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Old 11-26-2016, 10:44 AM   #1
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Air compressors?

We are new owners a 2013 Aspect 27K. Recently we needed to add air to the rear dual tires. The angle of the stem made us realize we couldn't just stop at a gas station. This time we found help at a tire dealer. Here's my question:
Do you travel with an air compressor? If so what do you recommend? We are prepaing for our first long adventure and know the importance of checking tire pressure. Thanks, Dora Explore
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:05 AM   #2
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There's 2 schools of thought...

A heavy duty 12volt compressor like a Viair.
A home unit (110volt) like Porter-Cable or many others.

Either works for RV's with a generator.
The Viair and similar units are very expensive being a continuous duty 12v.
The home units offer many options like a tank to decrease motor cycling and higher PSI and CFM than any 12v unit have...at a lower price.

Then there is the built-in vs. portable discussion...
Built-in requires a long hose that must be pressurized.
Portable requires carrying the pump around.

We have a wonderful generator in the RV that actually isn't used quite enough and don't want to bolt-in a piece of gear that can easily be used at the studs and stucco house, so we got a nice home unit.

Best luck
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:11 AM   #3
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I've used the home 120 volt units for years, going to buy a Viair unit now.
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:15 AM   #4
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I am looking for a compressor for full timing too. I see alot of RV'ers carrying the 3 or 6 gallon pancake compressors. Like Dora, I plan to use for TV and RV tires and maybe blowing out water lines. Any suggestions that can help us?
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:33 AM   #5
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I carry a Fini ... it's smaller than a pancake type.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Fini-1-5-HP...essor/50385522
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:36 AM   #6
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I use the 150# Porter-Cable unit - easily pushes my steers to 120#s and other tires to 90#s. Stores vertical or horizontal, operates on 110V - I did replace the included air hose with a better system including quick-connect chucks. There are lots of posts on this topic on the pros and cons of many different types of compressors ...
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Old 11-26-2016, 12:09 PM   #7
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I've used the home 120 volt units for years, going to buy a Viair unit now.
Interested in the "why"(?).

The Viair that we would need (22.5" rims) is at least the 150PSI, 1.8 CFM type...like the 450P. They start at over $250 plus tax/shipping.

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Old 11-26-2016, 05:46 PM   #8
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This craftsman has served me well for over ten years. Mine is rated at 150 PSI?

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The Craftsman is the same one I have used for 4 years now. Works great on tires and have uzed it to blow dust out of our Rzr as well as blow the water system out.
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I started out carrying a pancake 110V compressor. Switched to a CO2 system, much faster and very quite. Topping off ties in the early AM does not bother any neighbors.
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I carried the $99.00 Craftsman 1.5 gal 150 psi for over10 years. It served me well airing large tires and running air tools. It gave up on me just last week. I got at 6 gal 150 psi Porter Cable on sale at Lowes for $99.
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When I had the DP I had the large 150# pancake, now with the C I have a 125# with two small tanks built in. Got both at pawn shops with extras like hoses for $50 or so. Tested of course be for purchase and both looked like New. Air up what ever I needed, even ran air tools with the 150#. Have winterized with both, also have a 150 in the garage Porter Cable that was under recall that I got for $35 with hose and accessories, but I did have to get the recall parts and install. If your cheap/FRUGAL there are deals around. But to the OP if you have 22.5 the 150#, if you have 100# tires or under then the smaller(less storage area) will do the trick.
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Home Depot has a Porter 3 gallon 150 PSI Pancake A/C on sale for $99 originally $169
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Old 12-01-2016, 08:37 PM   #14
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I'm curious why no one here on this thread hasn't just tied into their RV air system? Mine goes to 120 PSI on average. Can't I just connect to that instead of buying a compressor? Is that kind of air system only available on diesel rigs? It is for the air bags and I thought all A's had air bags these days.
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