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Old 06-27-2012, 11:08 PM   #1
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Where Would a Newbie Go To Check Tire Pressure

I have my 25' Itasca Navion IQ in storage because it can't be parked where I live. It seems there is very little space at my local gas stations where they have their tire pressure hoses. I was wondering what others do in similar circumstances. Would it pay to buy some kind of equipment to add air at home? Thanks for any help you can provide a newbie.
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I think many folks with gas coaches carry a compressor on board for just this purpose. Tire pressure is extremely important and it's good to be able to air up at your camp site before hitting the road.

Try our search feature. There's a lot of suggestions in previous threads like this one that is fairly recent What air compressor should I carry for my Tires?

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Old 06-27-2012, 11:20 PM   #3
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Buy a small compressor. We have air brakes so the coach compressor works but the portable has higher pressure and is easier to use.
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Buy a small compressor. We have air brakes so the coach compressor works but the portable has higher pressure and is easier to use.
Yep, same here. Our original front tires required 120 psi and I just couldn't do it with the coach air. Bought a 150 psi Coleman tank unit at Lowes for right at $100. Have new fron tires so only need 100 psi now but still use the compressor. Just no reason to run the 435 hp air compressor to add a few psi to a tire!
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Thank you for your suggestions. Guess I need to go shopping.
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Thank you for your suggestions. Guess I need to go shopping.
Bad news ; If you own an RV , you always need to go shoping.
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You know all those empty cabinets and compartments? You will have fun filling them with all kinds of neat toys. One toy you may want to look into is a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) It tells you the pressure so you don't have to bend down and dig for the stem on the inside tire.
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I always go to a tire store and they will do it for free.
Firestone, Americas Tire, etc.
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You know all those empty cabinets and compartments? You will have fun filling them with all kinds of neat toys. One toy you may want to look into is a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) It tells you the pressure so you don't have to bend down and dig for the stem on the inside tire.
How do I go about installing one? Are they expensive? They seem like a good idea. You're right, getting down there to check the inside tire can be a PITA! If there is some way to make it easier, I'm all for it!
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You can order them on-line or at your favorite car parts dealer and they can be quite costly depending on the bells and whistles you add. Installing is simple you replace your valve stem cap with the TPMS cap and mount the monitor on the dash. If you want to go all out you can get the kind that goes inside the tire and mounts on the rim those cost $$$ but you can get a standard set for $150 to $400
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You can order them on-line or at your favorite car parts dealer and they can be quite costly depending on the bells and whistles you add. Installing is simple you replace your valve stem cap with the TPMS cap and mount the monitor on the dash. If you want to go all out you can get the kind that goes inside the tire and mounts on the rim those cost $$$ but you can get a standard set for $150 to $400
Thanks Dave. Looks like I'll be saving my $$$ to eventually get one of them. In the meantime I would have to crawl underneath the chassis to check the air, right?
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Thanks Dave. Looks like I'll be saving my $$$ to eventually get one of them. In the meantime I would have to crawl underneath the chassis to check the air, right?
If you do not have valve extenders for the inside duel I suggest installing them...it makes checking the TP much easier. You also need a good quality tire gage that will hold the pressure on the gage until you read and release.
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I would recommend a quality truck tire guage, portable compressor, and TPMS. You should verify your tire pressure when cold just prior to every trip. If you drive more than a mile to check your tire pressure the temp and pressure could build and you wont have an accurate reading.Blow outs at a minimum are a pain in the butt and could cause damage to your RV and injury to its occupants.
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Do the regular auto parts stores carry truck tire gauges?
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