Tuesday, December 6, 2022


Wife regrets giving TPMS to husband


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Dear RV Shrink:
My husband is constantly worried about our tire pressure. I get so tired of hearing the latest news about tire conditions as we are traveling down the road through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. It is all my fault. I bought him a tire pressure monitoring system for his birthday. I thought it might prevent him from using his pressure gauge on all of our tires every day.

Should I just keep quiet and let him enjoy his tire pressure fixation? It seems the monitor is never perfectly tuned to the tires and he now worries more than before I bought it for him. —Tired of Pressure in Prattville

Dear Tired:
I think it was great that you bought your husband a tire pressure monitor. It can benefit both of you when it comes to your safety. They are especially useful if you are towing a car behind a motorhome. I have seen motorhomes hauling toads with a flat tire and the driver having no clue his vehicle is disintegrating behind him.

But tire monitors can be frustrating. Most problems turn out to involve low batteries: The monitor has batteries, the sensors have batteries and the relays have batteries. They all have to be in good charge for the hardware to communicate with each other.

They allow you to set the pressure and temperature threshold for each individual tire, which can often alert you to a pending tire failure. They also have alarm tones to alert you to abrupt changes in same. If you bought your husband a decent system, the monitor should be doing all the work for him.

Have him read the manual over carefully and see if he understands all of the functions the system offers. Monitoring tire pressure and making sure it is always correct will save you money, time and expense in the long run.

I would discuss your disgust with the constant tire dialog. Your husband may not realize you are disinterested in his pressure points. Since you bought him this new tool, he may just be making the point that he is using it.

—Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink

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Greg Woods
3 years ago

Dear Tired,
Tpms is great. Our left front tire on our toad started to go flat on the freeway. If not for the tpms we would never have known. Even looking in the rear camera I could not tell. Got everything stopped in time and changed the tire.
Maybe try to convince him that the reason you bought him the tpms was so he wouldn’t worry so much. Also you might do what my wife and I have decided, it is her responsibility to monitor the tpms as the co-pilot. Not that I can’t hear the alarm. When we start out in the mornings she turns it on and checks pressures while I do the dirty work involved in getting rolling She is also responsible for maintenance, such as changing batteries, etc. Works for me!!!

3 years ago
Reply to  Greg Woods

It’s odd to me when people talk about turning it on and waiting to check their cold pressure while getting coffee or whatever. My TPMS is always on, and charges the receiver from a builtin solar panel.

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