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Old 06-10-2011, 06:10 PM   #1
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Unhappy 110v AC Air Compressors

The name is Bob and I have a 2011 Jayco Gray Hawk Class-C 31FK. First time to write and not that computer literate so have mercy. Been RVing for 6 years.
First with a '93 Jayco TT and then with a 2010 Jayco TT and now as stated above. I have been considering the purchase of a compressor for the purpose of air for tires. What I have seen thus far have been sold at the big box stores. Usually the pancake style with a psi of 120 to 150 110 volt since I have a generator on board. The comments I have seen on line, both on forums and on reviews on dealers review sites, have been less than pleasing, about 50/50 pro and con.I would like to have better odds than that before making my purchase. Many reviews giving about a years worth of service before the purchase of a new one. Weight needs to be considered, empty they are running,1 hp or less, about 32 lbs. empty. I am aware that after making a purchase I will no doubt want to up-grade fittings and hose. Anyone want to express their views on the subject? I would appreciate your comments.
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:12 PM   #2
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I used to carry a small ac compressor but started leaving it home several years. I carry a lighter small one that I picked up from Walmart. I only use it to top off truck and RV tires at 80psi. It is not the fastest but it does the job. If I have a flat and have big air needs, I will call road service.
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:14 PM   #3
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Have you considered carrying a small compressed air cylinder, otherwise known as a "pig"? (looks like a small propane cylinder with air fittings) Just charge it up at a gas station tire filling area. It doesn't require any external power to use. Yes, it would have a finite capacity, but usually you're just topping off a low tire.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:38 AM   #4
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I have a 12 volt system (the kind used to inflate air bags and for train horns) and added a 5 gallon portable air tank to the system.. This actually works very well for inflating tires..
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:46 AM   #5
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I bought a small compressor at Wall Mart for less than $100. It has a 3 gal tank and is very compact. The best thing about it is that is pumps up to 150 psi. It fits in my Delta tool box on the bed of my truck.
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I have used the Truck Air for many years to inflate my 4X4 tires after airing down for off road use. Takes a little while to bring them back up but will do it. I use it also to top off my Jayco TT tires each trip. Only weighs about 4 lbs and costs about $50.

I use it for all the vehicles at home including the motor bike. Look for it at an auto parts store near you or buy it somewhere online. Works for me.:hihi:

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Old 06-16-2011, 10:54 PM   #7
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I looked at a lot of 12v compressors for RV and Truck tire use and decided on the Q Industries MV50.

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I know you are thinking 110V and a larger unit, but do you really need a larger one just for tire use?

This 12v unit really works well.
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