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Old 02-25-2021, 05:42 PM   #1
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I have a rockwood pop up and looking for recommendations on what gear to purchase to inflate my own trailer tires from home, rather than navigating busy gas stations and reversing into tight spaces to use their air pressure gauges. Can anyone recommend a brand or model? Iíve heard there are a few that plug into your cigarette lighter in the car, but unsure how effective these are?
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Old 02-25-2021, 06:08 PM   #2
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I use this one. I'm very happy with it so far.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-DC-1...ric/1000092575
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I'm very happy with my Viair 400 RV, but I got it 3 years ago for a major discount. I have no idea why they temporarily dropped the price as much as they did at the time. I might be willing to pay the current price. Not sure. I'd have to assess other options before deciding.

I chose a 12V system because my truck will always be with me to power it, but I won't always have a source of AC power. Others will give their reasons for their choices.

The "RV" designation means it comes with an extension hose. The pump has to connect directly to the battery due to power demand. That puts it at the front of your vehicle. The extension hose lets you get to the back axle of the trailer.

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I’ve heard there are a few that plug into your cigarette lighter in the car, but unsure how effective these are?
Lots of different models will do the job. We got the earlier model of this one because we needed it to inflect heavier tires on our van type mh.https://smile.amazon.com/TIREWELL-12...e%2C188&sr=1-3
Now depending on how far apart your tires are you might need one of these
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
or one of these to a 110 connection
https://smile.amazon.com/Adapter-Cig...%2C215&sr=8-12
We've got both adapters and used them both depending on if we're home or on the road.
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Old 02-25-2021, 06:26 PM   #5
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I have a Husky that is 12 volt and 110 volt with different tips to inflate different items. Very common to find these inflaters for sale everywhere. Just dont go for the cheapest. Look for middle of the road.
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Old 02-25-2021, 07:04 PM   #6
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You might want to take a look at a small compressor. I have a.regular compressor in my workshop but it is a pain dragging the hose to.the TT. I bought a small pancake compressor that does.the job.nicely. it is also.handy for inflating inner tubes when at a campground and going to the river. I also use it for brad nailers.
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Air Inflator

I've been using this one from Harbor Freight for a couple of years now with no problems. It's compact and comes with accessories and carry bag. https://www.harborfreight.com/12v-10...tor-63745.html
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I use my VIAIR 300P 12v Portable Compressor at home and on the road. This particular unit doesn't have a cigarette lighter plug... but all of those I've had took forever to air up a tire. This 300P unit has relatively heavy duty clamps to attach to battery terminals.
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I have a rockwood pop up and looking for recommendations on what gear to purchase to inflate my own trailer tires from home, rather than navigating busy gas stations and reversing into tight spaces to use their air pressure gauges. Can anyone recommend a brand or model? Iíve heard there are a few that plug into your cigarette lighter in the car, but unsure how effective these are?

I use a Ryobi one which uses a rechargeable Ryobi battery. But I also have other Ryobi tools and the battery charger and spare batteries. Ryobi make two different tire pumps.
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Old 02-26-2021, 08:06 AM   #10
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Small air compressors for small tires on a PUP and for other general uses are abundant.

Harbor Freight often has one of their small air compressors on sale for $39.00.

See it here.

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