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Old 07-15-2018, 05:04 AM   #1
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Thomas air compressor

My front driverís side bay has a Thomas air compressor...that Iím wondering how to utilize for purposes other than itís primary purpose...leveling, right? Above and to the left side inside the bay is a female air hose fitting coming out of the side wall. No levers, dials, gauges, etc. just the fitting.

So, how can I use the air compressor? I finally got a hose hooked up and quickly the air bled off and the compressor did not come on. Bummer.

Thanks for any help!

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The compressor won't produce the volume that you would want for utility use. I believe the fitting you see connects to your internal air system that is fed by your engine compressor. I carry air hose and the needed accessories to use this for filling a tire,etc. I have a couple fitting located in different locations
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Some folks speak highly of the Viar compressors. I grew tired of hauling a 110V pancake style air compressor for inflating tires, etc. and got an air doubler. I plug it into the same fitting you see in that compartment and I can produce up to 200 psi if I need to. It will easily inflate my tires and anything else that needs air. Now it will only work as long as you still have residual air in your coach air system. I have rarely had to run the engine to get enough pressure when I use this thing.


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The compressor won't produce the volume that you would want for utility use. I believe the fitting you see connects to your internal air system that is fed by your engine compressor. I carry air hose and the needed accessories to use this for filling a tire,etc. I have a couple fitting located in different locations
x2.

My rig has one in the front driver side basement and in the engine hatch.

I can inflate my tires to about 105 psi using the onboard system.

A tow truck can use these connectors for managing your brake and leveling system from the tow vehicle.
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That Thomas compressor doesn't have the capacity to inflate a 22" tire.


Look under the coach on the driver's side and you should find 3 valves. One of them can be used to tap nto system air to inflate tires.
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That Thomas compressor doesn't have the capacity to inflate a 22" tire.


Look under the coach on the driver's side and you should find 3 valves. One of them can be used to tap nto system air to inflate tires.
I just found the drain valve for the coach's wet tank (in the basement under the drivers seat) and screwed in the air chuck. The threads were even correct. Click image for larger version

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Some folks speak highly of the Viar compressors. I grew tired of hauling a 110V pancake style air compressor for inflating tires, etc. and got an air doubler. I plug it into the same fitting you see in that compartment and I can produce up to 200 psi if I need to. It will easily inflate my tires and anything else that needs air. Now it will only work as long as you still have residual air in your coach air system. I have rarely had to run the engine to get enough pressure when I use this thing.





What model doubler did you use? Been thinking about getting one.
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What model doubler did you use? Been thinking about getting one.

SMC VBA10N. It's at the coach in storage so that is my best recollection.
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Thanks so much for the excellent feedback and help...and smlranger for that ďdoublerĒ. But, I have only one fitting in my bay below the driverís seat...and not sure where to go from here.

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Again, thanks!
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The fitting above the windshield washer fluid tank most likely connects to one of the valves shown in,previous post #6. Look under the front of the coach on the driver's side to verify. Relocating the connection in the bay keeps you from having to lay on the ground to connect to one of the valves
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The fitting above the windshield washer fluid tank most likely connects to one of the valves shown in,previous post #6. Look under the front of the coach on the driver's side to verify. Relocating the connection in the bay keeps you from having to lay on the ground to connect to one of the valves
So that fitting is used to drain water from the air tank?
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So that fitting is used to drain water from the air tank?

No, you use the valves under the front of the coach on the driver's side.
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