Inflating experience

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 19:56
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Hi. Must be my turn for a really silly question. I use an air bed and usually use a 12v blower to inflate it. Will my air compressor do the trick ? I suspect not, as the 12v one is a high volume pump whereas the real air compressor is a high pressure pump...maybe . Or have I just screwed up again. Hmm...too cold to go and try it, no cloud cover here so the temp has dipped to around 20 :))
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Reply By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:23

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:23
Footloose,

I've got the Bushranger Max Air, and have used it several times to inflate a double air mattress with no problems certainly a bit slower than those 12 volt high volume ciggy lighter jobs, but no problem while setting up the rest of the camp, just keep an eye on it though........!

Although for the last time over easter in the Vic high country, there just to bloody cold I reckon, self inflatables for me from now on I reckon

Or has anyone got any tips to stay warm in a cold environment on an air bed?

Browny
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:50

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:50
I purchased a cheap thin self inflatable but found it rather uncomfortable and the blow up was too cold. I now use the self inflatable on top of the blow up and sleep as well as I do at home. I also use a hot water bottle when it's really cold.
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Follow Up By: RustyHelen - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:54

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:54
Rubber backed blanket (picnic rug style) always worked for us-- under the air bed not on top.
Or admit to a need for comfort, buy a camper and GET OFF THE GROUND.....as we did after 30 years of air beds, tents and etc.
Rusty
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:59

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:59
Thanks for all the replies fellas, much appreciated.
I nearly froze one night in the desert until I discovered that I had to sleep with my socks and beanie on. Later on I graduated to wearing gloves as well as anything I had around. After a few days it was a good job that I travelled on my own :))
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:59

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:59
Yes I've tried the rubber backed mat and agree that it works also.
lol..I had a camper and a caravan when I was younger but have gone back to roughing it again. Guess Ijust don't like towing.
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Follow Up By: RustyHelen - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:05

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:05
Never even thought to add that the beanie, socks and gloves are standard-- even in the camper at some times. Just watch the velcro strips that appear on all sorts of things as they "attract" woollen gloves etc and you can find yourself attached at odd angles.
Part of the attraction of camping has to be the eau-de-camper that you establish after a few days......
Rusty
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:16

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:16
I was touring through Scotland in winter once. Now that was kold.
But the coldest I've ever been was camped about 100k out of Oodnadatta. Was so cold that at 2am we piled all our blankets, space blankets etc onto and under our kids and sat outside with a blazing fire until the sun finally peeked over a dune.
As I get older I'm more tired at the end of a days travelling and concentrating on the track. I sleep really well. Perhaps thats why I don't notice the cold as much. And since I'm by myself a lot, there's noone to roll me over so I don't snore :))
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 22:12

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 22:12
2 litres of Morrris Oak Cask Port. Ssssssnnnnnnoooooorrre.............

Dutch ovens in the morning;-)
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:35

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:35
Ditto to what Browny said.The Max Air will work but is slower than the blower.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:54

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 20:54
I use a little hand pump that pumps on both strokes, blows up a single bed real quick, quicker than fiddling around getting the electric jobbie out, hooking it up etc.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:02

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:02
oh and don't blow them up too hard otherwise you may have puncture problems.
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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:38

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:38
We used to put a doonah on top of the blowup as well as one on us, worked great but after experiencing a leeky blowup mattress and sick of doing everything hunched over in a tent, we got a jayco camper.

Luxury, sheer luxury.
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Reply By: Member -Peter (York 4x4) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:57

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 21:57
hi , Heat up your camp oven next to the fire ( not in it ) and then bundle it up in your towel and stick it in the end of your sleeping bag will stay warm for hours and no danger of hot water leaks ( I dont trust bottles ) , also you have a nice warm towel in the morning , just rape around your neck when you first get up on a cold morning .
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 00:03

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2005 at 00:03
Off to tassie on saturday. Sleeping in the back of the yota tray while the Supatrupa gets its new heart..... probably two beanies and a balaclava some nights.
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