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Old 06-20-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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How do you put air in your tires?

We just picked up our new Daybreak 34 SS and I religiously read the coach manual and then the Ford chassis manual. There is a warning in the Ford manual and also in the coach to only put air in the tires using a remote air line hook up to the tire and it must be done by a qualified technician. They call for 90 psi.

Is this necessary or is the warning just one dictated by regulation? Having never had a motorhome before this purchase, is there something dangerous I don't understand.

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Old 06-20-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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When seating the bead on a tire with ~100 psi there is reason to use a remote (extension) air line, but I think most people agree that topping off your tires is an activity that can be undertaken without the remote line. Of course, someone will, no doubt, post about an accident that occurred when adding a few pounds of air to tires, but regardless I'm going to continue doing what I have been.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:43 PM   #3
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something like this
Coilhose Pneumatics Chuck Assemblies Ball Chuck & Clip - 166-CH09 - UNEEDIT.com

if your compressor has a regulator on it... set it a few lbs higher than desired... and bleed down when you do a final pressure check.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:31 AM   #4
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That is put in as a CYA. If the tire blows while you are near it, and adding air, the event could be crippling or even deadly.

The chances of this happening at that exact moment is IMHO, extremely slim. Only you can decide where on a list of potential risks associated with living, how far up the list you want to put it.

I personally do not even put it on my list of worries. At the top of my list is defensive driving, fire due to my negligence, awareness of location risks, and knowledge of how to recover from a steering tire blowout while moving.


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Old 06-21-2012, 10:42 AM   #5
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Something like will make the job easier........I have one.......great quality. Rook

Amazon.com: Astro Pneumatic 3081 Dial Gauge Tire Inflator: Home Improvement
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We routinely ignore base safety warnings included with many products because they are based on a very high degree of improbability but protect the manufacturer.

A 90 psi steel belted tire exploding can do damage for sure but along with I guess most others I air mine routinely. Never thought about it really until I read about it here on IRV2.

I'm fairly certain the most statistically dangerous thing done in an RV is driving or towing it to where we want to go, yet we go. We seat belt and weigh and air up etc; to lesson the likelyhood of an accident; still they happen.

All that being said if you get one of the devices and use it (not very time consuming or expensive) and I do not; if my tire goes I'm right next to it, you would be safely away.

Like a lot of things, I have thought about it and not purchased one, yet. Maybe never, don't think about it much.
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If it bothers you get some one else to do it; me I"ve got much more important things I could worry about. There are those that just half to worry about everything.-----------not me
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Something like will make the job easier........I have one.......great quality. Rook

Amazon.com: Astro Pneumatic 3081 Dial Gauge Tire Inflator: Home Improvement
Kind of like one that I have except mine is cast aluminum and has two connections so I can air two tires at a time. The air chucks lock on the stems and I can stand to the side while airing.
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Something like will make the job easier........I have one.......great quality. Rook

Amazon.com: Astro Pneumatic 3081 Dial Gauge Tire Inflator: Home Improvement
I use something similar, but even cheaper: Amazon.com: Air Inflator w/ Gauge: Home Improvement
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I would love to understand what air compressor or air inflation source you are using with this particular device? The female fitting at the bottom of the guage doesn't fit on a Truck Stop/Gas Station air hose. I have looked closely at a magnified picture of this device and I don't believe I can get it to fit onto my portable air compressor which has a female threaded connector that connects it to the tire stem. Everything else about this guage/tire inflator looks like it would most of the problems I have with airing tires. Can you describe in some detail how you are using this device???
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I use my MH compressed air system. I tapped into it at a manifold in the front of the MH, to the right of the Generator, on the firewall. I ran a short hose over to a location at the bottom left of the Genney door and installed a female "quick connect". From there I connect to a 40 foot flexible hose with an in line pressure guage and an inline air vent to a female "quick connect". I installed a male "quick connect" into the female threaded connector on the Tire Inflater. I simply plug it all in and use it! ROOK
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I would love to understand what air compressor or air inflation source you are using with this particular device? The female fitting at the bottom of the guage doesn't fit on a Truck Stop/Gas Station air hose. I have looked closely at a magnified picture of this device and I don't believe I can get it to fit onto my portable air compressor which has a female threaded connector that connects it to the tire stem. Everything else about this guage/tire inflator looks like it would most of the problems I have with airing tires. Can you describe in some detail how you are using this device???
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I carry a small air compressor like this in one of my bays and the hoses are fitted with quick disconnects for different attachments.

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I would love to understand what air compressor or air inflation source you are using with this particular device? The female fitting at the bottom of the guage doesn't fit on a Truck Stop/Gas Station air hose. I have looked closely at a magnified picture of this device and I don't believe I can get it to fit onto my portable air compressor which has a female threaded connector that connects it to the tire stem. Everything else about this guage/tire inflator looks like it would most of the problems I have with airing tires. Can you describe in some detail how you are using this device???
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Cathe......you can add a female "quick disconnect" to your air hose from your compressor and add a male "quick disconnect" to the Tire Inflator and you are all set to inflate your tires! Rook
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Is this necessary or is the warning just one dictated by regulation? Having never had a motorhome before this purchase, is there something dangerous I don't understand.

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The real danger is that the company lawyer that wrote the manual doesn't understand DIY MH owners . Yes there is the possability , of a tire blowing up while adding air, about the same as being hit by lightning while your doing it. Rims and wheel covers can have sharp edges, your hand could be to large for the opening and you could end up stuck trying to check an inside dual , kneeling beside your MH forever. OK enough. Use caution you'll be fine . Always check pressure cold .Know your MH weights set your tire pressure accordingly. Safe travels.
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