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Old 01 September 2011, 19:22   #11
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the local dealer just starting doing tube repairs & dont feel comfortable with this job so I got in contact with Sals Inflatable service should hear back from them on a price & estimate on time to do the job
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Old 01 September 2011, 20:36   #12
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Where are you located? South Lake Tahoe?

When you're heading back up with a repaired boat, pull over every now and then and let air out of the tubes. The decreasing atmospheric pressure from the Bay Area to the pass on 50 (whatever it's called) will easily overpressure the tubes. Late summer heat in Sacramento doesn't help, either.

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Old 01 September 2011, 20:53   #13
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Where are you located? South Lake Tahoe?

When you're heading back up with a repaired boat, pull over every now and then and let air out of the tubes. The decreasing atmospheric pressure from the Bay Area to the pass on 50 (whatever it's called) will easily overpressure the tubes. Late summer heat in Sacramento doesn't help, either.

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thanks jky I know about, Im in North lake .....

I lowered the air in the tubes on the way up every so often & it was amazing how the tubes would be full again.

The first dealership that forwarded Zodiac headquarters the pictures of the tube said that the tube could be repaired but Sal is saying that the whole tube has to replaced yikes
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Old 01 September 2011, 21:08   #14
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what are your guys thoughts

Is this something that can be repaired or does the whole tube need to be replaced?
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The question is, would you trust a tube with that kind of damage after a repair?

The existing seams are welded PVC; any repair will likely be glued. Actually, that size, likely stitched and glued. It will probably end up with a sort of Frankenstein look, though Sal will be able to give you more info on that.

I'd go for a tube replacement if that's an option.

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Old 02 September 2011, 03:16   #16
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Are the tubes PVC or hypalon?

I had a quote to replace the end cones on my Nautica for $700 each it turned out that i didn't need to replace them just repair them. A good repair guy will make a hypalon end cone look like it came out of the factory. I'm not too sure about PVC. Call around and get a few opinions.
I saw Paul of Wright repair the other day and told him you might call him. He would be happy to talk to you. Send him some pictures and maybe he can lead you in the right direction. good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 02 September 2011, 03:31   #17
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2002 Medline I would assume to be PVC. Not 100 sure, though, as I don't think I've ever seen one.

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Sounds like it's Strongan, a proprietary coated fabric developed by Zodiac.
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Ribdude- That is one hell of a big mess. Sal's is one of the best repair shops in the country. They have a good reputation throughout the industry. If they are telling you it needs replacement i would not doubt it. Having been fixing inflatables myself for over twenty year that is hands down an extremely difficult repair to attempt and even harder to make it look good when it is all said and done.
At least your local dealer admitted that they are not comfortable attempting the repair. There are a few dealers I know of that probably would have tried to hack it together and given you back a huge leaking mess. Your best bet is most likely to replace the tubes.
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Sounds like it's Strongan, a proprietary coated fabric developed by Zodiac.
Strongan is just zodiac's particular PVC coated fabric. There may be some nuances in the cloth portion of the fabric that may differentiate it from other manufacturers PVC coated fabrics, but it is PVC coated fabric just the same. the medline series uses this fabric.
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