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Anyone running a onboard air system? If so what do you do with it?

I'm looking to install a Vixen 5 gallon Dual compressor 200psi. Here is what I want to achieve from the system, We just purchased a 5th wheel so, downtime is not what I want.

Here is what I want from the system, Add air to tires (i know it can do it) run a bottle jack for changing tires, Also run an impact wrench for the lung nuts.

What are your thoughts total price installed is a grand or is it a waste of money
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Hello,
Anyone running a onboard air system? If so what do you do with it?

I'm looking to install a Vixen 5 gallon Dual compressor 200psi. Here is what I want to achieve from the system, We just purchased a 5th wheel so, downtime is not what I want.

Here is what I want from the system, Add air to tires (i know it can do it) run a bottle jack for changing tires, Also run an impact wrench for the lung nuts.

What are your thoughts total price installed is a grand or is it a waste of money
I just installed a viair constant duty with the 2.5gal tank last weekend, works great, I have itís set up with 2 ports to choose from one on the back and one near the passenger door I use it for filling up my air bags after hooking up to our 5th wheel toy hauler and adjusting tires and adding psi to tires on quads or dirt bikes while weíre out riding, I paid $275 for the kit and installed it myself itís of YouTube videos on it took 3hrs to do it all and wire it once I had all the parts and pieces
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My compressor puts out 6.16 cu ft / min, so should fill the tires quickly but doesn't. I take my 32" tires from 65 PSI road to 25 PSI 4WD on some trails, and it takes me 30 real minutes from start to finish to put air back in the tires when I'm done. Only thing I can think is the valve stem limits how much air goes in the tire, so if that's true, it doesn't matter how strong your air compressor is or how big the reservoir tank is, the tires will take forever to fill because of that valve. Also, when I take the air out, I remove the valve stems, and it takes about 7 real minutes start to finish to empty the air. If I left the valve stems in, it would probably take me 30 minutes.

For filling the RV tires, or topping off the tires on the three vehicle have the 6.16 Cu ft / min twin ARB 12 V compressor is more than enough for that.

I would like to hear from some others. I can't be the only one putting 40 PSI in the tires to return them to road worthy after being off road. I've also been told, the only way to get that tire inflated as quick as I want it would be a CO2 tank.

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I've been using a Powertank for the last 13 years and it has always been very dependable. If you never seen one here's one of the many videos on the web.

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Nobody is mentioning about running air tools (changing tires and a bottle jack) is this to much for a system
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I have the Viair constant duty 2.5 gallon. I've used it with harbor freight 20 ton bottle jack. It will do it, but is inadequate. I've not tried air tools. While I love the compressor and tank for tires and adjusting air bag suspension, I don't think the size I have produces enough CFM for the jack or anything but the smallest air tool.

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I have an 8 gallon tank with 2 viair compressors running my train horn, air bags, blows out water lines on my 5er airs up tires on truck and trailer, used it for hydraulic jack, and if needed I can run a impact gun. I have around 1000 in my setup but I am happy with it and will always have oba on my trucks for now on.
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I have an 8 gallon tank with 2 viair compressors running my train horn, air bags, blows out water lines on my 5er airs up tires on truck and trailer, used it for hydraulic jack, and if needed I can run a impact gun. I have around 1000 in my setup but I am happy with it and will always have oba on my trucks for now on.
sounds like the system i'm looking at, and for the same price.
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