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Old 09-02-2017   #1
Crested Butte, Colorado
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dispose of pvc raft

so, my 95 aire cat has shot the bed.
stitching is weak and zipper blown out at stiching.
i figured id save the valves, are there many brands that use that valve?
anything other than the land fill to do with the pvc tubes and uro bladders?

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Old 09-03-2017   #2
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repurpose raft material

repurpose old rafts as a floating lounge chair.
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Old 09-03-2017   #3
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Please save the valves, the older Haukely Roberts valves AND spare parts for the same, are are no longer available. Owners of similar vintage Aire boats would love to have them. The bladders would be useful too. (mine is an Aire Cougar, 1994.)

With some PVC adhesive or a sewing machine the tubes can be turned into heavy duty dry bags. Good for the fire pan, trash and the like. For an ultra simple bag cut out a tubular section and avoid new seams by making both ends roll up, resulting in a double ended dry bag. Just cut some slits on one side of the open end to thread in a regular cam strap, roll and clip as normal.
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Old 09-04-2017   #4
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I havw made snow shoes with boy scouts troops before, any sort of raft material makes great snow shoe decking.

Maybe pvc awnings? Other gear bags? I find myself making gear bags occasionally, and that would make for pretty tough material.

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Old 09-05-2017   #5
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Good ideas above. The material would also make a good burrito roll to protect your new boat in transport as well.
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Old 09-05-2017   #6
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have seen aire sew in new panels in boats like that and they are still going strong.

dont do nuthin till you talk to them. maybe it is toast, certainly pvc has a lifespan, but you might be surprised...
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