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Old 03-25-2020, 01:55 AM   #1
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So what is the preferred method to on board air? Have seen a few 12v options, nothing really stands out.
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:36 PM   #2
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I went with an ARB compressor. Glad I did.

https://arbusa.com/air-compressors/o...r-compressors/
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:18 PM   #3
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I have a Viair compressor and tank (many models to choose from) installed below the passenger seat in the frame cavity. Has worked well.
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Old 03-25-2020, 06:25 PM   #4
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kcshoots has photos of his install somewhere, and I think it strikes a good balance of cost of performance.

I like the ARB dual compressor but two of my friends have had theirs fail catastrophically. You don't have to search the internet very far to find similar reports.
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Old 03-25-2020, 07:20 PM   #5
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kcshoots has photos of his install somewhere, and I think it strikes a good balance of cost of performance.

I like the ARB dual compressor but two of my friends have had theirs fail catastrophically. You don't have to search the internet very far to find similar reports.
@kcshoots - Can't seem to find that photo on here. Do you have a link to that?
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@kcshoots - Can't seem to find that photo on here. Do you have a link to that?
Try reading from post #8 here...

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I have this Van Compass setup with a Viair 450 and 2g tank. Works well but you may need to barrow some small hands to get all the bolts in.

https://vancompass.com/products/2007...31100182626400


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Old 03-26-2020, 12:20 AM   #9
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I'm planning on an ARB twin. I've never read an abundant quantity of reviews indicating poor quality. I'm undecided on the location. I'm tempted to install it in the garage to keep it clean and allow it to be easily wired to the lithium battery (also in garage). Underhood with the Vancompass mount is my second choice.

With the ARB twin, is there a good reason for tank? Seating tubeless tires is the only reason I can think of, but it seems like it flows enough air to accomplish that without a tank.
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Old 03-27-2020, 03:24 PM   #10
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So what is the preferred method to on board air? Have seen a few 12v options, nothing really stands out.
What are you desires? Do you just want to air tires/rafts/etc up and down, or do you want to be able to blow out the interior of your van with compressed air, run air tools, etc?

If all you want to do us air up and down, then a Viar portable is a cheap and entirely reliable way to go. I run 33's and after dropping them to 18-22psi I can bring the backs up to 55 and the fronts up to 45 in about 15 minutes including getting the compressor out and putting it back. I have a Viair 300P.

Also use it to blow up inflatables for the kids, bike tires, and an air mattress for my sister when her pump died while camping with her in Yellowstone. Got pretty hot pumping the air mattress up but didnt quit.

If you have more aggressive air needs, then the van compass mount is a great way to run a tank, or the ARB Twin mounted somewhere convenient is another great option. I would lean towards the VC mount as I think VIAIR is a better value then the costly ARB. Id rather replace a VIAIR compressor than fork out a second time for the ARB. But I have owned an ARB and it was an exceptional piece of equipment.
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