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Old 04-17-2017   #1
 
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Storing rafts in the cold?

I have a metal garage I plan on storing my rafts in, and it gets really cold over the winter where I live. Are there any problems with temperatures dropping below 0 deg. F ? What effects would it have on my rafts?

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Old 04-17-2017   #2
 
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I too fret with the fold and wrap my boat V. the tarp and leave it out all winter question.
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Can't be good for it, but as long as you don't move it around while it's frozen solid and crack the rubber. It shouldn't be too big of an issue.

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hmmm. the manufacturers ship them all over the world in freezing temperatures. rolled up and stuffed in boxes. People boat in the winter in those temperatures too. Mine sits on my trailer in one of those tarp shed car port deals all winter covered with a tarp inside. and so far, no issues.
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I have my rafts in below 0 C during winter time and havent had any problems at all.
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First, leave your valves open on a warm sunny day/or heated garage. This allows any moisture to evaporate and not be caught inside the tube. Once you feel is is dry take a shop-vac or vacuum and suck the air out of the tubes. Immediately close the valves. This ensures when the temp drops moisture does not develop in the tube and create mildew or even worse deteriorate your seems.
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Don't think so... look at the partner steel kayak fire pan, cheap and meets regs.
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It's fine, maybe best not to move it around when super cold, but don't worry. If you can't stop worrying, the best thing to do is to throw your coach into the alley, inflate your raft in the living room, crack open a beer, and enjoy some winter time boating!!
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Oh, and csholt, you posted in the wrong thread
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Oh, and csholt, you posted in the wrong thread
Damn it!!! Not sure how that happened... thanks.
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