Why did I need the TireMinder i10 TPMS?
In preparation for our summer trip out west I decided it would be best to have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System installed so I opted to install the TireMinder i10 TPMS prior to our trip. Most people are used to TPMS being a standard feature on their vehicles but I learned after purchasing the 2019 Silverado 3500 dually that it does not come on everything. Federal law mandates that it be installed on all vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs. or less so Chevy decided to save a few bucks and not offer it on my $72k truck. I also wanted to make sure all was well with the trailer on this 3,000 mile trip so I opted for the TireMinder i10 TPMS which came with 10 sensors to monitor both the dually and the travel trailer.
TireMinder i10 TPMS Installation:
Installation was a breeze as their instructions are clear and easy to read. The only issues I had were specific to the dually. Installing anything on the inner rear wheels are a pain because you cannot get your hand through the hole in the wheel nor between the tires. I found that the sensor fit snug in a 12 point 13/16 socket and used it with an extension to get it on the inner wheel stem.
These little sensor though small add weight to the end of the valve stems and can pull on the stems with the centrifugal force of the wheel spinning. If you install these on rubber valve stems, you run the risk that the force on the stems could crack them causing a leak. The truck was equipped with metal stems in the front and I found with the angle on the rear stems that the sensor was basically resting on the wheel so no issue there. The trailer on the other hand would be an issue but I was taking the trailer in for a new set of tires so I took the opportunity to have metal stems installed while the tires were off.
TireMinder i10 TPMS Thoughts:
I have since traded the Chevy in for a Ford Dually which does have TPMS built in (Thank you Ford!), but still continue to use the TireMinder i10 to monitor the trailer. We have had this installed now for one year and I don’t have a single complaint about their system. I have logged about 10,000 miles using the system and not so much as a hiccup to report. I looked into upgrading the sensors on the trailer to make use of the Ford system but there is just too much involved to make it work so I’ll keep the TireMinder.
They also sell different models with some that link to your cell phone so you don’t have a separate screen to deal with in the cab if having another item in your cab is a deal breaker.