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Old 05-09-2010, 03:51 PM   #1
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I'm taking an informal survey of other trailer owners.

I would like to purchase a tire pump for our trailer that runs from the SUV cigarette lighter. In case the tires get low, so we don't have to tow the darned thing to the closest gas station.

My wife thinks it's unnecessary, that no one else does that, and that it will just take up storage room.

What are your thoughts? Do you have an electric tire pump in your trailer in case the tires get low?

Thanks!
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Old 05-09-2010, 04:06 PM   #2
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[Do you have an electric tire pump in your trailer in case the tires get low?
Yes.

I had an electric pump that gave up the ghost after 12 years. I put my bicycle floor pump in the truck for the last trip (thank God I didn't have to use it ).

I will be buying an electric inflator prior to the next excursion.
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Old 05-09-2010, 04:15 PM   #3
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I have onboard air for the air bags that I can "T" into. Does that count?
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Old 05-09-2010, 04:39 PM   #4
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Yes, we have one and we love it. We use it every time we get ready to go somewhere to make sure our tires are properly inflated.

It's probably why our cheap Duro tires have lasted 3-1/2 years and lots of miles without problems.

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Old 05-09-2010, 06:12 PM   #5
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I carry an inexpensive air pump that works off the cigarette lighter plug all the time in my tow vehicle (whether i have the camper with me or not).. I also carry inexpensive tire repair plugs and the tool so if i get a flat i just throw a plug in the hole with some rubber tire glue cut it off even with a knife and air it back up ....done and i don't even take the tire off the vehicle.
someone showed me years ago that if you don't have the tire plugs just take a sheet metal screw off your vehicle somewhere and screw it into the leak on the tire.... I did it a few times and it amazingly doesn't leak but i fix it the right way when i get back home.
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:18 PM   #6
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I carry a cheap one. Its 12volts. Paid about $10.00CDN
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:18 PM   #7
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We have one of those small cheap ones. We have an outlet in the trailer. Just plug it in the trailer, cord out the window and we can air up the trailer tires. Fred did say we have an outlet at the rear of the van so the cord would reach the trailer tires.

We have used it often. We go up over mountains, from 100 degrees to 60 degrees, and our trailer tire pressure changes. It is nice to have it handy for when we want it. Would hate to have to look for air if I really needed it.

We do prefer to use the gas station high pressure thingy when needed, but the little one gives us peace of mind.

We have 30,000 miles on our trailer tires and the look really good still, because we keep them properly inflated.


Have your wife jack up the trailer, take off the tire and run it in to a station if she doesn't want one of these cheap little things.

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Old 05-10-2010, 06:09 AM   #8
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Yep, I have one. I use it at home to keep tire pressure up when necessary and take it with me on trips, too. I bought a small metal one-more expensive than necessary, I suppose
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:42 AM   #9
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I carry one in my tow vehicle all the time. Also always carry other emergency-type supplies -- this includes tools, supplies, orange vest and first aid. In winter we also carry extra warm clothes, blanket and a means for heat.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:20 AM   #10
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Yes, I always carry a small cheap 12 volt pump. It does not get used much but I am sure glad to have it when I do need it. The cord does not reach from my car to the trailer, so I just plug it into my 12 volt battery pack/booster cable (my Trillium does not have an onboard battery). The pumps are so small and cheap that I carry one in each vehicle.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:52 AM   #11
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Check this out, It's an All-In-One unit

Air Compressor, It's built in and self powered
The unit has it's own battery that U can use to augment your egg battery.
You can Jump Start your TV and you can plug in a 120VAC device such as a PC.
You can use it to augment your egg 12VDC battery.

I purchased mine when it was on sale for $69.
http://www.harborfreight.com/5-in-1-portab...pack-96157.html
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:12 PM   #12
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I have one that I've had for over 10 years but it's 120v. Burned several of the 12v ones up before that but probably my fault for blowing up rafts or something. I generally just check everything before we leave home. I guess if i was going 1000's of miles it would be good to have one along. In fact I have a 12v to 120v converter come to think of it.
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:54 PM   #13
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Yes I carry a 12 volt in my TV with tire plugs and glue. But at the risk of hijacking this thread, sometimes I need to do a winterizing on the fly and wondered if the little 12 volt pumps could be used to blow out the water lines? Any thoughts?
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Yes I carry a 12 volt in my TV with tire plugs and glue. But at the risk of hijacking this thread, sometimes I need to do a winterizing on the fly and wondered if the little 12 volt pumps could be used to blow out the water lines? Any thoughts?
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I started a new thread to address your winterizing concerns. I think its a good question.
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