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Old 06-28-2014, 09:11 AM   #1
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A Must Have - Air Compressor

We left Ft. Wilderness yesterday to head back home to OH. While driving on I-4 right past Winter Park I glanced over at the TPMS and saw the number 11. No alarms or anything so I figured it must have been 111 psi. I decided to scroll back to that tire and sure enough it was 11 psi. Being that this TPMS system has been troublesome I figured that sensor crapped out. It was the rear outer passenger's tire so I asked DW to open the window to see if it looked flat. She said it did so I pulled over and sure enough it was flat.

So I pull out my little 12v compressor and bring the tire up to 90 psi. Grabbed a bottle of water and dish soap and could not find a leak anywhere. Buttoned everything back up and off we go.

It is currently loosing a couple of PSI per hour. I have been stopping every so often to fill it back up. I'm going to look for a truck stop somewhere along the route to see if they can fix it. I checked the 130* extender and it is good. Lots of soap around it and the TPMS sensor and it's all tight. It must be a pinhole puncture somewhere.

The moral of the story is: Always take a compressor with you. I also have a truck tire plug repair kit, but I cannot find the puncture. Oh, and a nice cop stopped by to see if we needed help and he said that FL has road rangers that will provide fuel, air, etc. free of charge. We lived in FL for umpteen years and didn't know that. There is a number you can call or dial 911 and they'll dispatch one wherever you are.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:23 AM   #2
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What type of air compressor do you carry? I have two and both are to big for me to carry.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:23 AM   #3
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A nail or other road hazard has most likely poked a hole in the tire.
Try splashing soapy water on the tread area.

If you find a leak note it's location in relationship to the valve stem.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:24 AM   #4
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Glad that TPM system worked out for you, sorry it sucked you couldn't find the leak. With a 5er that needs tires checked, a 2500 TV that I let the air down on the tires when not towing, and an air ride coupler I decided that an on board air compressor would be a must and it's one of the best things I installed on my truck, and with air bags coming, too much air needed NOT to have air.
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Don't you have road side policy came with coach that would fix it free? Still in first year? Our dealer told us FR covered 12 months and Ford covered 2 years.
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:00 PM   #6
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What type of air compressor do you carry? I have two and both are to big for me to carry.
We use this for maintaining the pressures on the TV and TT tires, as well as the TV air bags. We have a big compressor at home for when we need real a "real" air source. The ViAir works great and has no problem pumping to 65 psi in a reasonable time.

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Old 06-28-2014, 06:34 PM   #7
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This works for anything you could need. Bike air, tires even trim nailing. Runs on a/c so fire up gen if out and about.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:59 PM   #8
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What type of air compressor do you carry? I have two and both are to big for me to carry.
I have a Master Flow Cyclone. See link below. I have to be honest when I say we've been beating this thing up since I have to inflate the tire every hour and manages to bring the tire pressure back to 95 without a problem.

Stopped at two gas stations that repair truck tires and they wouldn't touch an RV. We 250 miles away from home so I will have to remove it and check for leaks when we get there.

I don't understand why they couldn't patch it or plug it.

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A nail or other road hazard has most likely poked a hole in the tire.
Try splashing soapy water on the tread area.

If you find a leak note it's location in relationship to the valve stem.
That's exactly what I did but couldn't find it. I have also removed the 130 extension and it still leaked. It must be a tiny hole. I have a truck plug kit to take care of it, but can't find it. I'm going to have to remove it and submerge the whole thing in water.
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Glad that TPM system worked out for you, sorry it sucked you couldn't find the leak. With a 5er that needs tires checked, a 2500 TV that I let the air down on the tires when not towing, and an air ride coupler I decided that an on board air compressor would be a must and it's one of the best things I installed on my truck, and with air bags coming, too much air needed NOT to have air.
Funny you mentioned an on board air compressor. I recommended to DW that we installed one and she laughed. She said, it would be a waste.

Now, she thinks it's a good idea
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