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Old 09-19-2016, 11:43 AM   #1
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Portable air compressor recommendation for winterizing

I winterize our Jayco 2013 X20E Travel Trailer by draining the hot water tank, then blowing compressed air through the lines. It always works great and is simple.

The problem is we have to keep it in a lot some distance away. So rather than bring it home after every trip, I'm thinking of getting a portable air compressor and then blowing it out at the campground. That way we can take it out whenever we want in the winter and then drop it off at the storage lot and save time.

I'd like a portable compressor that has adequate airflow yet it is as lightweight as possible. Does anyone have one you'd recommend?

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Old 09-19-2016, 01:09 PM   #2
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remember dont go over 30psi. max is 35psi or your gonna start having leaks

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Thanks. That looks like just what I need. Since you recommended it, I'm sure it has adequate airflow and I looked it up -- just under 20 lbs. Probably hard to get much lighter than that.

The only thing I could not find were the dimensions, but based on a similar model from another company I'm guessing 16 x 15 x 7 wouldn't be far off. That's certainly small enough to live with.

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Good reminder. Thanks.
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That is an exaggeration. Some of the more current water pumps put out 60+ psi. Obviously you don't want to push the safe margins of the plumbing system, but 50 psi would definitely be safe. I usually set my regulator at 45-50 psi to winterize, and water pressure around 50-55 psi.
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That is an exaggeration. Some of the more current water pumps put out 60+ psi. Obviously you don't want to push the safe margins of the plumbing system, but 50 psi would definitely be safe. I usually set my regulator at 45-50 psi to winterize, and water pressure around 50-55 psi.
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I usually set mine to around 40 PSI

About the compressor linked above; that compressor uses 120V AC. It would be nice IMO to have something that is 12V DC so it can be used anywhere. You can get a standard oilless, 3 gallon pancake (or hot dog) compressor for around $100 to use at home.
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The PSI is much more of a concern with the plumbing system closed. However when you are clearing lines you will have open valves and/or faucets so the pressure won't build in the plumbing.
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I agree that a 12V compressor would be even better. My concern is that a 12V compressor may not put out enough air flow to do the job. If anyone has one they have found works well, I'd love to hear about it.

I have looked at the pancake compressors, and they are attractive. The ones I've seen have significantly more weight as the tradeoff. I already have a full size portable compressor at home, so I'd plan to keep this one in the TT and plug it in and use it as we leave the campground. But I'm open to better ways of doing it of which I've not thought.
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Your post raises an interesting question. I've always blown out the lines with all the faucets open. That makes the only reason to watch pressure be if you forget to open a faucet sometime. But I saw a video the other day that recommended opening and blowing out the faucets one by one. I've never done it that way and have not had any problems so I don't know if it makes any difference.
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