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Re: [classicrv] "Little" air compressor search

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  • Jabba Truck
    Cost no object (within reason)?  Try a 4x4 place.  
    Message 1 of 31 , Nov 5 3:30 AM
      Cost no object (within reason)?  Try a 4x4 place.

      ----- Original Message ----
      From: Mike VanPelt <mvp1114@...>
      To: classicrv@yahoogroups.com; Classic_B_Vans@yahoogroups.com; Boondocking@yahoogroups.com; rvrepair@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 6:44:44 PM
      Subject: [classicrv] "Little" air compressor search

      Need to tap the collective wisdom of my favorite groups:

      Background: We got back from a great 3-day trip last weekend down through
      the Mississippi Palisades & up the river. Trip went great with one fly in
      the ointment.

      As we packed up to leave, I noticed that all six (!) of my tires, duallys
      included, were 30-lbs low. I had service done just before leaving, and all
      I can think of is that the tech read the door for the pressure on the
      original 225/R16's. Unfortunately, there are 235/R16's on there now, that
      take 80 lbs. I guess I just didn't check them earlier. Yes, I should have
      noticed it but simply said, I didn't.

      Anyway, trying to find a place on the weekend that was 1) open, 2) had a air
      compressor that would handle the 80 lbs necessary, and 3) had the right air
      chuck to do the duallys was an adventure. Eventually some nice folks
      pointed us to a body shop in Savanna, IL that had a shop compressor - but
      the chuck only could get to the outer duallys and the fronts. We limped up
      the Mississippi all the way to SW Wisconsin before I found a Farm & Fleet
      whose auto/truck shop was still open & could air up the inner duallys.

      OK - I'm planning to carry my own personal truck air chuck from now on.
      However, I'm closing the barn door after the horse got out here . . . and
      started thinking . . . so here's the question: I'm wondering if there's a
      small compressor, smaller than a pancake job but still with a tank, that has
      the gumption to air up my tires.

      Most of the tankless mini compressors I'm familiar with, just like most
      "free air" gas station compressors, aren't really built to air up what's
      essentially a truck tire, and some I've looked at that do/might have the
      capacity don't have the chuck I'd need or the ability to attach the chuck
      I'd need. I'd kind of like to have the flexibility of an air tank, too, so
      I could use air tools on the road.

      Anyone have a recommendation?


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      Cindy & Mike VanPelt

      - Libby & Darcy

      Milwaukee, WI, USA

      1997 Itasca Spirit 21RK Class C

      - 21', Ford E350, 460V8

      1979 Champion TransVan Model 604 Class B+

      -19', Dodge B300 Sportsman, 360V8

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    • George T. Geissinger
      ... cordless gun for $99. and it puts out maybe 100-150 ftlbs. The newer professional grade stuff is alltogether different but so is the price. Plan on
      Message 31 of 31 , Nov 19 7:27 AM
        --- In classicrv@yahoogroups.com, Steve Elms <selms@...> wrote:
        >This is the type unit I spoke of before. Most people think of a
        cordless gun for $99. and it puts out maybe 100-150 ftlbs.
        The newer professional grade stuff is alltogether different but so is
        the price. Plan on spending as much for the gun 2 batteries and a
        charger that you could buy a small cheap compressor and air gun for
        that still only puts out 150 pounds of tork before it dies.
        PS hows my spelling this time.
        > I have an 18 volt SnapOn cordless impact wrench that will twist off
        a lug bolt if you just hold the trigger down. It will easily tighten
        the lugs on my M300 Dodge to 245 ftlbs without having to hammer very
        long at all. I too thought that cordless inpacts were mostly
        worthless until I got this one. Now I seldom use an air powered
        impact in the shop, and I carry the cordless in the motorhome when I
        travel. I haven't really figured out how I'd get the spare down from
        underneath if I had to, but I guess gravity would do it.
        > Steve E
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