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Old 03 August 2019, 06:44   #1
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correct tube inflation /handling

Hi, Now that I have some time in my first rib (nautica rib jet 10), I would like to as 1 or 2 questions about the tubes and the handling.

I have no gauge to measure how much air is in the tubes. How tight do I make them? No deflection, a bit of deflection? Is there a gauge I can buy?

My guess is that I was running them underinflated cause when I turned and looked out the back, I could see the very back of the tubes kind of flopping around as the water hit them. What effect do the underinflated tubes have on the handling.

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Old 03 August 2019, 09:55   #2
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Will depend entirely on how much the tubes rely on water, there are some Ribs that the entire hull floats out of the water, can run those with deflated tubes if wanting with no issues. Ask the Rib manufacturer if having a proper pressure gauge for your Rib model.

If tubes have traditional end cones, inflate Rib till the end cones can't be flexed a bit.

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Go to nrsweb.com and look under: rafting - pumps - gauges. I like the K-Pump gauge. Most likely 3 psi is what you are shooting for.
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Better ask before you buy if the pressure gauge front adapter or the front hose adapter of the pump with pressure gauge attached will fit/work on the air valve type/brand that was fitted to your inflatable, air valves are not standard models on all inflatables will depend on the brand.

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I got a 12V BTP Electric Inflation Pump - it has a built in pressure gauge and you set pressure you want and pump stops when set point is reached - available on Amazon - I keep mine in a waterproof storage box under deck - at hone in a pinch I use a shop vac - suggested pressure on my 20’ APEX is 2.5 psi
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