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Old 03-12-2010   #21
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Originally Posted by Willisbrow View Post
The reason i went with an electic pump over a hand pump was 1, its a lot cheaper and 2: It was my understanding that it inflates a raft faster than a hand pump. I can understand the usefullness for a hand pump when im on the river and have to repair my raft... no battery means no inflation. It looks right now that I will be buying a big hand pump... any one have any recomendations NRS 5in barrel pump $190 Carlson 4in hand pump $225 or a carlson 6in hand pump for $250. which one should i get or is there another one someone would suggest?

Thanks again


If you're using an electric pump to air up your boat, the 5" and 6"will probably be overkill for just topping off the raft. They'll also be really bulky to take on the boat when you go on the river for any length of time. I've used a 5" barrel pump to top off my raft and it does it with about two strokes per chamber.

You could probably get by just fine with a smaller barrel pump (maybe 3" or 4") or something like the Bravo foot pump I mentioned, especially if you're keeping the boat inflated on a trailer.


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Old 03-14-2010   #22
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This is what I do- Get a Bravo II foot pump. Take the hose to an auto parts store and ask them to find you an auto hose that will snugly fit the male fittings on either end. Make the hose long enough so that you can reach all the valves in your raft while it's on the trailer. You are good to go for the next 8 years (that is how long my last one lasted with 100+ days per season. Also, the clasp that holds the Bravo II tight will eventually fail. Drill 2 holes and thread a piece of lanyard of utility cord through those holes and it will stay on there forever. I have had several pumps and this is the best set up for me.

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