RV travel is becoming more popular than ever. Traveling in a home-on-wheels is not only convenient, but also affordable and comfortable. However, with the great purchase of an RV comes great responsibility. We’re mainly talking about your RV’s tires. For safety reasons, RVers must always ensure that their tires are not overly-worn, out-of-date, improperly load-balanced, or under-inflated. On motorhomes, a tire blowout could mean a life or death situation, especially if it’s one of the front tires that goes out. With a towable RV, a tire blowout could mean dragging your trailer along the highway until finding a place to come to a safe stop, which could incur damage and other unsafe and unfavorable outcomes. However, with the purchase of a TPMS, you will be able to monitor your tires for adequate pressure and potential damage while driving.
This not only ensures that you hit the road with safety in mind, but also allows you to monitor your tire condition throughout your trip. In addition, the need to crawl around under your rig with a tire gauge is void, thus making your RV-owning experience just a bit easier. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is a device used to check and monitor your RV’s tire pressure while you’re driving. The most common models have a small sensor that attaches to each tire valve stem, which is then read by a small after-market device inside your RV. Like many other RV gadgets, there are tons on the market ranging from very expensive to questionably cheap. Don’t arrive at your next Harvest Hosts location with a flat tire, but instead, check out this list of the best TPMS choices reviewed by RVers just like you.
One of the most inconvenient features (in our opinion) of most TPMS is dealing with the cord. The Tymate M12-3 is solar-powered, which means no more sacrificing a car outlet or hassling with a cord. Just leave your system on the dashboard for easy-viewing and charging. This sensor system has the ability to report high pressure, low pressure, high temperature, rapid air leakage, and a low battery, all with a different alarm to keep you focused on the road. The system isn’t too expensive and has rave reviews from RVers. The only real downfall is that the rechargeable battery needs to be replaced after a few years. Fortunately, it’s an easy replacement, and the company provides an instruction video.
Other Top Choices
Not wanting the hassle of another device to keep track of? Tire-Minder is the first smart TPMS that pairs to a smartphone through a comprehensive app. The kit includes a booster, a Bluetooth adapter, and everything you’ll need to install the sensors. The Bluetooth adapter acts as a middleman between your phone and the tire sensors to read the pressure. Set-up is easy, and the app is free and user-friendly. The best part is that RVers can disconnect their tow or towed vehicle and continue reading the tire pressure with the app.
The EezTire company focuses solely on producing the highest-quality RV tire products, specifically TPMS products. They sell a variety of TPMS devices for RVs, ranging from sets with four sensors all the way up to sets with twelve sensors. Most of their tire sensors are anti-theft, which is an added bonus. They also sell a booster that can help with long fifth wheels or travel trailers to always provide an accurate reading. Each TPMS device can read up to twenty-six tires, which means that a motorhome with a toad could have every single tire monitored. Talk about peace of mind! Consider upgrading to the flow through sensors to avoid needing to remove your tire sensors to air up your tires.
Despite the name, Truck System Technologies specializes in RV TPMS devices. The company was created solely because the Federal Tire Pressure Monitoring Regulations does not include RVs, which have countless blowouts and accidents each year due to improper tire pressure. The system can be purchased with a variety of tire sensors and includes a booster, as well. The system itself can monitor up to 115 tires, including spares. Some RVers reported difficulty seeing the screen in bright daylight, so TST has created a sun shade to fix this problem.
This TPMS device provides peace-of-mind wireless monitoring without the hefty price tag. The system is charged using solar power, which eliminates the need for dealing with more cords. The display system is lightweight and compact so as to not take up too much dashboard space.
Our honorable mention has a mid-tier price tag with very good features. The sensors are waterproof in up to three feet of water. Thankfully, the batteries inside each sensor are easy and quick to replace when needed. 4-6 sensors are available to purchase, and the kit also includes a free repeater (booster).
The specific models linked above are geared towards Class A motorhomes, Fifth Wheels, and Super Cs that have six tires. All of the brands also supply four-tire models as well (for a cheaper price!). Additionally, extra sensors can be purchased to cover a tow or towed vehicle, spares, or to replace the ones in use, just in case.
A TPMS device is a small investment towards safety and security while driving your RV. Low tire pressure can cause a tire blowout which could lead to serious injury or an accident. Many new vehicles are equipped with built-in TPMS, but RVs are unfortunately not. Until then, continue using your TPMS to take good care of your tires and increase safety on the road.
What type of TPMS do you use? Have you ever had a tire blowout? Tell us your thoughts and stories in the comments below!
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