We Discuss & Install the New Motorcycle TPMS Unit By RVProducts4You
If you are like me, I’m not good at remembering to consistently keep up with tire pressure, whether it be my motorcycles or our family automobiles. In fact, to insure I check and adjust these monthly, I set an alert in my phone, synch it with my calendar, then hopefully I’ll actually heed it when the set date comes. That last part can be intermittent at best, given how easily distracted I can be.
That said, when we met Rick Collinson and Dan Covington of RVProducts4You at the 2020 Great American Motorcycle Show in February, we knew they were on to something. With small, easy to install and best, affordable tire pressure & temperature monitoring systems they’ve developed for motorcycles and trikes, we wanted to check them out. While several motorcycle brands carry TPMS units as standard equipment on their top-of-the-line models, and even offer them as an accessory on other models, many of these are quite pricey as OEM items. Rick and Dan have priced their units competitively, well below manufacturer add-on prices, and right in the middle of the few comparable units available on the web.
Some shots from our install and use of the units. We like it!
Their company, RVProducts4You, specializes in tire pressure monitoring systems for automobiles, trucks, RVs and campers, as well as portable air compressors and air coolers. Serving primarily the camping world successfully for several years, the two friends decided to develop and market smaller TPMS equipment for bikes and trikes, after many suggestions and conversations with bikers at camping & RV shows. As the old adage goes, “scratch an itch nobody else has yet”, Rick and Dan saw very few offerings available outside of expensive OEM systems, and decided to help fill that void.
Kits for bikes and trikes.
Rick’s story in particular is quite compelling. After spending 30 years in the casino business as a marketing director, Rick was also a trained & skilled volunteer team member of a rescue squad in New Jersey, working with local police and fire departments. On September 11, 2001, Rick’s team was called up after the second Trade Tower was struck in New York City, and they were ordered across the river into the maelstrom. Rick’s team set up twelve units in a perimeter around the Trade Center complex. They first set up a large mobile hospital at Giants Stadium. Shockingly, as the day unfolded and both towers came down, Rick’s team soon realized no injured were coming to the medical units- survivors either walked away relatively unscathed, or were obliterated in the towers’ implosions.
Rick’s team was moved to “Ground Zero” in the destruction zone, right by the city Fire Chief outpost. His crew was among the first on-site in the “bucket brigades” to remove debris in the search for life, they medically tended any firemen and first responders who were injured or overcome, and were first to implement the recovery procedures for any remains found. The horrors of what Rick saw and experienced in those hours and days on-site, haunt him to this day.
Holding that cross in my hand was an emotionally moving experience, as I recalled where I was that morning, and tried to wrap my head around what Rick was doing there as I was watching on television.
Rick treasures the memories of the men and women he served with at Ground Zero, and remembers those we lost. He possesses several meaningful items that commemorate the tragedy, and the heroism of those who served- a Search & Rescue patch, his Volunteer Rescue badge he wore, a photo taken of him working at the site, and a cross, cut from the steel of the broken buildings. Less than 100 of these were hewn from the rubble, given to the likes of the Pope, President Bush, several NYC leaders, and Rick. It was a high honor- and one Rick cherishes deeply. “It will remain a precious family heirloom”, Rick states. To hold his cross is to literally touch history. It is both humbling and awe-inspiring.
Rick is also a cancer survivor, something I can relate to, being a cancer survivor myself. Rick contracted prostate cancer some years back, apparently attributed to his month-long work at Ground Zero amidst the dust, debris, and toxic fumes emanating from the destruction. He also was left with lung disease, not surprisingly, as did many who served long on-site. Rick was treated by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, and fortunately is cancer-free now.
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Rick and Dan take great pride in their work and their products, reflected in their enthusiasm at trade shows, motorcycle events, and just meeting with customers. Their motorcycle/trike tire pressure monitoring systems are proprietary, developed and built to their specifications. They can measure in PSI or BAR, Fahrenheit or Celsius, and also monitor inside tire temperature. With multiple mounting bracket options, the unit is easy and straightforward to install. Once the valve stem sensors are screwed on (light enough to not affect wheel balance), they automatically Bluetooth synch with the monitor, and give real-time readings of pressure and internal temps of both (or all three) tires.
Road Dirt acquired two units for testing, one for Phil’s Harley-Davidson Street Glide, and one for my smaller Triumph Street Cup. As seen in our introduction/installation video above, they are quick and easy to install, and both have been working flawlessly since mounting. The monitor can be switched off if the rider chooses, and the sensors quickly reacquire as soon as it’s powered back on. The waterproof monitor can be removed and charged with an available charging cord, the small valve stem sensors hold replaceable batteries, and the kit comes with tools to remove and replace those common small batteries. We’re not sure what the battery life will be, but when it’s time to replace them, we’ll note that as a point of fact for our viewers/readers.
In all, we’re impressed- with the company, with their TPMS offerings, and most of all, with two great men. We wish them all the success that can come their way, with this great tool in the motorcyclist’s box. Stay tuned, as we will follow up in a few months to report on how the units are still operating.
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