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Old 07-23-2012   #1
 
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Storing inflated raft outside?

Is there a downside to storing an inflated raft on a trailor under a tarp or two? It will be in shade most of the time, daytime temps during summer around 100. ??

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Old 07-23-2012   #2
 
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I store mine in the rafters of my shop... no sun, but daytime temps are for sure over 100. I just deflate it enough so that when it heats up it doesn't build too much pressure. Storing under tarps on a trailer would seem to be the same sort of thing. With the appropriate "don't let critters naw on it" disclaimers.

Heck, I use one of my rafts without the thwarts in it for a kiddy pool for my kids.

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Old 07-23-2012   #3
 
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Due to lack of inside storage space, I have to store my royalex canoes outside on saw horses. I put a canvas tarp over them with several boards to give air space between tarp and canoe. So far, seems to work. I kept my rafts deflated and rolled up in bags inside the cedar shed. If you do decide to store rafts outside, leaving some air space between the tarp and raft seems like a good thing to do.
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Old 07-23-2012   #4
 
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I guess you've seen the pic of my raft. Can't wait to get it out. Right now the rowing seat is still on the raft and will help keep tarp off raft. All of Stewart's OS rafts are rolled up in his garage. Can't see how keeping one inflated outside and covered could be any worse, maybe better.

Did you get out this summer?
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Car covers - they breathe, tarps don't. Do a search - lots of info.
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Yup, awesome Middle Fork Salmon last week. Water went up from 2.9 to 3.2 during the 7 days we were on the water.
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