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Old 03-22-2020, 01:01 PM   #1
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Need a pump for tires. What do you use?

I need an air pump/compressor/inflator to be able to top up tires. Weight is always a concern. I used to carry a pancake compressor in our last motorhome but would like something smaller and lighter. 19.5 tires running about 95 lbs. We don't anticipate using it for much else besides tires. I'm thinking the screw on hose would be easy to use but am open to others opinions. What do you guys use and recommend. Thanks.
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I need an air pump/compressor/inflator to be able to top up tires. Weight is always a concern. I used to carry a pancake compressor in our last motorhome but would like something smaller and lighter. 19.5 tires running about 95 lbs. We don't anticipate using it for much else besides tires. I'm thinking the screw on hose would be easy to use but am open to others opinions. What do you guys use and recommend. Thanks.

For topping off, I use a small scuba tank with a first stage regulator, with a tire chuck attached. I set the regulator to 100PSI so I can clip it on and wait until the hissing stops, because I'm lazy (grin). If I'm traveling (and not diving), I'll throw in a full-size tank full of air. As a bonus, the air is really dry (the dewpoint is -70F).
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One word: VIAIR. A lot of us here (me included) have one.

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For topping off, I use a small scuba tank with a first stage regulator, with a tire chuck attached. I set the regulator to 100PSI so I can clip it on and wait until the hissing stops, because I'm lazy (grin). If I'm traveling (and not diving), I'll throw in a full-size tank full of air. As a bonus, the air is really dry (the dewpoint is -70F).
Will dive shops fill tanks for non-certified divers ?

I know it holds 3000 PSI of air but you also need a scuba tank regulator and the tank will get empty some day.
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As a Drive Instructor, we are not supposed to fill without a Certification. But many do. Good luck. Happy travels
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One word: VIAIR. A lot of us here (me included) have one.

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I second the motion on Viair. It is the smallest lightest solution to the problem (but not the cheapest).
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Same here - Viair. Little more costly, but an excellent product.
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After burning up 3 of the small tank units I bought a Viair 450 RV unit.
My 365/70 and 315/80 22.5 tires are huge and fronts need 125 psi so they give a compressor a real workout.
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Will dive shops fill tanks for non-certified divers ?

I know it holds 3000 PSI of air but you also need a scuba tank regulator and the tank will get empty some day.

Many will. With an adapter, though, your options expand. A clean paintball fill station, some fire stations, SCBA fill stations at fire equipment dealers, and others would give you a fill.


Nearly every dive shop has an old first stage hanging around. You don't need anything new. Something well out of date is fine. Oh, and it should have an overpressure relief valve because you won't have a second stage.
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I use a 6 gal pancake compressor with a 100 foot air hose on a reel, I like this setup so I just pull out the long air hose and fill up any low tires on my rv, toad, bikes, etc without moving the pump around or hooking up to a battery, its always ready to use.
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VIAIR 450P RV air compressor system is the best on the market IMHO. Well worth the money, easy to store and use. Lets just say it has handled my 22" tires on several occasions from completely flat with the bead broke on the duallies.
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I have a Viair as well. I don’t have the RV version, but it works well and actually fills my 22.5” tires pretty quickly. I also bought an extension hose to reach farther since it must be connected directly to the battery.
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I use a 6 gal pancake compressor with a 100 foot air hose on a reel, I like this setup so I just pull out the long air hose and fill up any low tires on my rv, toad, bikes, etc without moving the pump around or hooking up to a battery, its always ready to use.


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Sorry but to spend $400 on and air compressor you may need twice a year - if you need it more then you need to get new tires - - is not the way I was brought up.

My $99.00 Porter Cable finished a dozen or so houses and now resides in the RV - It pumps to 150 and has a 6 gal tank - I check the air before every trip - actually check it at every stop, with a walk around - on the last set of Michelins (14 years) - added air maybe three or four times in 14 years - mostly for temperature and elevation changes.

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My $99.00 Porter Cable finished a dozen or so houses and now resides in the RV - It pumps to 150 and has a 6 gal tank -
Me too, but the OP said he cared about weight. I also like that I have the compressor for things around home and that it runs off 110, not battery.
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