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Old 03-14-2016, 09:37 PM   #1
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Leveling air compressor

My Thomas air compressor in the steering bay has failed and I am considering replacing it with one that has higher volume output and continuous duty type. Has anyone used one of the Viair models? If so are you satisfied with the results, does it level quicker than with the Thomas compressor? Which model did you use?

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Hmm, hadn't thought about doing that as ours works just fine as is.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:54 PM   #3
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My Thomas air compressor in the steering bay has failed and I am considering replacing it with one that has higher volume output and continuous duty type. Has anyone used one of the Viair models? If so are you satisfied with the results, does it level quicker than with the Thomas compressor? Which model did you use?

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Ray,

Had the same problem and did install a Viair. Much better compressor than what you have. Also use it for airing up the coach and Jeep tires. Works great.

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Old 03-14-2016, 10:13 PM   #4
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Which model Viair did you install?

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Old 03-15-2016, 01:39 PM   #5
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Hmm, hadn't thought about doing that as ours works just fine as is.
Yes, Mr D, they all do until they don't!
Mine worked for 16 years and two months but like most everything in life, at some point they die. So, I am looking at this as an opportunity to put an improved version, improved as in higher volume of air so it won't take as long to re-level, in my motorhome and hope it will last half as long as the original. The original was made in the USA, replacement is made in China, isn't almost everything?

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Which model Viair did you install?

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I installed the Viair 430CIG when I replaced the Thomas compressor. On my coach, the fuse for the Thomas compressor is 20 amp and I didn't want to push the current draw on the existing wires. Maybe I was just being too conservative.

The 430 has higher volume than the Thomas and does raise my coach in a reasonable period of time. I've never had the leveling system shut down due to time out because the coach cannot be leveled the way I used to with the Thomas.

Make sure you buy a continuous duty pump.
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Air compressor problem?

I have a 2000 intrigue, just recently after a few days of sitting it sounds like the air compressor starts running but will not fill the tanks until I start the coach. Any ideas as to what this is?
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Ray I installed the 460C.
Thanks for the info, will check that one to see if it will work for me.

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I have a 2000 intrigue, just recently after a few days of sitting it sounds like the air compressor starts running but will not fill the tanks until I start the coach. Any ideas as to what this is?
Possible leak between the compressor and the drier. Check that area with soapy water and look for air bubbles.

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I installed the Viair 430CIG when I replaced the Thomas compressor. On my coach, the fuse for the Thomas compressor is 20 amp and I didn't want to push the current draw on the existing wires. Maybe I was just being too conservative.

The 430 has higher volume than the Thomas and does raise my coach in a reasonable period of time. I've never had the leveling system shut down due to time out because the coach cannot be leveled the way I used to with the Thomas.

Make sure you buy a continuous duty pump.
Thanks, I am only looking at continuous duty models.

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Bartman008,
I believe the drier Ray is talking about is just downstream from the pump. There is a drier with a solenoid valve on the bottom that opens when the pump shuts down so any accumulated water drains with each operation of the pump. It could be that this valve does not close when the pump comes on allowing air to leak. Should be an easy test for the solenoid, activate the pump and listen for air leakage at the drier.
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I have a 2000 intrigue, just recently after a few days of sitting it sounds like the air compressor starts running but will not fill the tanks until I start the coach. Any ideas as to what this is?
Another thought, if you have no leaks the compressor motor could be running but the piston might not be pushing air. You should be able to check to see if you are getting air pressure.
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