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Posted: 10/18/20 10:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For years, I have carried one of the those cheap and small Kobalt 12 Volt/120 Volt air compressors. Lately, it has been overheating the thermal protection switch trips so I have to wait for it to cool down between uses. Can anyone recommend a good quality compact air compressor that can air up 80 PSI tires? I would like a dual supply power like the Kobalt has and a compact size like the Kobalt. I do have the generator to supply 120 volts if needed, but I like being able to use the battery in some situations. May be a 120 to 150 PSI max range? Thanks!


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TIREWELL 12V Tire Inflator-Heavy Duty Double Cylinders Direct Drive Metal Pump 150PSI, Compressor with Battery Clamp and 5M Extension Air Hose, SUVs/Trucks/Vans/RVs

I have just tried this one above. Had some issues with the air hose leaking at the connections to the compressor and to the swivel. Called them and they are sending a new one to me. Will see if that one works.
The problem with the small ones are getting to 80 PSI which, we both need. I have thought about buying a small pancake compressor from Lowe's or Home Depot but they have issues also getting to 80 PSI. You almost need two of them, one on 12 volt and one at 120 volt, so you can air up when you leave the campsite and one for the road. The 12 volt units take a long long time to get to 80 PSI.
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Posted: 10/18/20 12:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Viair is the brand. Extremely well built and reliable.

I'll recommend one that hooks up to the battery rather than the cigarette lighter/charging thing.

Go to Viair dot com, they have lots of different models. Choose one based on the PSI you want, etc.

Also sold on amazon dot com.

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2 X on the Viair.


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I had see the Viair brand but had not been able to find any real reviews. I had not seen the Tirewell brand. I will dig further into each recommendation. We have a Class C and have a generator, so 120V AC was an option. I had also considered.a pancake compressor, but lack storage for it.

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3 X on the Viair!!

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Posted: 10/18/20 08:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My Viair 400P airs up my truck and trailer tires to 80PSI no problem. Strictly 12V though, no 120V option. Can draw up to 30 amps as well.

When we are staying somewhere for an extended period I drop the rears on my truck down to 50 PSI. The Viair has no problem getting them back up to 80 in a few minutes.

* This post was edited 10/18/20 08:18pm by wilber1 *


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Another happy ViAir owner here. It stays in my truck full time. My son the mechanical engineer was so impressed with it, he got one too.


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4X Viair. They actually work on high pressure tires


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You have a class C with generator and storage room. If you want something that is going to air up tires, multiple tires and not break the bank, the best bang for buck and duty cycle is a 120V pancake compressor or similar.
Not sure how it lately "always shuts down in thermal mode". I cannot see needing to adjust pressure or air up tires on the same motorhome more than very occasionally. But for whatever reason if you're using alot of air, either spend $300 on a good Viair 12V that will work forever, but be slow, or get something that will put out some decent cfm at higher pressures.
Personally I can't handle spending more than about 2 minutes per tire airing up from say 40psi to 80psi. But I'm not retired and looking for a way to kill a couple hours rotating the air in my tires...


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