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Old 03-26-2019   #11
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There are several Aire certified repair companies in Colorado... one of which is in Englewood or Littleton. If you call Aire, they will refer you to Whitewater Inflatable Repair, which is just off Highway 285 and Federal. I'm not sure what the turn around is this time of year, but they do great work.

Sounds like you have some self repair options too.

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Old 03-26-2019   #12
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If its not the valve I guarantee AIRE will send you a new bladder for free and it will arrive in less than a week. There customer service is top notch. I bought a used boat from a outfitter with one year left on the warranty and they replaced bladders multiple time for me.
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Old 03-27-2019   #13
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Try spraying some 303 in the valve, let it sit for an hour or so and then press the valve stem in and out a few times to flush it. I have had this work for a valve that didn't seat quite right or had a little grit in it.
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Old 04-03-2019   #14
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For those interested, an update:

-First, thanks to all who replied, great ideas. I'm impressed with the skill of this community, and the overall tone of the site. Fwiw, I come from a technical climbing background, some of those sites can be downright snarky.

-I went ahead and bought Leafield's air gauge. A bit pricey at $30, but I suppose I have an inner geek streak, I wanted measurable data (not to mention I wanted to know exactly how tight 2.5-3lbs psi was).

-After practicing a few wet exits with the new boat at a local reservoir, I deflated it and took it home. Reinflated it in the basement to fully dry it out. This time when inflating the problematic left tube, I thought (?) I heard a barely perceptible click in the valve when inflating. Thinking something might have been lodged in the valve, I did a few more fast/hard strokes with the K Pump, hoping to fully dislodge anything in the valve.

-I then fully inflated each chamber and carefully measured it with the gauge: 2.5 psi for the floor (the pressure relief valve kicks in above 2.5), then 3 in each of the side tubes. I then let the boat sit for almost a week.

-I went down this morning and remeasured each chamber. The floor was exactly 2.5. The "good" left tube was down to about 2-2+, but the "bad" right tube was just above 1 psi, even though it felt pretty darn taut to me. Way, way better than the original problem, which had a few visible wavy wrinkles in the outer fabric.

Bottom line: Fluid testing in the valve didn't show anything, I think the leak is just too damn slow. I'll go ahead and use it this summer, it works just fine (going out to do the Moab Daily on Friday, fwiw), and I can top it off easily for multi-day trips, I carry a pump anyway. But I'll contact Aire once I shelve the boat in the late Fall and see what they say. Thanks all for your replies,

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Old 04-03-2019   #15
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And you still haven't called Aire? You could have had a new aire cell installed by now for free.
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Old 04-03-2019   #16
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Thought it was fixed by blowing out the valve. It actually is significantly improved.
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