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Old 09-23-2013, 10:29 AM   #1
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What air compressor to get for inflating up to 50 psi?

I am sure I am not the only one here who has a tough time finding camper friendly air hoses at gas stations? On my way home yesterday, I found a gas station with a hose that I could actually pass under the camper to the tires on the far side of the trailer. Otherwise I would have had to swing the trailer around to get to the other side.

So what portable air compressor do you guys have? A 12v compressor would be nice but how do you get a long enough cord to get back to the camper? A 110v would be good as I can use it at the campsite with an extension cord.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:05 AM   #2
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I have a Viair 10007 Onboard air system on the F350, but I carry a Craftsman compressor capable of inflating my 110psi tires on the 5er as well. I have to crank the generator, but that is one of the reasons I have one on the 5er..
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So what portable air compressor do you guys have? A 12v compressor would be nice but how do you get a long enough cord to get back to the camper? A 110v would be good as I can use it at the campsite with an extension cord.
The Goodyear i7000 12-Volt Direct Drive Heavy-Duty Tire Inflator does the job but it sometimes blows a fuse in my truck as I have to use the back-compartment 12-volt socket so I can reach the rear tires on my trailer (it has a 16' air hose and a 10' power cord). Also, I wouldn't want to use it to fill a flatted tire. I think it might overheat. Having said that, its a nice piece of mind to have and small enough to transport easily.

The PORTER-CABLE C2002-WK Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor is what I use when at home. A smaller 1.5 or 2gl tank would be great for taking on a trip. I decided not to get a smaller one for trips as I'm already fully-packed. It might be different if I had a pickup instead of an SUV.

Hope this helps!
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I use the viair system as well but got components to keep system at 120 psi. It really does save time and money to be able to air up all the things on my rig (air bags on the truck and 5er as well as tires, bikes, atvs and utv's) anytime or place I want.
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The Goodyear i7000 12-Volt Direct Drive Heavy-Duty Tire Inflator does the job but it sometimes blows a fuse in my truck as I have to use the back-compartment 12-volt socket so I can reach the rear tires on my trailer (it has a 16' air hose and a 10' power cord). Also, I wouldn't want to use it to fill a flatted tire. I think it might overheat. Having said that, its a nice piece of mind to have and small enough to transport easily.
I have the same compressor, branded as "Slime". It works well, except the Accessory plug on the end was always super-overheating in my truck (might be the truck's fault). It has a nice long hose on it, but made my own extension cord out of 10-gauge wire I got at Home Depot so now I can reach my tires from almost anywhere I'm parked with no overheating problems (on the plug).
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:35 PM   #6
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Barry - I have clamps and have been meaning to mod something like what you have to avoid using the 15amp plug in the back of the truck and just get power directly from the battery. Thanks for the reminder. Another winter project to add to the list
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I got a Campbell-Hausfeld mains ac compressor from Harbor Freight. It will inflate the tank (3 gallons) to 120 psi and the built-in regulator will control the output pressure reliably down to around 5 psi.

I use it for tires, for winterising the MH (at about 20 psi) and for some small air-operated tools (a brad nailer and a small angle grinder). The only negative is the noise level when the compressor is running. IIRC, it was on special at HF last year for $45.
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I use a version of the Slime 12v HD compressor. It'll pump to 100#.

To make things simple, I installed 12v outlets in the rear of the truck, tapped from the 7pin plug; another at the tongue, tapped from the batteries; two on the right side, one in front of the steps, another in front of tires; and another on the left side near the tires and storage area. Can't have too many! All are water proof marine grade. I just plug into whatever is closest.
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Good morning. My wife has a booster pack that has an air compressor built in...pretty cool. A booster, 12V power supply and an air compressor in one. Cool
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Good morning. My wife has a booster pack that has an air compressor built in...pretty cool. A booster, 12V power supply and an air compressor in one. Cool

Stanley J5C09 500-Amp Jump Starter with Built-In Air Compressor : Amazon.com : Automotive


Here is what I use, it works great. I imagine it would take awhile for it to fill a very flat truck tire but it tops them off very well after a driving in the sand and works great for everything short of that.
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