September '20

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120 • RV PRO • September 2020 rv-pro.com RV O E F O C U S T ire blow-outs can cost RVers thousands of dollars in repairs and jeopardize lives. Fortunately, tire pressure monitoring systems are specifically designed to mitigate those risks. "When you're pulling a 10,000-, 20,000-, or 30,000-pound trailer or driving a 45-foot motorhome, there's a lot running on those tires," says Michael Pescitelli, product and operations man- ager at Minder, a division of Valterra Products. "It's a relief to know that when something is wrong with the tires, the TPMS will tell you." Pescitelli says awareness of TPMS products picked up after Congress passed the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act in 2007. This legislation requires vehicles sold in the U.S. have a system that warns drivers about under-inflated tires. Although the TREAD Act pertains to passenger cars and light trucks (those vehicles under 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight), the RV aftermarket industry subsequently began offering TPMS as an aftermarket accessory for towables and motorhomes. Building upon its aftermarket success, Minder is now working to get TireMinder TPMS installed at the fac- tory level. Minder harnesses the power of parent company Valterra to boost the use of tire pressure monitoring systems across the industry. PHOTOS BY STUART PHOTOGRAPHY Michael Pescitelli, product and operations manager at Minder, highlights internal wrap-style tire pressure monitoring systems installed on tire rims and standard internal tire monitoring systems. (The second photo shows the wrap-style monitoring system up close.) Pescitelli says RV makers are increasingly interested in incorporating TPMS products into their units at the factory level. TPMS to the Rescue By Ronnie Wendt

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