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Old 05-18-2015, 04:02 PM   #31
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In a pinch, the trailer battery can be pulled out and used to boost the tug...
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Might be a bit difficult with 6V batteries...
Yep, would work even better than one 12-volt, but would be even more of a pain!
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:17 AM   #32
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A day or so ago Brian wrote this...

"Although the tug and trailer (and motorhome, in that case) have 12V DC and (in some cases) 120V AC power, the most useful compressor I have is actually the one built into a portable power pack (almost identical to the MotoMaster Eliminator 1000 Booster Pack). It can be a pain stringing the power cable - and extension dependin on the tire - from a socket to the compressor, and it's much easier to just take the pack to the tire."

Since then I've spent some time trying to find a tool that would serve to do two things: blow water out of the lines for winterizing, serve as a way to top up our vehicle tires and the Escape tires.

I am leaning towards the Eliminator that Brian mentioned which will do three things: top up vehicle/trailer tires at home and on the road, be a jump starter for vehicles at home and for us when on the road, serve as an inverter. Liz figured out it would power a hair dryer. (So when "upper management" aka Liz gets on board things are easier).

It seems my mechanic son-in-law will be able to get me an air compressor to blow out water lines each fall

I agree with what Glenn wrote about simplicity. And, yes, this is another area of complexity: The battery booster requires keeping proper and regular charging to keep its longevity. But it's good to learn new things and Liz gets her hair dryer.

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Old 05-19-2015, 12:45 AM   #33
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Yup. I bought a Porter/Cable 6gal. compressor to blow out the lines. It has its own maintenance schedule ( you have to drain it after each use ). I have to get out the manual each fall.
So now, I just use a hand pump and RV antifreeze, and stumble over the compressor in my side shed.
Used it once with the brad nailer to put up molding in the kitchen, but how much molding can you put up in a house?
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:20 AM   #34
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I am leaning towards the Eliminator that Brian mentioned which will do three things: top up vehicle/trailer tires at home and on the road, be a jump starter for vehicles at home and for us when on the road, serve as an inverter. Liz figured out it would power a hair dryer...
One could power an inverter with my power pack, and some power packs (including one I bought but got broken) do include an inverter, but my current power packs don't have inverters in them... they are a source only of 12V DC power, 5V DC power from a USB port (in one case), and compressed air (in one case).

Hmm... it looks like at Canadian Tire, "power pack" means it has an inverter built in, so my current units are "booster packs" in their terminology.

A hair dryer takes a lot of power - a relatively wimpy 600 watt hair dryer would take 50 amps (at 12V DC, to an inverter) from the portable power pack, which it certainly can do... but only for a few minutes. The biggest Eliminator unit has a 33 Ah battery, which means ideally 50 amps for 40 minutes (and much less in reality).
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Psssst Brian. Don't tell Liz
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My hairdryer used 13 amps on the high settings and 5 amps on the low ones.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:46 AM   #37
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My hairdryer used 13 amps on the high settings and 5 amps on the low ones.
Those are amps at 120V AC, right? 13 amps at 120 volts would be 1560 watts on high, and 5 amps at 120 volts would be 600 watts on low. My "wimpy" example matches Cathy's hair dryer on low.
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Yes, mine are at 120.
Hoping it will not be so cool even in August that I will need it at Banff and Jasper but will probably have hookups most of the time.
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