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Old 05-23-2014, 07:26 AM   #1
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Air compressor ?

I need to purchase a air compressor for airing up my tires on our 298 RLDS Eagle.
Any suggestions. Not sure on size and psi ?
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:13 AM   #2
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Subd for responses as well. I have a large shop one but no way to get trailer to it... So a small portable one would be nice. I bought a Campbell pancake 1 gallon portable from Walmart for $55 but haven't really used it so can comment on it yet.
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:19 AM   #3
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I have a Porter cable 6 gallon/ 150 PSI ' pancake ' portable.

It's great for around the house, car tires, air tools, RV and sprinkler blowout, etc..

I don't know that I would take in on the road with me, but I can carry it down to the street .
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:32 AM   #4
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I would look at what you need for psi, as the higher the psi you need the longer it will take a small compressor to fill the tire. We have a “Slime” brand 12volt compressor. It just plugs into a cigarette lighter. The packaging says it will fill an average tire in about 3 minutes. I have never timed topping off our TT tires but I would guess it takes about a minute or less. To power the unit, on the backside of the TT (driver side) is the refrigerator access panel. I installed a 12 outlet in there to plug the unit in when filling that side of the TT. On the door side, I have a couple cigarette lighter plugs right at the door. Slime does make a bigger 12 volt compressor but it requires being connected via little jumper cables directly to the battery.
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I purchased a small 12VDC to 120VAC converter and a pancake compressor that way if I’m on the road and need air, I can run the compressor off the battery. Cost for converter and compressor less than $75.
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Old 05-23-2014, 10:04 AM   #6
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If you can find a Craftsman 15309 150psi portable compressor don't hesitate and buy it. It is 120 AC, so you need AC power, but it is the best compressor I found for RVing plus basic work around the garage. It is only 20" tall and about 25 lbs. it's rated for 150 psi and actually achieves it.

I say if you can find it because they have replaced it with another model, which I have no experience with. Plus if you can find the 15309 in a store or online I have seen they are being heavily discounted, ~$40 opposed to the regular $119...even at $119 it's a great buy.

http://www.searsoutlet.com/1-5-Gallo...zipChange=true
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Using any of the smaller 12V will require that you aren't in a hurry. If a tire is flat, you may not be able to get enough PSI / output to seal the bead. Topping off a soft tire will work but take a lot longer than a full power unit. I carry a small Slime unit primarily for emergency winterizing [used it twice this year on a road trip to the gulf coast in Jan/Feb. Returned in March and ran head on into a winter storm. The slime unit made short work of my water line while sitting in a Wally World parking lot for the nite.

Top off tires at home or in a wide open service center.
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I purchased a small 12VDC to 120VAC converter and a pancake compressor that way if Iím on the road and need air, I can run the compressor off the battery. Cost for converter and compressor less than $75.
Have you tried out the combination yet? I would worry that an inexpensive inverter wouldn't have enough continuous wattage to run a compressor.
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Depends on if you're considering airing a tire from little-to-no PSI, or just topping off. I can't see a situation where I'd really need to air a tire from near-zero PSI, so I use a Goodyear i5000 cordless tire inflator. For $50, it's done well for me.
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To keep space at a minimum, I went with the Sears 19.2v set of cordless tools one of which is an air compressor that uses the same batteries as the cordless drill for the jacks, the wet/dry dustbuster vacuum, flashlight and portable radio. As others mentioned, the compressor does not have enough volume to fill a trailer tire quickly, but it will top up a tire that is too low to drive to the nearest service centre but probably would not pop the bead back into place if it had been sitting flat for a while. While on the road, if the tire were to go that flat that quickly, a higher volume compressor probably wouldn`t help anyways. The cordless works great for checking the trailer tires every few days while travelling and topping them up as necessary as well as the bike tires, footballs and tv tires. I also carry a small high volume coleman compressor for the beach blow-up mattresses and toys.
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