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Old 09-30-2016, 06:51 PM   #1
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Smile Reliable air compressor for tires.

We purchased an air compressor last year from Canadian Tire. Used it a few times to check and top up our trailer tires. However, tried to use it on a recent trip and it stopped working. Not only that, but blew out fuses twice to the trailer's DC outlet. Reading reviews of this and similar products, it seems that this is quite a common experience

Can anyone recommend a cheap and reliable air compressor to carry on trips? Using gas station air hoses usually involves manoeuvring into tight spaces, although the attendant at the Costco gas bar in Astoria directed me to their tire bays, where they checked and topped up all tires on trailer and tow.

Suggestions will be much appreciated.


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Old 09-30-2016, 07:08 PM   #2
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I just take along a portable air compressor similar to this one:

Sharper Image Air Compressor | Stage Stores

Good enough for me...have one in both my car and truck.

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Old 09-30-2016, 07:15 PM   #3
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Among the Ryobi tools at Home Depot stores is a portable tire inflator. It uses Ryobi's 18V battery, for which Ryobi has a 12V charger, so you could recharge it in your trailer if/when needed. The tire inflator works fine, but I forgot how much it costs.
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:16 PM   #4
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I too have had problems with the cheap Crappy Tire ones. I took it apart to fix it, and everything was plastic. Very poor quality.

Viair and Slime both make a few excellent models. I will be getting one of these sometime soon.
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:19 PM   #5
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Not cheap, but the Viair's are reliable. The size is up to you.
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:32 PM   #6
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VERY happy with the Kobalt one bought at Lowe's. Is both AC and D.C. built in. Also has a digital set point. Turns off automatically when correct pressure is reached.
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:42 PM   #7
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I use a good bicycle pump. Get one with a psi gauge. Plan on paying $50.00.
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:44 PM   #8
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Both Costco and Discount Tire use compressed nitrogen (green hose) which is a larger molecule and is slower to leak out of the tire. I always go to Costco to get the car tires checked. I pull up, walk around taking off the valve covers and the attendant fills the tires for me. I always buy gas at Costco so this works well for me.

I also have an 8 year old battery powered Power Station which I bought at Costco (now approx. $74.99) which has a light, compressor and can start a car. I occasionally use it to pump up the bicycle tires but not car tires.
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:23 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by J Mac View Post
I use a good bicycle pump. Get one with a psi gauge. Plan on paying $50.00.
Yeah there's a lot to be said for having a good old bicycle pump

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Old 09-30-2016, 10:51 PM   #10
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Kensun portable air compressor.

I have used this Kensun air compressor for a year now, while full timing, without any issues. The price on Amazon is much cheaper than when I bought it too.
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