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Tire Inflator

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I got a b180 and looking for a Electric Tire Inflator to be used at home. I visited the local shops but not happy with the products.

Any recommendation on a Brand and Model would be appreciated.

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How much are you planning to use it? For occasional tire inflation, you can buy $40 compressor at Harbor Freight, but it will take long time to build up the pressure.
If you want something faster, look for at least 1 hp. For lot of use buy 2 hp contractor grade with oil bath. Should find one for about $100.
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I would like to use it every week to monitor and maintain tire pressure.

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What kind of tires you have? I am pumping my tires once a year, while the commercial tires on my motorhome hold 90 psi for almost 3 years.
Just for tires inflation buy smaller, oiless compressor as it will solve air cleaning dilemma and bigger tank is better as they tend to be slow. The idea would be to start the compressor, do other tasks and few minutes later you have enough pressure in the tank to pump your tires.
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My car is B180, medium sized, tires I am using is "Dunlop sp sport fastresponse".

My car indicates that tire pressure must be 29-30psi. The tire company says it must be 36psi. So, I am putting 34-35psi. After couple of weeks, indicator says 31-32psi.

That is why I want to buy a pressure pump so that I could maintain the pressure every week.

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This might sound a little silly but for just checking and maintaining tire pressure once a week, I found that a good old fashioned bicycle pump works best! (the kind which you put on the ground, brace with your feet on the flanges, and pump the plunger with your arms) It's actually faster than electric if you just need to top up a little, although it would get tiring if you're trying to inflate a flattened tire. It's also much quieter and you don't have to lug any electric cables around They make these with pressure gauges built-in but not sure how accurate they are.
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I bought a 12V DC tire inflator (plugs into the cigar lighter) for emergencies while away from home. I keep that in the trunk. At home I bought an oil-less air compressor (ditto to Kajtek1) from Harbor Freight.

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I bought a 12 volt compressor that plugs into the cigarette lighter. That broke after about a week. Since then I got a bicycle pump that makes it easy to top off a tire without getting out cords. And I feel less lazy using it.

I've never heard of a "tire pressure maintainer" Changes in temperature will affect your tire pressure slightly but having your tires off by 3psi won't kill you.
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For periodic wheel rising prices, you can buy it $36 air compressor at Possess Shipping, but it will take quite a while to develop up the stress. If you want something quicker, look for at least 1 hp. For lot of use buy 2 hp specialist quality with oil shower.. . . . . . . . .
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Also consider buying quiet compressor. I bought one for my diesel pusher that has air suspension and brakes. Instead of running Detroit, that wakes everybody in 1 mile radius, I use the compressor inside storage compartment to build up the pressure. Takes 20 minutes, but with usual campground noise I can not hear it 15 feet away.
Those 12V $10 or $20 compressors are disposable items. They pump 200 psi for first use, 80 psi on second tire and max at 20 psi on the third use. If you need one that last, spend $120 for Firestone 12V compressor design for air bags.
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