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When you guys are coming off of a beach with no air facility, how do you air up your tires. Do you take it easy to the nearest gas station, or do you carry one of those little cigarette lighter compressors. If you use a compressor, which models are suggested? Which have the highest cfm?

I had a couple of friends into off-roading who had compressors built into their truck and it would fill into a tubular bumper that had been sealed to make a holding tank. I've got a new truck and I am not ready to modify it that way yet.

Any info appreciated.
 

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Just take it easy to the nearest station, as long as it's not too far. Five or ten miles is fine. Also, I know that there are many opinions about what pressure is proper, but if you don't go below 15psi it's better for the pavement run to the gas station.
 

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Thanks guys,

Capt. Bill,

That is what I did last season, but I never saw anyone else doing it.

Matt,

Thanks for the info. I just checked out the Oasis site and they have the original and the QA2. Is the 3 much different? Also, they didn't have prices on either of them. What does a nice unit like that go for?
 

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The key words Capt. Bill said about driving on pavement with low pressure tires is TAKE IT EASY. I would not recommend doing this as a matter of course. Your vehicle will not react as you expect if you need to make an "abrupt manuver" as my sunvisor warning says. I have done so from time to time, to move from one beach acess to another. But it has some danger and your tires will wear funny. Check out http://www.4by4connection.com/arbaircom.html
These are not the toy compressors that whine for 20 minutes then do a smoke bomb imitation when your 31" tire finally gets to 28 psi. You can tell these are serious by the prices. After going through 4 of the $30 ones I realized it is a false economy. Admittedly, I did not buy one of the ones on that web site. I found one at a garage sale in new condition. If you get a good one, you won't find yourself saying "Oh I'm not going that far down the beach today. I think I'll just not air down this time" Mistake.
 

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You can buy a portable air tank at any auto parts store and fill it up to max at any air pump. It won't hold enough to get all your tires all the way back up, but will get them up enough so you can drive for a ways, and will do it real quickly.


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Thanks again guys,

THING,
I was always cautious while driving like that for fear of rolling the tire off of the rim (always carry a can of ether for emergency remounting).

Striper77,
I was considering the air tank route, but then I have to make a consious effort to bring it. Sometimes I just like to go after work, or if I'm just in the area, and the tank is too big to carry around all of the time. Thank you though.

Matt,
All is well over here. How are you, getting out yet. I tried Rattlesnake Creek yesterday to no avail. One of the locals down there reported a small brown on a nightcrawler. I am looking foward to the Freeport show. It'll be my first time at this show and I have got a long wish list. I'll be there with Spygull on Saturday morning. Going?

Thanks again all.
 

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Hey Doughboy,
I have not gone yet, I will try to go on saturday, and it will be my first freeport show too.
Thought you might like to know, I went to causeway saturday morning and picked up the 560 slammer, feels nice, but I need to test it.
Keep pushing USA products, pride starts here.

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I have one of those portable cigarette lighter air compressors.The name on it is truck air, I think Interdynamics makes them. They work pretty well. I air down to 20 psi, tire size 235/75/15. Airing back up takes around 15-20 minutes for all (4) tires. Though not the greatest, it beats the alternative of not airing down and getting stuck. (which is why I bought mine in the first place).Good Luck.
 

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Hagar,

I just noticed that system last night while showing that site to a couple of my friends who are interested in the tire deflators. A five pound cylinder is nice and small(but for $20 more the ten is definately worth it) and it fills the tires very quickly.

Like I said though, I would have to always have it with me, for those times I was not planning on going to the beach. That is the reason I like the idea of the built in compressors Matty mentioned.

Thanks everyone, you have given me plenty to think about.



This message was edited by doughboy on 2-11-02 @ 12:59 PM
 

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I have the 10,works well.On my older trucks i had the old A/C conversion done by a fella in Commack or E northport,Somewhere on Rt.25.The under hood Quickair3 is nice also.Dont forget the plug kit,the above mentioned ether to reseat the tire,a couple cans of Prestone tire jack and a tall jack.Just a word of advice,Dont try to reseat a tire withether after using an aersol fixaflat.Lets just say Im glad it wasnt a crowded beach.KABOOM
 

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Thanks for the forewarning. I have never used that fix-a-flat stuff because I was told that it will ruin your tire balancing. That is another good reason (chuckle).

That green slime seems like a better product. From what I understand, it stays a liquid, so it spreads evenly and doesn't ruin the balance. I beleive it can be used as a preventative measure to seal punctures as they occur. Anyone have any experience with it?
 

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HAHAHAHA. Looks like this could get interesting.

Thanks again Matt. That is a great ability. I am definately considering the compressor route. I am also considering getting a CO2 or air tank from a welding shop and making my own. Right now, I can't spring for the few hundred bucks either way. I have to see where I am at the end of the month, let the account catch up with the purchase, especially after the Freeport Show. I am looking a couple of months down the line. Just doing my homework right now.
 

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I had the air conditioner type Hagar spoke of in my Blazer. When I bought a new truck under warranty I didn't want to risk negating the warranty. I carry a small generator Home Depot Coleman about 2000 Watts and a single tank contractors compressor. This is in the truck only when I'm fishing the sand out east and there is no air (Napeague, Hither) I keep a Truck air in the vehicle for emergencies, the prestone, a camel plug kit, and a High-Lift Jack all the time. Now heres the best part, something a quick-air will never do. That generator will also run a BLENDER, keep a bottle of Jose' some mix and fish ice from your cooler next to your plug bags and I can asure you the sunsets will be brighter the next time you're waiting for a tide.
It's February and i need Margaritaville
 

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I did not catch that in Hagar's post. I am not familar with an A/C conversion. The installable compressors I found online are all directly connected to the battery. Would one of you please explain that for me.

Shag, Can I go fishing with you??????? That is great. Wouldn't a power inverter work (I just got one for my laptop for work). Have you seen that tailgater blender that is built on a weedwacker engine?
 

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What happened??????? Did I commit some kind of fishing site faux pas? Really, I was only kidding!

Seriously now, I found a site that shows how to build an A/C conversion. I would rather go with an electic system instead. Are there any benefits to the A/C system over the electric ones?
 
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