2 compressors ?

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Anyone think its worth taking 2 compressors with us around Australia in case one of them stuffs up ?

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Reply By: Voxson - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 10:35

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 10:35
Not really 2 compressors but maybe a spare foot pump... But up to you though..
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Reply By: Niffty - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 10:46

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 10:46
If you take this approach then you will have no space in the vehicle.Might need to take 2 vehicle's :-) Id be more inclined to take an extra spare tyre.
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Reply By: Gerhardp1 - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 11:15

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 11:15
The best way is to use the on you have (if needed) and if/when it gives up, you buy another one.
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Reply By: Robin - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 11:55

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 11:55
Try to always have a backup where possible Birdy - particularly with things we use a lot.

But rather than 2nd compressor we take an air transfer hose which has extra benefits as well.
It lives under the Patrols front bonnet making it readily accessible and hence gets used more than compressor

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Reply By: Hairy - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 12:15

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 12:15
Im about to get one of those cheapies, rip the guts out and only keep the bits I really need. Wrap it up in a rag and stick it in one of the side panels for emergecies.(take up less room than a foot pump) I had my pump shiit it self last week end after letting my tryes down to about 10 psi to get through a creek, I didnt worry too much as a mate was comming out the next day and we were already at the campsite, so me and the kids sat back and shot the crappers out of a beer can. Guess what he didnt bring his, he said I knew you would have yours so I didnt bother putting mine in. I wont get caught out again.
I was able to fix mine good enough to pump the tyres up ,but it took about 3 hours.
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Reply By: Olcoolone (SA) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 12:58

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 12:58
I like that theory, take two of everything..........filled up the 4X4 so much we court the bus!

They say most people who go away take to much stuff that they never use...must by like tuppaware hey.

Regards Richard
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Reply By: Steve63 - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 13:00

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 13:00
A back up way to inflate tyres is always a good idea. Nothing is really bullet proof though. The one time I needed to use the pump the seal in it was knackered and it took hours to get an extra 10psi in the tyres. That will teach me to buy a cheap pump! The other way to look at it is that there is not much point having a foot pump etc if noone is in a fit state to use it long enough to get your tyres up. It is no joke pumping up 4 tyres at 2pm on a 40oC day with a foot pump. I happen to have two compressors because of a misunderstanding. I have never needed the second one but who knows. It does speed up the process when you can pump up the tyres two at a time.

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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 14:11

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 14:11
If you go down this track there is no end to it.
Why not take a third in case the second also dies. and a forth etc etc.

There is lot to be said for getting reputable reliable stuff, maintaining it propertly where required and possibly taking small, light spare parts (seals o rings etc).

The key is that all other things being equal, the lighter vehicle will go further cheaper and easier and is less likely to break stuff.
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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 19:12

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 19:12
Buy a quality pump and leave it at that. Beyond that a transfer hose would be the most I'd invest in. Pump the spare up to 50psi(more if you are game) and use that if need be. Keep it simple and eliminate weight where possible. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt Mu (Perth-WA) - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 14:42

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 14:42
Here Here!! Dotn buy rubbish and keep the good gear in working order and you dont need to take two spares!

With the additional transfer hose you can just modify an air fitting to take another inflator end that clips into the compressor hose.....that way you already have a transfer hose without taking another spare!!

Just unclip the compressor and add the inflator and you are away!! Double ended inflator!!

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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 22:31

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 22:31
Ten years ago I went through the exercise of trying to decide what sort of air compressor I should buy. No one could give any sensible criteria, so I just bought a Big Red because Traction 4 had it on cheap at the show. Its pumped up a lot of Polyairs and tyres and still going strong. I pulled it apart four or five years ago because it was not working and found a brand new looking mechanism with the brushes hardly worn, let alone anything else. A new second battery and a KITA to myself for not checking that first and we were back in business.

I reckon one good one and maybe a transfer hose would be heaps good enough.

Take two of everything and you will guarantee to break things on the car from the sheer weight of the load you are carrying.

So, buy one and buy well.
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