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Old 10-19-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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12v Tire Inflator (compressor)

I really like having a 12v tire inflator along on our travels to keep the Escape's tires at correct pressures as we travel thru temperature changes. Over the past I've had a couple inexpensive ones, but they were so cheaply made that I was usually afraid to use them - fearing they would let more air out than put in. The last time I tried the little thing it made so much noise I was embarrassed to use it in the nice quiet campground.

So this time I decided to find a quality one. After reading reviews, I found the Slime COMP06 at Woot.com for $30, but like everything at Woot, it was only that price for a day and may or may not be offered again. Amazon has it for around $50. I tried it out on our Tacoma tires and am more than happy with its power and noise level. Between the power cable and hose it has a long enough reach for our 17B.

One complaint on Amazon is that it needs a 15A socket and some vehicles only have 10A ones. Our Tacoma says 120W max which would be 10A and it worked fine in it. I don't know what the max of the ones in Escapes are -anyone?
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:29 AM   #2
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I bring along a bicycle pump. It's light weight and easy to use and doesn't need electricity.
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I bring along a bicycle pump. It's light weight and easy to use and doesn't need electricity.
Great idea if you have a good one.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:17 PM   #4
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One complaint on Amazon is that it needs a 15A socket and some vehicles only have 10A ones. Our Tacoma says 120W max which would be 10A and it worked fine in it. I don't know what the max of the ones in Escapes are -anyone?
Sorry, I don't know, but is there a fuse dedicated to the socket? The limitation is often the wiring - and the corresponding fuse - rather than the socket itself. What size is the Escape's fuse?
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I got this on sale at Camping World this summer. It was one of those impulse purchases after I noticed that a tire looked a bit low while we were in the parking lot. So far, it has worked fine.

I have several excellent bike pumps, but they are made for high pressure bicycle tires, and while they work great on my 120 PSI bike tires, they take a long time to fill up an automobile tire.
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I got this on sale at Camping World this summer. It was one of those impulse purchases after I noticed that a tire looked a bit low while we were in the parking lot. So far, it has worked fine.

I have several excellent bike pumps, but they are made for high pressure bicycle tires, and while they work great on my 120 PSI bike tires, they take a long time to fill up an automobile tire.
This one and the Slime one look remarkably similar - probably made by the same company.
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I got this on sale at Camping World this summer. It was one of those impulse purchases after I noticed that a tire looked a bit low while we were in the parking lot. So far, it has worked fine.

I have several excellent bike pumps, but they are made for high pressure bicycle tires, and while they work great on my 120 PSI bike tires, they take a long time to fill up an automobile tire.
I just use the bike pump for topping up not for filling a deflated tire. If I was in a camp site and had a totally deflated tire I believe I'd use my spare.
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I actually have two 12V tire pumps in my RAV storage compartment.
One is a spare .
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I actually have two 12V tire pumps in my RAV storage compartment.
One is a spare .
I've got a couple more I can give you to add to your collection...
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I really like having a 12v tire inflator along on our travels to keep the Escape's tires at correct pressures as we travel thru temperature changes. Over the past I've had a couple inexpensive ones, but they were so cheaply made that I was usually afraid to use them - fearing they would let more air out than put in. The last time I tried the little thing it made so much noise I was embarrassed to use it in the nice quiet campground.

So this time I decided to find a quality one. After reading reviews, I found the Slime COMP06 at Woot.com for $30, but like everything at Woot, it was only that price for a day and may or may not be offered again. Amazon has it for around $50. I tried it out on our Tacoma tires and am more than happy with its power and noise level. Between the power cable and hose it has a long enough reach for our 17B.

One complaint on Amazon is that it needs a 15A socket and some vehicles only have 10A ones. Our Tacoma says 120W max which would be 10A and it worked fine in it. I don't know what the max of the ones in Escapes are -anyone?
I picked up a 110 volt one as I have the plug in the back of my Tacoma if you do not you can retrofit it the wiring is there. It puts out 110v 400Watts at idle and 110votls at 100 watts when moving. Just a thought If you run into power problems with the 12v one.

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