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Old 11-27-2012, 09:01 AM   #15
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I guess I am lucky. I have 3 air valves right behind my front bumper that I a supposed to bleed periodically. I noticed they are all threaded, so I bought a kwik connect and a 50ft air hose. And an air hose attachment/accessory kit. RUH RUH RUH!

Then when I need to air up the large tires or blow out the water system for winterizing, I just fire up the engine (not during quiet time) and I have constant air supply without having to bleed brake air. It airs up the large tires in minutes and I am careful not to let the pressure get over 50lbs when winterizing.

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:10 AM   #16
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the electricity being mentioned as no pollution?? well we have the coal plants that make that electricity....kinda reminded me of asking a woman on the east coast big city and really never been around ...the question was were does milk come from....the store of course.....ha...no bashing intended of course just humor

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Old 11-27-2012, 12:29 PM   #17
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I hesitated to buy a DP because the fumes produced by a diesel are so bad for me. I can't even ride behind a diesel car, truck or bus without my lungs closing up. I have COPD, and I just close my vents when doing so. I really dislike the fueling up at truck stops, but I have little choice.

I could just imagine sitting outside eating or relaxing under my awning and someone decides to air up their mattress or tires. I'd have to get out of there in a hurry.,or as fast as I could while dragging my oxygen behind me. I'd have to stay away until the fumes dissipated.

Someone using their electric compressor would not force me to vacate. The amount of pollution generated by the amount of electricity used by a compressor pales in comparison to the pollutants spewed out by starting one of these rigs. Fortunately, I am 40 feet ahead of my tailpipe or I would not be able to drive my RV. I really look forward to the day when these rigs run on natural gas.

Please don't take this posting as being judgmental, I just wanted to let some of you that didn't know what effect the diesel exhaust has on some people.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:53 PM   #18
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I totally understand the virtue/advantage of using the onboard air compressor for "airing-up" various things including the 22.5 tires. In fact, we use the MH air for our bike tires all the time (albeit we do not need to start the MH).

However, we use an electric compressor for our air tools, our toad & our MH tires. Why? Just courtesy & I personally dislike the noise & smell of our engine diesel.

From my experience it can take between 5-10 min to properly check each tire and add/subtract air if needed...(6 tires x 10min)....add to this the time to "air-up" the suspension & fill the brake tanks....cycling of the compressor as you pump the brakes or bleed the pressure....add to this 4 tires on our toad....and you've had your diesel engine disturbing everyone in the CG for close to or more than an hour.

I just feel this is way too long to idle my diesel and is insensitive to my CG neighbors. If I was going to adopt this method for airing-up my MH tires, I'd check my pressures at the CG and note the various adjustments required. I would then drive to the nearest parking lot and idle the engine diesel as long as necessary to get rhenium done right.

BTW..in almost 2yrs on the road we have never had anyone air-up their tires using their diesel next to us...in fact we never see anyone even checking tire pressures! I, on the other hand, check ours before every departure, but seldom need to add air.

Whatever works for you....just please don't air-up your tires using your MH compressor next to us...you can borrow my electric compressor...it doesn't get enough use as is!
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:59 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Jack1234 View Post
... From my experience it can take between 5-10 min to properly check each tire and add/subtract air if needed...(6 tires x 10min)....add to this the time to "air-up" the suspension & fill the brake tanks....cycling of the compressor as you pump the brakes or bleed the pressure....add to this 4 tires on our toad....and you've had your diesel engine disturbing everyone in the CG for close to or more than an hour.

I just feel this is way too long to idle my diesel and is insensitive to my CG neighbors. ...
I actually really appreciate this discussion. The quote above and many of the other thoughtful points made regarding the potential extent of disturbance and discomfort to fellow CG residents make a good case for not firing up the DP engine. I like the Sears compressor discussed above: I will look at getting one soon.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:28 AM   #20
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I have one of those sears 6 gallon pancake compressors to air my front tires to the required 115 PSI.

It is more irritating due to its sound than my diesel engine. So I do not carry it on board.

Car tires and bike tires and air mattress inflation can be done by most simple electric pumps.

If my coach tire were flat, I would probably fire up the engine to put some air in the tire.

If merely low, drive the coach to a more appropriate inflation spot, and add the number of pounds you calculated it needed when you cold tested the inflation.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:15 AM   #21
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If I am going to spend a day on the road I do not give it a second thought and air up tires as part ot the walk-around. The rig might be started and shut down a couple of times in the morning.

To start up after set-up causes the air bags to reinflate, and the auto leveling system to reset. So I would end up not being set-up. Have to start over just to check tire pressure?
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:11 PM   #22
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A couple thoughts...or more...

1. I currently use a sears electric air pump since I have a gasser. It isn't very quiet but works nicely.

2. I also have a TPMS so I generally know what tires and how much pressure will be needed for topping them off. That helps in getting it done quickly.

3. I think other MH owners will understand pre-departure airing up of tires. OTOH, they may not enjoy running the engine for airing up light weight stuff. For that purpose a small, air compressor is better and quieter.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:58 PM   #23
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I also use that same sears compressor , Carry it in the toad when travelling and keep it in the garage at home . works great for powering a nail gun

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