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Created by oldsup 1 month ago, 15 Dec 2019
oldsup
QLD, 87 posts
15 Dec 2019 10:23AM
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Has anyone had an inflatable that has lasted more than 5 years without any problems. We would like another one however it must be able to give a reasonable life span
Thanks in advance

DavidJohn
VIC, 16178 posts
15 Dec 2019 12:09PM
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I have .. I think the trick is to store it 3/4 inflated.

StandTrue
VIC, 8 posts
15 Dec 2019 1:59PM
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I've got a Red Paddle inflatable that is about 5 years old. Doesn't get a great deal of use though and is rolled up between uses. No issues at all except the deck pad is starting to lift in the corners.

rangergreene
QLD, 19 posts
16 Dec 2019 2:46PM
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yes my oldest is 6 years old, i roll my ones up each time i dont use, i see others say leave 3/4 inflated etc but in hot climates and out of the sun its the hardest part, i also use PVC conditioner on mine every 6mths and keep clean when not using

oldsup
QLD, 87 posts
17 Dec 2019 3:41PM
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Thanks for the reply's
As we have now 4 expensive ULI boards delaminated and useless, I think we might go with two cheaper boards as we only use them on flat water in creeks cant justify another 3k + to have problems down the track
Thanks again

seabreezer
125 posts
17 Dec 2019 3:53PM
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I just had 3 airsups blow a seam in one evening (never had this before) - in the hot afternoon sun - but covered over completely with a silver tarpaulin and stood on their rails (ie not completely planshape up ) .... they were only 13/14 psi inflated at the time (when they can take 18) - so it really surprised me the heat could inflate way past the extra 4psi ??? .... I checked also 1 left out the next day - and for sure the board was cooler under the tarp than if I had left exposed to the sun but some wind cooling on it ..... Anyways - wont risk that again !

seabreezer
125 posts
18 Dec 2019 11:44AM
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forgot to add ... 1 failed also a day later ... lesson learnt ....

oldsup
QLD, 87 posts
18 Dec 2019 7:28PM
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seabreezer said..
I just had 3 airsups blow a seam in one evening (never had this before) - in the hot afternoon sun - but covered over completely with a silver tarpaulin and stood on their rails (ie not completely planshape up ) .... they were only 13/14 psi inflated at the time (when they can take 18) - so it really surprised me the heat could inflate way past the extra 4psi ??? .... I checked also 1 left out the next day - and for sure the board was cooler under the tarp than if I had left exposed to the sun but some wind cooling on it ..... Anyways - wont risk that again !


Hi Sea breezer
Our ULI boards were nearly new we rolled them up and stored in a ULI bag in the house which doesn't get above 29Deg C . Due to an accident we didn'use them for three years. When we inflated them last week both boards completely delaminated( the two layers separated ) at under 12PSI . So this is not a temperature or storage problem it can only be an age problem Or Quality problem.
I do think what happens if a board is brand new and sits in a shop for years before being sold what comeback would the customer have when the board delaminates just after warranty period.
Anyway the first SUP we bought was an Eagle inflatable that was ten years ago a very basic sup ,we upgraded to ULI inflatables and 6 hard boards of various brands . All the hard boards are still going strong the ULI's are gone BUT the EAGLE still gets used by our kids on a regular basis.
So I will now buy a couple of cheap inflatables wont risk good money on Brand Names.
cheers

MLB007
31 posts
19 Dec 2019 8:27AM
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oldsup said..

seabreezer said..
I just had 3 airsups blow a seam in one evening (never had this before) - in the hot afternoon sun - but covered over completely with a silver tarpaulin and stood on their rails (ie not completely planshape up ) .... they were only 13/14 psi inflated at the time (when they can take 18) - so it really surprised me the heat could inflate way past the extra 4psi ??? .... I checked also 1 left out the next day - and for sure the board was cooler under the tarp than if I had left exposed to the sun but some wind cooling on it ..... Anyways - wont risk that again !



Hi Sea breezer
Our ULI boards were nearly new we rolled them up and stored in a ULI bag in the house which doesn't get above 29Deg C . Due to an accident we didn'use them for three years. When we inflated them last week both boards completely delaminated( the two layers separated ) at under 12PSI . So this is not a temperature or storage problem it can only be an age problem Or Quality problem.
I do think what happens if a board is brand new and sits in a shop for years before being sold what comeback would the customer have when the board delaminates just after warranty period.
Anyway the first SUP we bought was an Eagle inflatable that was ten years ago a very basic sup ,we upgraded to ULI inflatables and 6 hard boards of various brands . All the hard boards are still going strong the ULI's are gone BUT the EAGLE still gets used by our kids on a regular basis.
So I will now buy a couple of cheap inflatables wont risk good money on Brand Names.
cheers

We've had 3 years out of cheap Costco Body Glove inflatables for $349 with no issues. Everything I read suggests that rolling up is the real problem. Many now suggest folding the last couple of feet at each end, instead of rolling tightly like you have to at the start of the rolling. Less stress on seams.



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