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Old 03-30-2009
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Default Nice aux compressor

Hi Gang,
Just got a nice Makita comressor to mount on the bus. Its 2HP 130PSI max and has a very small footprint. It Aired up the bus suspension through the rear schroeder valve from zero in 12 minutes and should be pretty good for airing the tires also. Best thing is its quiet - 80DB so won't wake the neighbors when you are making your early morning getaway.

I got a refurb from CPO makita for $139 or you can get new for $229 (Still about 40% off retail.

if interested, see....

http://www.cpomakita.com/nailers_and...c700_spec.html

Specs...
Horsepower 2
Pump Oil-lubricated
Tank 2.6 ga.
Performance @ 90 PSI 3.3 CFM
Performance @ 40 PSI 3.8 CFM
Operating Pressure 0 - 130 PSI
Amps 12.4
Noise Level 80 dB
Size18"L x 10"W x 22"H
Net Weight 30 lbs

No affiliation with etc.... - just trying to save you a gallon or so in the morning before you leave the camp...or to flush the potty for you upscale guys!
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Rob,

This sounds like a nice deal. Have you actually been able to air up a tire with this compressor?

A little while back I bought a small footprint DeWalt rated to 125 PSI and it could not come close to airing up tires.... not even to a drivable pressure. I returned it.

Thanks- Bill
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Bill,
Just checked it out...My fronts were about 105psi and the compressor took them to 115psi in just a couple of seconds....
seems good!
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I just ordered the same model (reconditioned) from TylerTool, $129.95 with free shipping. I figure it will at least air up the coach, run some air tools, and let me open and close the generator draw. Also, in the unlikley event I have a main compressor failure, it might help get to a safe place to stop.

I am thinking I will connect it directly to the wet tank through a one way valve and discard the little tank on the unit. It will take up less space and do the job I want that way.
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Thats great news!

Gardner, if you discard the tank and feed the wet tank instead, will it still be able to air up the tires and would you be able to use the coach's air hose to do it?

Where will you locate it? I'm wondering if it will fit into the middle compartment on the drivers side where the old chargers and air hose is. There is an ac outlet in there too.

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Bill,
I tried that one first but it doesn't air the suspension, just does the step, tilt steering, and other bits -there must be a check valve somewhere. As a fix I just put a T piece on the rear schroeder connector back in the engine bay with the schroeder on one arm and a female air connector on the other. The short length of hose from the compressor now has 2 male ends but neither the compressor or the bus loses air from the females when you disconnect the hose.
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Gardner,
OK you got me - $10 cheaper (I got free shipping too though!)
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Bill,
I was thinking about locating it in the generator compartment. There is a lot of room there and a flexible hose to the wet tank would be simple.

Rob,
The existing check valves prevent a compressor connected to the outlet in the compartment from filling the wet tank. If the pressure is up in the wet tank the check valve will allow the back flow.
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Hello y'all!

Just the other day we bought a Porter Cable 150 PSI 6 gallon pancake compressor from Lowes ($164.00). I haven't had a chance to use it on tires yet, but it will build to over 125 psi very quickly. Small foot print and profile and fits very well in my street side compartment where the toilet compressor is located.

Steve Davis (freenezy) bought one for his coach and he says his works great.
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Tommy, with my Porter Cable unit I had no troubles getting to the 105 psi I put in my new Toyos. If you run with more than that, let me know how it does for the higher pressure.
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