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  • inflatoal47
    Member
    • Jan 2023
    • 43

    Puffer Caterpillar

    Just inflated a puffer caterpillar for the first time, wow! They get so big and stay very soft so you can just put your hand all the way through. Even at its full capacity.

    If anyone wants a squishy GL1200 like inflatable, go for a puffer caterpillar! I’m just shocked how soft they are, a bit like a under inflated weather balloon.

    They smell rather strange too, not latex, it’s a unique smell, and they are very sticky.

    Al
  • Danniballoon
    Senior Member
    • Mar 2018
    • 559

    #2
    Re: Puffer Caterpillar

    Love them. The giant sized ones are awesome

    They do pop like a balloon however, if you are not to careful with them
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    • inflatoal47
      Member
      • Jan 2023
      • 43

      #3
      Re: Puffer Caterpillar

      Originally posted by Danniballoon
      Love them. The giant sized ones are awesome

      They do pop like a balloon however, if you are not to careful with them
      Wow! That’s huge! Yes they do pop but I find they don’t get tight, so it’s hard to tell when they are gonna bang.

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      • Londonj2014
        Senior Member
        • Dec 2017
        • 159

        #4
        Re: Puffer Caterpillar

        How do you tie them off?

        I've tried making a small hole at the top to pump the air in but find that it's so hard to somehow tie them off. I've tried using a clip and elastic bands.

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        • andrew_looner
          Member
          • Feb 2019
          • 65

          #5
          Re: Puffer Caterpillar

          They're made from TPR. Do not combine them with balloons/inflatables as it destroys latex/pvc.

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          • Djballbounce
            Member
            • Apr 2022
            • 47

            #6
            Re: Puffer Caterpillar

            How are yall inflating these? I just bought a couple

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            • inflatoal47
              Member
              • Jan 2023
              • 43

              #7
              Re: Puffer Caterpillar

              Originally posted by Djballbounce
              How are yall inflating these? I just bought a couple
              Just make a small hole in the top, insert pump, and most importantly have fun ��

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              • Londonj2014
                Senior Member
                • Dec 2017
                • 159

                #8
                Re: Puffer Caterpillar

                But how do you tie this off? What do you use, as there is no neck on this to tie.

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                • andrew_looner
                  Member
                  • Feb 2019
                  • 65

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Londonj2014
                  Re: Puffer Caterpillar

                  But how do you tie this off? What do you use, as there is no neck on this to tie.
                  I don't tie it since the hole I make is usually blocked by the caterpillar itself. Since there is no pressure like inside a balloon, the hole does not burst open. Mind you, the hole is also very small, more like a puncture.

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                  • Londonj2014
                    Senior Member
                    • Dec 2017
                    • 159

                    #10
                    I'll follow your suggestion, GoW, and make the hole I make only a tiny puncture.

                    I just found these 18-inch caterpillars today, the biggest ones I have ever seen!
                    IMG_7930.jpg

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                    • Kitten
                      Senior Member
                      • Jul 2023
                      • 251

                      #11
                      Oh this brings back memories. I remember having one of them and realising they stretch and wondering if I could blow it up. I cut the top off and blew into it and to my delight, it started inflating. It just kept getting bigger and bigger. I should mention at this point I had never popped a balloon because I was too scared. I thought as these weren't balloons, they wouldn't go bang. It seemed to get bigger than me, but I just kept going, wondering if I could fill the room. Of course it eventually burst and scared the life out of me. I never tried it again after that (especially as I got in trouble from parents and wasn't allowed any more)

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                      • Londonj2014
                        Senior Member
                        • Dec 2017
                        • 159

                        #12
                        What can I use to inflate these? I know this sounds like a stupid question but as the hole is only a small puncture, I don't know what to use after I have punctured it.

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                        • inflatedskintight
                          Member
                          • Sep 2019
                          • 48

                          #13
                          If you make a small hole in the rubber, you can actually insert the valve from a discarded inflatable toy (cut it out with the round part which forms its base) and the rubber will seal around the bottom of the valve without any need for glue or anything. I've blown up these puffer balls and caterpillars like that. Just be careful of heat - the puffer material melts very easily when stretched, even the warm air from a room heater is enough :-(

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                          • Londonj2014
                            Senior Member
                            • Dec 2017
                            • 159

                            #14
                            So I'm trying out one of these caterpillars! I've taken your advice GOW and IST and have just made a small hole and gone from there. I used the tiny plastic pipe that came with a small wubble bubble. These photos show how it looks at the moment but I'm pretty sure it can be inflated a lot more! It is approximately 6ft in length and 2ft wide and still very squishy.

                            How big do these caterpillars get?
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                            • bigloonfucker.cz
                              Punk member
                              • Nov 2023
                              • 68

                              #15
                              my experience is that TPR can withstand a lot of compression, but it has to be absolutely clean around it. even latex is not as sensitive as tpr. static electricity is also dangerous, which can quickly create a hole. I use diluted fabric softener - it contains an antistatic component. and the surface will then be smoother. I have made a valve from a pipe seal and i attach the end of the caterpillar to it using strips of latex to tighten puffer. Big force needed when i am going to ride hard (always). But my motto is the softer the better so these TPR loons are going to be my fav toy ever. Love that feeling. And opposite to latex, holes in TPR could be sometimes fixed by stronger duct tape (dot around hole must be cleaned by alcohol very good)

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