I'm thinking that would be a handy gadget to have. Aldi's is advertising one for $13 made by KingCraft that appears to plug into a cigarette lighter. Has anyone had any experience with this one or anything similar?
Hi jayhawher, unless you only want to pump up air matteress, beach balls etc. it problay won't do the job on truck or trailer tires, the ones that cost 30 to 40 dollars and can run continuesly may get enough air in to get you to a filling station. I have a Coleman 12v that I have used over the years works good on boat trailer sized tires and car tires that only need about 30 psi, and then takes awhile to do, I now carry a cambell hausfield tankless 110 vac compressor and it works great, but you have to have a gen to run it, which we have in the MH. Happy trails GB
I have one of the $5 (I think it was) types. They called them "Tire Pumps" and most real local hardware stores stocked them. It fits in a small space, requires no power other than owner effort,works on all the tire's I've had to pump up for more than 30 years now from bicycle to Michelins on the van and Goodyears on the trailer. And it gives you good exercise while achieving what ever tire pressure you need. Also pumps up all those other things that need pumping too like footballs, air mattresses, etc.
Admittedly low tech in this brave world of throw-money-at-it-rather-than-lift-a-finger. But it does the job so well the design hasn't been changed since Model T days.
Jayhawker: I tried several types of "cheaper" air compressors, but was always dissatisfied with the long time it took to add air. I looked long and hard and found a great one at Sears. It's 2 HP (no air tank) for $99 (2 years ago). It runs on 110v rather than 12v (about 8 times faster). This machine puts 80# of air in the tires of my 9 ton RV (and my truck) quickly and easily. Best of all, its still relatively small and can be carried in the RV storage compartment. Lots of other RV'ers have borrowed mine when they see me use it. Happy traveling!
Jayhawker, whether that 12v pump will 'work' for you depends on your intended use. It will pump up air mattresses and beachballs fine, and probably passenger car tires to 30 psi or so. However, for those uses I think I'd side with Vern; get a tire pump!
However, if you intend to add 5-10 lbs or so to truck or trailer tires over about 60psi, you'd wear yourself out using a tire pump, and you'd qualify for social security waiting for the 12v pump to fill those tires (I had one; gave it away). For this use I'd recommend a 120vac pump, especially one with a tank. The tank isn't all that necessary, but a stronger compressor sure would make filling tires more efficient. You're also likely to use such a device more often, which is a safety factor.
I have a 2 (or 3?) hp 120 vac compressor with tank, and filling my truck tires to 80 psi and the trailer tires to 65 psi just just minutes. The only drawback is that it's heavy and bulky. Fits fine in the PU bed, but not easily in the FW. Since I'm not on the road for extened trips, I fill my tires prior to trips, then check them while on the road each morning. If they get low I hunt for a service station with a compressor capable of 100+ psi.
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I recently purchased a "Truck Air" from K-Mart. It works good and puts out more than enough air to pump your truck & trailer tires. The nice thing is that it is cooled and can run for extended periods of time. Better yet it is now on sale for $34.96. $10 off.
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I've got a $40 Campbell-Hausel (or something like that) from WalMart or Camping World. Plugs into house or truck. I like it because it beats trying to find a service station with a functioning air pump, and it'll hook onto valve stems pointed in. I use it to top off all 10 of my tires every trip. But like cwsoules says, to do more you need patience. The Truck Air specs look like it is more powerful.
Here's another discussion with links to specs or where you can purchase: Click Me.
*This Message was edited on 06-Jun-02 04:20 PM by cmoehle*
I travel many miles a year, in and out of country.
We carry (2) air compressors, 1 is 12volt not a cheep one! i rigged it to clamps and go right to my battery post. Very few things get enough thru the aux outlet are cig lighter in a rig to work very good.
I carry a 110volt unit that i use off my gen set,
let us all remember that!cheeper is not always the right buy and sure is not always the best buy.
And yes i have used both, if you travel south of the border, there are many things you learn to carry.
I recently bought a multipurpose power pack from Sam's that would jumpstart, do airpressure to 260 psi, make 120 AC and do everything except whistle "Dixie". After reading here, I'm going to give it a check. It was $80. Seemed like a good idea at the time!