The next in our “Gear We Use” blog series is a list detailing our deflating and inflating gear.
If you’re not familiar with this concept then check out our article on the subject here: Deflating and Overland Travel
Automatic Tire Deflators
Model: 6-30 PSI
These are some of the first items we ever put into our kit and they have been rock-solid ever since. There are many look-alikes out there, but be forewarned there’s a reason these are the gold standard. Once you dial these in to your desired air pressure setting, use a couple sets of pliers to really lock them in so they don’t move position over time. Also, don’t drop them in the dirt or the valve could stick, leaving you with a flatter than desired tire.
Manual Tire Deflator Tool
Brand: 23 Zero USA
Model: 4X4 RAPID TIRE DEFLATOR WITH GAUGE
This is also a great tool for airing down when we want to really dial in the pressure settings for a non-typical terrain. It is obviously more labor intensive than the auto-deflators but necessary for when you need custom PSI.
Model: CKMTA12 On-Board Twin High Performance Air Compressor
The ARB Dual Air Compressor is simply the best unit on the market when you consider the size, output, and performance. Save yourself some headache and start with the best. You can run air tools with this unit especially if you back it up with a reserve tank (below). We have aired up nearly 3 rigs in the time it takes some of the cheaper units to air up a single rig. This unit is an absolute work horse and will not disappoint.
Model: 171302 Inflation Accessory Kit
All air hoses might look the same, but make sure you go with one that can handle high temps, especially if you plan on mounting your compressor in your engine bay (many do, but we don’t recommend it). This ARB hose has served us well and shows no signs of stopping.
Model: 250 PSI
Our previous air-up tool was made by ARB but recently failed us when the trigger mechinism failed and the pressure gauge no longer read correctly. Not too bad for about 4 years but this time around we are trying the budget digital version and so far it’s paying off. The built-in gauge on this unit is extremely accurate for now and it seems to have a sturdy design. The company has actually contacted me twice to ensure it is working correctly. It’s still early in its testing but so far we are liking its performance.
Inflator Tool Chuck Upgrade
Brand: Coilhose Pneumatics
Model: CH15 Closed Lock-On Chuck, 1/4-Inch FPT
This little gem was discovered after hours of searching the deep, dark shelves of Amazon. While this looks like a regular air-chuck, it actually has TWO opposing teeth to grip the valve stem when airing up as opposed to the standard single sided tooth that comes standard on every air-up tool out there. Slip this bad-boy on and there will be no air leaks while you’re airing up for the 100th time and your valve stems are starting to wear from the clamping effect. This part is a straight swap for the above air-tool’s chuck.
Model: 150 PSI
You’re going to need a good air gauge to confirm your settings from time to time. Our older Craftsman unit does a steller job, but the Amazon reviews aren’t so great on the new units. Enter the replacement… the reviews on this guy are impressive so it would be our next go-to.
Model: 2.5 Gallon
While not necessary with the incredible output of the dual ARB unit compressor, this tank has really upped our game with speed of fill and ability to run air-tools a bit more continuously. Nothing fancy here, just increasing your capacity and speed.
A slick little set of fittings for the above air tank. Note the safety valve… a good thing to have.
Tire Repair Kit
Model: 10000010 Orange Speedy Seal Tire Repair Kit
We have NEVER had a flat on our rig or trailer. We run BFG tires and we air down properly for nearly every trail we take… but we’ve fixed our fair share of other folk’s rigs with this kit. If you’ve ever used a plug kit, you know that a cheap insertion tool is recipe for busted knuckles. Not with these beefy guys. We also love that plug pusher mechanism which keeps you from pulling the plug out by allowing you to push the plug while pulling the tool. Fancy.
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One last note; all pricing is as of 7/3/18 and may change without notice! We just wanted to share a price here so you can have an idea of the actual cost.
The Gear We Use Series List (Links will go live when they are posted)
Camp Chairs, Tables, and Comfort Items
Navigation, Communication, and Electronics
First Aid and Fire Prevention
There’s an App for That
Food Storage and Refrigeration
Water and Filtration