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Keep my boat trailered and inflated so trying to find a good top-off pump.

13ft RMR w/C7 valves.

Used to use a double-action $30 pump to top it off with the retrofitted nozzle but sold my old boat and tossed that in with it.

I hear the K-pumps are a good bet but what size would I need to fill up 1/3 and top off? Something that stores easy and small as space might be an issue sometimes with my full DRE fishing frame....

Are the k-pumps a pain in the ass? I think I recall Phil at DRE mentioning you need 2 people r something? Or something about the nozzle not locking into the valve?



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K pumps work great with just one person. The pain is topping off once.you are on the river. The pump end is facing away from you. Gotta pretty much be ashore. I have a K pump- but found I preferred the DRE 4" floor pump. Much less effort. Great product, made in Colorado by good folks.

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I have the K-pump 160 and couldn't be happier. It comes with a good quality bag and is easy to stow away.
It sometimes can be a pain to get to the valves on a rigged boat but having no hose on it makes it compact and they work well.


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K pump K-40, dual stage so you can pump anything with it (SUP or boat). Easy to maintain, comes with adapters that fit just about all valves. I've had every pump you can think of, from the old Avon foot pump to Bravo to Carlson and the K-pump is the bomb.
I have 2 valves on my 6 chamber Incept that are hard to get to with the fame on, so I made a hose extension that's about a foot long and fits in the bag with the pump. No reason anyone with access issues couldn't do the same, rig together with duct tape and when you get it how you want it, glue up with some old boat glue (oe even Barge).
I've had one K-pump since 2007, no issues so far and it's a family-owned and run business, very friendly and great customer service. No plug, just fact.
 

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I have the K-pump 160 and couldn't be happier. It comes with a good quality bag and is easy to stow away.
It sometimes can be a pain to get to the valves on a rigged boat but having no hose on it makes it compact and they work well.
The right 2 foot section of clear plastic tubing can help improve valve access on a rigged boat.
 

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Hose helps for sure- but the design doesn't give the same mechanical advantage of a two hand floor pump. It's pretty much a shoulder workout rather than a whole body effort.

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I love my k pump, Definitely a single person deal but small. I trailer and do a 2 sec push on each valve once on the trailer. 20 pumps into each valve and it's back up to pressure when launched. True it's a shoulder work out, but not bad, just toss it to your buddies and say "give 'em 20" then grab a beer and start working that shoulder.

A couple buddies use 4" Carlson and they're huge, yes the work great but take up half the drop bag. K100 works great and takes up much less space. .. my $.02

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There's a new NRS high pressure pump that's basically a k-pump with a hose and stand up base. It's like $40 or something and would be perfect for you. I have a couple k-pumps and as others said can be a challenge for tough valve locations (floor valves under casting decks etc). I have a extension tube for the floor but it's a pain.
 

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I love my k pump, Definitely a single person deal but small. I trailer and do a 2 sec push on each valve once on the trailer. 20 pumps into each valve and it's back up to pressure when launched. True it's a shoulder work out, but not bad, just toss it to your buddies and say "give 'em 20" then grab a beer and start working that shoulder.

A couple buddies use 4" Carlson and they're huge, yes the work great but take up half the drop bag. K100 works great and takes up much less space. .. my $.02
Completely agree on all points. I have the guests with the least experience pump while those of us familiar with setting up are rigging the boat and getting other things ready. It keeps them from doing things I have to go back and re-do.
 

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Every year when this thread comes up I think, "man it'd be nice to get one of those fancy pumps". But then I get out my 10 year old Wonder Pump, clean it, and another year goes by. Lol

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Every year when this thread comes up I think, "man it'd be nice to get one of those fancy pumps". But then I get out my 10 year old Wonder Pump, clean it, and another year goes by. Lol

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I ordered my k-pump with my boat and told the wife that it came with it... before that I ran a bravo-2 bellows pump... Which I'd still use if it weren't for the "free" k-pump SOTAR gave me... :)
 
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