RV Tire Safety
with RV tire expert Roger Marble
Previously I posted the test results for my comparison of internal versus external sensor TPM systems. The weather was cool (“How accurate is your TPMS – Part two”) to cold (“More on internal vs. external TPMS temperature reporting”) back in March. Now I can report the results with the ambient temperature in the upper 80s.
All temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit.
RF 102 LF 104 RRO 104 RRI 111 LRI 111 LRO 102
RF 73 LF 75 RRO 71 RRI 71 LRI 82 LRO 80
I was driving 65 mph with cruise on a level stretch of Interstate. The sun was fully on the left side of the RV.
Difference between Internal and External:
RF 29 LF 29 RRO 33 RRI 40 LRI 29 LRO 22
These results tend to match the previous runs with the internal reporting about 30 F hotter than the external sensors.
Again I do not consider the results of a comparison between the temperature readings to be “meaningful” in the sense that the internal sensor numbers are useless.
Suggestion: If you have an external sensor TPMS I would continue to use that system. Just be aware that the temperature readings are probably in the range of 27 to 40 F cooler than the temperature readings your friend would be getting with their internal sensor system. If you are concerned, you could change your High-Temperature warning level with your external sensor system from the factory 158° F to about 145° F. Just be aware that if in Phoenix or Death Valley or other location where the ambient temperature exceeds 120° F, you may get a high temp warning. If you do, just pay attention to the pressure readings to be sure you are not losing any air pressure.
Since tire temperature is also a function of load and speed, you might bump up the High-Pressure warning level 5° F until you are not getting a warning simply because it is hot outside. Of course, it might also help to slow down a bit as that will also result in lower tire temperature.
Bottom Line: There is a difference between temperature readings based on sensor location. BUT this does not automatically make one type of system better or worse than another. As I said in this post, I am not a fan of TPMS temperature readings no matter which type sensor you run.
Read more from Roger Marble on his blog at RVtiresafety.net.