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Old 07-30-2014, 02:49 PM   #15
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In addition to a 12v compressor in my tow I always carry a tire plug kit.
It has got me back to civilization many times both on my camper and truck.
They are cheap and effective and most times you don't even have to remove the wheel from the unit.
Might need to jack it up to take the weight off wheel when filling but I'm another that carries a tire plug patch kit.

Figure I'll throw this out there because I'm still grateful to the guy who showed it to me when I was sitting there with a flat on a holiday weekend.

Those 12 volt tire pumps can put out the pressure but not a lot of volume so if the tire bead (inner edge) loses it's seat on the rim pump can't provide enough air to shove it back so it seals and will fill up.

Jack up until the tire is off the ground. Wrap a rope around the center tread and apply a tourniquet using the rope. Pressure on the center of the tread all the way around the tire can force the inner bead back out against the rim.

Not as exciting as my neighbors approach of spray tire full of starting fluid and using a match to blow the tire out against the rim but probably safer.

If you are unfamiliar with a tourniquet here is a picture. Tourniquet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:03 PM   #16
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Get one of these tire inflaters you wont regret it. You will have to pop the hood to connect to the battery though. You need to have your car running. We use these to inflate truck tires when we run into the sand at 12 psi. Its so much faster than cheap cigarette corded models.

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Old 07-30-2014, 03:23 PM   #17
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Question for those posting additional material like plugs, tire inflaters, etc. Do you think to OP has any understanding of what you're talking about?
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:45 PM   #18
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Question for those posting additional material like plugs, tire inflaters, etc. Do you think to OP has any understanding of what you're talking about?
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:46 PM   #19
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Thanks to all for the great suggestions!
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:32 PM   #20
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Besides my 3 shop compressors I have a cheap Sears portable compressor ($99) that can be handy for the average home owner. I don't take it with me camping but do have a few of the 12 volt compressors, one for each vehicle.
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Old 07-30-2014, 05:04 PM   #21
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For those not in the Pacific Northwest Les Schwab is a local tire store chain. In Las Vegas I pulled into a Terrible's tire store, just had to get close enough for the hose to reach. I didn't even get out of the tow.
Now that I've moved- they are also in California, even Fresno.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:18 PM   #22
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At home I have a 60 gal compressor, or the option of a smaller work compressor if out on the road. But, I too carry a small 12V compressor which has come in handy a couple times. These small compressors are fine for topping up, but to completely fill a tire will take a looooong time up to 50psi, and doing so once I burned one out.

I don't carry any tire repair stuff. Instead, I opt to carry a spare tire. Much easier to just swap out if needed than to go to the bother to repair and refill. But,like mentioned in another thread, I have yet to have a flat in over 5 years on the tires. I plan to look into new ones next year, and am hoping they hold out for me.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:48 PM   #23
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Our little compressor is rated for 8 hours of continuous operation. We find filling a tire no issue. We run our trailer tires at 50 lbs and our tow vehicle tires near 40. We have had our compressor for 14 years in our various RVs. If I needed one I'd buy one just like it. I recall it was under $50 but it was a long time ago.
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Have a compressor in the garage. I always check the tow vehicle AND trailer tires, including spares, before leaving. I find the compressor useful for many other tasks . Additionally, I carry a. 12v unit in the tow vehicle.


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Old 07-30-2014, 09:10 PM   #25
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The 12V compressor that blew on me was not a real cheapo price wise, but sure was in the way it was built. I took it apart to see if I could repair it. All the pieces, except a few screws and pins for moving parts, was all plastic. A little tiny motor turning a single camshaft, pumping a wee piston, pushing air through a cheap one way valve.

I would gladly pay twice the money if I knew I was getting one made with quality parts.

I was not worth my time to fix. The new one seems a bit better, hope it holds up.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:04 PM   #26
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If your tire separates from the rim you can use a ratchet strap around the outside of the tire to squeeze it back into place. Make sure to release the strap as soon as tire starts taking air or you will have a hard time getting it loose.
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Whatever you do, never combine the starting fluid and the ratchet strap trick.

Personally, I carry two spares and don't worry about it. I don't believe in the greasy rope push in plugs. The only tire repair I accept is a rubber plug/patch combo from the inside.


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Jared,

Our approach is to start with good tires. As a result our only failures have been only nails or screws, no blowouts.

Over our 14 years on the road we've plugged at least 6 tires. Every plug worked until the tires end of life. Is their a better approach? Maybe. Though nothing is handier when you're absolutely no where.

I have heard negative comments about them but have never seen them not work.
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