Over the last few weeks, we’ve been encouraging you to share your views on whether tyre pressure monitor systems should be a standard feature in new caravans and motorhomes.
The poll generated lots of interest and although the final results are relatively clear cut, some of your comments suggest otherwise.
G Ferguson voted in favour of standard fit tyre pressure systems for motorhomes, “Tyre pressure monitors should be included in the standard specification of all new vehicles irrespective of their use. The cost of the monitor compared to the cost of the base vehicle is so small it would make no difference but with real safety benefits.”
Tony, meanwhile, saw both sides of the argument, “Yes on motor homes but no on caravans. If a monitoring system was was fitted to caravans, it would stop the driver doing his/her regular routine inspection of checking tyres for heat, bulges and damage etc. If the driver didn’t walk around their outfit, many other items may not be visually checked i.e. – road lights and windows.”
It’s certainly a good point that a tyre pressure monitoring system should in no way replace regular checks of tyres for other visible problems such as cracks and bulges.
Clive, shared that view by commenting, “I am not convinced, there’s a danger you will neglect actually looking at your vehicle’s tyres at all, until some warning of a pressure problem alerts you.”
We can now reveal the results
With a staggering 73% of the final vote, the majority of you voted in favour of having tyre pressure monitoring systems fitted as standard to all new caravans and motorhomes so there appears plenty of demand for this feature from current owners. As per the original poll post, we know only of Bailey’s Unicorn that are supplied with tyre pressure monitoring valves fitted to each caravan tyre as standard (although buyers then need to purchase the in car console to be able to monitor tyre pressures whilst towing). Maybe in years to come, other caravan manufacturers will follow Bailey’s lead, and could systems find their way onto motorhome base vehicles like we have seen in the car market?
Only 22% of you voted against standard fit monitoring systems, whilst just 1% of voters told us they were undecided.
Let’s take a look at more of your comments…
Stanley got in touch to say, “I have fitted sensors to my car and twin axle caravan, and it has proved invaluable, and I would say that it is well worth fitting. I can set the pressure warning signal between my pressure range before it activates. Also, if I turn it on while travelling, it will not register until I stop and start again. So this is just another thing to remember before I set off.”
Similarly, Vian tells us, “As a retired police officer I have seen first-hand how important tyre pressures are. However tyre pressure monitors are not the answer. People should assume the responsibility for checking pressures themselves, especially with motorhomes. Relying on expensive tyre monitors is no substitute for a good quality tyre gauge.”
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