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What Are the Differences Between the TST 507 and TST 510 Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems?

Are you looking to buy a TST Tire Pressure Monitoring System and you can't decide between the 507 and 510 model?  Before you make your final decision, you should know there are some similarities and differences between the two that you need to consider before purchasing.

Differences between the TST 507 and TST 510 Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Let's start with the the type of sensors that are available for the units.  Both the TST 507 and the TST 510 are available with cap sensors, but only the TST 507 gives you the option to use the TST Flow-thru Sensor.  This is a sensor that you do not have to remove in order to add air to your tire.   

Both the cap sensor and flow-thru sensor for the TST 507 have batteries that can be replaced by the user.  It is a CR1632 battery and has an average life of 10-12 months. The TST 510 cap sensor battery is not user-replaceable and must be returned to TST when it needs to be replaced (approximately every 5 years) for the cost of $19.95.

Another …

The Perfect Document Scanner for an RV: Your Phone!

I was recently asked to send a copy of a form to my doctor, and I wasn’t anywhere near a copy machine/scanner.  The form was time-sensitive, and I really needed to get it to them, so I started looking on my phone for the nearest Kinko’s.  That’s when it hit me.  My phone!  I quickly went to my Google Play Store and put “Document Scanner” in the search bar.  I found several choices, but decided on Tiny Scanner.  After a short download, I opened the program and had two options: take a picture or get a picture from my gallery.  I took a picture of the form using my camera being careful to take it in a well-lit area from above.  It gave me the option to crop it, then it instantly converted it into a PDF.  I had the choice to add another page to the PDF (which I didn’t need to do), or to export it.  I could place it in my Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or email it.  I chose email and emailed it to my doctor that easily.   I also emailed it to myself so I could have a copy for my records.…

How Does Wi-Fi Work and How Do I Get It for my RV?

How Does Wi-Fi Work and How Do I Get It for My RV?
Have you ever felt like Wi-Fi should be added to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs? If so, then you must read this!
Do you ever think about how things work? Can you imagine that we talk on a cell phone to someone a thousand miles away, and somehow we just accept it? But how? This kind of stuff just blows my mind. Wi-Fi is kind of the same way. Are you kidding, I can pick up a contraption (cell phone), type in a request, and somehow the answer appears. This seems like some kind of witchcraft. I mean if someone would have told you back in the 1940s that we would be communicating wirelessly the way we do, they would probably have lined you up on the firing squad, but yet today we do it without a second thought.
As RVers, we need our Wi-Fi, so we should at least understand it. So here is what Wi-Fi is to a certain extent. Wi-Fi is a network using radio waves to communicate. Your computer or device has a component in it called a wireless adaptor. …

What is GPS and How Does it Work?

I don’t know why I’m hung up on how stuff works this month, but GPS is another one that is worth being knowledgeable about. A good GPS system has advantages over using your iPad or similar tablet as a GPS, specifically, no cellular signal is needed to load maps, and we will talk more about this in a moment.  An RV GPS, like the Rand McNally, works by using the Global Positioning System (GPS) put into place by the U.S. Department of Defense in 1973.  The space-based navigation system works in all weather conditions as long as there is an unobstructed line-of-sight to at least 4 or more GPS satellites.  The U.S. government created the system, maintains it and provides it for free to anyone that has a GPS receiver; it does not require Wi-Fi or cellular service.   GPS consists of 3 segments: the space segment, the control segment, and the user segment. 
The space segment consists of the 24 to 31 GPS satellites orbiting the earth, each maintained by the U.S. Air Force, which are responsibl…

Bypassing the Ballast and LED Fluorescent Tubes

RV fluorescent tubes come in two standard sizes, 18" and 12". The TechnoRV 18" tubeshave two rows of LED's whereas the12" tubeshave a single row. Installing your LED tubes is a very simple process. First, remove the fixture's plastic cover. This is usually done by pushing on one of the sides until it pops clear of the side of the fixture. Next, remove the fluorescent tubes by gently pulling on them.
The TechnoRV LED tubes are not polarity dependent so you can install them in either orientation. But first you will need to pull off the little plastic covers that are on the pins at each end. Next, push the tubes into the fixture exactly as the previous tubes were installed. Most fixtures have horizontal slots meaning you simply push the tubes up into the fixture. Some have side facing slots meaning that you have to push the LED tube in and then move it to the side to install it in the slots. If you try this you will notice that the LED's would then be facin…

What is That Smell Coming From my RV Sink?

When I decided to become a fulltime RVer over a year ago, I knew there were things that I was going to have to get used to that I had never had to deal with while living in a house.  Washing dishes to me used to mean loading and unloading them - never actually washing them; the toilets I was used to didn't require me to use my foot to flush them; and I was use to being able to actually walk into my closet instead of barely being able to get my clothes into it.  

I've adjusted to everything and then some, and I absolutely love the RV life, but time and time again, there was one thing about it that I just could not get used to...the odors coming from my sink when I turned my water on!  When you live in such a small place, any smell is pretty serious, and we kept having odors coming from the sink for no reason at all.  We would turn the water on to wash dishes or just to fill Lincoln's water bowl and a horrid smell would come up from the drain that was disgusting.  No woman wa…

How to Install the Different Types of RV LED Lights

Plug and Play Almost all of TechnoRV's LED lights are what we call plug-and-play. By that we mean that to install them, you simply take out the old bulb and replace it with the new LED bulb. This even applies to our replacement fluorescent tubes which don't need the ballast bypassing (more on this later).
Polarity The only bulb that you have to watch out for is the921-CW/WW(stick style) bulbs. They arepolarity dependent which means that they only work one way around in the light fitting. Unfortunately the 921 wedge style fitting is a bit useless in that it allows you to insert the bulb in either orientation. The good news is that you can't damage it that way. If it doesn't work, just take it out and swap it around.
Sometimes the wires on the bottom of the bulb can get moved during transit. If your bulb still won't work, look at the end to see if they are in the right place. Also, I know it sounds a little tacky, but you can also try wiggling it a little in the fitting…

TST Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems FAQ

TechnoRV sells the TST Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and we have received a lot of questions about different aspects of this system. TST systems are the best tire pressure monitoring systems available on the market. This system has won multiple awards and since it was originally designed for the demands of the trucking industry, the RV version is tough, durable, and completely accurate. Here are some frequently asked questions to assist you as you determine what system is right for you, or if you already own a system this may help as well.
How does the TST system work? In short, high quality sensors are screwed onto your wheel’s valve stem, and the sensors then transmit psi and temperature data to a monitor that sits in your RV or vehicle so that you will be notified should there be any issues with your tires relating to psi and temperature.  The monitor continuously scrolls the psi and temperature of each tire so that at a quick glance you can stay up to date on your tires data. The…