and alert on conditions you choose such as temperature over a certain threshold or low tire pressure.



This is a game changer for me because I used to stop, pull over and shoot my hubs with an IR gun to make sure the bearing, brakes were all good. Now I just glance at the phone for peace of mind.



I have a 32ft trailer and I got the range extender / repeater which mounts on trailer and gives extended range from tires to cab or truck.



They have different types of sensors but I got the internal ones, cause you just get them mounted and never worry about them after that.



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Google for Tiremoni - it does the same .
I have one installed since a couple of years and it works great .
You can set limits for temp & pressure and it will alarm you .
Was just towing from Easdale down to Southampton - works great
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Hi NCP

What are you checking with the IR gun .... is it the tyre temps or the wheel temps or are you going in close to the brake drum temps ?

Is there a " normal " operating temp .... or are you just looking for a general similarity in temps between one side and the other ?

cheers

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I tend to look for consistency and any changes. Trailers are all different, people take the temp in different spots, etc.
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How people manage to convince themselves that this sort of thing is necessary is beyond me...……. Will work for a while and then pack up.

Just how did we manage before !
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I do regular stops to check bearing temp but I had on my twin axle trailer 2 flat tires in the past which I did not noticed.
Some drivers gave me signs that I had a flat tire .
The TireMoni is for me not just "nice to have"
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How people manage to convince themselves that this sort of thing is necessary is beyond me.... Will work for a while and then pack up.

Just how did we manage before !


You ever had a trailer blow out or lost wheel at any meaningful speed? Thats the sort of experience that make people obsessive to avoid. Some go twin axels to mitigate the effect, some check temps manually (anyone who has even touched a borked hub also knows to do it with wet fingers - like an iron!) and some will look for technological solutions. If I was regularly driving Southampton - Easdalae type distances with my trailer Id probably be more paranoid too. If you only scoot a few miles on quiet roads to launch you can probably get away with totally borked bearings and not care.
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Here we go again out come the Trailer Obsessives..... Before long some puritan will start spouting the rules and regulations
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Here we go again out come the Trailer Obsessives..... Before long some puritan will start spouting the rules and regulations
Whilst I am no fan of excessive gizmos I am a fan of those that have the attitude for safety. Running a ply tyre on low pressure (most will be 50 to 65 psi) will cook and blow in as little as an hour on a motorway).

Not obsessive more common sense to me. But then I carry a spare hub/bearings and 2 spare tyres and all the kit to replace on a run as not getting to my destination is not an option.
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