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Lippert RV and Trailer Tire Linc TPMS Review and Installation

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Review and How to Install the Lippert RV and Trailer Tire Linc TPMS

Hey everyone. Shane here with the Today we're gonna be taking a look at the Tire Link TPMS tire pressure monitor system by Lippert Components. Why would you need to add a tire pressure monitor system onto a vehicle Well, let's say you have a camper like this. You're pulling up behind your truck. They typically are not going to have any pressure monitor system on them. Adding this is going to allow you, while you're traveling, to monitor the tire pressure on the tires.

If you get a blow out, maybe you have a tire that's leaking, rapidly leaking or it's building pressure where it's going to eventually blow. Hopefully, the system will catch that before you have a complete blowout. Maybe, you have an RV and you're flat towing a vehicle behind it. Not only are you going to be able to set up this system to monitor the tire pressure on the RV but you're also going to be able to set it up to monitor the tire pressure on the vehicle that you're pulling. It'll work with up to 20 tires, so you have plenty of adjustability that you can add different vehicles.

Maybe you have another trailer that you pull and you want to add tire sensors onto that, also. You can find the extra sensors here at etrailer. This is what our sensors look like when they're installed. They're going to come in a packet of four. They're also gonna come with the name docking unit which is the main center for allowing these to connect with your cell phone.

So, the inside has a battery in it, it's just a watch battery. You just want to follow the instructions for what battery to put in it. They are replaceable. It's also going to come with a nut that goes on the back here, and that's just to deter from theft. They do not have to be installed in order to install these.

They are also going to come with new O-rings, they go on the inside. If you replace your battery, you'll see that ring. And that's just to keep water from getting into the sealed unit, there. As I mentioned before, our sensors are going to come with a docking station that allows a sensor to sync to your cell phone. You want to make sure when installing this, you install it in a dry place. Now, as far as comparing this to some of the other tire monitor systems out there, for instance like Tireminder, in my opinion I prefer the other ones over this one. One main reason is this one requires the main docking station to be monitored on the trailer side in a dry location. Also has to be hooked up to a battery. Two, it uses your cell phone as the device to read your centers. A lot of States are hands free. If you're by yourself in your vehicle, it's hard for you to reach over and hit your phone to turn it on and monitor or get to the app to monitor what's going on, if you're by yourself. For the other ones they have a separate screen that mounts and it always stays on, once you turn it on, and it constantly is monitoring everything. That being said, the installation process on this is pretty simple and straightforward. Even though you're using an app to download onto your phone, it's very simple to go through it pretty much walks you through how to set up your sensors, get everything dialed down onto your phone. So a little later in the video, I'm going to go through it, I'm going to show you what happens if there was a problem with a sensor or maybe there was problem with the tire. Well, it's also going to send you an alert and it's going to send you an alert through text message. Well, those text messages are stored right up here in this corner, until you go in and delete them. What this is going to do, it's going to kind of give you a log. So maybe you have a tire that you've had a consistent issue with. You can go back and you can look at that log. If it's the same tire, you know you need to change it before you have a problem later on down the road. Now, as far as the range of how far we can get our sensors away from our repeater, Lippert recommends no more than 25 feet. Some people have said, they've got it up to 30, 35 feet. I would go with the manufacturer and stay within that 25 foot range. Now, another question, is how far can we get away from our vehicle with our cell phone before we lose connection to the repeater We actually tested it, and we got about again, ours was mounted right up here, we got about 50 feet from our repeater out in front of the vehicle. So, we put that in a situation, maybe we go up to get gas. We, if you're like me, I don't like leaving my phone in the car. I pull it out, put it in my pocket, I walk into the gas station, for my gas or whatever it is. After that 50 feet, you lose that connection. The nice thing is, once we come back into where that our phone connects with it again, it's going to automatically connect. We don't have to go back in our phone and restart it again. I'd say, with this system because it's connected to the battery in our camper, we park our camper for the off season. We have this plugged in, it's drawing power from our battery and it may not be drawing much, but if you leave it to sit for three months, it could potentially drain your battery. We can remove it. It easily just snaps in place. Once you remove it, this is not sending power or pulling power from our docking station anymore. Question, what if we parked it for three months and we go to plug this back in, is it going to come back up to where we had it before or are we going to have to re-install everything again Everything that we have tried, testing it, pulling this off, letting it sit for awhile, tells me that, yes, when we plug this back in it's going to start right where we left off. Some of our RVs are going to have really big tires on them. Tractor trailer tires, for instance. They're going to hold a lot more pressure than something like this. The centers will be able to monitor, be able to work with pressures from zero up to 188 PSI. So we have plenty of range there for pretty much anything that we're going to be hauling or driving. As far as temperature ratings, you know what kind of weather conditions can we use them in We can use them, or they will work, continue to work, from negative 58 degrees, up to 401 degrees Fahrenheit. So pretty much anywhere on the Earth that you can go that you can pull a camper, the centers are going to work for you. They're also going to work, or this system is gonna work, with 12 and 24 volt systems. So, pretty much use it on any vehicle that you're either driving or towing. First thing we need to do is we need to determine where we're going to mount our box. And usually you mount it inside somewhere. Keep in mind, wherever you mount it you're going to have to run the wires to, at least run the power wire, to a battery, positive posts on a battery. So, this doesn't come with the hardware. You will have to pick that up. But I think what we're going to do is, instead of me screwing this into the wall, just in case the trailer gets sold, I'm going to use some hook and loop fastener and we'll stick it on there. And then we'll get our wires ran out. I think I'm going to stick it right on this back wall, right up here. I'm going to put a small hole through the floor to the outside, down here on the bottom and then I'll run my wire straight up to the battery. So before we mount this up there, I'm going to go ahead and extend my wires and the batteries mounted in the center of the trailer, right up in the front, on the tongue. It's not going to come with the extra wiring which you can find some here, etrailer. I'm just going to put regular 14 cage butt connectors on here Go ahead and add on my power and ground. Obviously, my ground doesn't have to be real long. I just had to come up enough to get to the frame rail and my power wire has to go to the battery. Okay. So we get those done. Go ahead and get it stuck to the wall. Once we get it mounted, we go ahead, get our hole we put in the floor. And I'm going to put this as far in the corner as I can go. So that, if for any reason, we go to take that out because we want to sell the trailer, we can plug that hole and it's not in a spot that, you know, if we put something on it or drag something across it, it's going to pull out any sealant that we may put in there to seal it up. Once you get your whole drilled, pressure wires down, get all your slack pulled out. Typically, in a compartment like this, there's usually wood trim that goes around the whole outside of it. You can take those wires, you use a plastic wire loom, a clamp and keep it right up against the wall in the corner, so it's out of the way. And if something does happen to hit it, it's not going to pull it out. Get our ground wire, cut the length, right here on our ring terminal. Then I'm going to go right over here, into that frame rail. Drilling Noise Once we get our wire ran up, our power wire, we need to add a fuse onto it. It's got to be at least a 15 amp fuse. You can find fuse holders here, at etrailer. I'm actually just using a, that's just a mini fuse holder. Large ring terminal on. Make sure when the fuse is not in there, it's after you make the connection. Once you have it connected, you can go ahead and add your fuse. Go ahead and hook up our Linc to the dock that we just mounted to make sure our lights come on, showing that we're getting power. When the status light is blinking, that's indicating that you are getting power to the unit. We're going to see this screen, we're going to go to settings, our settings screen, add accessory, it's going to scan showing Tire Linc. If you have several of them, you'll notice this minus 56DB. If you have several of them on a list, you want to go with the lowest one. So, you'll notice the one we have up here, it says a minus 60. You always want to pick the one that's got the the most power or connection. So if you had a negative 70 and negative 80 obviously you'd want the 60. Same thing goes, if you didn't have a negative you had positive numbers like 10 and 20, you obviously would want the 20. So we'll push it, connecting to the Tire Linc. Now we're going to start installing the sensors. You'll notice the arrows are closer on the driver's side than they are on their passenger side. It's prompting us to start on the driver's side. We're going to start with the driver's front and then the second one, again on the drivers. And then we repeat that process on the passenger side. All we're going to do is we're going to touch it, it's going to say learn sensor, we're going to press continue, we don't have him put the sensor on yet, and it's going to tell us what it wants us to do. It says screw tire sensor onto the stem. Sensor found, we're going to press finish. That's going to tell us the pressure is 55, 75 degrees and it's even tell us what our battery level is. Now we'll repeat that process for the next ones. So once we have all of our tires connected, it's going to give you a minimum tire pressure and a maximum tire pressure. Also, maximum temperature Fahrenheit, maximum change in temperature, again, Fahrenheit. And it's going to automatically add those numbers in. It's going to be 20 plus or minus what your print temperature is that it read to begin with. That can be changed by simply pushing the arrow and then setting it how you want. So, you know, if your tire pressure is supposed to be at 65, you can change that minimum and maximum pressure. Now, you'll notice that one turned to red. For some reason, we're having a sensor issue on that side. If that happens, all you do is you go over to that side, you're going to hit that icon or that section where its red, it's going to prompt you how to re-install that sensor. So, you're going to take the sensor off and just go back through it, reinstall it back in and it's going to read the pressure. So you'll notice, our front left tire is showing zero PSI. What we're going to do, is we're going to go over and we're going to reset that sensor. So we're going to push it, it's showing zero PSI. We're gonna scroll down to the bottom, it's going to say replace sensor. So we'll go over there, we'll take the sensor off and then we'll follow the prompts. You're going to tap on the notification, you're going to press open. You're going to put it on your passcode. It's automatically going to go to the screen and it's going to tell you which tire is causing the issue. Once you have all your sensors installed, everything's downloaded on your phone, you're ready to go. It's going to do it for look at the Tire Linc TPMS system by Lippert components..

Questions and Comments about this Video

Bob G.
I think this tutorial was excellent and I appreciate it. I was looking how to install this product, not get grammar lessons, Dr. t needs to get a life.
Dr. T.
#1. Paragraphs are your friend #2. The writing is horrible, disjointed, uneducated, and lousy. It is barely English as well. #3. The content does not review the product but throws stupid English sentences together that do not help the prospective buyer and turns them off of buying the system
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