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#1 shear

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Posted 04 June 2021 - 12:00 PM

Hey so I just got a new 2019 Tacoma and have done a complete overhaul on the suspension including ride rites in the back.  Right now I just have the manual version and am curious about the best method for keeping air in them over the summer while we travel.  I've read a cheap bike pump is one way and im also curious about a portable air compressor as well.  

 

Any suggestions?  

 

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Posted 04 June 2021 - 01:25 PM

I just use a small telescoping bike pump  (for mountain bikes) and check with my regular tire gauge.

The only time I need to add air is when I am loading up for a trip, my shell is “modular” so I load up when I go and remove when I come back. Upon return I will lower the pressure down to daily driving. 
Plus instal for pressurized each bag separately.


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 02:00 PM

I carry a portable Viair compressor for airbags and tires.


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 02:05 PM

I haver both a 12v electric pump and standing foot pump. Never us electric pump. Foot pump is much easier

to set up. I use tape measure for height of fender above tire rather than pressure.


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 02:56 PM

A hand pump is difficult to disconnect without losing too much air in my experience.  The volume in the airbag is small and a second of "wooshing" severely drops the pressure.

While I carry a more traditional off road 12V compressor I like this even better for airbags>

 

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I hold the trigger on still pumping air as I yank the chuck off- virtually no loss of air in the bag.

I already carry a Ryobi drill, fans and batteries so it is a minimal "too much stuff" increase B)


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 04:27 PM

A bike pump has worked for me.
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Posted 04 June 2021 - 04:35 PM

Bicycle pump works well for me.


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 06:10 PM

Awesome!  Bike pump it is.  Is that also how you inflate them once the camper is on?  Or do I need something a bit more substantial to get it from the 5-10psi to the much higher psi?  


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 06:13 PM

I last pumped mine up with the bicycle pump when the camper was fully loaded with water, food and such.


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Posted 04 June 2021 - 06:15 PM

I use a small 12v pump works well,plugs in near the sink.

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