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Old 04-11-2013, 12:42 PM   #11
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If you hover your mouse cursor over the compressor in the Lowes link you see that it is 100 PSI max. Might struggle a bit inflating 80 psi tires. The size and weight of it it great though. Canada pricing is interesting Lowes Canada $148.00 On sale at Sears in the US $ 59.99 http://www.sears.com/campbell-hausfe...10000P?prdNo=2

Would you carry it in your trailer? If so, would something like this fit? http://www.sears.com/craftsman-1.5-g...09000P?prdNo=6 150 PSI

I have a 120 psi 8 gal compressor in my garage that handles the van tires ok and a 165 psi 4 gallon that is very easy to carry http://www.portercable.com/products/...roductid=16710 Both are too big to put in my van.

Yes, the little Bonaire gets hot. It comes with a warning:
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I will try to not run it more than 5 minutes. I think it has plastic gears so heat makes them soft and easy to strip.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:37 PM   #12
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Yeah, good point, I noticed the maximum pressure was a bit low after I posted.
It will be travelling with us in the new trailer, either in the truck or pass through storage (plenty of room).
MY smaller CH portable says it has a max of 120 PSI, but it can just put air into a regular passenger car tire (tried it) so I agree that something more powerful might be preferable. I'll have a look at Harbor Freight next time we're over. There's a Sears right across the street there, too. Maybe something like this? It looks similar to the Craftsman you posted, but a bit more expensive.
http://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools/ ... 67696.html

Thanks for spotting the pressure issue.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:09 PM   #13
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That compressor from Harbor Freight looks like a good choice for RV use. You're not running it all day on a job site.

There is a hose on my Porter Cable compressor that sticks out and could get damaged if carried in a storage compartment:


The Central Pneumatic compressor doesn't have that vulnerability:


The right tire pressure is important and sometimes getting air is a problem. I posted this back in 2006:

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I now have an 8 gallon compressor at home (it is too big to carry with me) because one evening after work we were heading to a campground about 2hrs away. I had 76 & 75 in the rear tires and wanted to get them up to 80. The first gas station air pump was blocked by someone who just started vacuuming his car so I decided to go to another station a couple of miles up the road. That one was really busy with three cars parked in front of the pump so I pushed on. At the third station the pump let the air out of my tire so I was down to 70 psi. At the fourth gas station I waited for a truck to gas up and pay so I could get access to air only to find that the pump was out of order. Finally, at the fifth gas station, I got air!
Since then I always start out on a trip with the correct tire pressure.
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moi aussi.
I have had the same problems with the Roadtrek. Besides auto dealerships, there was only a 5th Wheel Truck Stop near where we used to live, and it's compressor status was unreliable and unpredictable at best.
The truck and trailer both have max inflation pressures of 50 PSI, so I don't need a high pressure compressor, but we're keeping the Roadtrek for a while, so it will be useful for the exercise runs or weekenders to have one available.
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:02 AM   #15
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You mentioned Spring, at the start of this thread. I got this today in an email....


It's been raining here for a few days now. I hope things improve before the B-10 Rally in May in the Michigan UP.
We were thinking about dropping by.....
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Thanks for the laugh
I needed it. They just issued a snowfall warning for us
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:30 PM   #17
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Wally World has a decent pancake air compressor (with no additional hose from the tank to the motor that can get damaged) for about a C-note. It also comes with a decent regulator, so you can use it for blowing out water lines if dry winterizing.

A couple other things I'd consider a "must":

1: A couple additional keys.
2: If on a gasoline chassis, a bottle of Sta-bil... use before storage.
3: There are "Extend-A-Stay Deluxe" kits. They are great for either running a BBQ grille off the rig's propane, or if one is boondocking, having additional propane to run the generator or furnace.
4: A towing service.
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