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I have an Itasca Spirit Class C, 2002 model on a Ford E-350 Chassis. I went to 5 different gas stations to try and air up my tires. It seems the outside rear tires have the valve stem pointing in, and therefore is not easily accessable. What is the simplest solution.

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Posted: 05/26/02 02:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take it to a tire shop. You need to use a daul-foot tire inflating chuck that looks something like this:
http://shop.store.yahoo.com/alamohose/693.html


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I remember the first time I went to fill my truck tires: Frustrated after the 5th or 6th service station with compressor turned off, broken, or too weak, I went to WalMart and bought a $40 air compressor. The nozzle end is small, can be turned this way and that, and clamps onto the valve--I can even reach in and do my inner dually tires.


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Not sure if it's that powerful. Mine are only 16". I usually "top off" all 10 tires without problem. I'd estimate I could fill one tire 0 to 65 psi, and then have to recharge.

Other inflators are available of course. Like the Truck Air. Trailer Life did an article a while back on air compressors.

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Posted: 05/26/02 07:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't waste your money getting valve extensions. They are the nemesis of RV'ers!

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does that inflator you mentioned work for the 19" tires? it has enough pressure to fill in a reasonable amount of time?

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I am also using a portable air compressor with a small nozzle. I find that I am able to squeeze my hands in between the tires. Although I usually have to move the RV a couple of feet to get the nozzles at 3 or 9 o-clock so they are within reach. The only recommendation I have is to get a unit that runs on AC and 12v. Worse case you should be able to start up the generator and run it off of an external outlet. The Wal-Mart $30 special I have is DC only and the cord is not long enough to reach the rear tires. I tried using a 10' 12V cable extender, but the cable could not handle the power requirements for an extended period of time.


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Posted: 08/05/03 03:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The chuck recommended by Kenneth is a good one.
It is important to have straight end and the small angle for outer tires. Some of them have a small thread inside, so the chuck stays on the valve with small tilt.

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Do not get tire inflator extentions whatever you do. They are only good for one thing and that is making life a pain in the neck.... until you take them off.

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Check out TIRE MAN SEARCH UNDER DUALLY VALVE

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