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What is the best way to inflate my towable ski tube?

Here are some key tips to follow when pumping up your ski tube.  When fully inflated, the tube should be firm and wrinkle-free.  A person should be able to stand on the ski tube and barely sink.  If the ski tube is under inflated, it will cause the towable tube to sit low in the water.  Also, with under-inflation, more stress will be added to the tube and may cause the ropes and tube covers to stretch.

Most towable ski tubes can be inflated by using a good high pressure pump or a combination of 12 volt and hand pumps.  A simple one-way valve is used to keep air from escaping the ski tube.  Insert the nozzle of the inflator into the opening of the valve and begin inflating.  
Do I need an adapter to inflate my water tube?

Most air pumps come with an array of nozzles for different valves, and an adapter is not needed for standard valve types.


How often will I need to add air to my product?

You may need to add air periodically to your water tube to maintain its firmness.  Always check the air level before use.


Can I use my mouth to inflate my product?

We strongly recommend using an electric or a hand/foot pump to inflate your products (unless you want to turn blue in the face).


What is the Boston Valve?

The Boston Valve or Speed Valve holds the air in the tube.  It is a two-way valve.  The Boston Valve lets you put air in a large hole or through the secondary valve which allows more control of the air going into the tube.  To deflate, unscrew the whole valve.


What type of warranty comes with my towable ski tube?

All towable ski tubes have a 90-day warranty with the manufacturer, whether it is Sportsstuff, Airhead, or Bodyglove.


How would I go about finding a leak in my product?

In order to locate a leak in your inflatable product, Look, Listen, and Feel.

Look: Many people use a cloth with mild soap to carefully run over the area in suspect.  You may notice bubbles forming or water pooling around the hole.

Listen: You may hear a hissing sound around the puncture.

Feel:  Run your hand and feel for a little current of air on your finger or hand.