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Old 07-01-2016, 11:50 PM   #1
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Air Up w/Wheel Covers - Wisdom Needed

Hi Folks: I am exhausted of the battle to air up my tires. I have chrome wheel covers which means that my valve stems are pointing inwards for the outer rear tires. I have tried 180 degree and 90 degree extensions, but neither work with the wheel covers . I have stainless braided flexible extensions on the inner tires, but they are a BEAR to fill too with my current set up.

I have a straight "pipe" chuck which can fill from either side. Seems logical, but it is REALLY a pain to push it on the flexible extensions and it cannot get the outer rear tires without removing the "hubcaps".

I am super frustrated as it took me a couple hours to get aired up tonight.

I would be extremely appreciative of a remedy for this frustrating mess.

Thanks in advance....
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:17 AM   #2
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I would recommend a set of Dually Valves. Braided extensions are problematic. Note, you will need to break the tire off the rim to install Dually Valves. Pick up a set of Alligator V2B valve caps, you do not remove them to check air pressure. These two items will make your pre trip inspection easier and faster.
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X2 on the alligator V2B caps.

Along with the V2B I also carefully and slightly bent a gauge and chuck to make checking and filling with air a snap without the need for cumbersome extensions. Check out my pic.

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I use this:


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I slide the long hose in the hubcap openings and it works perfectly.
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Old 07-02-2016, 08:52 AM   #5
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Add crossfire's...

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Old 07-04-2016, 08:32 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone, I will order the parts and get them on before we leave for the long journey home (2400 miles approximately). Cheers
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The easiest thing to do is go to a tire shop and have them turn the inner tire's valve stems 180 degrees. That way the stem is aimed out and all you need is a straight tube for either inner or outer wheels. Easy to access, easy to attach to.
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X2 on the alligator V2B caps.

Along with the V2B I also carefully and slightly bent a gauge and chuck to make checking and filling with air a snap without the need for cumbersome extensions. Check out my pic.

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This is what you need to do, 30+ years as a mechanic every gauge and chuck has been bent in a bench vise.
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"Doc Vegas"....Out of curiosity, how often are you airing up/checking your tires.
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"Doc Vegas"....Out of curiosity, how often are you airing up/checking your tires.
To be honest, usually just before I leave for a longer trip or it has been sitting for a while. If it were easier, i would do it more frequently. I have tire pressure sensors, but one was way off. I reset them and they seem to be OK now.... still, I like to check manually and top-off (if needed).

Seem reasonable? Thanks
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The reason I asked, is that some check theirs every morning which is really unnecessary and could actually lead to a failure faster by damaging a valve core.

I've been RVing for 40+ years and I only check my tires about every three or four months and find them off 2-3 psi.

If it were me, I would wait until you get home and then have the inner dual valve stems changed and make sure the inner and out duals are pointed outward. Many recommend the "Dually" brand valve stems which I think are ridiculously priced. Most tire stores sell the long metal stems for under $15.00.
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I had the same problem with the outside dual tires and the front tires.
I used a die grinder with a stone and ground out the wheel cover slot enough so the gauge would fit squarely on the tire valve without leaking as I was checking pressures. These openings are barely noticeable unless you look closely at the covers.
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I think I am going to remove the fakey-covers entirely and paint the wheels. I read on here that you can get "hub caps" to just cover the hub part. Anyone got a lead on those?

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Cats eye

I added a "cats eye" system to my rear tires. I can now check the air pressure by just a glance. Very happy with the system!
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