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Old 09-11-2014, 01:56 PM   #1
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Jump Starter

When we first began RVing some 14 years ago friends of Ginny gave us a Jump Starter, something we would have never bought for ourselves. We felt it was valuable because we are often a long way from charging assistance.

It turns out that we have had occasion to use it a number of times over the years and more often to help others with it. (The same might be said for our compressor that we frequently use but has helped others a number of times.)

After 14 years our Jump Starter has worn out so Ginny said buy another. This time, with new battery technology, we have a jump starter that will fit in a large pocket and best of all can be topped off while driving. (One of the problems with our rather large 1st Jump Starter was that you had to remember to occasionally top it off, not with this one that can be charged topped off from the 12 volt out let while driving.)

Amazon.com: PowerAll PBJS12000R Rosso Red/Black Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter: Automotive

Note this is not designed to start really large gas or diesel engines.
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Thanks for that. I have seen some at HF or other places and I am sure they are "cheap". I put yours on my Amazon wish list for a place marker for future use. Cant tell you how many times I have used my mini-air pump. I also keep two cans of Slime around too. Some say not to use it but when you are in the middle of nowhere it works. I just tell the tire guy up front that I did use it and they never say anything so far.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:38 PM   #3
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Haven't had to yet, but I figure I could use my trailer's battery to jump start my truck if I had to.
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I carried a can of Slime equivalent for 14 years and never used it. I also carried a tire plug kit and used that about 6 times.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:53 PM   #5
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I don't use Slime in road tires but it is the Bee's Knees for wheelbarrow and my kid's bike tires. Makes even cheap Chinese bike tubes stay up. I love my old B&D jumper. I have "loaned" it several times to keep from hooking somebody else's problem up to my truck. Thanks for the link to a new one.
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:18 PM   #6
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I don't use Slime in road tires but it is the Bee's Knees for wheelbarrow and my kid's bike tires. Makes even cheap Chinese bike tubes stay up. I love my old B&D jumper. I have "loaned" it several times to keep from hooking somebody else's problem up to my truck. Thanks for the link to a new one.
Good advice.

In a passenger or truck or trailer tire "Slime" will make it impossible to do a satisfactory repair later. Also putting that much weight in a tire that is used at highway speeds makes it impossible to balance because the material moves around inside the tire. Slime is great in riding lawn mower tires etc.
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If "Slime" is spare tire in a can, then I have used it a number of times on my vehicles. No problem with balance, go figure. I just follow the instructions to drive around for a while after use.
A former uncle in-law said that the stuff actually balanced a tire that the shop could not. I can't explain that.
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"Jumpits" are also a really good item to have for emergencies with your trailer battery. I used mine for a week once when I could not get to a place to get a new battery. I at least had lights every nite. I used the water pump sparingly too.
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I recently bought a ViAir 88P portable air pump, which clamps to the battery terminals for power (the lighter plug sockets in my vehicles are only 10A, the ViAir needs 15A or more). I've used it 3 times already and it works wonderfully, but raising the hood is a bit of a hassle. Looks like I could keep one of these in the same bag with the pump and hook the clamps together, using this power unit to run the pump. That would be handy.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:56 AM   #10
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Looks like a nice jump start unit Norm. Now on my wish list too. Thx!

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