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Old 11-26-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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Air Compressor

An anyone recommend a good quality Air Compressor...TV and TT both require 65psi in the tires and I've found air availability at service stations sketchy...as in I'm charged for air it doesn't even work. I'd rather be self sufficient . Thanks
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:31 AM   #2
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Options depending on your abilities and budget.

POWERTANK - CO2 Air Systems

VIAIR Corporation - 12 & 24 Volt Air Compressors
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:10 AM   #3
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Campbell Hausfeld 120 Volt Home Inflation System - Amazon.com

This unit requires 120 vac. I find it works well for the 80psi my tires require. I have not found that any of the 12 v units I have are good for that pressure, although they work for my cars or truck at 30-35 psi.
I use it while the trailer is still plugged into shorepower or I can use my generator.

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Old 12-03-2013, 10:40 AM   #4
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Hello Ljsydney:

I too feel your frustration. I have quite a collection of worthless 12V air compressors which have cost me hundreds of $$$$. My quest began when my tires required 80 psi in them. Yesterday, I purchased a new air pump that works for me.

Bell Air Attack 500 Air Pump, Black: Bikes & Riding Toys : Walmart.com

It has the added benefit of helping me lose weight. No joke, "It works"

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Old 12-03-2013, 01:16 PM   #5
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Lowes has a Kobalt 150 psi on sale for $89.00. I bought one Sunday for my Son in law

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Lowes has a Kobalt 150 psi on sale for $89.00. I bought one Sunday for my Son in law

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I'm lurking for one - that is in my budget - will check it out

Any thoughts in the small senko unit - great reviews on amazon - seems a bit small though
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I'm lurking for one - that is in my budget - will check it out

Any thoughts in the small senko unit - great reviews on amazon - seems a bit small though
IMHO, a tanked compressor is more than you need for on road use. The ones of the style in post#2 (Viair) are ideal for travel. Small, relatively light, and YES they will inflate to 120psi at least. They aren't too slow either...you can fill an LT tire to 80psi in about 5 - 8 minutes.

Snoop the 4wd off road forums for brands (there are many) and nifty mods to make life easier.
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X2 on the Viair. I bought the 450p I think for around $250? Well worth it! A fellow AirForums member taught me how to convert the battery clip system to a plug for the truck's 7-pin port - that and the LONG yellow air hose means unfettered access to trailer and truck tires (combined truck and trailer are 50' long). Fills very quickly with no oil and no tank. I've used it dozens of times on friend's tires when they visit and their tires look low. One of my favorite purchases!
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Kinda want something to blow out water lines as well - I read confusing advice in that subject as well

Basic understanding is that all can do the job - some faster than others
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IMO, that's really two jobs that need two different tools.
A compressor that is adequate for lines is too big to carry for travel.
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IMO, that's really two jobs that need two different tools.
A compressor that is adequate for lines is too big to carry for travel.
Define adequate for the lines?
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Weeeellll,I've always held off on this topic because I'm afraid of the backlash....but, to adequately blow the lines you need air VOLUME and 60psi (or so). Even the pancake compressors will not deliver enough volume for long enough to get all the water out.

I will use a comparable job to make my point. If you lived far enough north, you would see homeowners and golf courses blowing out their lines each fall, for the same reason we do our RVs. They don't just blow until the water stops coming out in a stream. They keep the volume of air applied until the MIST stops coming out. If you stop prematurely, the water still in the lines settles back to the low spots in the lines and remains clinging to faucet valves etc. Then they freeze and crack. Don't ask how I know.

If you use antifreeze in addition to blowing, it's no big deal. But if you use antifreeze, you really don't need to blow at all....overkill. Get a small tankless quality compressor for travel and be done with it.

But if you are going to blow lines and not use antifreeze, IMO, you need a MINIMUM of a 20 gallon compressor. That's just a little big to travel with.
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X2 on the Viair. I bought the 450p I think for around $250? Well worth it! A fellow AirForums member taught me how to convert the battery clip system to a plug for the truck's 7-pin port - that and the LONG yellow air hose means unfettered access to trailer and truck tires (combined truck and trailer are 50' long). Fills very quickly with no oil and no tank. I've used it dozens of times on friend's tires when they visit and their tires look low. One of my favorite purchases!
Used our 12v Viair on our Thanksgiving trip to check and top up the air in the F250 and Flying Cloud -65PSI in all tires. Quiet and effective. Use a good gauge to verify PSI of the meter on the pump. Would not use anything else on the road.
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Do a Google search. I bought a heavy duty !2v compressor rated to 150 psi, several years ago at Costco. You need to hook it up directly to the battery as it takes a bunch of amps to run but it does the job quickly. No, it's not like the run of the mill inflators you see around and yes you can use it to blow out your water lines. It is not like some of the units people recommend that are much like using a diesel to tow a 16' Bambi.
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