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Do any of you use or could reccomend a 12v air pump. I just purchased a SeaEagle 285 frameless pontoon boat. I will inflate it a home and haul it around in the back of my pickup. But it is suppose to be able to inflate and set up in 5 minutes. It comes with a foot pump. However, I'd like to take a electric pump with me rather than use the foot pump. Thanks.


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There are a lot of 12V air compressors on the market. Some are cheap...and worth it. Others are pretty spendy but not worth the extra. I have tried several and now use the "AirHead"...see attached excerpt from a piece I put together on my new Escape.

The wide assortment of valve adaptors should insure you have one that fits. If you have a Halkey Roberts or similar this pump has about the only adaptor I have found that fits. You can push it firmly down and it will open the valve for easy filling. Only takes a few seconds to air up my ride.

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Thank your for your response.
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lovetofish wrote:
Do any of you use or could reccomend a 12v air pump. I just purchased a SeaEagle 285 frameless pontoon boat. I will inflate it a home and haul it around in the back of my pickup. But it is suppose to be able to inflate and set up in 5 minutes. It comes with a foot pump. However, I'd like to take a electric pump with me rather than use the foot pump. Thanks.

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I also have an airhead pump like TD, and it has held up well. But I don't use it much, because I keep my tubes/toons inflated in the garage and transport them that way- top them off at destination with a hand pump. Look for a long cord if you will be using 12v power from a vehicle. Just a note that airhead/sevlor/etc. dial guages I tried don't give correct readings after a few time of use. There are some pumps that only go to about 2-2.8 PSI that are handy because you don't have to top off by hand pump. Also some pumps which have an adjustable pressure setting anywhere up to 10 PSI where they stop automatically.

For travel or pack in set up, I have a homemade light weight high volume pump and small battery under 2# total which will quickly inflate a float tube on location. I top off by inflating with a mouth tube to 2 PSI.

Hope this helps.

PM
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I am new here and see I am late for replying, but thought I'd toss out an idea on what I use. I have a couple of Sea Eagles and a Scadden. I use a Coleman rechargeable high volume pump to inflate and a hand pump to top off. The hand pump stays on the boat. The rechargeable works great for me since there are no wires to worry about.
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Welcome aboard and thanks for the input. It is usually a wise idea to carry some form of manual inflation while out on the water. Even if you don't need it for your craft you may well be able to help someone else who failed to plan to late afternoon cooling and shrinking of their air chambers...or who got a spine hole in an air bladder. It happens.

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I have found that before leaving my home I use my shop vac with the hose connected to the exhaust side. It takes me about 22 seconds to fill my float tube!. However, I do recommend taking a small hose that fits on to your valves encase you need to fill some more air on site or when your in the water. If you fill your tube in warm weather and then put it into cold water the air pressure decreases and needs to be filled when your on the water. I use an old hose from and have to use it more that one would think while on the water. Also if you have your tube filled while on the water and then take it out and in the sun it will expand quite a bit so let some air out while in direct sun light or in a closed bed of your truck.

Some additional information. Once I was fishing in San Diego bay and had a pole holder with a trolling pipe at about 33 degree angle. A big fish took it and my pole shout out like a torpedo from a PT boat. That was a $150 lesson! I always use a leash on my poles, even when its in my hands as it is very easy to have it slip out while removing a fish from your hook. The leash I use is one that the Casinos gives away for your playing cards. Not the spiral ones but the elastic cords. Hooks on both ends to attach to your pole and D rings.

I once had to toe a guy in because he lost his fins. I now carry two ping pong paddles just in case the tide is too strong or I find my finds missing.

hope this helps

Rusty
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Just gonna through out my pumps in the mix.
I have used a LVM for about 18 years. This one you just hold up to any valve and pull the trigger.


We then have to top off with a hand pump. A K-Pump again just hold it up to the valve any valve. Plus super easy to pack on the boat and use while in a seated position.



We now have a 14' inflatable, a 10 foot SUP and my stand up pontoon that are made out of drop stitch tuff material and require more air.
We bought this pup which comes with adaptors for different valves. You connect it to the valve, set the pressure and turn it on. The we get ready while it runs. It and the LVM are also used to suck all the air out making them easier to pack. Good luck and float safe.