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Old 05-01-2017, 10:38 PM
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Default Re: How long do inflatables generally last?
Thanks guys, your answers eased my worries. ^^
I really am looking forward to getting that Zenith, it's my first giant inflatable.
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:37 PM
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Default Re: How long do inflatables generally last?
You can also repair inflatables much more easily than balloons. Unless you blow a seam out you can usually get it fixed relatively easily.
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Old 11-01-2017, 01:47 AM
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Ive owned a color wheel and river rat swim tube 48 inch since 2011 no leaks. No special storage. Vinyl never an issue, its always a tiny seeem tear that gets you.
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:06 AM
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Blowing a seam out can be a good thing on the more simple construction items like, say a beach ball.

You can turn them inside out, glue scrap vinyl along all the seams and end panels, then turn it back right way out and reseal the blown out seam and..... vola- a much tougher item you've now got and you'll soon get the knack for repair and mod work on more complex items
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Old 11-01-2017, 10:07 PM
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Wouldn't turning a inflatable inside out through a blown seam sretch the already blown seam and make the leak larger?
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Old 23-01-2017, 05:44 AM
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No, I have a Bestway whale ride in the I got because it was popped (long story that I think I've posted on here) and after fixing that hole, I ended up splitting the dorsal fin. Because it was split anyways, I carefully turned the whole thing inside out and reinforced all of the seams, then flipped it back around and mended the split
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Old 26-02-2017, 03:00 AM
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I like to get the inflatables that someone else has thrown away with a blown seam or leaks. I will do my best to patch and repair them and then enjoy them. Used, damaged, and discarded blown inflatables are my favorite. The trash bin at the public pool has some real gems sometimes, but it is difficult to find them that are not buried in too much nasty trash. Also one has to be very discrete when investigating whats been thrown away at the pool. This is, after all, a private interest. I wish there was a "pool toy recycle" bin at all the public pools.
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