I know it is not the most glamorous piece of RV Gear, but my OCD nature has me a little preoccupied with the exciting world of portable air compressors!!! To back up my OCD nature, I have examples of why a portable air compressor may be my next purchase:
1. Just listened to an RV podcast covering RV maintenance and the #1 item that all of us can maintain in our RVs is the tire. One of the most important items to maintain with tires
is the proper pressure.
2. I attended the RV Safety & Education Foundation Conference in mid-May. It was hosted by Walter Canon. If you know anything about Walter, he is going to preach tire safety. Much of this safety involves proper tire pressure.
3. Laura and I completed a trip (460 mile round trip) to the Smoky Mountain National Park in mid-April. Within a mile of our house upon arriving home, I noticed a blister the size of a baseball on one of our tires
. Upon further inspection, the other tire had tread separation. These six year old tires
were not worn out, but they were OLD. Trailer tires age out before they wear out. I upgraded from 14″ wheels to 15″ wheels in order to accommodate newer tires that were 10 ply rather than 6 ply. I got tire religion without having a blowout!
Laura and I completed a 1900 mile 12 day camping trip in early June with our new tires and wheels. Worked wonderfully. I checked my tires every morning that we traveled. One morning I wanted to put a little air in one of the trailer tires. I took the trailer over to a nice large service station that had free air and a cool digital gauge. Guess what? The air pump only went up to 70 lbs and my tires hold a maximum of 80 lbs, so it did me no good.
I have been thinking about a nice portable air compressor. I like this company’s products based on my research:
VIAIR Corporation - Portable Compressors
A portable air compressor will run me from $60 to $250. In all likelihood, I would spend somewhere around $70 to $130. Given my tires require 80 psi, I will probably go with a unit that will provide at least 120 psi of pressure.
Do any of you carry a portable air compressor with you? If so, do you have a recommendation?