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Old 05-07-2011, 04:42   #1
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Inflatable Storage

I need to store my RIB for a long period in the shed. Would it be better to store it inflated or deflated?

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Old 05-07-2011, 07:41   #2
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Re: Inflatable storage

I don't have any official dogma on this, but I would suggest that you leave it inflated enough to stretch out any wrinkles, cover it to keep crap from settling on it, and if it is a PVC material, rub it down with Armor-All or some other protective coating.

If left deflated and "compressed", folds in the rubbing strake and other glued on bits can lead to separation.

Good luck with it.



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Old 05-07-2011, 07:43   #3
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Re: Inflatable storage

Watch out for mice, for some reason they like to nibble on inflatables.
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:52   #4
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Re: Inflatable storage

I left one for about 4 years in a garage in MI, inflated. It was ~ 6 years old when it went into storage and worked fine when it came out.
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