Rec for a good air compressor?

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  1. SheaLoner

    SheaLoner Member

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    Anyone have a preference for a good travel air compressor? I have an 800 mile round trip coming up in a few weeks and the little cheapo cig lighter one is about toast. I could take the air tank with me but that thing is bulky. Useful when theres no power but bulky.
     
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    theseus Living the Darkside... Silver Supporting Member

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    Viair compressors are the ones that all the off roaders love.
     
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    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

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    Viair x 2 Avoid the ones that plug into a cigarette type outlet.
     
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    Thanks will look into them
     
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    Depends on what you're doing with it. DeWalt makes a 12v/20v that can inflate toys and pump up tires. Cycle time is 10 minute run/ 20 minutes off.
     
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    Arruba Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Viair as mentioned, is a popular choice. Don’t own one but have seen them in action. They do a good job.
     
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    I use Masterforce tools from Menards and in their 20v lineup of tools they have an air compressor/inflator. It works great and I always have my tool bag with me anyways so I always have batteries to run it. It's powerful too, it can inflate up to 50 or higher, faster than anything short of an air tool compressor in my experience.
     
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    I didnt even think or the battery ones! I might have to go scrounge in my brothers garage he may have a dewalt one already I can use.
     
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    buy it locally and give it a good test BEFORE your trip. If it does not work, take it back for another, and repeat the test.
     
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    I have a crappy one for the car. For camping i would take my 6 gallon compresser and fill it before setting out. No clue how much it would fill like that. The vallair is supost to be the best, but man $$$$. For me, because the truck has a 110 outlet in the rear, i just p8cked up a 3 gallon compresser. It will work on the outlet, but again needs to be tested to see what i can inflate and how long it will take. Good luck.
     
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    I always have a full size spare for my TV and the camper and I haul around a 1 ton floor jack, because everyone likes to call me when they have a flat. So mostly I just need a small occasional use compressor, incase I cant make it to a service station for a top off or an emergency. And while a 20v battery one would be awesome a decent cig lighter one might be best for the amount of use its likely to see.
     
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    I carry a DeWalt 20v light, drill for stabilizers, and the air compressor for tires. I can also use the air compressor, in inflatable mode, to fan the charcoal starter.
     
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    I have had very good luck with the Viair 88. I've been using it for about five years on large truck tires, and it has never failed me !
     
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    I have a Ryobi 18 volt compressor /inflator I carry in my TV it has come thru time and time again. You can set the air pressure and it will stop when you hit it. It works our well as a Keep a charger and battery in the camper. I also have the 18 volt lantern so everything uses the same battery including my Ryobi driver I use for the stabilizers
     
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    when I had my pop up - I used a 24 v Kobalt drill, they make an air compressor that use the same battery -- I have that now for my TT -- works great !!
     
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    Viair if you want the best option. They can get expensive though, especially the RV one with longer cords and better duty cycle (needed for big RV tires).

    That being said I have a Ryobi compressor. Little cheap thing, but since I have Ryobi in the garage it made sense. I use it for inflating mattresses in addition to any tire related tasks. You can set the target psi and just let it go. I treat it as disposable - only cost $30 for me on clearance. I'll run it until it dies, then get another one. It might be a little slow, but has handled every task I gave it, including airing up some flat tires on the 77 truck.
     
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    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office

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    Do you want a compressor for general use, or just for emergencies? If the latter, any cheap lighter compressor will get you by. We've had one in every vehicle for years (I have a larger compressor at home for workshop/general use).
     
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