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Old 09-28-2010, 08:50 PM   #1
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Topping Up Your Tire Pressure

I continually am reminded to check and recheck tire pressure...even to install a wireless "tire pressure monitoring system", but I have a more basic question. WHERE do you top up your tire pressure? It has been my experience that the air hoses at gas stations have too short a hose, or the regulators are set too low for RV tires, or they are inaccessible...not to mention machines that steal your money or just don't work! Sure...I can go to my local truck tire dealer and get the job done....but what about on the road?
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:04 PM   #2
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I have a small 110V air compressor that I carry in the back of the truck. Not the greatest, but probably better than the ones that plug into your cigarette lighter.
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Most truck stops and places like Flying J/Pilot, TA, etc. will have good places to fill RV tires. I try to find a Flying J while I'm on the road.
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:50 PM   #4
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We also carry a small compressor from Sears that goes to 150 lbs to air up our tires on the motorhome. Yes it takes up part of one compartment but I would rather have one than trying to drive on a low tires to a fillingstation.
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:22 AM   #5
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Times Two on the small pancake tank compressor. I carry 50 feet of compressor hose in a bucket with numerous attachments in the center.

I also have an air driven grinder (like a pencil Dremel) that I use to trim the dog's toe nails. Bella's has toenails like a Velociraptor. The "Pedicure" wheels last exactly one toe.
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Old 09-29-2010, 07:57 AM   #6
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I carry a 110v compressor with me, as the trailer tires need 110psi. I do not understand checking the tires after they have been driven. All say check when cold.
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:06 AM   #7
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I have a compressor in my garage & about 100í of hose.
Unless full timing it, I donít see the need to carry one with me.
If I ever found I couldnít go 3-4 weeks without topping off, then Iíd have the tire(s) looked at by a shop.
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I carry a 110v compressor with me, as the trailer tires need 110psi. I do not understand checking the tires after they have been driven. All say check when cold.
Yep, cold and first thing in the morning. The sun side of the trailer starts warming up first.

Also, the radials I have on them always look "low" so I have to check. Every time you check you lose a bit.

As to when I top off, always before I depart the house (it is on my "Predeparture Checklist" like checking the lug nut torques). Weekend trips, I just do a walk around. Out for a week to 10 days, I top off before we depart for home. Snowbirding, every month, and predeparture north.
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Just to day at work we had a safety meeting about "Tire Safety" I would like to post this info but I will have to find out how from our QC/Safety Manager. The info is very good and I would think it would help everyone that does not know.
One thing I just read was that you should not adjust your tire pressure when hot, now this something I heard but didn't know for sure....Tire pressure increases by about 2-4 psi, depending on tire type. If your tires have a max psi rating of 50 psi they should be set at that pressure when cold, this means no heat build up from rotation. At a 50 psi set point after heat has buit up the reading will change and could read at 54 psi, this is normal, one thing they say NOT to do is to lower the pressure to 45 psi and allow it to come up by heat from friction, the reason for this is because they have found that a tire that is under inflated generates more heat and causes tire damage. There other interesting factors with our training.
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What does this report say about Nitro filled tires.
My understanding is,
a) they don't heat up the same amount as air filled tires.
b) do not leak as fast as air because a nitrogen atom is bigger than air & will not bleed through the tire material.
c) no air, no condensation, no rust.

Of course I have yet to find where to add nitro except my dealer which happens to be in the opposite direction of where I always camp.
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