Caravan, Caravanning, Caravans, Maintenance, monitoring systems, Product Review, Towing, Tyre Pal, Tyre Pressure, tyre pressures, Wheel Solutions Ltd
If you are a regular reader you may remember that on our last trip out we had a bit of an issue with tyre pressures with the caravan (“When Things Don’t Go To Plan…”). Well, a few days ago I was contacted by Charlotte from Wheel Solutions Ltd the people who make Tyre Pal – the tyre pressure monitoring system, asked me if I’d like to test out and review one of their pressure monitoring systems.
With the recent trip still in my mind and especially the difference that just 10 PSI can make in the towing experience I jumped at the chance. Charlotte arrange for one of their TC215B units with 6 sensors to be delivered on loan for a few weeks while we try it out on our next trip. From saying “Yes”, the package containing the TC215B unit, mounting bracket, charging lead, accessories and sensors arrived the following day.
So, this weekend I’ll mainly be unboxing, evaluating and installing the unit and sensors and posing about the install and setting it up which, from my brief scan through the comprehensive user manual, looks like it’s going to be a breeze.
In a few days time we will be setting off for Plough Lane Caravan Site, one of the Tranquil Touring sites and I’ll report back on how it performed on the trip and giving my thoughts about it.
Now, “in a bit of an exclusive” (I’ve always wanted to say that!) for Caravan Chronicles we will have a special offer from Tyre Pal at the end of the review… just in time to get yourself an early Christmas present… so keep checking back.
I am wondering if the difference in temperature and pressure relates to th quality of the tyre. Three of our tyres are the standard cheap budget ones supplied with the caravan. These three show a significant rise in tyre pressure and temperature. The fourth tyre is a Falken mid range and the pressure and temperature hardly varies.
Mike Chapman said:
Re Pressure Sensors
Thought I’d pass on my comments before your review.I have a Bailey Unicorn 3 which has sensors built into the wheels as standard, I purchased the wireless receiver from Tyre Pal and set them up no problem.
The sensors are recognised fairly quickly by the receiver on each journey and show both pressure and temperature for each of the vans wheels. The pressure readings would appear to be accurate. I have used them for several trips and around 1200 miles.
What is a bit disconcerting at first is how high the pressure and temperature get at relatively cool ambient temps. I think the highest I have seen is 50deg and 70 psi for a cold pressure of 60psi. Fortunately both tyres are within a couple of psi of each of each other so I don’t worry too much. There is sometimes a delay with one sensor but they even out ok.
Overall the product is good and could certainly save an expensive breakdown. Additional sensors for the car are pricey it although I wouldn’t like another unit stuck to the windscreen all the time.