One of the safety features that we use that we consider indispensable is a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
A TPMS is a sensor driven system that monitors and shows status on the current pressure and temperature of your tires on not only your motorhome or truck, but also on the car, trailer or boat you are towing.
This is very important as a lot of times, especially if you are driving a 30,000 pound motorhome and pulling a 4,000 pound vehicle, you will not necessarily know that you have a tire that is either losing air, getting too hot or is about to blow.
With every TPMS system on the market, each tire is filled with a little sensor that replaces your air valve stem cap. This sensor constantly monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire. Each sensor allows you to set a high and low pressure point so you can custom make the alarms sounds based on your specific needs.
As you know, Tex does a ton of research prior to making any purchase. He looked at every TPMS system on the market. Most of them had very small monitors that made it difficult to see when you are trying to look at it driving down the road. Tex wanted to be able to just glance over and get a quick look at the status and not have to stare at it for a long time.
Also, most of the TPMS systems used very small icons that you had to memorize what they meant. This, along with the small monitors, could be a potential disaster. There are a ton of things that the driver has to watch and if you sit and stare at a small screen for very long, it is easy to get distracted and something bad happen.
EezTire is quick and easy to set up. It has one of the largest monitors on the market at 3 ½ inches in diameter. The batteries have a 3-4 year expected life and the batteries are easily replaced. They are CR 1632 batteries that sell most everywhere. This is a huge benefit, as you do not have to send the sensor back to the manufacture for a new battery like most other systems.
Other benefits are their 3 year warranty and 24/7 technical support. On one occasion, we sent an e-mail to EezTire on a Sunday asking if we could buy extra O rings for the sensors. One of the owners, on a Sunday, immediately replied back that they provide these free of charge and would ship them to us. How is that for customer support?!
EezTire is super easy to read. It scrolls through each tire, changing every 5 seconds, giving you the pressure and temperature readings. The large display is easy to read and there are no small icons to memorize.
We got the “non-flow through” type sensor. We did not see any reason for the larger “flow through” sensors, as you still need to remove the valve cap anyway, so why not just remove the sensor.
We also do not use the theft protection caps that came with the system. The theft protection caps just add more weight and require a special tool to take them off. Just seems like a hassle that isn’t necessary. You will see one of the theft protection caps in the picture below.
Also in the picture, you will notice that we numbered each sensor with a permanent marker. This is necessary because we programmed each sensor for a specific tire. On a separate piece of paper that we keep in the box, we have each tire numbered with the required air pressure so we know which sensor belongs to which tire and what the pressure should be, just in case we forget.
More specifics about EezTire TPMS:
• Reliable and easy to install
• Large LCD screen. Built-in rechargeable lithium battery
• Automatic backlight.
• Configurable high/low pressure warnings.
• Configurable high temperature warnings.
• Visible and audible alerts.
• Selectable pressure units.
• Monitors up to 22 tires maximum.
• Long range between sensors and monitor (Optional Booster/Repeater available for rigs over 53 feet)
• Per axle measurements can be configured on the tractor
• System comes with 10 Sensors, Additional Sensors Are Sold Separately As Needed
• Sensor Replaces Existing Valve Caps
• 3-4 Year Battery Life, Replaceable Batteries
• Light Weight – No Need For Rebalancing Tires
• Monitors Both Pressure and Temperature
• Water resistant
• Individually coded sensors.
• Anti-theft design
We have now used the EezTire TPMS system for several years and it works GREAT! We absolutely love it. Tex finds it easy to read in a quick glance and it is super user friendly. We highly recommend EezTire TPMS to everyone.
DISCLAIMER: We are not compensated by EEZ Tire Products for this review. These words are strictly from our experience and our opinion. We will not be held liable for misuse of this article or in the event they don’t work for your individual use or situation. We recommend doing your own research and gather other reviews prior to purchase.