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How to properly inflate a towable tube

 

Hi folks, I'm Brad Ketai from Kwik Tek. We are going to talk about the importance of inflation. It's really where everything comes together as far as keeping your tube in good shape and not having to worry about warranty and shelflife getting much shorter because you are towing underinflated or overinflated. The key is to know how much to inflate a tube and what to do so you align the tube properly.

I'm going to start by showing you that when you pick up a tube, especially a deck tube like this, (this is a Sportstuff Stunt tube,) you grab the valve and you shake the tube a couple of times to make sure that the bladder is lined up properly inside the nylon cover. Once you're confident that you've got it in position, you grab your pump. You seed your speed safety valve into position, and start your pump. Remember you've got a variety of different attachments to choose from. It's very evident that it's the proper one because it fits right into the top of the speed safety valve. Once you get it placed inside, start your high powered 3.0 or 2.5 PSI pump and before you know it you are going to have a full firm pump.

Okay back with you now that I've got the tube inflated. Let's talk about the firmness that the tube needs to be. For starters, what you need to understand is when you take a tube and put it on cold water, the air inside it's going to contract. And what was once a tube that you thought you filled up enough, is no longer near as firm as you expected. So pump your tube up very firm. The way to test it once you get it inflated is to stand on top of it and it should slightly depress, and I mean slightly. Because, you'll see how that changes once it gets on the cold water.

Okay, so now you've got a quick lesson on inflation. Remember, towing a filled up tube is super important. If you don't fill it up enough you are not going to get the life out of the tube that you expected. Thanks a lot guys, have fun on the water.