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Old 01-25-2016, 11:35 PM   #31
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If you are getting a 12v exterior outlet for an item on one side of the trailer, fine. If you want to put air in the tires, you would need exterior outlets on both sides not to need an extension cord. We have 12v outlets near the door inside and at the dinette on d/s but I am sure that a compressor would not reach with either because the cords on those things always seem to be very short.

Did someone say quite a while back that a 12v exterior outlet could be mistaken for something else?

By the way, we have solar exterior light strings.

We added an extra exterior 120v but it went on the back because the usual place is where the second hatch is located.
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Old 01-26-2016, 08:17 AM   #32
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Ross,
That looks like a nice item to have, are you pleased with the tire compressor on trailer tires?
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Old 01-26-2016, 02:27 PM   #33
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My electric tire compressor came with heavier wire and battery clamps, suggesting to me that the manufacturer meant me to attach it directly to the battery. I've had other pumps with the flimsy wiring and cigarette lighter end plug, and the resistance does heat the wiring substantially.
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Old 01-26-2016, 03:44 PM   #34
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Yes Ross! Inquiring minds want to know! I had a dead battery while working doing home visits yesterday and that gadget looks pretty tempting. I got pretty cold waiting for a jump from AAA!
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:10 PM   #35
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Hi Jim, Jan & Paul- that Power Station PX3 is similar to what AAA comes out with to jump your battery, except theirs doesn't have the air compressor. I use it regularly to fill trailer tires and increase rear tires on the tug as well as our bikes and it doesn't need to be plugged in to work.
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How often do you have to charge it up?
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:51 PM   #37
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I follow the recommended instructions to charge after each use, however my son has one and no surprise he doesn't toe the same line and hasn't complained.
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:23 PM   #38
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This is sold at Costco for $80. Use it all the time, including running our Bose outside on 12V.
Good example of a booster pack, in this case with an air compressor (and who knows what other features) as well. I haven't seen that model in Costco Canada stores, but there's probably an equivalent... and the price (US$80) is in line with what I have paid for similar products.

It is what I meant by "booster pack" in my earlier post:
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An alternative is a booster pack. I carry one of these in the tug anyway, so for tire inflation I just take the pack to where I am using the pump.
I currently have one with a good air compressor, but a previous pack's compressor was disappointing (mostly the air chuck). A separate air compressor works for tires, too.

I even used one to run a GPS in a car once for a long drive, because I was running an iPod as well and had only one 12V socket. Not the slickest solution, but I had it with me anyway...

Costco (US) online: CAT 1000 Peak Amp Battery Jump-Starter | Power Station | Compressor
Costco (Canada) online - no air compressor: Duracell Portable Emergency Jump Start
Costco (Canada) online - with air compressor: Duracell Powerpack Pro 1300 with Built-in 160 PSI Air Compressor
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:25 PM   #39
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Did someone say quite a while back that a 12v exterior outlet could be mistaken for something else?
Only if you use a type of outlet which normally has another purpose.
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:45 PM   #40
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Something else that works is a small generator. When we go hunting up north I always carry a small generator in the truck tool box to power a battery charger, small electric compressor and the frost plug on the truck in case of a cold snap.

I do plan on installing a 12 volt outlet on the passenger side for our endless breeze fan to keep the migs down when we don't want to mess with the bug room. Scott

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