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Booner

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Posted: 06/25/21 12:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had my RV for less than a year and I'm religious in checking it's tire pressure. I had an inside rear dual that always seemed to loose a little tire pressure, so I checked pressure often. I thought I may have to take this tire to a shop to have it remounted.

I went to an auto parts store and purchased a little screw driver looking thing that is used for inserting the tire valve into it's stem. (I'm sorry I don't remember what it's called). Like I said, the tool looks like a small screw driver with a slot cut into it's stem. The valve fits into this slot and allows you to screw the valve into the tire valve stem. It costs a few bucks.

I fit this little tool into the valve stem on my leaky tire and found that the reason I was loosing air was the valve was a little loose in the stem which allowed a bit of air to leak around the threads that holds the valve within the stem. It took almost a full rotation of the tool in the tire stem before the valve was firmly seated in the stem.

I tightened all of valves on all of my tires and they all have held their air pressure since I did this. For a few dollars this little tool gives me some peace of mind.

I just looked it up and the tool is called "a GVX Valve Core Removal Tool" - under $7 on Amazon. I purchased mine at a local car parts store.

and a link--> https://www.amazon.com/GVX-Valve-Core-Removal-Tool/dp/B01IE7EL1E/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=Schrader+Valve+Tool&qid=1624644307&sr=8-5

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Posted: 06/25/21 12:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can also find valve caps that have the tool built in.

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Posted: 06/25/21 01:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) will give you even more peace of mind. I bought mine online for about $30, yes it's Chinese, but it caught 2 flats caused by valve stem failure
(I nowhere new metal valve stems)p
PM me if you want more info. Not affiliated but a happy camper.

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Posted: 06/25/21 01:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Smart RVer...you check your TP regularly.


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https://www.autozone.com/tire-repair-and-tire-wheel/tire-valve-stem-core-remover-tool/slime-4-way-tire-valve-stem-core-remover-tool/487510_0_0?cmpid=LIA:US[emoticon]N:AD:NL:1000000:GEN:71700000069889792&gclid=Cj0KCQjw_dWGBhDAARIsAMcYuJzoq3i0_xcStKHkHLkJZo_bAi02INA6r_9LIH0JwXcpuClHamt7PfcaAm03EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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I had one losing air over a long period and it turned out to be the metal valve stem nut was loose

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I have found that a TPMS is worth the cost...after a stay at a camp ground we packed up to go home & the TPMS showed us we had an inside tire that was down to 60 PSI..without this TPMS we would have not know about the problem...


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Posted: 06/25/21 04:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The tire stem valve that you are referring to is known as a Schrader valve.


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X2 re TPMS system. I have the EEZ RV system:
https://eezrvproducts.com/shop/ols/categories/tire-pressure-monitoring-system-tpms

Yesterday, I programmed 4 sensors for tires on the Malibu we tow behind the motorhome. It's great to be able to continuously monitor tire pressure and temperature.

But, without a TPMS system, it's a good practice to check tire pressures the morning before you hit the road and adjust pressure as needed. Over many years of rving, I've trained myself to inspect the tires and hitch whenever we stop while in route. It's the first thing I do after getting out of the MH...I do a walk around and check everything.


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Posted: 06/27/21 08:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

haste maker wrote:

I have found that a TPMS is worth the cost...after a stay at a camp ground we packed up to go home & the TPMS showed us we had an inside tire that was down to 60 PSI..without this TPMS we would have not know about the problem...


Without TPMS I would because I check with a thump or a gauge before I leave AND do it during rest stops.
It's also an opportunity to look over the equipment one more time. Some don't and that is why there are chairs, fuel cans bbq tops etc on the side of the road.

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