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Old 09-23-2016, 03:16 AM   #1
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Tire Pressure

you always read on how important tire pressure is. This morning I have a example. My unit has been sitting for a month, as we re leaving on a 6 month trip soon I went out and checked all 5 tires. As its been getting down into the high 30's low 40's at night I found that all 5 tires were 8lbs low. I know that as I go South I will have to check them in the morning prior to traveling as with the warm weather they will need to be readjusted. I wonder how many people neglect to check them?
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:35 AM   #2
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I also check before every trip just to confirm correlation with TPMS system.
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Old 09-23-2016, 04:18 AM   #3
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Always good to check. Smart practice.
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I always check the pressure of all tires before leaving as well as torque the lug nuts to spec before every trip. For that extra 15 minutes, I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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Old 09-23-2016, 05:33 AM   #5
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I always check the pressure of all tires before leaving as well as torque the lug nuts to spec before every trip. For that extra 15 minutes, I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:49 AM   #6
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While traveling, I check my tires every morning. Time well spent.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:51 AM   #7
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I always check mine before and during a trip. I guess it's the old truck driver in me but it comes naturally.
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Old 09-23-2016, 04:11 PM   #8
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I only check my tire psi before a trip and as long as I haven't driven anywhere, yet. After driving any more than a few feet, your tires may have heated up enough that any reading might be off. Torque can be checked any time, having driven or not.
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Old 09-24-2016, 01:05 AM   #9
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Checking tire pressure and lug nut torque is on my Start Traveling List that I have used for 10 years. Also make sure the spare pressure is good. I do tire pressure checks while I travel about weekly if we are moving. Sitting in one spot for more than a week--check before I hit the road. While traveling, at every stop, I walk around and check the truck and RV tires and feel how hot they are getting. A visual check can spot a problem. As others have said--peace of mind. And I have a TPMS.
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:26 AM   #10
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When traveling, I use Raytek (miniTemp) MT6 Laser heat gun to check the temperature of each tire, truck and trailer. I also check the hubs. I check two spots on the tire, the sidewall and the bottom.
If the tire pressure is the same or within five or so degrees the tires are inflated properly. I believe the way it goes is: if the sidewall is hotter it is "under inflated" if the bottom is hotter the tire is "over inflated". A fellow Snowbird who owned a U-Haul business for years told me this. It works great. Take less than five minutes to walk around the truck and trailer. The gun was around $30.00. I do it each time I stop for fuel.
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Direct sunlight can cause a few lbs of difference on pressure. I try to check mine daily when they are cold and shaded! I use a TST 507 TPMS most of the time. I bought a Viair 450P with a storage tank and it works fine for inflating compared to my old POS cigarette lighter one.
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:48 AM   #12
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I check mine by first letting my TPMS system pick up the tires, then taking it's reading, then going and checking each tire to see how far each of the sensors are off, if any. That way I'm checking not only the tire pressure, but also to make sure the TPMS is accurate.
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