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Old 05-17-2015, 04:36 PM   #21
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My question would something like the MotoMaster Eliminator work to blow the water out of our 17b lines for winterizing?
Like Mike, I would wonder if any of the small pumps intended for tires could move enough volume to effectively blow out water lines. One solution might be to use them to pump up a portable air tank, which would product short blasts of hgh volume.

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It seems like the 12-volt inflators may lack the power to work effectively on trailer tires.
My trailer tires are the size and run at the pressure of car tires, so the 12-volt air pumps work for them just as well as they do for car tires. I have used the air pump in my battery pack for the higher-pressure tires on a rented (U-Haul) trailer and it worked fine; it's not a bad little pump. My heavier-duty 12-volt pump (mentioned earlier) handles minor air additions to my motorhome tires (90 psi or more, much larger than any Escape tire) without problems (although it can take a while), so trailer tires would not be a problem.
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Old 05-17-2015, 11:03 PM   #22
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Like Mike, I would wonder if any of the small pumps intended for tires could move enough volume to effectively blow out water lines. One solution might be to use them to pump up a portable air tank, which would product short blasts of hgh volume.


My trailer tires are the size and run at the pressure of car tires, so the 12-volt air pumps work for them just as well as they do for car tires. I have used the air pump in my battery pack for the higher-pressure tires on a rented (U-Haul) trailer and it worked fine; it's not a bad little pump. My heavier-duty 12-volt pump (mentioned earlier) handles minor air additions to my motorhome tires (90 psi or more, much larger than any Escape tire) without problems (although it can take a while), so trailer tires would not be a problem.
Mike and Brian,
Just remember, all of us have a portable air tank with about 50 psi bolted to the backs of our trailers. Some creative person might be able come up with some way to access that pressurized air to blow out lines or some other chore.
Thought of this because my old VW beetles used the front-located spare's air pressure to operate the early windshield washer.
You could then re-inflate the spare with one of the little 12-volt compressors.
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Old 05-17-2015, 11:08 PM   #23
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Love this from Costco: about $70. It has a lead-acid battery and is portable. Also will jump start a dead car battery. The consumer version of the AAA roadside assistance tool.

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Keep in mind that it's yet another thing to maintain.
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:36 AM   #25
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Love this from Costco: about $70. It has a lead-acid battery and is portable. Also will jump start a dead car battery. The consumer version of the AAA roadside assistance tool...
That's functionally equivalent to the power pack I have and mentioned above.

These things all have AGM-type lead-acid batteries, so they don't need to stay upright and can handle the high current needed to start a car, at least briefly and occasionally.

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Keep in mind that it's yet another thing to maintain.
Yes, good point, but we have one for the car and one for the van anyway, regardless of any RV use.
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I've got heavy duty jumper cables ( requires no maintenance ) and two 12V compressors ( and 12V extension cables so I can reach the trailer tires ). I have an extra compressor because somebody left it in my vehicle after daughter and friends went camping.
I've also got BCAA roadside assistance that covers vehicle and RV ( not that I can count on cell coverage ).
When it comes right down to it, I have the trailer I'm towing, with a bed, bath, kitchen and probably steaks and beer.
No problem, be happy...
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I've got heavy duty jumper cables...
When it comes right down to it, I have the trailer I'm towing...
In a pinch, the trailer battery can be pulled out and used to boost the tug (and similarly our motorhome coach batteries can be used to boost the motorhome with the push of a button). Since we have the power packs anyway, it only makes sense to take one along with any RV; if we didn't use one otherwise, the leanest approach to equipment wouldn't include a power pack.
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In a pinch, the trailer battery can be pulled out and used to boost the tug (and similarly our motorhome coach batteries can be used to boost the motorhome with the push of a button). Since we have the power packs anyway, it only makes sense to take one along with any RV; if we didn't use one otherwise, the leanest approach to equipment wouldn't include a power pack.
Might be a bit difficult with 6V batteries...
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Love this from Costco: about $70. It has a lead-acid battery and is portable. Also will jump start a dead car battery. The consumer version of the AAA roadside assistance tool.

Got one too! Last summer had trouble getting truck close enough to top off trailer tires after sitting for two months at a site with a building beside trailer. This winter when leaving our site in TX was easy with this unit, just carry it to where it's needed

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Anyone have the Bolt power pack compressor? It gets 5 stars on Amazon.


Amazon.com: Bolt Power G06C Portable 600 AMP Peak With Air Compressor Car Battery Jump Starter Power Pack Charger 12V With 16500mAh - Emergency Auto Heavy Duty Jump Starter For Light-Medium Truck, Van, SUV and More: Automotive
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