On-board air compressor systems fall into two categories, analog or wireless. Analog on-board air compressor systems mount to your vehicle’s cab and allow you to inflate and deflate your air springs with the push of a button. A gauge, which can be set in a mounting pod, connects air lines to the compressor. Analog compressor systems require extra installation time compared to a wireless compressor system due to the extra lines and wires that have to be routed. Analog systems are often more economically priced though.
For the most convenience, a wireless on-board air compressor system allows you to control your air springs anywhere within 50 feet of your vehicle. Want to check your load as you raise and lower the air pressure in your springs? You can stand outside your vehicle and remotely control your air springs with a wireless compressor system. This means less hassle climbing in and out of your vehicle as you adjust your air spring pressure. Wireless systems also require no lines or wires to be run to the cab of your vehicle, saving you installation time and work. Wireless compressor systems often come with user-defined memory buttons that allow drivers to save frequently used air spring pressure settings – for example, one setting for towing your RV, one for your boat and one for your work trailer.
Both analog and wireless on-board air compressor systems generally work with all brands of air springs. They also both come in single path and dual path control options, as well as options for standard or heavy duty compressors.