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Old 03-23-2015, 06:54 PM   #1
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Tire inflation?

How do you experienced campers inflate (and keep inflated) the tires on your trailer and tow vehicle? I have a cheap 12V inflator that came with an emergency road kit that I hooked up to the 12v plug in the trailer and it showed no increase in tire pressure after running for at least 3 minutes, so I'm thinking it's junk. I've been airing up from my house with a home compressor before each trip but that's a hassle since I need to run an extension cord to the street, and it isn't practical on the road. Gas stations are an even bigger hassle. Are most of you using portable units, and if so what can you recommend?
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:10 PM   #2
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I would think you would need to wait longer than 3 minutes. The air flow is not much on those but they do pressurize after a while. The higher the pressure the longer it takes. Normally I inflate the tires to the sidewall rating before a trip and it lasts till I get home.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:10 PM   #3
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Like you...I check all tire pressures before I pull out of the driveway. I do carry a portable tank in the back of the truck. I make sure it is "topped" off and carry with me.

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Old 03-23-2015, 07:11 PM   #4
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I had one of these -- years ago, and it worked great.
Campbell Hausfeld 120V Inflator -
I see they have decent reviews.
It finally died and I bought another one---not so great.

The problem is -- space to carry anything that will perform adequately.
I now have a small oil less (I think that's what they call them)
It does the job, but it takes awhile.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:22 PM   #5
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Have you guys considered a CO2 or Nitriogen tank? Check this website.

POWERTANK - CO2 Air Systems
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:37 AM   #6
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I Installed an "onboard air system" on our tow vehicle from 4 wheel has provided us the ability to air up or down the truck & trailer at any time. In cab we have an pressure gauge & control switches & Air horn setup that commands attention. No worries @ an reasonable cost.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:25 AM   #7
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I have never had to add air while travelling. But do keep a 12 v small compressor in the back . You have to check to see if it will pump more than 35 lbs (average for a car). See if it will do 50 or 65 lbs for a trailer at home before you need it on the road.

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Old 03-25-2015, 07:38 AM   #8
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I'm about to try a 'poor man's onboard air system' by putting waterproof 12 v receptacles in each trailer wheel well for my little plug in compressor so I don't have to move the truck around to air up. I wouldn't try it with 125 psi tires but should be ok with 80 psi.

You do need patience but should see some pressure increase after 3 minutes of pumping.
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:47 AM   #9
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I like all above inflate the tires before leaving the house and check before pulling out of the campsite. I carry a small air compressor in the basement to top off if needed. I tow at the max pressure noted on the side of the tire and like Kingfish said it is very hard to find a gas station the has that high of pressure avail. These compressors cost a little over a $100
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Old 03-25-2015, 12:17 PM   #10
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I use this Ryobi unit. Great for inflatables and works well on both my truck and trailer tires.
Granted, it's not commercial compressor by any means but it does the job pretty quickly.
It does work with plug in type batteries and having two batteries are ideal.
I have had others that just end up in the trash because they don't work well.
I like not having to plug it in to operate.

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