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Posted: 09/16/09 12:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am planning on a 6-month RV trip next year. I will have 10 tires on the road and 2 spares.
I run all my tires at 80psi,all the time.
Do you take an air compressor for your tires when you travel.
What kind? What size? Where do you store it?
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Two spares is pretty good insurance, but a compressor offers another option. I have a 2008 F350 and a new Carriage 37' fifth wheel. Took my first trip with wife and 2 dogs at Labor day. Have a spare in the truck and spare in the RV. My RV has a generator so I took my small 110V Sears compressor (hand carry) in the truck. I also have a commercial duty flat tire plug kit that I carry. Arriving at my destination 350 miles away I noticed my front tire going flat on the truck. Found the offending dry wall screw in the tire without much trouble. Emptied air in the tire and plugged the hole with the tire on vehicle and refilled with air using generator and air compressor. This approach was a lot less work and faster than changing tires and then taking it to a dealer to fix. I have to add my Dad used to own a gas station many years ago and I fixed many flats using exactly the type of repair kit I have, so I have the experience and it was relatively easy for me. For me it is a very worthwhile option to carry the compressor and flat tire repair kit.

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Yes we carry a lightweight air compressor (from Sears) in the front of the basement. It isn't high dollar or anywhere near commercial grade but it has served us well for three years now. I check all the tires on the ground any morning we're traveling. That has saved us twice so far. Spares get checked about every month or so. I have also used it to power an air nailer now and then on a remodel job for one of the kids. For under $100 I think it has paid for itself a few times.
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I hide a small one behind some drawers that do not go full depth. Takes forever, but will blow up tires. Since for emergency only, I do not care about speed, but did check it will get pressure high enough.


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I carry a small carry on from Harbor Freight in the basement and a heavy duty 12 volt DC compressor in the truck toolbox. So far never needed them yet for myself but was able to help out a fellow camper last year.


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Sorry - I didn't answer all of your questions. I have the Craftsman 3 gal. Air Compressor, 1 hp, Horizontal Tank. Paid $99 for it. Doesn't take up much space. I carry it either in the truck bed or in an RV compartment. I also carry my pneumatic impact gun as well in case I have to take a tire off. The compressor is a stretch for using the impact gun, but it does work. I carry larger diameter hose rather than the thin looping type they give you. The gun doesn't work well with the thin type.

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A carry a small 2-gal 110VAC from harbor freight that is super light, but I use it for multiple things like winterizing and filling up the hitch air bag. It might get me out of trouble with a low tire, but a flat tire would deserve a call to the autoclub because I don't carry a jack that will lift the trailer.

If I'm heading out for a long stay trip, the compressor sometimes stays at home to make room for the ice machine and margarita maker!

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I have a 12v compressor I got at O'Reilly's Auto store for about $50-$60. Slow, but does work. Last trip I got up one morning and found a very low tire on the truck. Put the compressor on it and after about 15 minutes it was up to 60 psi and I drove it to a tire store for repair.
I also use it to top off the 5er tires at the storage facility if they need it.
Many have said the cheapy 12v compressor from Harbor Freight works well.

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I carry a Porter-Cable 3 Gal pancake compressor in my basement. I have had to use it several times, but only to add a few lbs. I always keep 90psi in it. It doesn't take up too much room.


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Splashers3 wrote:

I carry a Porter-Cable 3 Gal pancake compressor in my basement. I have had to use it several times, but only to add a few lbs. I always keep 90psi in it. It doesn't take up too much room.
Same here. When I had my camper I kept my Porter Cable pancake compressor in it and ran it from the generator whenever needed. Very handy tool to have on board.


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