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Old 01-04-2017, 01:36 PM   #1
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We have a Base Camp on order, so we are preparing for the "baby" and buying what we need to have a great experience in the Basecamp. We are new to Airstream and the trailer life. A question: we have read that tire pressure is really important, so we are looking for an air compressor to top off our tires. I want to get one that is 12v DC as well as 110v AC. Any suggestions for the one we should purchase? Thanks, Jim and Nancy
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:42 PM   #2
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Yes. Pass on the 110 v and go directly to Viair on Amazon. I have the 88p, it will be more than enough for your trailer.

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Old 01-04-2017, 02:17 PM   #3
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I purchased a Ryobi hand held. It is about the size of a 18v cordless drill runs on lithium battery. Perfect size works great.
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Old 01-04-2017, 02:21 PM   #4
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The previous model of this inflator has worked well for me for the last 18 months. (Mine is the square one, similar features, but replaced by this one.). About $50 at Lowe's:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-120-...tor/1000092575

It runs off 12VDC or 120VAC, inflates to 120 psi and features an auto shutoff.

In use, mine works very well and has been reliable. I run mostly off of 120V, using an extention cord. I've powered it both off my AS inverter as well as my truck inverter.

I prefer the lower current (smaller cables) of 120VAC, vs. a 12V DC cable carrying 15 Amps from directly from the batteries to the compressor at the tires. I have also had a Viair 85P 12VDC pump, however did not find the alligator clamps as easy to use as an extention cord to an outlet. Of course either pump type will work, it's a matter of which fits your preference.
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For just topping off, a simple bicycle pump will do the job. That's all I carry. Fifty strokes will get you a pound or two of additional pressure.
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Home Depot has what you need
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Old 01-04-2017, 07:44 PM   #7
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I also agree with Mike. Viair 88P from amazon.
Not very expensive, not very big, easy to use. Fast to use.

Works for bike tires as well as vehicle tires.

Yes it hooks to your car battery and not through the 12 v lighter plug. If you do a bit of research you will learn about recovery time and fill time and pressure. We wanted to be sure we could fill our trailer tires at 65 PSI, and also be able to fill a low tire on our tow vehicle.

This little pump works fast and easy.
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When not on the road and just topping off the air in the tires, do you use an adapter/converter to run the 88p off 110v?
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When not on the road and just topping off the air in the tires, do you use an adapter/converter to run the 88p off 110v?
I will either connect to the battery on the vehicle I am checking tires on or just connect to my jumpstart box
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I have used the Stanley brand combo jump box and air compressor purchased at Sams Club( $49) with good results for 3 years.I also use it to winterize by blowing out the water lines before filling with antifreeze.


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I've started using a small SCUBA cylinder with a 1st stage regulator and a tire chuck. Works great, smaller and lighter than a compressor, no wires.
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Air Compressor Help Thank You

Thanks everyone for your insights regarding an air compressor. It is nice to know that there is help available when needed in the AS community. My wife and I are grateful. Happy New Year to All.

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