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Old 03-14-2019, 06:09 PM   #41
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I would not waste my money on a 12v compressor, particularly one that uses a cigarette lighter plug. The wiring of the plug limits your power, if you do purchase one, get the direct to the battery connection. Instead I suggest a small 120v compressor. I realize you need power but the efficiency is so much better. It takes a lot less time to fill your tires with a 120v model than a 12v model compressor. They just are not powerful enough.
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:02 PM   #42
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I would not waste my money on a 12v compressor, particularly one that uses a cigarette lighter plug. The wiring of the plug limits your power, if you do purchase one, get the direct to the battery connection. Instead I suggest a small 120v compressor. I realize you need power but the efficiency is so much better. It takes a lot less time to fill your tires with a 120v model than a 12v model compressor. They just are not powerful enough.
I have a Viair 88p, which can easily inflate a large 4x4 tire from very low to highway pressure in less than 5 minutes. it uses battery clips off your vehicle (or RV) battery. its duty cycle is such that you can run it for 20 minutes on a hot day before it needs to cool down.

https://www.viaircorp.com/portables/88p

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Old 03-14-2019, 08:02 PM   #43
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Viair uses some goofy specs, my 300P says it has a duty cycle of 33% @ 100 psi, whatever that means.
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I believe that translates to 20 minutes on, 40 off, but thats when pumping 100PSI, which isn't very often or for very long. they do get hot with high pressure tires.
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I would not waste my money on a 12v compressor, particularly one that uses a cigarette lighter plug. The wiring of the plug limits your power, if you do purchase one, get the direct to the battery connection. Instead I suggest a small 120v compressor. I realize you need power but the efficiency is so much better. It takes a lot less time to fill your tires with a 120v model than a 12v model compressor. They just are not powerful enough.
I thought the reason some choose to put exterior 12V outlets on both sides was for a compressor. Viair makes some nice models with a cigarette plug. Outlets need to be rated for 15A though.
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I thought the reason some choose to put exterior 12V outlets on both sides was for a compressor. Viair makes some nice models with a cigarette plug. Outlets need to be rated for 15A though.
FYI, my viair 88p can draw up to 20 amps. In fact, they recommend running the engine to boost the voltage.

I have run it with my portable battery, however, a 12v 20ah AGM...
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FYI, my viair 88p can draw up to 20 amps. In fact, they recommend running the engine to boost the voltage.

I have run it with my portable battery, however, a 12v 20ah AGM...
I see the 88P and larger are power hungry. I was looking at the Viair 87P and smaller. Won't be as fast inflating, but would still get the job done with a max amp draw of 15A. For how short this is running you could run the tow vehicle to help (assuming you are hitched up) and if you have solar that is helping too.

https://www.viaircorp.com/portables

I wired my own Furrion 12V outlet on the exterior which is wired and fused for 15A for the possible future use of a compressor. I will be sure to be cognizant of the amp draw.
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I see the 88P and larger are power hungry. I was looking at the Viair 87P and smaller. Won't be as fast inflating, but would still get the job done with a max amp draw of 15A.....

hmm, max working pressure 60 PSI, is that sufficient? my truck uses 75PSI or something under max load, and I thought trailer tires were up around 65 PSI ?
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hmm, max working pressure 60 PSI, is that sufficient? my truck uses 75PSI or something under max load, and I thought trailer tires were up around 65 PSI ?
The maximum inflation pressure of Load Range D ST tires is 65 PSI (and Load Range E is 80 PSI); however, the maximum inflation pressure of Load Range C ST tires (all that is needed for any Escape) is 50 PSI, and that's also the inflation pressure recommended by Escape. You may choose higher pressure, and there are endless discussions of this available for reference.
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oh, I know the endless args over weight based pressure (<= my camp) and max tire ratings.

its almost as bad as synth vs dino oil threads on the various car forums I've been known to lurk on.
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