Ring Automotive Product Performance Claims

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  1. Dorset Diver

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    Today my cheap and cheerful Tesco 12v tyre pump decided to fail. The on/off switch gave up the ghost. As I needed to check the MH tyres I bought a Ring RAC 620 clearly advertised by Ring as being able to inflate tyres to 100 psi so okay for my maximum of 80 psi. Not a bit of it; it ground to a halt at 78 psi; useless. I rang Ring tech support. Oh yes they said, we know. It will only inflate cycle tyres to above 80 psi. MH tyres are too big. What you need is the much more expensive RAC 700 or 900. So, if you are thinking of buying a Ring Automotive product take their performance claims with a big pinch of salt and IMHO they are best avoided entirely.
     
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    We've got the RAC 900 model, it's a great piece of kit and well worth the money

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    You've got the same van as me and the max I put in my rear tyres as advised by Continental is only 76 psi
    78psi is close to the tyres maximum permitted pressure
     
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    Would have thought 78 was enough , just make them all the same(y):)
     
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    It's not so much about the pressure as something being knowingly mis sold.
     
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    I had the van weighed and gave the info to Michelin as our van is fitted with Michelin Agilis Campers. They advised 80 psi rear and 65.25 psi front :).

    Edit: I would prefer a lower rear pressure for the improved ride.
     
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    Also have the Ring RAC 900 .. best 12v portable electric pump I've owned.. and I've had a few..

    they are also used by the AA and RAC breakdown guys..

    the max pressure the pump can deliver isn't dictated by tyre size but by the pumps capabilities.
     
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    I agree with you and said the same to the tech at Ring but suspect that he was just spouting the company agreed excuse but he did admit they know that the publish spec is not matched by the performance.
     
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    We noticed a massive improvement in ride once we got the correct tyre pressures, and after we had the wheel alignment checked and adjusted. Even though the van was new, the alignment was out.
    Almost forgot !
    The wheel balancing was also incorrect
     
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    I posted this September 2013.

     
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    @Robert Clark Did you use a Fiat Professional garage for the tracking and wheel balance checks?
     
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    No, they don't do tyres and wheels at our local Fiat Professional garage
    I went to ATS Euromaster who have a commercial vehicle depot locally.
    They've suggested having the alignment checked every 6-12 months, so I'm going back again soon
     
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    None of our local tyre depots, including ATS, can handle our van but I'm going to our FP outfit later this month for the instrument lighting upgrade so will ask them to check it out.
     
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    Unless the RAC-620 is advertised or is clearly stating the inflation pressures refer to bicycle inflation I would complain to trading standards claiming misleading product information.
    But....if it can inflate a bike tyre it can inflate a van tyre....it will simply take a lifetime but 100psi is 100psi no matter how big the vessel.
    Same as charging a 110ah battery with 4amp charger.....it will get there eventually.
     
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    shame you havnt been happy with ring automotive . i have been buying from them for over 30yrs . when i had my garage and even now . i had a 2kw inverter for 12 yrs then it packed up. i then had 2 1100wt inverters . still use one and last year bought a 1100pure sine wave one as the new fridge is fussy.
    i bought all sorts of things from them . even had a ring mobile car lift ,well still have ,a friend is using it at moment .
    always found them very helpfull and friendly .
     
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    @pappajohn I agree with all you say but TS is so overworked here it would be a waste of time. Sad really.
     
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    What a load of old soap !
    Ring them back and ask tech nob head how the compressor can tell what it is pumping up !!!
    Money back, not fit for purpose, report to trading standards..
    It really boils my pee this kinda thing.. I am seriously looking at starting something up to discredit all the bull plop in adverts at the moment..

    had a chat with someone like minded ( bloody minded ? ) who is rather well heeled..
    He is up for employing someone to make adverts bringing the truth to people ..

    Such as all the stupid adverts that say 'can reduce XXXX by UP TO some percentage or other.
    Misleading tripe... Can do yes, but likely to ? NO ..
    Loads of other stuff too, but will mention Ring and their claims at the next meeting in a few weeks time
     
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    A bit like the claims for 12 volt fridges. "Only uses four amps per hour......" Yes, if positioned at The South Pole in winter with the door left open............
     
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    @Dorset Diver, Try plugging it into your dash 12v socket and running your engine while pumping up the tyre.
     
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    Is it me or where i was bought up . Pressure on a ring device sounds a bit suss , il get me coat .
     
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    @daveandsan . When I used the unit the MH was on EHU and had been for about a week, and the SP was going full tilt as the sun was high in a cloudless sky. I take your point but there was no shortage of power ;) .
     
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