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Old 05-09-2021, 09:12 AM   #1
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Recommendations for portable air compressor

Hi all, I'm looking for a portable air compressor to throw in my travel trailer for our trip across country this summer.

Many of them have the 12v cigarette lighter power source, but that seems like I'd need to unhook truck to get it near my trailer tire. Ideally I'd like a 110v ac power cord.

I will be carrying a generator with me, so if my trailer didn't have power I could use that if needed.

So, any decent recommendations?
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A little depends on the space you have available to carry the compressor .

Most of the posts in these threads deal with motor home application where pressure up to 120 psi is required.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/best...es-289028.html

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f59/recom...or-352579.html

Personally I have a small 120 volt oil less compressor that I purchased at Walmart for about $45 , 110 psi . Still works fine after 10 years.
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Old 05-09-2021, 01:08 PM   #3
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I bought this at Harbor Freight
Had it 2 yrs now, cheap.
Works great.
Love it
This thing charges and is completely portable.

https://www.harborfreight.com/630-pe...sor-62374.html
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Old 05-12-2021, 04:20 PM   #4
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Viair is your best bet

This is a preferred brand in offroading and the quality of these are amazing. Not your cheap plastic big box store compressors.

I even use it to winterize my RV.

Pick one that suits your need:
https://www.viaircorp.com/rvs-portables
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Old 05-13-2021, 12:50 AM   #5
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I was going to buy the Viair, but after reading about so many guys having good results with a small portable compressor I just couldn't justify the $350+ price on it. My local Lowes had this little thing on local sale for $129 so I grabbed it. We're leaving for a week at the lake Saturday morning, we'll see how it does. It's small, cheap, 150PSI and not super loud. Hopefully it does the job. I can't imagine needing to fill a tire completely with this, with me it's almost always a need to just add 5 lbs here and there. This unit should work fine.
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The 120V Porta Cable compressors are a favorite. Either style pancake or upright do very well for about $100 on sale.
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I have the Viair also - small footprint, has enough hose to get all the way around my coach and towed.
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I have several compressors, some that plug into 12-volt , some that have batteries, and this one is my favorite. It cuts off exactly at the pressure you set it at, and it works with anything from a bike tire to a high-pressure RV tire. Also blowing up mattresses and things like that. It doesn't come with the battery, so you need to get an 18 volt Ryobi battery and charger, unless you already have them for Ryobi tools that you currently own, like I did. It claims to go up 150 psi, but the highest I've used it for my RV is 80 ps, so I can't attest to the higher pressures, but it's my go-to. I use it in my garage, and when I take the motorhome out I throw it in the motorhome, even though I already have another compressor in there.

https://www.amazon.com/Function-Infl...0917903&sr=8-3
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The 120V Porta Cable compressors are a favorite. Either style pancake or upright do very well for about $100 on sale.
I was initially looking for the Porter-Cable upright due to a smaller footprint in my "basement" however it seems to be out of stock just about everywhere I looked.
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I was initially looking for the Porter-Cable upright due to a smaller footprint in my "basement" however it seems to be out of stock just about everywhere I looked.
Doug.... I bought this Harbor Freight unit about six years ago. 120V, 150psi, adjustable output, gauges are accurate, $99. Has been reliable, useful. Handles my 110psi tires no problem, nail guns, and a few other air tools I carry. Probably about the same footprint as the PC unit you mentioned, but a bit taller.
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I went with the DCC2560T1 60volt cordless portable as i have a suite of dewalt cordless power tools that travel with us .. the compressor has 135 psi capacity

https://www.dewalt.com/products/stor...-kit/dcc2560t1
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Ryobi hand held.....

I use a small hand held compressor made by Ryobi and sold at Home Depot. Already had their 18v cordless drill and impact wrench. Same battery works for the air compressor and it is about the size of a drill (basically hand held). Has a built in gauge as well. I use it on the road to fill tires and rear suspension air bags. If you already have the battery then I think I goes for about $25. So far it has done an outstanding job for me for the travel trailer and TV. Probably not enough for a bunch of class A tires though.
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