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gkachner

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I have a 2019 Thor Axis 24.1. Which portable generator should I buy? The Aiair 400P or the 450P?

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I would personally buy the 450P.

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I guess if you are stuck on the 12v models the 450 would be the way to go. I on the other hand would stay away from 12v models and go with a 120v plug in model. I have used a Fini air compressor for many years, on 19.5 to 22.5 tires. It does take some time to get up to 100psi but I believe you will be happier with a 120v unit. I got the Fini at one of the big box stores about 6 years ago.


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gkachner wrote:

I have a 2019 Thor Axis 24.1. Which portable generator should I buy? The Aiair 400P or the 450P?


Ya had me going for a minute. The title is "which air compressor" and, your question asks which "generator"? Wow!

Anyway, ANY 12V compressor, yes even the junk Viair units are gonna work at topping off heavier duty tires. If you have the room and, a coach generator or, are normally plugged into shore power, I would (and have) definitely opt for a 120VAC unit. They are faster by far. I used to have the Craftsman version of the Porter Cable one that many carry but, due to unforeseen circumstances, it died and, I needed to replace it. So, long story short, I did a bit of research and came up with the Harbor Freight "Fortress" model. It's the 2-gallon version.

There's multiple reasons I went with that one.\

1. It's SERIOUSLY quieter than any other small, portable compressor on the market.
2. Its top pressure is 135 psi which, it suitable for ANY RV tire.
3. It's recovery time is PHENOMENALLY FASTER than any other compressor.
4. It has a *Brushless*, very low amp draw motor.

I read all the reviews and was definitely impressed just by those. So, I took a chance and headed on down to my local HF and picked one up. I got it home, un boxed it and plugged it in. I was flabbergasted as to just how quiet it really is. I can put it on the couch, right along side me right now and still hear the TV just fine.

It's cycle time, from where cut-on is, 95 psi, to it's cut-off pressure of 135, is SEVEN SECONDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I did it several times just make sure my watch was not wrong. Yep, 7 seconds each time, from start to finish. Wow!!!

And one of the best features, beside all those I mentioned, it holds that 135 PSI for WEEKS ON END. I used it two weeks ago to air up our Jeep tires to get ready to tow it and, it cycled one last time after the last tire and, I just looked at it and it's still at 135 psi!!!!

Harbor Freight is having a *Black Friday* sale that is a full month long. That 2-gallon Fortress normally is $159.00 but, for this Black Friday sale, it's $129.00, Can't beat that with a stick. Without a doubt, that compressor DESTROYS my Viair 400P that I keep as a backup to a back up. Your choice.
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The whole concept of carrying a compressor has me scratching my head.

If your tires are losing air you have a problem, get it fixed.

I check tire pressures as part of my routine periodic circle check, but I can’t remember the last time I needed to add any air, then because I’d picked up a screw.

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JaxDad wrote:

The whole concept of carrying a compressor has me scratching my head.

If your tires are losing air you have a problem, get it fixed.

I check tire pressures as part of my routine periodic circle check, but I can’t remember the last time I needed to add any air, then because I’d picked up a screw.


Not everyone carries a compressor for their COACH TIRES. Having a small portable compressor is valuable in all kinds of situations. Those of us that have Jeeps quite often lower the tire pressure ON PURPOSE to enhance off road capabilities and, depending on how close you are to camp when you're at the end of a trail, you can drive back to the campground on low pressure tires and air them up when you get back.

Or, if you're working on something that needs to blown out or off, you have AIR do to it. Or, if your bicycle or bicycles need air in their tires, you have AIR to do it. So yes, a small air compressor is of GREAT value in all kinds of situations.
Scott

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I just picked up the 400P from a friend. He sold his pusher and is moving to New Mexico. It is still new, picked it up for 50.00

He also sold me his irv3 brake controller for 200.00, I should probably take him some extra beer.

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JaxDad wrote:

The whole concept of carrying a compressor has me scratching my head.

If your tires are losing air you have a problem, get it fixed.

I check tire pressures as part of my routine periodic circle check, but I can’t remember the last time I needed to add any air, then because I’d picked up a screw.
Can't always get it in to have it fixed right away if I'm on the road. Hard to get into a station for air and many don't have enough pressure.


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FIRE UP wrote:

gkachner wrote:

I have a 2019 Thor Axis 24.1. Which portable generator should I buy? The Aiair 400P or the 450P?


Ya had me going for a minute. The title is "which air compressor" and, your question asks which "generator"? Wow!

Anyway, ANY 12V compressor, yes even the junk Viair units are gonna work at topping off heavier duty tires. If you have the room and, a coach generator or, are normally plugged into shore power, I would (and have) definitely opt for a 120VAC unit. They are faster by far. I used to have the Craftsman version of the Porter Cable one that many carry but, due to unforeseen circumstances, it died and, I needed to replace it. So, long story short, I did a bit of research and came up with the Harbor Freight "Fortress" model. It's the 2-gallon version.

There's multiple reasons I went with that one.\

1. It's SERIOUSLY quieter than any other small, portable compressor on the market.
2. Its top pressure is 135 psi which, it suitable for ANY RV tire.
3. It's recovery time is PHENOMENALLY FASTER than any other compressor.
4. It has a *Brushless*, very low amp draw motor.

I read all the reviews and was definitely impressed just by those. So, I took a chance and headed on down to my local HF and picked one up. I got it home, un boxed it and plugged it in. I was flabbergasted as to just how quiet it really is. I can put it on the couch, right along side me right now and still hear the TV just fine.

It's cycle time, from where cut-on is, 95 psi, to it's cut-off pressure of 135, is SEVEN SECONDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I did it several times just make sure my watch was not wrong. Yep, 7 seconds each time, from start to finish. Wow!!!

And one of the best features, beside all those I mentioned, it holds that 135 PSI for WEEKS ON END. I used it two weeks ago to air up our Jeep tires to get ready to tow it and, it cycled one last time after the last tire and, I just looked at it and it's still at 135 psi!!!!

Harbor Freight is having a *Black Friday* sale that is a full month long. That 2-gallon Fortress normally is $159.00 but, for this Black Friday sale, it's $129.00, Can't beat that with a stick. Without a doubt, that compressor DESTROYS my Viair 400P that I keep as a backup to a back up. Your choice.
Scott


I'll put in a vote for that 2 gallon Harbor Freight Fortress compressor. It is beyond quiet, seems very solidly built, has a super fast fill from 0 psi time and ridiculously fast recovery when at pressure. It is a low speed 2 cylinder compressor, which in that size class I'm not sure anyone else is doing except for, maybe, California air tools, and at a much greater cost.

An air compressor which has tanks provides much greater overall utility than those fill compressors which have little or no reserve and have to run continuously to provide air pressure.

If I'm out someplace and want to top off, I'll just fire up my generator and run this compressor. I also have manual inflate air springs and my experience is that you need a compressor with a standing head of pressure to effectively adjust air spring pressure.

Your mileage and preferences may vary.

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Posted: 12/18/20 11:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Went to H Frt today to purchase the Fortress 2 gallon compressor.
It was listed at 159$.
Can't find a coupon anywhere for 129$
Suggestions?
Thanks, Mike

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