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I'm curious if the folks who are recommending against the Viair have actually used one. I don't have a motorhome but did have 125psi trailer tires for a few years. The 450P didn't struggle with them at all and topped them up decently quick (even the day I picked up the RV from a storage lot and the tire started with 40psi due to a nail).

I wouldn't hesitate to get one for a motorhome.

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Mike P. wrote:

Went to H Frt today to purchase the Fortress 2 gallon compressor.
It was listed at 159$.
Can't find a coupon anywhere for 129$
Suggestions?
Thanks, Mike


It was $129 last week, on their site, and it had all the requisite flags displayed online stating that it was on special.

This week it is listed as $159 online. Sales come and go. If you were to wait I'm sure that it would be offered as a special again in a few weeks.

That's the thing about Harbor Freight, you kind of have to buy when the sale is on or wait until the next one comes along. I kind of keep a wish list going, and when stuff goes on ad I purchase it then and add to my inventory.

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learntorv wrote:

I'm curious if the folks who are recommending against the Viair have actually used one. I don't have a motorhome but did have 125psi trailer tires for a few years. The 450P didn't struggle with them at all and topped them up decently quick (even the day I picked up the RV from a storage lot and the tire started with 40psi due to a nail).

I wouldn't hesitate to get one for a motor home.


I'll take a stab at this. First thing I don't like about the Viair is the use of alligator clips for 12v service. In my application I'm having to find battery terminals to attach to, which leaves me clipping this thing onto battery posts at the front of my vehicle, either my house batteries or my starter battery and then having to run a mess of hose along the vehicle to reach the tires. Sure Viair supplies 2 coiled air hoses, but still. That isn't quick and easy. Some users might keep around a small 12v SLA battery just to run this compressor, but again, that seems unpractical and you have to be keeping that separate battery on a charger just to use this compressor. If you happen to have convenient 12v posts in a basement or underbelly compartment, that might do the trick, but I don't have that in my application.

I'd be all over a unit that was 120v. It is super easy for me use a 120v compressor. If I'm on shore power or have my generator on, I have 120v outlets on both sides of my rig, making plugging in and using a compressor super easy.

I think Viair makes great stuff, but their intended application or usage model doesn't fit my preferences or situation.

Actually the only thing I dislike about the Viair is the alligator clip 12v service. Otherwise the package size is perfect and the performance is good and the quality seems to be excellent.

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6 gallon pancake Craftsman for $ 100 on Amazon. Great deal.

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