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Old 07-20-2018, 07:19 PM   #1
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Air Compressor

what is a good solid air compressor for an rv?
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:56 PM   #2
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What do you want it to do? If you have 22.5" tires, you might need an air compressor that goes up to 150 PSI. If just wanting to inflate air mattresses, a 12v compressor might be enough. Pay attention to volume, not just PSI, because some pump so little volume you could spend an hour or more inflating some items. If you do a search of the forum using the search box with the Google logo you'll find many threads and opinions on the subject.
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:05 PM   #3
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A 150 psi, 120VAC pancake compressor is what most buy. The cost is around $100-$150. I have a Fini, but the brand is not as important as the air pressure rating; otherwise you wind up fiddling with lower pressure and waiting for the compressor to pump up enough to air up a tire.
If cost is not a major factor, there are quality 12V, high-pressure compressors (Viar) that also do the job right, but they cost about $240. See the specs here.
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I have a Viar 450 P-V part #45053 easely fills My 22.5 tires to 90# small, compact, able to run continuously. Tried different 150 PSI pancake compressors, took up more room and had to wait to reach the max pressure.
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We also have the Viair 400P-RV and are very happy with it.
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I have a Viar 450 P-V part #45053 easely fills My 22.5 tires to 90# small, compact, able to run continuously. Tried different 150 PSI pancake compressors, took up more room and had to wait to reach the max pressure.

X2! The 450 is rated for continuous running. The 400 has to rest on a regular basis!
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Old 07-21-2018, 01:37 PM   #7
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I bought the Harbor Freight #150 compressor with the metal body a couple of days ago. I inflated 6 tires on my coach to #90, the tow dolly to #45, and the toad to #30 with it. When a tire would get to #50 the compressor slowed down but it did not take very long to complete the inflation. Compressor got on the edge of what I would call hot but never quit.
Not as convenient as it could be as the alligator clips have to go on the battery, which is in the steps. Also the part that screws on to the valve stem is difficult to do, especially on the rear duals. I improvised another hose and inflator tip but have to be careful with this as the airflow from the compressor can not be restricted as there is no shutoff switch. I don't have valve extensions on the duals do to the way the hubcaps fit on the wheels. Would be nice to have an easier way to attach an extension hose to the existing hose.

I did buy the extended warranty so if it quits by sometime in 2020 I can either get a refund or new replacement. If it does not work out I can always buy a hopefully higher quality unit later. For now this way easy to purchase as we were only about a half mile from Harbor Freight an the other compressor has quit. Not saying it is the best unit but for about $75 out the door it is worth the gamble.
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Harbor Freight has a pancake air compressor ($118) that is usually on sale, or better if you have the current 25% discount coupon.

Lowe's and Home Depot sell the well recommended Porter Cable pancake which is 150 psig and about 3 scfm output and usually around $100 bucks. That P-C scfm is about 2x the $265 Vlair. My P-C compressor has been heavily used over the last 6-8 years and is going strong.

My objections to the Vlair is the high price and lack of volume output. Other then that, a good product.
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:31 AM   #9
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Lowe's and Home Depot sell the well recommended Porter Cable pancake which is 150 psig and about 3 scfm output and usually around $100 bucks.
Yep, that's what we have. Works very well.
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thanks for the input about the air compressors. good info.
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I bought the Viair 450 RV due to the size of my tires. Front and tag are 365/70 and drive are 315/80's. Viair recommends the 450 fot those sizes and it does the job.
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if you want a 12v, i use a viair 400p. not uncommon to air the jeep tires back up from the offroad pressures of 15lbs to 35lbs for highway use once a week or so, dune buggy and rzr tires as needed as well as the occasional rv tire to 115lbs. ive never had it shut down due to run time. it did have a problem in the intake reed and viair absolutely stepped up and fixed it. cant say enough about them. they're readily available at about $160. if you need more volume smittybuilt makes a good one also
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I have used a Harbor Freight 150psi 110v air compressor for years now, with out failure! Usually can find it on sale for around $100. It even has a permanent location in it's own cubby! I've been flamed a few times because of Harbor Freight but gotta tell ya, it's been the best value for sure! Interesting in that it has saved some folk with the more costly compressors that have failed them, and after, they were on their way to HF! LOL...
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I have used a Harbor Freight 150psi 110v air compressor for years now, with out failure! Usually can find it on sale for around $100. It even has a permanent location in it's own cubby! I've been flamed a few times because of Harbor Freight but gotta tell ya, it's been the best value for sure! Interesting in that it has saved some folk with the more costly compressors that have failed them, and after, they were on their way to HF! LOL...
Is it this one? https://www.harborfreight.com/6-gal-...sor-62380.html
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