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Old 07-29-2016, 12:53 PM   #11
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All depends on your tires. If the take 80 lbs get one with a small tank. Since I have a generator I use a 120V air compressor.
I agree. That is what I carry, I small Harbor Freight 3 gallon 120 v but I got what I paid for. $39 w coupon and it is too light duty to do much. Gonna go look at the one from Lowe's pictured above. Thanks. The higher pressure rating makes filling easier when you are working for 78-80 psi on the truck.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:56 PM   #12
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I bought an 120 PSI air compressor/jump starter/12V power source/work light combo from West Marine for $120. It works great, is very powerful, and does not need an AC power source to run except for recharging and the charge lasts for a long time. And you can buy a maintenance agreement, then they'll replace it for free if it fails within 2 years, not bad!
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That looks pretty good to, we are just getting ready to head out for the weekend!
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Old 07-29-2016, 02:20 PM   #13
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I put Michelin Defender LT tires (load level E) on my 2015 Ram Laramie. I took one trip with the tires inflated to 75 lbs and about shook my truck to pieces on some of the roads on our way to Texas with my 7,600 lb (dry weight) TT. I let out 10 lbs of pressure and continued on my way@ 60 lbs and WHAT A DIFFERENCE in the ride quality.
When I got home, I sent a e-mail to Michelin requesting a recommendation on air pressure for my towing level. I got a very pleasant surprise when a Michelin technician called me to discuss this subject. After we talked about total loaded weight of the trailer and the 900 lbs tongue weight he recommended that I keep the E rated tired inflated to 52-55 lbs all the time, when towing and when not towing. He calculated the weighs and used the Michelin air pressure to load capability data to make this recommendation. I have since towed the trailer with the tires inflated to 57 lbs ( just a couple lbs extra for peace of mind) on a 1,000 mile trip and the trailer and truck were rock solid and the ride very comfortable.
The "moral of the story" is, it's the air that carries the load and the tires only need to be inflated to the degree that they will carry the load they are designed to carry at a particular air pressure. So why "over" inflate them to carry several hundreds of pounds that are not present when you tow your trailer. Inflate to match the weight!!!

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You want as much tread contact with the road without over or under inflating. The LT tire will have stiffer sidewalls requiring less air pressure to maintain tread contact. Easy way to see this is take a balloon put some air in it and place it on a flat surface and observe the bottom that represents your tread contact to ground. Apply different amounts of pressure using your hand and observe the difference in contact to the surface. Under inflating a tire will cause the center to make less contact with the road surface while over inflation will cause the edges of the tire to make less contact with the road.


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Old 07-29-2016, 02:27 PM   #14
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The Viair system are a bit pricey for my tastes, plus I not like the fact that it was 12V.


We got a Porter-Cable for a 1/3 the price:


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Old 07-29-2016, 09:32 PM   #15
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Still using this, and it proved itself many times over when dropping tire pressures down to 10 when entering a trail, then inflating them after the trail run.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's been used and abused and still works.

Anyone here carry any tire plugs for emergency purposes?
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Your inflation level may well affect your tire wear. Keep an eye on it. I wore out a set of tires on the outside edges because I was running them lower than I should have. Too much psi will wear the centers more. There is a sweet spot.
Also, SLIME builds several model compressors that will go over 100psi. I have three and they work well. Most auto parts stores carry the brand.
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:45 AM   #17
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I always check my TP on the truck and the trailer.
Sometimes 10 psi is needed...


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DW brought me one for Xmas, 125lb I need 110lb for trailer tires.


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I picked this up today with a few accessories.
Shop PORTER-CABLE 0.8-HP 6-Gallon 150-PSI 120-Volt Pancake Electric Air Compressor at Lowes.com
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Old 08-02-2016, 04:07 PM   #20
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I use a Ryobi Air Compressor that can be used to inflate tires (Higher PSI) and rapidly blow up my Air Matress. It has a high capacity hose, and high pressure hose on the same unit. Utilizes the standard 18V LI-Ion and the same power source runs the drill to extend and retract the the stabilizers. Highly recommend. Can be found at Home Depot.
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