I thought people kept it charged to be able to change the rear ride height on the fly.Hadn't even /occurred/ to me that someone would leave it pressurized! 😬
Ummm. No, they definitely can (and do) fail catastrophically. Maybe 2 gallons at 150 psi is only enough potential energy to slice off your arm and not cut your torso in half, but it'll still be gruesome.I don’t think there’s really any reason to drain an air tank. Just not enough pressure or volume to do any damage. Even if the tank is punctured, air will just escape, it won’t explode.
My tank is in front of the spare, mayy put a shielding below and/or in front of it though just to protect it a bit.
At least with the Air Lift setup, there's a tiny pump with no tank. Works fine.I thought people kept it charged to be able to change the rear ride height on the fly.
I went one step further. Bought a 120 volt AC portable compressor. I move the tank and compressor in/out of the van. When out of the van I can also use it since it is one unit.Yea I was thinking of going basically the opposite from others... since air tools were a "nice-to-have" and not a requirement, I was thinking of a nice compressor permanently installed (like ARB twin), and then bring along a separate reservoir when I plan to need it (e.g. Amazon.com). The added benefit is deliberately lugging the tank around will allow me to casually inspect it on every use, drain the condensation, etc.. I can easily see myself neglecting the tank if it were permanently under-mounted, but that's just me.
What I bought:Very nicely done!! I did the same as Orton because I only have for it emergency use. $50 together with tire plugs at Harbor Freight.
You found a nice little spot for it there. Good workI just installed and have been using one of the new VIAIR Bike compressors. TLC Compressors | VIAIR® Bike. Geared specifically towards bike tire inflation but also capable of airing full size van tires. I bike a lot, and in 30+ years of driving forest roads to trailheads, I've never aired my tires down. If I was rock-crawling and airing up/down regularly this would not be the right compressor. (But it can do it in a pinch, just not super fast.)
I got the TLC Plus, which is the 2nd smallest/cheapest. No tank, but uses the 30ft hose to 'store' enough air to mount a tubeless mt bike tire. I was skeptical but it works. Hose long enough to reach all 4 van tires too.
It comes with the parts to hard-wire it in, which is what I did, directly the CCP. My requirement was that it needed to be at the ready without unpackaging, plugging it, etc. Otherwise just use an old manual pump. It fit perfectly on the slider step under the ammo can that holds my water jug. The air hose feeds up into the bottom of the ammo can and the coiled hose stores neatly inside. Also comes with a bike-specific filler with gauge and bleeder valve to get the pressure just right.
So it meets my needs: bike tires, van tires in emergency, compact, wired and ready to go, simple install, inexpensive.
Tcacshy - your set up is next level. Nice work!
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