Hi, welcome to another Premium Power Sports product review. Today we're actually going to do a how to video on the proper inflation of your towable tube. As you can see behind me we have the Sportsstuff Poparazzi 3-person towable. It has a lower chamber and an upper chamber. When you're blowing up your towable you want to make sure that when you're pressing down with your hand you only like it to be able to press in by an inch or half an inch. If you're standing on it, if you're adult sized, it should only sink down about an inch.
On the Poparazzi you want to make sure the upper chamber is totally inflated, otherwise it will sink down on you. One problem we commonly see is when you under inflate the towable. When you put it out on the water generally the water is cooler than the air and the bladders inside generally shrink. So if you under inflate it when you're hitting the waves the inner chambers of the towables seem to bounce around a lot and it will blow a hole in it. You definitely don't want to under inflate the tube. Don't be scared to blow it up. Like I said, you should only be sinking down, if you're standing on it, maybe an inch.
Another very common problem is when you're done tubing for the day people will pull up their towable onto land and let it sit here in the sun for a couple of hours. As the tube heats up the bladder inside the towable tends to expand and that's when the inner chambers tend to pop. You will hear a big bang and the next thing you know you have a big circle in your towable, then you need to try to patch it or find another bladder.
If you're going to leave it on land and not tube for a couple hours don't leave it in the sun. We recommend you deflate your towable by 25%. Take 25% of the air out of your towable and that should do that trick. Then when you're ready to go you can just inflate it back up and you're ready to tube again. A lot of people will leave their lake house for a week and store their tube in their garage. As you all know, garages tend to get very warm and you definitely want to deflate your tube all the way. If you're not going to deflate it then at least take 50% of air out of your towable. That should do the trick.
Again, don't under inflate it and then go out and tube; and when you're storing it or you're not going to be using it, do not leave it blown up. It will warm up, it will expand, and the bladders will pop and you will be spending way too much time looking for a bladder or trying to patch the holes.
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