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Old 11-17-2009   #1
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Winter Storage

I left my 14 foot raft on the trailer for the winter with air in it. As it has got colder it has lost a lot of air. Should I add some air or just leave it. It hangs over the trailer a bit and I am concerned about creasing? Any suggestions. Thanks!

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Old 11-17-2009   #2
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If it's not fully supported, I'd put more air in it. Just enough to get it's proper shape.

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Old 11-17-2009   #3
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It hasn't necessarily lost air, the air is just denser and contracted so to speak. The air will expand and contract with all temperature variations, the more the variation the more the effect. Personally I think you should roll it up for the winter. Having it freeze and thaw hanging over the trailer can't be a good thing.
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Old 11-17-2009   #4
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yep roll it up and store it (inside if you can). i store mine rolled up like a burrito in the attic of our garage. any creases that formed over the winter are gone after the first time i inflate it in the spring.
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In the garage... attic... ??? WTF is wrong with you guys!

Eagle, don't listen to these wannabes! Take the boat in to the living room, inflate it, give her some TLC and baby it through out the winter. She will treat you much better that way for not being locked up in a cold attic or garage!


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Old 11-17-2009   #6
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Depends on what kind of boat you have.....DO NOT roll it if it's a PVC/Urethane boat.....not really a big deal if it's hypalon.

I would add a little more air regardless if you plan on leaving it on the trailer all winter. I leave my boat on trailer and inflated over the winter and temperature always F$%$'s with it. Plus I just like walking into the garage and playing with shit every now and then.

I agree with 4x4......they like a little attention over the winter.....give er' some love every now and then.....what message are you sending when you roll er' up and stuff it in the attic???
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Old 11-17-2009   #7
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Hell fire 4x4 ur right!. I unrolled mine and put it in front of the TV, threw a few throw pillows around it, some wine, shrimp on the barbie,, Wif-ie had that look and we showed the raft some lovin.

If this keeps up, I might just buy another raft to use for rafting!

just sayin,,,
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Old 11-17-2009   #8
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I suggested to my wife that we could waterproof the basement... then fill it with water and test the raft for slow leaks... just in case.

She didn't like that idea for some reason.
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I have been storing PVC boats rolled (loose) over the winter for years with no problems at all, both Aire (i.e. zipper/bladder) and single tube boats.
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Old 11-18-2009   #10
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I have an AIRE PVC raft, dry it very well, then roll it up loosely for winter storage. I store it in the garage where the temperature is fairly constant. Attics have extreme temp fluctuations, so that is not recommended. I leave it on the trailer the rest of the year.
I also have a 25 year old hypalon raft and have also stored that in the garage over the winter, rolled up. It never lost a breath of air until 2 years ago.
Maravia rafts are very hard to roll up any smaller than a refrigerator.

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