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Old 10-01-2019, 10:17 PM   #1
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What kind of air compressor?

With the trailer tires at 65psi, truck tires at 80psi, I am curious to what brands/types of compressors are you guys using?
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Old 10-01-2019, 11:41 PM   #2
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Don't recall the brand ( can't see in the pic ), but it's a 1 gallon pancake I got at Wal-Mart for $35. The 750 watt inverter hooked up to the truck battery will run it ( if not at a site with plug in power ). Used to use a 6 gallon pancake, but the inverter would not power it. Plus it took up a lot more space. This little thing is great for a top off on a low tire. Will do a completely flat tire, but might take awhile if it's one of the large truck tires needing 80 psi.

You do need to have something with you. Other than a truck stop, it's very hard to find a place that will provide pressure 80 and above. I think this little 1 gallon is good to about 120.
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Old 10-02-2019, 12:02 AM   #3
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I can’t speak highly enough about my Viair. Their chat/customer service was awesome in helping me figure out which product was best for me (125psi trailer tires).

Full review of the 450P:
https://learntorv.com/product-review...ir-compressor/
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Old 10-02-2019, 05:15 AM   #4
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I have the 3-gallon "hot dog" compressor from HF
https://www.harborfreight.com/1-3-hp...sor-97080.html
I keep it in the compartment with the blk/ gray outlet. Works like a charm.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:13 AM   #5
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I clamp this sucker right to the trailer batteries. Viair. Just used it for first time since buying it right after Christmas for 101 bucks. So quiet!!! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:23 AM   #6
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Whatever you get, just make sure that it's the kind that attaches directly to your battery. There are some that use a 12V socket/plug (cigarette lighter). Avoid those like the plague for tires. Those are good for inflating rafts, toys, and light duty. For tires, you need something that directly attaches to your battery.
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What kind of air compressor?

This is what I have. My TV tires require 60/80 and the RV 110. It is A/C only, not 12v. Porter Cable CMB15. Rather looks like R2D2. I purchased it from Amazon for about $130.

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I really like this one. Small, light weight. I got it a Lowes.
Fini FINI 1.2-Gallon Portable Electric Hot Dog Air Compressor.
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:23 AM   #9
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California Air Tools makes a wide selection of air compressors.
Very quiet at 60 db
portable and built to last.
My hearing aid goes crazy with the average pancake compressor.
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I clamp this sucker right to the trailer batteries. Viair. Just used it for first time since buying it right after Christmas for 101 bucks. So quiet!!! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
This is the one I use with great success and it meets 67L48ís criteria above.
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I have a Viair constant duty model. It is quiet, compact, well built. In addition to inflating tires I also use it to blow out the water lines on my trailer.
I put an Anderson plug on the power cord and plug it into the back of my truck or the batteries on the trailer.
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I recently bought a Milwaukee 12v lithium tire inflator. Ate one 2.0 battery to raise 2 tires 10# each (from 65 to 75#). The good news is that is very compact and I have plenty of batteries. This thing is very convenient to use, no wires so I can use it anywhere, but it is not really intended to pump up totally flat truck tires. It is rated to 120#.
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I really like this one. Small, light weight. I got it a Lowes.

Fini FINI 1.2-Gallon Portable Electric Hot Dog Air Compressor.

Plus you can shoot nails right into your neighborís tires!
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I have a Viair constant duty model. It is quiet, compact, well built. In addition to inflating tires I also use it to blow out the water lines on my trailer.
I put an Anderson plug on the power cord and plug it into the back of my truck or the batteries on the trailer.
Do you mind sharing a link to the Anderson plugs? I want to install these to the side/front of my camper so I can plug the Viair and my macerator pump in conveniently.
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Old 10-02-2019, 03:57 PM   #15
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At home I have this:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-30...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
It runs effortlessly on a 15 amp circuit. I leave it stored in a corner in my shed. It has great wheels, but I never move it. Instead, I have 3 x 100 foot hoses that can literally reach anywhere on my 1 acre parcel without moving the compressor. And I have a 20' or 25' coiled plastic working hose for the business end of the job.
This compressor makes short work of winterizing my rig. It can deliver 40 PSI all day.

In my truck toolbox I have one of these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Key feature is that it draws from the truck battery, not the cigarette lighter. This unit draws up to 23 amps (compared to the 5 or so available at the cigarette lighter socket). It has a quality pump, not a cheap plastic pump that will melt down and seize under the stresses of filling a big tire.
My extension cord is a set of premium jumper cables...and/or hooking to the RV battery.
There are far better Viairs, but this one is up to the task of filling a tire with 80 PSI with relative ease.

PS. I use an "inflator" for filling toys. They are fast. I hear people trying to fill toys with something like the Viair, and it's an exercise in futility. The Viair is a "pressure" pump. Inflators are "volume" pumps. Mine's a Coleman, bujt here's an example: https://smile.amazon.com/Intex-Quick...sr=1-7-catcorr
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PS. I use an "inflator" for filling toys. They are fast. I hear people trying to fill toys with something like the Viair, and it's an exercise in futility. The Viair is a "pressure" pump. Inflators are "volume" pumps. Mine's a Coleman, bujt here's an example: https://smile.amazon.com/Intex-Quick...sr=1-7-catcorr
Heh, I so learned this the hard way a while back. Filled a 3-ring x 8' round pool with a pair of Viairs. Took just shy of forever.

And a month or two later, filled 12 large river floats with it (using a rubber glove with a finger cut off to adapt the outlet).

Then for this past Easter, we bought the kids big pool floats and me an inflator like you linked to. It's so much nicer filling with that thing! I even did 2 of the river floats when we were in Hot Springs. I'll never go back to filling toys with the Viair.
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5 Gallon pancake compressor from Home Depot. About $100.

120 VAC, 1/3 HP, 125 PSI, located in the basement, plugged in to either the inverter or the generator.

25 foot air hose to reach all tires with air gauge chuck. About $20.

Wouldn't be without it.

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I never had one with my Excursion and TT. I have an air compressor now for my air horns on the Georgetown. It came with a 2 1/2 gallon tank and cheap 12V compressor. I also just received a 110V 3 gallon compressor from my FiL. So now I have 5 1/2 gallons with either 12V or 110V. I plumbed them together and have an airhose for filling tires or anything I need it for. Max psi is 150.

You can get a complete high quality air horn kit with compressor and 3gal tank for $300-$400. It would be worth every penny
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I have the 3-gallon "hot dog" compressor from HF
https://www.harborfreight.com/1-3-hp...sor-97080.html
I keep it in the compartment with the blk/ gray outlet. Works like a charm.
I am currently using the pancake version of your compressor. It struggles to pump 65psi into my trailer tires, I am afraid it wont do 80 for my truck tires. Unless the hotdog version is stronger somehow?
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I am currently using the pancake version of your compressor. It struggles to pump 65psi into my trailer tires, I am afraid it wont do 80 for my truck tires. Unless the hotdog version is stronger somehow?
Haven't had a problem yet. Now, if the tires are down 10psi from ideal, maybe it would take a couple minutes, but a pound or 2? No sweat.
I've found I pretty much disagree with a couple statements...
#1 - It's the only one you will ever need
#2 - It works on everything
I've had the "one I will ever need" and it didn't work on what I had. Everyone is different with their knowledge and experience and the needs of their equipment. My DW is great because she knows the value of having the right tool for the job. I carry things in the RV that I've only used once, but it helped when I needed it. Same with a compressor. What might work for some may not be what someone else expects.
Buy/carry what works for you.
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