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Geeky

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Posted: 06/23/02 12:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hmmm, what about carying a small tank of compressed air? I just saw one at Pep Boys and it wasn't all that big or heavy. I don't have a gen so I would have to use 12v

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Geeky, a small tank will work but not for very long. By that I mean a small 5 or 10 gallon tank does not hold enough volume of air over 60 psi to effectivly pump up more than 1 tire. It is great for bike tires and small items but not for an 65 psi tire on your rig.

I have found it is easier to carry a decent bike pump that is a high volume one that can handle over 100 psi. It takes about 20 - 30 strokes per pound to top up the tires to 50 psi on the trailer. A lot of work but it has saved my butt a few times.

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We have always carried a 12 volt Coleman inflater and I realized that the trailer and truck both have large enough tires that it would take three lifetimes to significantly inflate them. Using that as an excuse for a Father's day present, we bought a Porter Cable pancake type compressor, the larger of the two that Lowe's sells, and store it in the front compartment. I also carry some air driven tools for the projects that I manage to get involved with. I know that it is over kill on power, but guys like toys.


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Posted: 06/26/02 12:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We always carry a 12 v air compressor along with one of those hand held self contained batterys. Don't remember the name of the compressor, but it was pricy. Works up to about 70#'s or so. When the battery is not used for the compressor, it works great for running the 12v tv. No power serges.

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Posted: 11/21/03 06:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Saw the Husky at Home Depot - kind of heavy and bulky to tote along. I just received my CH tankless - haven't tried it yet but it's on the list for this weekend.

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Posted: 11/21/03 09:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Remember guys, that those 12V, 250psi compressors have the life expectancy rated in minutes only. My friend use those for his air-adjustable shocks (take very little air) and had to buy 2 of those every year.
Look for older discussion. Right now I know about 3 quiet 120V models, that can handle most of RV needs. They cost in the range of $100 and the Senco I tested is quiet enough to run it at 5 AM.
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It seems like I’ve about always had an inexpensive cigarette lighter compressor and they work great on the kids bicycles or limited use on a car tire – IMO, it’s very time consuming to use one on a truck tire. A couple years ago I was in Moab and it rained almost an inch overnight and I had to lower tire pressure to about 18 psi to get out. I’m not sure I would have ever inflated (4) 295-75/16’s back to 50 psi without a decent compressor. I use a portable Quick Air II, you can find them at oasis-off-road.com. It’s a high output 12 VDC compressor that connects directly to a battery and will inflate a truck tire in a reasonable amount of time. They’re kind of expensive at about $300, but should last for many years of use.


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look into one buit and marketed to four wheelers.
these units are made to work filling large tires and for extended time. a tank will help to.
these units are not cheep, and work on 12 volts.
i havn seen a 110 volt unit for
$100.00 at kragen auto.

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Posted: 11/20/03 04:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the model number of that compressor??

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I have seen a TV add for a small unit with a tank and compressor as well as a small air set (tire inflator, blow gun) for around $100 made by Husky, Craftsman also make a unit. Any one seen one or used one?

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