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Old 10-11-2005, 06:18 PM   #1
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Air compressor for tire inflation?

Can anyone recommend a low-cost air compressor for keeping truck and trailer tires inflated?

Target, for instance, has a 2 gal 1hp AC powered compressor on sale for, I think, $59 (maybe $49?). It will inflate to 90 or 100 lbs, which would cover my truck and trailer (70 lbs to 55 lbs). Is this overkill? Not powerful enough?

Gas stations just don't work out - too awkward getting my rig in position, often their equipment isn't working, or it won't inflate to 70 lbs. No truckstops around here.

My experience with 12V inflators and really small AC devices has not been good . They take too long and seem to overheat.

Ideas? This has been one of my biggest frustrations about trailering!
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Old 10-11-2005, 06:32 PM   #2
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Sears sells a small compressor witha flat donut-shaped tank. I have no idea what it costs, but it is compact, and should do what you need it to.
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Old 10-11-2005, 06:43 PM   #3
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My solution

I use a heavy-duty 12v "Truck Inflator" that I bought locally but also saw in the Camping World catalog a while back. It is a lot more robust and had a big internal fan so that it supposedly can run continuously. I did have it shut down on me once after topping up 3 tires at well over 100 degrees, but it restarted after about a minute and handled the 4th tire without shutting down again. I carry it under the back seat of the truck along with the tire gage.

I also carry a 12v rechargable starting battery pack for use on the curb side of the trailer where a 12v outlet is not easily available. On the street side, I have installed a 12v outlet behind the refrigerator vent door.

I am totally satisfied with the truck compressor and have used it for about 5 years now.
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Old 10-11-2005, 07:08 PM   #4
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I have 2 Coleman air compresors that I've had for a number of years. They cost about $50 when I purchased them. They do get rather warm when in use, and take a few minutes to get my truck tires inflated (to 80# rear, 75# front) if they need more than a couple additional pounds, but so far after lots of use I've never had a problem with them.

This past summer, during 3 months of camping, and probably 7,000 miles towing, I used the Coleman compressor probably about a doxen times on my truck, trailer and bicycle tires.

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Old 10-11-2005, 07:55 PM   #5
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hello cammur and others

i too was frustrated by finding the right compressor. i've got the 12v from camping world.....and it's ok but really more for emergency use.

wanted something i could use regularly for all 12 tires and at home. also since i carry a generator....standard ac power isn't an issue.

opted for the husky shown below...135 psi with a 1.75gal tank. it really works great....about 100$. it is easily lifted (20lbs or so) and has a luggage style base with wheels and an extension handle for rolling.

my pooch serves as a size reference....

there are a variety of models/brands at this 1-2 gallon 120-150 psi range, and most are priced at 90-150$.

looked at the sears model.....but i've had crappy service from sears lately and the home depot seems to have more retail centers if warranty issues arrise.

there are several models at wally world too but i'm satisfied with the husky.....

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Old 10-12-2005, 04:52 PM   #6
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I use a small tankless 110V model for topping off tires at home and take it with me if I am camping. I use a 6 gal compressor for bigger jobs. The 110 volt unit does take a while if I am adding more than 5 PSI to a car tire. It does not move a lot of volume. And it will go to 60 PSI. It is a lot easier than hooking up the 50' of air line to reach all of my vehicles, if I want to do just one unit by the garage.

(I have 6 cars, 1 van, and 2 trailers)

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(I have 6 cars, 1 van, and 2 trailers)

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Two of the cars are going bye bye before the end of this year.

Another car and the van will be consolidated into a big SUV.

Having all of those vehicles is a distraction. I need to trim the fleet.

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Old 10-26-2005, 11:16 PM   #9
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Thanks 2Air for the Husky suggestion and all the others that commented.

I think I have my Christmas List narrowed to either the Husky for $99 (Home Depot) or the Coleman Powermate Inflationmate for $99 (Lowes). Both look easy to move around and hopefully will do the job.
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Old 10-26-2005, 11:44 PM   #10
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The Husky, that is I have the same one as 2air. I carry an extension cord and use a Honda 1000 generator which I can set out on whichever side needs air. Very convenient.
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Air Compressor

You can get a pretty good one at Pepboys for about $80. It goes upto 120lbs.
I bought one for 100lbs would not get upto 90lbs for my tires on my 2002 Landyacht.
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I use that Husky to pump up both the tires and my air bags.
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