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Old 10-02-2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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Need help on a new air compressor

I'm looking to purchase a new air compressor so I can use it to winterize my interstate... Any suggestions for me?
(I need one that can apply at least 60 lbs. of air pressure and be portable)
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I'm looking to purchase a new air compressor so I can use it to winterize my interstate... Any suggestions for me?
(I need one that can apply at least 60 lbs. of air pressure and be portable)
I use a Craftsman 1.5-gallon compressor that I bought at K-mart. Less, than $100. About 25 pounds. Convenient cannister shape that you can carry easily in one hand. Produces up to 150psi, with a built-in adjustable regulator.
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And you want an oil-less model so you don't contaminate the water system.
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Prot - does it run on AC only? I guess you can plug it in AC outlet and run off batteries in AS in the case of wanting to add tire pressure?

Thinking about buying one - my current portable tiny compressor takes 3 min to add 5 psi from 30 to 35 psi

Would be nice to have air to blow things out - what are other benefits of such a compressor?
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For blowing out water lines, probably more important than air pressure is tank size, so that you can put a lot of air down the lines, to keep the water moving until it gets out a drain. But my experience is that even when I blow out the lines, I always still get the better part of a gallon of water flowing out through the faucets, etc. when I winterize and fill the lines with antifreeze. So - my simple minded idea is to do both ... blowing out the lines gets most of the water out, and using antifreeze protects the spots where the water still remains. It's cheap insurance, and the whole job takes less than fifteen minutes start to finish (once the fresh water tank and water heater are drained).

And running a bigger air compressor on an inverter is chancy, 'cause as they get bigger, they draw a LOT of juice. A mid-sized one perhaps not so much. So I've got a little 12v guy for tire inflation / repair, and several large 120v ones for bigger jobs such as running air tools, sandblasting, riveting, spraying, nail guns, etc. In that regard, if you ever have to do much riveting, look into an air drill. They're very high speed, and as a consequence do a very good job on making clean holes in aluminum ... especially when paired with drill bits designed for that purpose.
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Prot - does it run on AC only? I guess you can plug it in AC outlet and run off batteries in AS in the case of wanting to add tire pressure?

Thinking about buying one - my current portable tiny compressor takes 3 min to add 5 psi from 30 to 35 psi
Yep. 120vAc only. If I need to use it for airing up tires on my Interstate, I fire up the Interstate's on-board generator and plug into the external GFCI outlet on the curb side. I could run it off the inverter, I suppose, but I have to fire up the generator every so often anyway, so using it to air up the tires (or winterize) is no hardship.
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I bought one becasue my dinky little 12vDC tankless compressor won't air up my Interstate's tires to 61psi in anything less than geological time— glaciers can calve icebergs in the time it takes to air up one tire on a 12v compressor!
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And you want an oil-less model so you don't contaminate the water system.
Wow. I absolutely never thought of this!

Please know that I'm only going to ask this out of curiosity, not to start an arguement. Does it really matter? I realize if we lived in a pure, perfect world I wouldn't want to risk contamination, but in this case, we got to be talking "parts per million".

I probably ingest more oil working under my truck! (Thus why I really avoid working under my truck )
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Wow. I absolutely never thought of this!

Please know that I'm only going to ask this out of curiosity, not to start an arguement. Does it really matter? I realize if we lived in a pure, perfect world I wouldn't want to risk contamination, but in this case, we got to be talking "parts per million".

I probably ingest more oil working under my truck! (Thus why I really avoid working under my truck )
Any compressor with a tank should have a tank drain, so that accumulated moisture and/or oil can be removed from the tank.

Side note, the 1.5-gallon Craftsman that I use is oil-less, and has a tank drain. When I'm done with my compressor, I turn it off, then drain the tank, and leave the drain open until time to use it again.
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I have 12v compressor purchased at Northern Tool. Pulls about a dozen watts for startup. For portability, I have a 12v "jump start" battery pack.

I also have a a tank compressor for volume needed to flush lines. Of course that only happens at home for me.
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cwf...yeah, I may consider a jump pack ......which one do you have?
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And you want an oil-less model so you don't contaminate the water system.
Or buy and oil and water separator that goes inline with the air hose. Commonly used for painting and available at most stores that carry compressor supplies.
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When I winterize, I drain all four tanks, open the low point drains, and turn on the water heater bypass. Then I put about 3 gallons of RV antifreeze in the freshwater tank, close the low point drains, and pump through the system. I make sure that about half goes in the grey water and the other half in the black water tanks. Then I pump out both grey water and black water tanks. That way I have pumped any water out of the macerator system and its hose. Lastly I open the low point dreams again and button the system up for the winter.
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Just a point of information, if you're interested. When the snowmakers are making snow on a ski hill and shut off their waterlines for a period, they blow the water line with air until the fog stops coming out the other end. If they don't, the water will accumulate in some low and freeze up. Solid. And very hard to find and thaw out.
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Exactly. That's why I run RV antifreeze through the system as the last step.
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