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Old 08-27-2015, 08:58 PM   #1
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Air compressor recommendation?

Looking for recommendations on portable air compressor for truck and fifth wheel tires.

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Old 08-27-2015, 09:16 PM   #2
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Hi:
If you do a search on here you will find that a Sears Craftman compressor was often preferred.


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First, what is the HIGHEST tire pressure on your rig? Get a compressor with a rating at least 25 psi higher. Remember, that pressure rating is the highest pressure it can attain. When the pressure gets there, it shuts off. As you use air, the pressure in the tank drops. When it falls below the lower set point, usually about 25 psi less than max, the compressor comes back on.

If you need 80 psi, you might not get it reliably from a 100 psi rated compressor. Get a 110 psi or 125 psi compressor, and you should have no issues.

Try a pawn shop. You may be able to get a great compressor for half price.
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An alternate to the Craftsman is the Viair brand. I have purchased the Viair 450P which is a 100% duty cycle (meaning it is designed to run 100% of the time, and does not require intermittent periods of cool down time). I find it "more portable" than the craftsman, it has its own travel case.

My 5th wheel tires on the old unit were 110psi, my coach tires are the same.

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Although I've a oil type Sears at home, it's way to big for traveling. I picked up this from Amazon four months ago and it's been very good: Amazon.com: Slime 40026 2X Heavy Duty Direct Drive Tire Inflator: Automotive Had a very slow leak in one 5er tire that was irritating at best. Got a bottle of the green Slime and let all the air out this morning (after jacking up the axle a bit). Put the green stuff in and the battery operated compressor filled the tire back up in 20 minutes of run time with a fifteen minute break in the middle. Comes with a case and only weighs a few pounds.
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I've had a BOSTITCH CAP1512-OF 1.2 Gallon Oil-Free High-Output Trim Compressor (Amazon) for years. It's great. Fills very quickly and goes all the way to 150 psi, which is really necessary for 110psi applications...
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If you do a search on here you will find that a Sears Craftman compressor was often preferred.
Yep, a lot of us have this one, us included. Does the job.

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Yep, a lot of us have this one, us included. Does the job.



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Sears Craftman compressor. Get a 110 psi or 125 psi compressor, and you should have no issues.
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Sears Craftman compressor. Get a 110 psi or 125 psi compressor, and you should have no issues.

125 psi compresor will not inflate "H" 125psi tires to 125.

I carry a 110V Emglo 2HP compressor when maxed out with the regulator to 130psi will only fill tires to 120#.

I think I will tap it before the regulator to get 150psi then it should fill tires to 125.
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We use the Sears model that Pete1985 posted does a great job.
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Thnks for compressor recommendations

Thanks for all the recommendations! I decided to get a Viair like the idea of having a compressor that doesnt rely on a generator or electric!
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125 psi compresor will not inflate "H" 125psi tires to 125.

I carry a 110V Emglo 2HP compressor when maxed out with the regulator to 130psi will only fill tires to 120#.

I think I will tap it before the regulator to get 150psi then it should fill tires to 125.
Its for his truck and 5th wheel tires
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Thanks for all the recommendations! I decided to get a Viair like the idea of having a compressor that doesnt rely on a generator or electric!
Good choice. I went with the Viair also.
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