Air Compressors & Tyre Gauges
If you're planning on going off road you should own a 12v Air Compressor. Different driving conditions call for different air pressures and you need to be able to change when the situation requires it, not when the next service station appears after hours
If you're looking into getting into camping, and four wheel driving one of the first purchases you make should be an air compressor. For good reason!
You should be choosing the right air pressure to suit the situation. Here are a few situations that call upon different air pressures:
Rock Climbing - Lower pressure required. A good starting pressure for rock climbing is in the mid 20s. Lowering the pressure of your tyres increases the surface area on the ground allowing you to get critical extra traction needed to climb those rocks. Lowering your air pressure reduces the chances of tyre spin, or the desire to add speed to your approach. Spinning tyres is bad for them, and for the track. Adding speed to your approach greatly increases your chances of breaking something.
Beach Driving - Lower pressure required. When doing beach work, I like to set my pressure usually around 15-20. This is dependent on your vehicle, and tyres though so play it by ear. Reducing your tyre pressure greatly increases your traction on the sand. Everytime I've driven on the beach I've always seen people driving there who have not let their typre pressure down. They compensate for this by driving too fast, and often nearly out of control. This is dangerous, and if they do become bogged it's difficult to get them out without letting the pressure down anyway. You dont want to be that person who's blocking the track because you did not let your tyres down.
Heavy Loads - Higher pressure. If you've fully loaded your car with camping gear and are towing gear behind, you might notice your tyres are bulging a little more than normal. This creates extra friction on the road and can cause your tyres to overheat. Often perminantly causing damage. Put some more air into your tyres to try get them back to normal and you'll get extra life out of your tyres.
Highway - Normal pressure. You should not drive on the highway with anything but normal pressure, driving on the highway straight after rock climbing or being on the beach can be dangerous unless you correct your air pressure. Never drive on the highway with low tyres.
As you can see from above, it is critical to choose the right air pressure your four wheel drive. The only way you can achieve all this, is with your own 12v air compressor.
We sell a range of 12v air compressors that offer different volumes of air. These signifies how fast they will pump your tyres up, for a four wheel drive I would recommend choosing at least 60+ litres of air. Otherwise you might need to make lunch whilst you wait for the pump to finish working!