This book is designed to be a complete resource for any information you may need when using the TireMinder® TPMS. We highly recommend reading this entire book. We know it’s a lot, but a safety device like a TPMS, is only good when you know how to use it.
Now for the good part. This TPMS is easy to use. It’s by far the easiest TPMS we’ve ever made. If you have any questions, please look through the book (specifically the Table of Contents page), the answer is most likely here. Also, we have a lot of great resources on our websites, www.MinderResearch.com and www.TireMinder.com, including videos and tutorials on how to do anything and everything regarding this system.
Also, if you prefer having an actual human walk you through this setup, give us a call! We’ve got TireMinder Experts standing by ready to help.
Thanks again for using a TireMinder® TPMS and we hope you enjoy this product!
The Minder Team
The system will check for the following alerts every 6 seconds (please note, if no issue is found, the transmitters will provide updated tire data every 4 minutes):
In the event of a tire issue, the appropriate alert will be displayed in both the app and a push notification on your phone. Also, the Bluetooth Adapter will blink red and beep.
If an alert does appear on your display, please remain calm. Remember, DO NOT PANIC! Also, the DRIVER SHOULD NEVER try to figure out what the problem is. Let your husband (or wife), co-pilot, navigator, partner, etc., look at the monitor and try to determine the cause of the alert.
If you receive a leaking alert, please note how much air is left in your tire. If you are running 110 psi (normal) and the alert has come on at 95 psi, you may decide to drive to the next rest stop. If the pressure drops significantly or more rapidly, cautiously bring the vehicle to a safe, off-road location to check the offending tire.
If you receive a high pressure alert, cautiously bring the vehicle to a stop and check the offending tire. If the high pressure is “within reason” you may need to adjust your baseline pressures. Not sure what to do, call us!
If you receive a high temperature alert, cautiously “get off the road” & determine the cause of the overheating. In most cases, this will be due to a brake caliper that is sticking or a bearing which has overheated.
In today's world, the TireMinder® booster helps our 433MHz transmitters avoid signal interference from the ever more prevalent wireless devices. As we all know, you can't throw a stone anymore without hitting a wireless device. This creates a lot of electronic noise, which limits the potential range of other devices operating in the same vicinity. This is why the booster is crucial for operating a tire pressure monitoring system on a multi-wheel vehicle (RVs, 5th Wheels, MotorHomes, Motor Coaches, Boat Trailers, Travel Trailers, etc.).
While the booster is fully weather proof, it is recommended to install the booster in a relatively protected area. The best place to put the booster is 50-75% from the start of the longest point. An example would be at the front of a 5th Wheel or towards the rear of a MotorHome, especially if you have an additional tow.
Once you have chosen a good location, connect the booster's red (positive: +) and black (negative: -) wires to a 12v or 24v power supply line. Please mount the booster as securely as possible to minimize vibration. You may use the provided wire ties to secure the booster and wires. If you have any uncertainty, please contact your local RV dealer for help on the installation.
The ideal booster location is underneath the vehicle. This allows the booster to easily communicate with all of the transmitters.
The TireMinder® TPMS App is able to read units of pressure in PSI (Pressure per Square Inch), kPa (Kilopascal) and BAR (Barometric).
To change the unit of pressure, please refer to the following:
The TireMinder® TPMS App is able to read units of temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius.
To change the unit of temperature, please refer to the following:
If you would like to start over from scratch, the TireMinder® TPMS App allows you to simply reset everything and start over.
To reset the TireMinder® TPMS App and Bluetooth Adapter, please refer to the following:
Click “Yes” to confirm and your TireMinder® TPMS App and Bluetooth Adapter will be restored to factory defaults.
Disconnect and Reconnect Mode allows the TireMinder® TPMS to stop monitoring either the top or bottom section of the display. An example of disconnecting would be if you monitored both a truck and a 5th Wheel Trailer and wanted to drive off from the 5th Wheel. You can simply disconnect the 5th Wheel’s portion and not have to worry about receiving alerts because you are not near the 5th Wheel. Another example would be if you monitored both a MotorHome and tow vehicle and wanted to drive away from the MotorHome while still monitoring your tow vehicle. You can simply disconnect the MotorHome and continue monitoring the tow car without receiving alert notifications.
To reconnect a section, touch the section you wish to reconnect and it will reappear. Press Home to confirm.
Auto-Scroll allows the TireMinder® TPMS App to scroll between of all your transmitters so you can view the pressure and temperature reading of each tire automatically.
Auto-Search allows the TireMinder® TPMS App to completely “erase” all previous tire pressure and temperature readings and actively find new, updating readings. This process should generally take between 4 to 6 minutes. If a reading is not received from a transmitter within 20 minutes of initiating Auto-Search, the App will signal a warning at the problematic tire position. This is useful for getting the system ready after your MotorHome, 5th Wheel, etc. has been in storage for some time and you would like to make sure all of your tires and transmitters are in good working order. After initiating Auto-Search, wait until you have received an updated reading from all of your transmitters. If a transmitter does not update, go to the transmitter and check for any issues.
The TireMinder® TPMS App has a feature that will allow the App to stop your phone from going to sleep or dimming the screen. We call this “Disable Sleep”.
To disable the sleep mode of your phone while using the App, please refer to the following:
Note: Using the Disable Sleep feature may cause significant battery usage. If you are experiencing significant battery drain, turn this feature off.
Note: Once closed, the app will still run in the background. To fully close the app, refer to your device's close method. If you are unsure of how to close an app, please Google "how to close app YOUR_DEVICE_NAME".
Use the following directions to add a transmitter to the TireMinder® TPMS App. Please make sure there is a CR1632 battery in the transmitter before starting the process below.
Use the following directions to remove a transmitter from the TireMinder® TPMS App.
The baseline pressure is the cold tire pressure which you run in your tires. Let’s say you run 100 PSI in your front driver and passenger tires. That means you would set the two front tires to 100 PSI as the baseline in the TireMinder® TPMS App.
To adjust a tire’s baseline pressure, please refer to the following:
Note: You will only be able to adjust the baseline pressure of a tire position if it is currently learned to the TireMinder® TPMS App.
The TireMinder® RV Bluetooth Adapter uses a Micro USB style charger to charge the internal lithium-ion battery. The light on the bottom of the adapter will disappear when it is fully charged (~6 hours to fully charge). If the battery becomes low, you will receive an alert/notification on your phone. The TireMinder® Bluetooth Adapter can be used while charging. The adapter’s battery charge will last between 2 to 4 weeks on a single charge (depending on use).
To turn the TireMinder® Bluetooth Adapter on, press the top power button. Once pressed, the lights on the adapter will turn on. To turn off the adapter, press and hold the top button for 3 seconds. After 3 seconds, the lights on the front of the adapter will turn off and the adapter will be completely powered off.
No (reasonably priced) pressure gauge is going to be 100% accurate. Likewise, NO TPMS is going to be 100% accurate. What’s important is that they are reasonably close and relatively consistent. You engineers and pilots probably have steam coming out of your ears after that last sentence!!
Maybe this will help...
So, if you are running 100 psi in your tires, you could have a gauge reading 2 psi high and a TPMS transmitter reading 3 psi low leaving a difference of 5 psi. This is not uncommon and is considered totally acceptable. We have had calls from customers doing their initial installation saying all 8 or 10 TireMinder® transmitters are reading 9 to 11 pounds low!!! Can you guess what the problem is?? What is important to understand is that the TireMinder® TPMS (and any other brand for that matter) is designed to warn you of changes. For example, it really does not care whether it starts at 97 psi or 108 psi. It is the changes and deviations from the baselines you need to know about.
So, please look at “the big picture”. You may use your trusty pressure gauge as the “standard” or you can use the TPMS as the standard. The important point is that they are all relatively consistent.
Note: Only use the locking rings when your vehicle is going to be in a static, high risk area.
Transmitter O-rings will also need to be replaced at some point. Their life varies greatly depending mostly on climate conditions. If you are not sure of their condition, consider changing them annually when you replace your batteries using our battery replacement program. To replace the O-ring, remove the rubber O-ring that is at the base of where the cap threads onto the monitor. Once removed, place a new O-ring in the same position. Please do not try to find them at Home Depot or Lowes. They will cost you more and will not be the right size. We know from experience!
The TireMinder® caps are a crucial piece of the transmitter. The cap, along with the O-Rings, keeps the transmitter away from any weather and environmental damage. Like the O-Ring, their life depends mostly on climate conditions. The caps should be checked frequently. If one becomes broken or cracked, it should be replaced as soon as possible. Remember, caps are significantly cheaper than replacing a whole transmitter!
The TireMinder® TPMS Bluetooth Adapter can be located anywhere in your RV. The main thing is to try and keep it away from other major electronic devices and do not put it inside metal enclosures. Other than that, you will want the TireMinder® Bluetooth Adapter in range of your phone. Bluetooth has a MAXIMUM range of 30 FT. This does not mean put it 30 FT away. It’s best to have the Bluetooth Adapter within 10 FT of where your phone will be (generally in the cockpit/front driver’s seat).
Also, the TireMinder® Bluetooth Adapter will alarm (red light and beep) when there is a tire issue. If for any reason your phone or the App itself is turned off, the Bluetooth Adapter will still alarm.
Once a transmitter is mounted on the valve stem, be sure it does not touch any solid portion of the wheel or hub cap. This can cause friction from constantly rubbing up against the wheel, damaging the transmitter.
Once a transmitter is learned to a specific wheel location, they are dedicated to that position. Mark and remove your transmitters before a tire rotation. That way, they can be easily put back on. If the transmitters somehow get mixed up, delete all of your tire positions and re-install as if new.
Yes, TireMinder Transmitters may be used on high quality rubber valve stems. However, we highly recommend brass or stainless steel valve stems.
Due to the fact that rubber valve stems deteriorate fairly quickly, e.g. they should be replaced when replacing your tires, an external TPMS sensor can exacerbate the deteriorating by adding weight to the valve stem.
Additional rubber valve stems issues are based on age, length and physical location (i.e. exposure to road salt, high heat, sun, etc).
If using rubber valve stems, it is recommended that you check the condition of you rubber valve stems on a regular basis. Failing to do so will result in a tire failure.
If you can, we highly recommend not using valve extenders when using a TPMS. This is because valve extenders create an additional issue point. They have been known to cause leaks, which can lead to a blowout, as well as no signal errors (see Pressurized vs Non-Pressured Extenders).
Straight valve stems are recommended for safely using any TPMS. We recommend taking a look at YourTireShopSupply.com's dually valve stem kits (link). Other suppliers will also carry similar dually valve stem kits. Using these kits is the safest way to protect your tires from valve stem related issues.
If you have to use a valve stem, we highly recommend straight metal valve stems. These type of valve stems can be altered by your tire dealer to correctly bend into place. When being bent, please instruct your tire dealer to provide enough room so that the TireMinder transmitter does not rub against the tire rim. This will damage both the transmitter and your rim.
Braided steel valve extenders are not recommended. They cause the most leaks, the most tire pressure and signal loss alerts, and the most overall headaches. This is due to the fact that many of they are not consistently pressurized, which means that they only pressurize for enough time to receive a gauge reading. This will cause pressure and signal issues with your TireMinder TPMS. The valve extender itself can also come loose, causing a blowout or additional damage to your transmitter and rim.
Never use rubber or plastic valve extenders.
All towed vehicles will have either rubber (brass) or metal (aluminum) valve stems. If you have a rubber valve stem, you will need brass transmitters. If you have a metal valve stem, you will need aluminum transmitters.
RVs, MotorHomes, 5TH Wheels and Trailers will all have either rubber (brass) or metal (steel, chrome, or nickel) valve stems, all of which work with the TireMinder brass transmitters.
All TireMinder kits come with brass transmitters. If you need aluminum transmitter for your towed vehicle, they can be purchased separately.
Look at the illustration below. Note that the battery slides UNDER the aluminum “bridge”, “clip” or “bracket”. Do NOT place it on top!! Be sure the plus (+) side is up. Incorrect insertion will burn out the circuit or break the solder connection.
The cover should only be finger tight (snug) so as to remain waterproof. Please, DO NOT use pliers and a pipe wrench! Over tightening will damage the “O” ring. Obvious signs of abuse (pliers or rubbing marks) will void the warranty.
Be sure to send in your warranty card to register for our FREE battery exchange program.
If you are having issues connecting to the TireMinder Bluetooth Adapter after updating to iOS 11, please delete the TireMinder app and reinstall. This is only required if you are having connectivity issues.
|Working Temperature||(-20°C to -85°C) -4° F to 185° F|
|Working Humidity||0 – 100%|
|Dimensions||23 x 21 x 21 mm) .8” x .8” x .9”|
|Weight||(14,1 g) 0.5 oz.|
|Battery Voltage||3V DC (CR1632)|
|Battery Life||1 year|
|Pressure Range||(0 Bar – 10 Bar) 0 – 232 PSI|
|Pressure Precision||(+/- 0.3 Bar) +/- 2.7 % PSI|
|Temperature Precision||(+/- 3°C) +/- 6° F Does not replace the Weather Channel.|
|Signal Transmitting Frequency||433.92 MHz|
|Working Voltage||3V DC|
|Working Temperature||(-20°C to 60°C) -4°F to 140°F|
|Working Humidity||0 – 90%|
|Recharge Time||6 Hours|
|Time Before Needing Recharge||2 to 4 Weeks|
|Dimensions||108 x 62 x 16 mm - 4.25”x2.5”x0.6”|
|Antenna Dimensions||36.5 x 10 x 10 mm - 1.4”x 0.4” x 0.4”|
|Signal Receiving Frequency||433.92 MHz|
|Operating Distance||Sorry, no hard number – varies with amount of electronic interference. Booster is mandatory as is antenna UP! If these conditions are met, 100 to 120 ft may be possible. Without the booster And antennae up, distance is extremely limited.|
|Input Voltage||12/24 VDC|
|Output Amperage||1.0 Amp|
|Interal Fuse||3.0 Amps|
|Input Voltage||12/24 VDC|
|Red & Black hard wire connect||3 ft. + length|
|Battery Draw||75mA (while transmitting), 14mA (rest of the time)|
In order for Minder to extend its’ award winning customer service, it is extremely important that you complete and mail the enclosed warranty card along with a copy of your bill of sale. In addition to the warranty, this will register you for the FREE battery exchange program (CR1632 transmitter batteries only) valid through the end of 2018.
This TireMinder® TPMS is guaranteed against manufacturing defects for a period of one year from date of purchase. Should the unit not function as designed, The Minder Research Inc. will repair or replace the section at no charge to the owner.
Excluded are products that have been damaged through impact, water, fire, misuse or unauthorized service.
This warranty is limited to the replacement of the product only and does not extend to any incremental cost incurred. In no case shall Minder’s liability exceed the purchase price. This warranty gives you specific legal rights which may vary from state to state or province to province.
If you have a question or a problem, please contact the TPMS specialist at The Minder Research Inc. before returning the product. Many issues can be resolved over the phone. Extended Warranty? Check out www.MinderResearch.com for cost and availability.
If service is required return w/copy of bill of sale to: