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Old 05-18-2018, 01:38 PM   #1
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Portable air compressor

I'm looking to add a small portable air compressor (basically for tires) to my class-c while traveling across country. Saw the Viair 400P-RV advertised and looks like it would take up the lest space but able to give the 80psi I would need. Price is high just wondering if anyone has one and if it's worth the cost.

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I have both the 400 and 450. Have never even unboxed the 400 since the 450 is what I really need for my 365/70 and 315/80 tires. Works great for topping them off. You don't need the 450 since you have much smaller tires.

Not trying to sell the 400 here since shipping would be too expensive. Neighborhood garage sale coming up though.
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I bought a 3 gallon tank compressor from Harbor Freight for $40, 100 psi, works OK for tires, Fits nicely in one of the exterior storage compartments.
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Egg shaped craftsman 150 psi.
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I'm looking to add a small portable air compressor (basically for tires) to my class-c while traveling across country. Saw the Viair 400P-RV advertised and looks like it would take up the lest space but able to give the 80psi I would need. Price is high just wondering if anyone has one and if it's worth the cost.

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I have the Viair 400 and it works great. Comes in a nice small compact case and is powerful. There are some threads in this forum and video on YouTube. I tried two different compressors like the Craftsman mentioned earlier and for some reason my tires would not take air even though the compressor was "Rated to 150 PSI". I would say to borrow a friends small compressor and see if it works for you. It could save you some $$.
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little flat pancake stanely, it came free with the nail guns

not to bad weight wise and fits great in basement. its does not go on every trip, its one of them...where are we going items.
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:45 PM   #7
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I would be going for a high quality pancake compressor. The brand is important as so many no names are essentially junk. The warranty period tells the quality.

My 110 volt compressor is a Dewalt, and I have been well satisfied with it.
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I've always heard minimum 150psi if you want to air up tires. Big tires anyway. When I'm ready, it will be a DeWalt for me; can't worry about a Harbor Freight compressor conking out on me out in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:57 AM   #10
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I'm looking to add a small portable air compressor (basically for tires) to my class-c while traveling across country. Saw the Viair 400P-RV advertised and looks like it would take up the lest space but able to give the 80psi I would need. Price is high just wondering if anyone has one and if it's worth the cost.

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I have that same compressor. Wife and I are full timers and use that compressor for our truck (19.5 tires 110 psi), our fifth wheel (also 110 psi), and the bicycle tires (85 psi). It's a great compressor and will easily do the job. Great accessories, small compact size and very well built. Buy a decent tool and it pays dividends when you actually need it. You can buy cheaper stuff but you get what you pay for. Unless you need to run some air tools you don't need a compressor with a tank...extra size and weight to haul around.
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Wow. I did not know that information. Didn't know they don't have a tank. I was dead set on the DeWalt; now you guys have made me have to do some more research. Darn it. Thanks you guys!
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Porter Cable makes a good unit and recommended by many here.
2 types to choose from...
Upright or typical pancake both 150PSI
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Porter Cable makes a good unit and recommended by many here.
2 types to choose from...
Upright or typical pancake both 150PSI
The pancake model, 6 gallons and 150 PSI is on sale at Lowes for $99. They call it a sale, but it's been $99 for a few years...I was in Lowes today, they're still calling it a sale with a regular price of $139.
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I have the Viair, it came with a hose that will reach all of my tires as well as the toad. It also works off of 12v so doesn't require an AC outlet. I am very happy with it.
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