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Old 04-28-2015, 09:13 AM   #1
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Tire inflation options

12VDC Pumps
- Noisy in the early morning hours
- Slow to top off tires
- Overheat
- low cfm at 90 psi

120VAC Pumps
- Noisy in the early morning hours
- Heavy
- take up additional storage space
- better cfm at 90psi

CO2 Tanks Kits
- Expensive

So I am most interested in the Co2 tank options.
I would like to stay under $120, have an adjustable regulator, and have a 10 lb tank.
What sources have you used to assemble your own tank system?
My inflation needs are 90psi front, 80psi rear duals.
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Just got one of these. Its small and fits in my one of my basement storage bays with tire jacks wrenches, and other stuff I would use for chassis repairs while traveling.

It will also run an impact driver for about 3 seconds..
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Why do you think that you are going to be adjusting your air pressures that often? Tire pressures are going to fluctuate no matter what you do. If your normal cold temp is 70 degrees, you aren't going to adjust your pressures if the temp overnight drops to 40 degrees unless you know you will be operating at the lower temps over the next several weeks. Tires can sit for months without changing pressure.

Get yourself a good 150 psi compressor (available at Sears, Home Depot, Harbor Freight, etc.) and don't worry about the noise.
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Thanks for the response
I notice on the Home Depot site it has 0.7 cfm at 90psi - too slow for my needs
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...Get yourself a good 150 psi compressor (available at Sears, Home Depot, Harbor Freight, etc.) and don't worry about the noise.
So which one do you recommend?
I was thinking this one if I go with a 120VAC unit
Fini 135 psi 1.2 HP 1-Gun Air Boss Compressor Combo Kit-AB1PAK - The Home Depot
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I put together a CO2 tank using parts from a local welding gas supply company. Used it for years in our jeep off-roading. Even used to fill the tires on the coach a few times. After I used up the last tank, I turned the tank in. We don't get to go off-roading much any more.

In the coach I have a pancake compressor that goes up to 150 psi. I mounted between the frame rails and run a 50' hose coiled up on the compartment door. I also put in a switched 120 volt outlet for it to be plugged into, flip the switch and it starts.
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I use the egg shaped craftsman 150 psi, not heavy and not to loud but anything would be early morning. Air up the night before.
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120VAC Pump,
Cheap, not that heavy.

Air up tires, the evening before departure.

I check my tires once a month, unless something looks out of the ordinary.
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x2 on "luvlabs" comment, tires should be checked ONLY when cold i.e. in the morning before any driving. There should be no reason to constantly readjusting the tire pressure. Tires should hold the same pressure unless you have a valve stem issue.
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Woofer;

Yah, I'd like to get something a little larger, but figured the 1 gallon was a good compromise between physical size and air flow capacity.
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lol I understand your view on that one...
The weight/size goes up as you look at quality.
You need to put the stake in the ground at some point
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