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Old 01-23-2018, 01:35 PM   #1
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Looking for 12 Volt Tire compressor/inflator

I have a 2013 Coachmen 281RLDS travel trailer with 15 inch wheels and require a tire pressure of 50 psi. I'm looking for suggestions on a decent 12 Volt unit that I can use to fill my tires in the RV Storage lot. I don't have a generator so I assume I would have to run the compressor/inflator off my truck battery.

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This thread might be of some help...

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ors-91101.html

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I had an expensive ViAir just burn totally up.
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I have this one
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Lowes has one.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-12-V...tor/1000092575
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Viair 450P has been great for 2 years but it was expensive. Probably average using it every couple of months over the last 20 months, so not excessive usage.
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I had an expensive ViAir just burn totally up.
BandJ, what was the circumstance? Did you contact Viair about it? I haven't read much negative about them and am curious.
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Old 01-23-2018, 02:56 PM   #8
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BandJ, what was the circumstance? Did you contact Viair about it? I haven't read much negative about them and am curious.

No, I should I guess. Truth is, I can't find the original receipt so I doubt it'd do any good. I got sick, and stopped looking.

When I left to come here snowbirding, I used it to air up tires.........BTW all my tires, trailer and truck, were bad low. I would plug it up to battery, turn it on, and it'd pop the fuse. Looked in and it had 40a inline fuse. But holder says 30a. So I got both. And tried every other kind of battery to plug to. Multiple times. It would get hot, smoke come out, pop fuse, and that was the end. Every time.
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No, I should I guess. Truth is, I can't find the original receipt so I doubt it'd do any good. I got sick, and stopped looking.

When I left to come here snowbirding, I used it to air up tires.........BTW all my tires, trailer and truck, were bad low. I would plug it up to battery, turn it on, and it'd pop the fuse. Looked in and it had 40a inline fuse. But holder says 30a. So I got both. And tried every other kind of battery to plug to. Multiple times. It would get hot, smoke come out, pop fuse, and that was the end. Every time.
Dang. Please contact them even w/o a receipt. I'd love to hear what they say (and will likely update my post to reflect it).

I've ran mine for a good long while- 4 tires had to come up 20 psi when I aired down my duals once and then the other 6 all needed air because it had gotten cool. Another time I filled a small pool that took a good long time. And even another time, I filled something like 8 river floats.

The only issue I had when I was doing all of the tires- is I blew out the side of the cheap hose they give you.
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OK, just for you. And if I forget to post it here, I'll tell you via PM.

Yeah, I wanted to replace that POS hose, too.

I just filled out the online email warranty form. I do NOT have the unit, and won't be home to get it until April 2nd. BUT......I doubt it's under warranty. I did a search of my Amazon orders (another benefit of using Amazon) and found the receipt. However, I bought it May 27, 2016.

So I dunno. I doubt they do anything. But I will let you know.

Meanwhile, I'm seriously considering (ONLY when I next need tires) upgrading to 17.5" G114's, which are 125 lbs of air. I dunno what portable unit to get. The one I had would do the job, IF you had a half hour to wait.
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Meanwhile, I'm seriously considering (ONLY when I next need tires) upgrading to 17.5" G114's, which are 125 lbs of air. I dunno what portable unit to get. The one I had would do the job, IF you had a half hour to wait.
My Viair 450P does 125psi on my LR J tires (Continental HTL something or other). It is actually fairly quick as I picked up the camper after a service visit and found 1 tire at 80psi. Pumped it up and took it to a tire shop to have a nail pulled + patched.

But, I can understand if you're gunshy on the Viairs.
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As a rule of thumb, you do *not* want one that plugs into the 12V outlet in the vehicle. The motor is relatively weak as to not blow the fuse for the outlet.
I carry an (insert arbitrary brand name) MV50 in the truck and so far it has worked well.
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I did not plug into the 'cigarette lighter'. I used alligator clips for all batteries.

I just got an email back from them. They asked if I would be ok with sending it back to them, to see if they could repair it. I said that was awesome, BUT I left it at home and won't be home till April...............
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Hey look in this forum's product reviews, I bought the Costco power station air compressor and jump starter, inverter and worked great when u had to put in 15 psi in four of the tires to get then to 65psi
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I personally hate the 12V compressors. I would rather have a 120V model with a 150 PSI capability and can fun from my 3500 Watt Generator.

Gets the job done faster and less chance of burning up some wires.

Absolutely avoid any compressor that plugs into the cigarette lighter. Almost every one I've seen ends up burning up the plug itself because they put out such a small volume and have to run 30 minutes to an hour to pump up a flat tire.
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Try this one. Slime 2X Heavy Duty Tire Inflator. Have one and love it.
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Try this one. Slime 2X Heavy Duty Tire Inflator. Have one and love it.
Yep, I've been using a comparable Slime compressor for several years. I put 75 lbs. in my trailer tires.

Nope......... I doubt if it will put 110 lbs. in a tire.
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Old 01-23-2018, 10:23 PM   #18
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I have a DeWalt 2 gallon 110v air compressor with 150lb regulator in my basement. It was very handy in northwestern South Dakota last August when I kept losing air in my left front tire late on a Saturday afternoon. It was also convenient that I could start my Cummins Onan 5500 to power it.
I too have my frustrations with several brands of 12v compressors running forever and blowing multiple fuses.
If you carry a generator, go for a good 110v unit.
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:45 PM   #19
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I have MasterFlow MF-1050 Air Compressor good to 150 psi about $60 in 2016 great buy
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I have this one.. air comp , battery booster light. usb charger DEWALT 1400A Booster Pack | Canadian Tire
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