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Old 07-30-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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Question about tires

This may qualify as a top 10 dumb question but I'm going to ask anyway!

Where do you fill your trailer tires? I live in northern Va and there are zero gas stations around me that have enough room for me to access with trailer and fill the tires.

So, what to do?
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:20 AM   #2
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We have a small RV air compressor that plugs into a 12 volt outlet.. We carry it every where we go.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:21 AM   #3
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I carry a cheap ( $25 ) air compressor that runs on 12V.
I plug it into one of the 12V outlets in the trailer, run the wire out a window, or get a 12V extension cord, and top up tires at home, or on the road.
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I have a small air compressor in my garage, and 2 12 volt air compressors. One stays in the tow. Mostly I fill the tires from home before leaving. At least once I stopped at tire store while on the road because the tires were a bit warmer than normal. They filled the tires for free. Lots options. If I didn't have an air compressor in my garage I would simply stop at a tire store and ask them take of things.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:36 AM   #5
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Air compressor? Excellent! Thanks!

Tire store ...hmmm ... I had not considered that ... worth looking into!
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:46 AM   #6
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Many of those "Jump-it" type battery thingys have a built in compressor. Might be a good dual purpose application. Jump a battery, add a little air. Everybody sells them, Sears, Walmart, Harbor Fright, etc.

Personally, I like the kind with a screw-on type valve because I can never get the lever-type valves off the valve stem without bleeding out too much air...and I feel like I'm going to pull the stem out of the wheel.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:49 AM   #7
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Lisa.

This is the one we have. We've had it for 14 years. It's nice because it has a real long 12 volt cord that wraps around the bottom of the compressor.

Here's a link to Amazon.

Amazon.com: Heavy duty 12V Portable Air Compressor; With yellow flashing safety light; 8 hours fulltime operation: Home Improvement
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I pull in to Les Schwab and they fill them for me. No need to park, they will come out and do it.
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I pull in to Les Schwab and they fill them for me. No need to park, they will come out and do it.

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.
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We carry a compressor for a number of reasons. First as we go from South to North the significant changes in temperatures sometimes means our tires need to be topped off. Second, we carry a tire repair kit for nails and screws and the compressor allows us to refill the tire. Third people often ask if you have a compressor or battery jumper and on numerous occasions we've been able to help others.
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Third people often ask if you have a compressor or battery jumper and on numerous occasions we've been able to help others.
And that brings up a great reason to have one of these units. You can not only air stuff up but jump your own rig if you have to. You know, like if you are camping somewhere waaaaaayyy back with nobody around and you actually want to get home. The other nice thing is I do not like jumping other people's rigs off anymore with all the electronincs in modern autos. When somebody askes for a jump I just break out the little portable jumper outfit and take care of them.
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I have a big compressor in my shop at home, and keep a portable air tank filled that I throw in (along with a jack-in-the-box) about every where I go. Basically, this stuff is always in my gull wing tool box in the F150. I always check tires before I venture out for a road trip.

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Reminds me of the time I waved goodbye to everyone at the end of a rally and then found that my tow battery was dead. Had to pull the battery out of the trailer to start the truck. Drove to a nearby Walmart, bought a jump-it (leaving the tow running in the back 40 of the parking lot) and charged it with it's 12v recharge plug all the way home just in case I forgot and turned off the engine while gassing up. (Driving might have already brought the battery back but I didn't want to chance it.)

Like Norm and Ginny, I've loaned it out on at least one occasion.

These days, my Flex comes with a compressor but I still carry the jump it/compressor.
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compressor and tire plugs.

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.
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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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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.

SuperFlow/150 PSI 12 Volt air compressor for car and full size truck tires (MV-50) | Portable Tire Inflator | AutoZone.com
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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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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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Thanks to all for the great suggestions!
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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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