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Onboard Air or Portable Air?

Discussion in 'Recovery & Gear' started by Zero One Actual, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Jun 7, 2019 at 1:47 PM
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    Zero One Actual

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    I am debating between an ARB on board air system or the ARB portable one? I do not wheel or go off gird weekly, but plan on having the air for tire inflation as a primary purpose, with any other emergency that may arise as a secondary purpose for the air.

    Since I do not wheel heavily, I am wondering what peoples opinions (yes I said it) are on the on board set up and expense versus a portable setup like the ARB portable system? Thank you for any advice.
     
  2. Jun 7, 2019 at 6:48 PM
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    2014 Tundra Boy

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    I also don’t off-road heavy either, so it’s portable for me. I’m too chicken with it under the hood with all the dust and debris. I’m sure it’s great but like I said, too chicken
     
  3. Jun 7, 2019 at 6:54 PM
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    I have multiple vehicles and I went with ARB portable so can take it with me regardless of which vehicle I use.
     
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    I can see on-board for a dedicated trail rig. but when you sell the rig, bye-bye on board system.
    I'm a fan of portable. It will be with you life of the unit & is far more versatile.
     
  5. Jun 7, 2019 at 7:01 PM
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    I purchased this from Costco..use it for air, plug in my air mattress, charge my phone..etc..fully charge last me 4 days..

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  6. Jun 7, 2019 at 7:33 PM
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    I’ve got the ARB twin portable. I can move it between trucks or take it out when I don’t need it. All the hoses and stuff fit in the box so everything stays together. It also stays nice and clean unlike if it was mounted under the hood.
     
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  7. Jun 7, 2019 at 9:11 PM
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    On board for me. I don't use it often anymore tho (used to chase desert races) I have the arb twin. It's underneath the truck even with the doors and has been there for a couple years. Dust and mud with no issues. I also have a tank with it so I can fill a 35" tire in no time.
     
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  8. Jun 7, 2019 at 9:13 PM
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  9. Aug 16, 2019 at 6:27 AM
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    I have a 5 pound CO2 tank with 120PSI reg. I take it with me when we go anywhere offroad.
    Tank, reg, and extra hose/fittings was about $150.
     
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  10. Aug 16, 2019 at 6:36 AM
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  11. Aug 16, 2019 at 9:21 AM
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    Portable - unless you do heavy-wheeling & think you'll need air without power. Honestly, not even many of the Jeepers have on-board air out here in CO. It's cheaper & more practical to have portable. The real question is compressor or CO2 tank. CO2 is faster to fill, but you have to watch to make sure you don't run out. Compressor is slower but always available if you have power.

    When I had my Jeep with 36's, I bought the Viair 450p. 12v, 100% duty cycle (this is important for heavy-use), and it filled those big tires in less than 2 minutes each. I now keep the compressor in my Tundra & have used it for everything from my own tires to filling blow-up kayaks to helping folks with a flat at work. Small & convenient.

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  12. Aug 16, 2019 at 9:38 AM
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    How about you get an air storage tank for under the truck, and get a portable air system. Then you kinda have both, plus extra capacity when you need it on your truck, you can have a full tank ready to go and hook your portable pump to that tank when needed, and then use the pump directly for other things. Stand alone tanks are pretty cheap at harbor freight.
     

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