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TPMS question

I recently purchased a TST tpms system with flow through sensors. I now need metal valve stems for the trailer and the truck. Putting metal valve stems on the trailer is no problem but the truck is another issue. Even though the truck has a factory tpms system, I want to use the TST system because I’ll be able to watch it in real time like the trailer. Using the rubber factory stems is not recommended by TST because they flex too much while at highway speeds causing air to escape from the stem where it attaches to the rim. In Missouri (and possibly other states) it is illegal to disengage/remove factory tpms sensors located inside the tire. I had a nice discussion with my tire guy and he told me this, much to my surprise. I searched the internet and sure enough, it’s true. Ram does not make a metal valve stem that attaches to the factory tpms so I’m searching for an aftermarket stem that does. I’ve seen an aluminum stem at AutoZone that might work (I’ll have to compare it to the OEM rubber stem at the auto parts store) but I’ve read where the aluminum ones corrode too much and cause more issues. Can anyone with this same issue tell me what you did?
bsbeedub 05/12/23 05:05pm Towing
RE: Opinions on Yellowstone trip

You guys are giving me some great info. Thanks!
bsbeedub 02/09/23 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Opinions on Yellowstone trip

There is a neat looking small RV park in Ten Sleep where we have wanted to stay several times when we come through but timing wise, it has not worked out for us. That is exactly where we’ll be spending the night. The restaurants and small shops look real cool. We’ll also be making a short trip down the road to the small brewery. It looks like a neat little town. The way it got its name is also interesting.
bsbeedub 02/08/23 11:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Opinions on Yellowstone trip

We were at Fishing Bridge a few years ago and it closed the last week in September. We had no issues with bad weather. I think you'll be fine. We’ll be leaving the park on September 27. Every spring and before a long trip, we take our fifth wheel in and get the tires inspected. We've never had a fail with regular inspections by a professional. Thanks. I had planned on doing that.
bsbeedub 02/08/23 11:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Opinions on Yellowstone trip

The road east of Ten Sleep goes thru a high mountain pass and was very snowy when we went thru west to east last late September. Cody thru the park on 14 was also high altitude and actively snowing hard and being plowed at the time. The hot springs at Thermopolis were a major disappointment, concrete pools inside a building. So be prepared for weather in the park. Of course I have been in snowstorms there in July. The park is high altitude 9000ft more or less. Cody rolls up the sidewalks at the end of September and all the RV parks close. Be sure to visit Lamar Valley if you want to see critters. I could not believe the prices at Fishing Bridge now. I didn’t know the weather could be so severe in late September. Now you’ve got me wondering! The actual spring is what we want to see, not the concrete pools like you describe. I realize Fishing Bridge is in the park but I was shocked to see the price: $99 a night! Wow!
bsbeedub 02/08/23 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Opinions on Yellowstone trip

Did the same route last fall... US-16 is the better route across the Big Horn Mts (vs US-14) but still a decent climb and drop. That's really the mountainous part of getting from Devils Tower to Fishing Bridge. At 10 Sleep you are past the worst, the route isn't bad at all (north to Greybull then west to Cody). No reason to go way south to Thermopolis. As far as tires, assuming there are no other issues (balding, bubbles on the sidewall, etc...), 3yrs is fine. Typically around 6-7yrs is when you start to consider tires having aged out. Thermopolis looks like a cool little town. We thought the spring itself might be something interesting to see. Going through there is a bit longer but it is also something else to see on our trip.
bsbeedub 02/08/23 10:00am General RVing Issues
Opinions on Yellowstone trip

First: We’re traveling to Yellowstone in September of 2023 and will be staying at Fishing Bridge RV Park. We got our reservations on the first available day this past September. We’ll be at Devils Tower at one point and then an overnight in Ten Sleep, WY. I want to take the least mountainous route there is and it looks like US-16 out of Ten Sleep, south on US-20 to Thermopolis then north on WY-120 up to US-14 west through Cody and into the park’s east entrance. I’ve read that north out of Ten Sleep to US-14 west is much more mountainous. For those of you that are familiar with the trip, what are your thoughts on my route choice? Second: My 5er’s tires will be a few months shy of three years old when we begin our trip. I’m wondering if I should replace them beforehand. Opinions?
bsbeedub 02/07/23 08:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Quality control?

When they leave the Manufacturer, items ARE correct and in good repair. Sure they are ROFLMAO. Spoken like a true Industry insider. You should be in sales lol. Every week or so the RVbusiness website posts up a whole article of these RVs leaving the manufacturer with items correct and in good repair. That's just the defects that the NHTSA gives a krap about. For each one of those issues you're going to have a dozen others that fall under categories such as substandard carpentry, cheap or defective materials, peeling pleather, or just plain bad workmanship and assembly. On and on it goes and the buyer is left holding the bag. The warranties are structured to screw over the buyer and isolate the manufacturers exposure as much as possible. The RV Industry is rotten from top to bottom. Quality control does not exist in the RV Industry. You yourself have posted on these boards how bad the Furrion appliances are yet they are in a good 80% or more of all RVs produced, along with all the other LCI garbage one gets. That website really opened my eyes! I know that the industry has a terrible quality control issue (little to none) but I had no idea it was so widespread. My camping pals and I inevitably get to this subject every time we camp but we are barely scratching the surface.
bsbeedub 10/18/22 09:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not enough room

I’m planning a trip to Yellowstone next September and have all my stops planned out. As others have mentioned, Google Earth is fantastic! Street view and a view from space. Once I get into Wyoming from South Dakota, even if I have to stop after only 150 miles or so, I’m stopping. The last thing is want to do on a lonely two lane road is run out of gas. I have a large Rubbermaid tub that I normally keep my firewood in but for this trip it will be holding three, five gallon cans….. just in case.
bsbeedub 10/06/22 09:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Observation--newer trucks tow fivers a bit nose high

Mine is a 2WD and still too high. If I didn’t know better I would swear it’s a 4WD. I can’t reach over the bed rails at the rear and touch the bed and I’m 5’11”.
bsbeedub 09/09/22 01:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Observation--newer trucks tow fivers a bit nose high

A bit cheaper 4 years ago but, yes, quite proud. Even though it’s expensive it’s worth it for me.
bsbeedub 09/09/22 12:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Observation--newer trucks tow fivers a bit nose high

I’ve seen the same thing as well. Mine tows a bit nose high too but nothing I can do about it. I have definitely seen much worse and wonder if it tows any differently. Since I’m getting older and my knees aren’t the best I also had trouble just getting into the bed. The bumper is high and the tailgate even higher. I bought one of these right after I bought the truck. It is so much easier to get in the bed now and almost disappears when not in use.
bsbeedub 09/09/22 11:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: AC air not cold

I have a 31 ft' fifth wheel. The air conditioner was installed incorrectly at the factory. They left the divider off that separated the input and output air so it just churned and didn't cool. Made a makeshift divider and fixed that problem so now the air conditioner works fine. You might want to remove the inner panel to make sure you have good separation with no lair leaks between chambers. Our trailer has a bunch of windows. If is going to be hot, we have to start the air when it is still cool outside to give it a fighting chance, blinds down. Involves some sweater time in the morning. We're in the northwest so it always cools down at night and we never sleep with the air on. You might want to disregard this if it stays hot all the time where you are. We also had a Bigfoot trailer with a 22 ft. box, dual pane windows and very good insulation. I figured one could make ice cubes on the counter with the air conditioning in there if they wanted to. I’ve read different things and watched videos of how to make your AC blow colder air and many of them talk about and show the divider you’re referring to. I opened mine up hoping it was going to be that simple. It had the divider in the correct place so I was back to the drawing board. I used the silver HVAC tape to try to close some possible leaks and nothing changed. Thanks for the suggestion though.
bsbeedub 07/22/22 02:14pm General RVing Issues
AC air not cold

I used to have a 23 foot travel trailer with no slides so it was small. The AC could keep it cool no matter the outside temperature. The air blowing from the AC was always VERY cold. The AC was a Coleman Mach with 13,500 BTUs. It was the style with no thermostat and ran constantly but the compressor cycled on and off. My one year old 30 foot 5er with one 12 foot slide can’t come close to keeping it cool even when it was brand new. First thing in the morning the air is not near as cold as the old TT so it struggles right out of the gate. We’ve been gone for three hours with all of the shades closed and it can’t maintain temperature. This AC is 15,000 BTUs but is a Coleman Mach with a thermostat. Is the AC just a lemon or is there something I can do to make the air colder? I’m not talking air flow, I’m talking temperature of the cold (cool) air. I was in a park last year and the guy across the road was having AC issues and his unit was not blowing cold at all. He called a mobile RV tech and someone came out and either topped it off or recharged it completely. The owner said it was then running like new. I’ve always read (here, as well as other sites) that these systems are closed and can’t be topped off or recharged. Apparently, that’s not the case. I may have to resort to calling a tech to see what they have to say.
bsbeedub 07/22/22 11:28am General RVing Issues
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