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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 01:21 PM
12 V air compressor recomendation?


Who has anything to say about 12V compressors ...looking for durabilety and long life....for airing up after off road.

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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 02:04 PM


I've had one of these on my truck for over 15 years. It's outlived two trucks and is still going strong. It's mounted within the compartment in my bumper where a winch would normally go.

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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 02:09 PM


Only get the ones that clip directly onto the battery and not into a cigarette lighter... unless you don't mind a long wait!

I have had two of the battery clip on ones.
Harbor Freight General Pneumatic was $49 on sale back in 2006.
It adds air at the rate of 6 psi per minute. So, about 3 minutes per tire to pump up from beach driving pressure (15 psi) to street pressure (33 psi).

Compared to a Coleman cigarette lighter tire pump, that filled at 2 psi per minute, that was great! Four tires x 3min or x 9min makes a big difference!

I was given a slightly more compact pump that worked great, delivering 5 psi per minute. It is very popular and available on Amazon, called a Tsunami MV-50. I had it for years also. Used it more because it took less room in the truck. Last trip, while moving to the last tire to fill, I accidentally P-nched the air tube and that blew out the pump.







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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 02:31 PM
Our choice


Viair 400p

http://viaircorp.com/

Not as good as an engine mounted/converted air conditioning compressor but really reliable and pretty fast.

Much more $$ than the ones that cost less.....huh?

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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 02:53 PM


I'm going with DK.

I too have owned the same one for 5 years. I like that it's fast.




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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 02:56 PM


we have the one DK has and love it...make sure you air down for a smooth ride out on the whale lagoon road! But there are so many llanteras...tire fixing places that can air you back up....we dont use the compressor much...for example coming out of the lagoon you can just go to a llantera in Guerrero Negro and they will air you up for 10 or 20 pesos



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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 04:10 PM


Quote: Originally posted by John M  
Viair 400p

http://viaircorp.com/

Not as good as an engine mounted/converted air conditioning compressor but really reliable and pretty fast.

Much more $$ than the ones that cost less.....huh?

John M


i am a fan of the viair compressors. duty cycle and cubic feet@minute are the important specs
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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 04:39 PM


It will extend the life of lower priced compressors if you start the pump then put it on the tire. You'll blow fuses or burn switches if you start it after connecting to your tire.
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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 04:41 PM


Good web page John, but no prices as they sell through distributors. Off Road Warehouse is the local distributor down here in San Diego County.



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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 04:51 PM


I have the Viair 300P. It has been very reliable and inflates flat tires fast.



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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 05:05 PM


Thanks all

It looks like a slightly more powerful model is made of the Tsunami MV-50....a 1050. We have always carried a OLD fashioned hand air pump for the truck and some other chores....

It sounds like the unit DK recommends is a good value for the price.

A friend has the AC compressor set up on all his tow service vehicles...it works great but not doing that to my '16 Tacoma !!!

There is an commercial 12V 220 PSI unit advertised locally on Craigslist but that is overkill for my needs...weight issues, etc.

Shari, thanks for tire shop tip....we want a pump for some more remote areas we plan to visit.

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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 06:16 PM
Viair costs


They are more expensive and whether the old adage "you get what you pay for" applies here, I cannot say. The Viair has a less expensive line I think, but the higher priced models - the 300 - 400 series and so forth I believe are $150 and up, up, up. I paid more but bought it as a last minute purchase before a fairly rugged Baja trip and wanted the dependability I believe I got. John
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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 06:40 PM


4x4 is my profession - last 30 years or so
i sometimes air tires up and down a few times a day
a good compressor is a must
the #1 tool for anyone off-road
I have owned many different tire compressors
none of them as good as the one I found 6 years ago
Puma PD1006

I hate Viar
noisy, expensive, no air volume, no duty cycle

many different sources for the Puma
usually the best deals are on ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Puma-12V-air-compressor-/27209021053...

[Edited on 12-31-2015 by 4x4abc]




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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 06:52 PM


Besides carrying a Viair 300P, I also carry a 15 lb. Co2 bottle w/regulator and hose.



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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 07:04 PM


Got a Viair in my car, another for my truck/RV. Fast and noisy. They've worked for years. Will consider a Puma for a replacement.



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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 08:25 PM


Bang for the buck, I prefer the MV50. I'm on my second one, my first one lasted me 10 years and half of its life was hard mounted outside underneath the truck. I've run 35" tires for the last 7 years and this will inflate fairly quickly.

If you got a lot of room though, the Puma that was posted above are the best higher end you can buy right now from what I've read.

http://www.amazon.com/Industries-MV50-SuperFlow-12-Volt-Comp...

[Edited on 12-31-2015 by BooJumMan]
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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 09:31 PM


It will extend the life of lower priced compressors if you start the pump then put it on the tire. You'll blow fuses or burn switches if you start it after connecting to your tire.

Hmmm...tell me more !
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[*] posted on 12-30-2015 at 11:13 PM


I run the dual Viair 'Extreme' with an air tank. If I could do it all over again, I would run the dual ARB compressor setup under my hood, and reclaim lost interior space.

There's also the WARN POWERPLANT.




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[*] posted on 12-31-2015 at 10:33 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Aldervale  
It will extend the life of lower priced compressors if you start the pump then put it on the tire. You'll blow fuses or burn switches if you start it after connecting to your tire.

Hmmm...tell me more !


I don't know the details behind it. I can only guess that connecting the air line to the pump hose introduces back pressure the compressor needs to overcome before it can start pushing air and that requires a lot of amps. I blew fuses and a switch before I got that tip, but I've also upgraded to a higher quality compressor.
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Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
4x4 is my profession - last 30 years or so
i sometimes air tires up and down a few times a day
a good compressor is a must
the #1 tool for anyone off-road
I have owned many different tire compressors
none of them as good as the one I found 6 years ago
Puma PD1006

I hate Viar
noisy, expensive, no air volume, no duty cycle

many different sources for the Puma
usually the best deals are on ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Puma-12V-air-compressor-/27209021053...

[Edited on 12-31-2015 by 4x4abc]



Thanks for the tip, Harald. How fast is it?
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