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Old 04-05-2009, 07:39 PM   #1
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Hello, We have a 13 Ft Scamp and wondering if anyone has used the portable 12V air pumps to top up the air in the tires? We were looking at the Coleman Inflate-All Quick Pump. Is this one good? Are there any others that are good? Are these products not worth the money?

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Old 04-05-2009, 07:49 PM   #2
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I have a Black and Decker Air Station, it's an older model than this one but works just fine. I always check the tires before pulling out of the driveway. Seems simple enough to hookup and airup if necessary. Besides I have a child, I've always got bicycle tires, volleyballs or such that need air around the house. It's one of those "power tools" I have and use. And, it takes little space, so when I go... like to the Oregon Gathering, it's in the tug. I like the fact, I can plug it into the cigarette lighter if necessary... while on the road.

Others may use something else?

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Old 04-05-2009, 08:45 PM   #3
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For some reason, Wally was carrying the little Campbell-Hausfeld 12VDC compressor for less than $10 for a number of years, but now they are more like $30. I keep mine in my truck and have used it to inflate truck tires (My own and people I have helped) and trailer tires.

Has a max pressure of 200 or 250 psi and takes a loooong time to fill something like a repaired tire, but lots easier than changing tires. It has a very convenient setup on the tire end that allows me to put my trusted pressure gauge on a fitting while the compressor is pumping, so I can monitor the fill. Also has on/off switch on pump so I don't have to unplug it to move to the next tire.

I also carry a tire plug kit so I can repair nail holes and stuf like that without removing tire from truck; sometimes I don't even need to jack up if the puncture is visible. All very handy, esp when in the boondocks of Utah on a Sunday...

Hmm, just searched and can't find the one that plugs into cigarette lighter, just the cordless ones (I don't know if internal battery would run long enough to inflate a tire and it probably uses 120VAC to recharge, so there may have to be an inverter involved for roadside use.

Amazon has the cordless one for $16.17
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:51 PM   #4
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Our "Jump-it" has a battery for starting a car with a low battery, a light to see by at night, and a compressor to inflate low tires. they sell for around $50+ at many auto parts stores, Sam's Club and Cosco Stores stateside. Due to multiple uses, and the number of times we've encountered a need we "won't leave home without it"! It has also provided a handy portable source of 12V power when diagnosing wiring problems on trailers.

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Old 04-06-2009, 07:29 AM   #5
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Northern Tools has one that U set the desired pressure and when it gets there it shuts off. This is handy as the small pumps seam to take a long time and U do not have to B there and watch. I installed a 12VDC receptacle on each side of the egg close to the tire location.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:59 AM   #6
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I bought this one for a number of reasons:

It is 12 volts, it has a metal housing so might last longer, it is a very fast pump, capable for use with large truck tires, so pumps mine up very fast. It just happens to have a LED light, too that is handy to use when you must use it at night. It does cost more than the cheaper varieties, but, I think its worth it. It is one of those necessary items that if you ever do need it, nothing else will suffice.

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Old 04-06-2009, 10:55 AM   #7
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I have a Coleman I inherited. I like the "Y" fitting at the business end so I can take the pressure without removing the pump. It also comes in a handy little case.
My other one, whose brand escapes me at the moment, is black plastic.
Both work well. I just find myself timing the amount of pumping. The biggest problem is starting and stopping the pump. I really should add switches to both of them. Although, I found that turning the auto key to "Accessories" and off works.
I let it run for one minute and then check how much pressure I gained, this lets me know how many minutes I need for it to run for the several pounds I may need.
I used to use a hand bicycle pump. This beats that. It is not as good as a regular tire pressure thingie, but often, they want money to use those. Although Les Schwab Tire Stores, for those of you in the west, will top off your tires for free.
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Hello, We have a 13 Ft Scamp and wondering if anyone has used the portable 12V air pumps to top up the air in the tires? We were looking at the Coleman Inflate-All Quick Pump. Is this one good? Are there any others that are good? Are these products not worth the money?
I use this one but only because I deflate/inflate my tires when off-roading the sand out here. Sort of overkill I am sure.
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