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Old 01 July 2011, 04:24   #1
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Wanted - decent 12v SIB air pump, Rule, Bravo?

Maybe a long shot but anyone got anything secondhand please? Before I splash out for a new one...
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Old 01 July 2011, 06:10   #2
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Ahh it didn't take you long to fall under the Bravo spell then?? If you have to buy new which model are you leaning towards?
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Old 01 July 2011, 10:06   #3
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Don't want to splash out 125 or so if I can help it - hence the plea for something second hand! Whatever I get would be the 12v HP type.
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Old 01 July 2011, 13:46   #4
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Cheapskate option

I use the cheapskate option of a cheap 14 pump which gets it at least looking boat shaped with most of the air inside, then finish off with a hand pump with pressure gauge. Though I would rather have a Bravo.

For power I rigged up some twin flex with a caravan accessory plug which goes into the socket on the tow hitch and saves messing with the cigar lighter. Don't know if it would give enough amps for a big pump though.
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Old 01 July 2011, 17:47   #5
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Can I make a suggestion - probably a very silly one as I have no knowledge on this matter - but I plan to look into it...

An airbed pump, e.g.:
Hi Gear Compact Tornado Airbed Pump | GO Outdoors
at less than 7

and if necessary - adaptors, such as:
BRAVO DINGHY PUMP NOZZLE SET | eBay UK
for under 3

would that not give you a 12v pump system for under a tenner?!
why spend so much on the bravos?

I have a battery version of the pump, so might try it...

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Old 01 July 2011, 18:05   #6
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Chaps, been there, done it, see here:

Bravo BTP12 vs BST12 pump - what's the difference?

The cheapo option for the bulk of getting the air in combined with a stirrup for the HP bit is OK but faffy and kills my back...
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Old 02 July 2011, 03:00   #7
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Ah missed that thread - good to see that the concept works though!
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Old 02 July 2011, 03:36   #8
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I'm off pumping now - with a forecast like this today the glassy sea beckons big time:

XCWeather - Forecast for Hastings

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