finding a leak in air mattress

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 18:18
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g'day all
i have a very small leak, half down overnight. been in the swimming pool but can't find it, will buy a new one unless some knowledgeable reader can help.
regards peter
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Reply By: Moggs - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 18:26

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 18:26
Might be out of line...but....

Why not chuck it and buy a 10cm thick self inflating mattress??? - you can get them for $99 single or $138 double.

Add up the cost of a couple of air mattresses (as they always get holes) + the hassel of inflating them + the added warmth and comfort of the self-inflator - and the extra cost and bulk of the self inflator is well worth it IMHO.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 18:30

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 18:30
I'll second that suggestion from personal experience.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 18:34

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 18:34
Does the self inflating matress fold down into a manageable size compared to the air matress ?
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 18:42

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 18:42
Footy mine roll down to a pretty tight package with no storage issues.

But I reckon the small increase in overall dimensions is a small price to pay compared to the gain in better insulation and reliability issues that are common with air beds.
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Follow Up By: gone bush - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 19:31

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 19:31
we have the same problem with air matttresses, seems every time you go away it's time to buy yet another air bed. can the self inflated type still get leaks as they still have air in them?
we usually try to find the leaks in our pool too but the leak is always at a seam where you can't patch it.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 07:05

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 07:05
Like they said: ditch it and buy a self inflating. They are larger, my queen size rolls up to a cylinder about 5' long by 15" diameter. The single is about 30" long by 15" diameter - but worth every inch of that extra space. Have used them for about 2 years and would not consider any other type of camp bed now - and I've tried them ALL :)

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 15:17

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 15:17
Mike Harding
I am a bit concerned at the moment, it appears that this is twice now that you have agreed with me. Hmmm
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 15:40

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 15:40
I know, I know!

But, don't worry, I think you're being pompous on iMusty's "Emergency Gear" thread :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 16:07

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 16:07
John, don't worry mate, I'll disagree with you to make you feel better! LOL

"Footy mine roll down to a pretty tight package with no storage issues. "

For heavans sake, you have a TROOPY, it's no wonder you don't have any storage problems, you could pack your queen size ensamble in their and have no storage problems!

I took my brother and his girlfriend away with their self inflating single matresses (that were very expensive I might add) and they took up half my bloody storage space!!
My queen size air matress was quite dear for an air matress but has had plenty of use and (touch wood) has no wholes in it and is very quick and easy to pump up with a decent pump like the Colman Quick Air series. Folds up so small you can chuck it anywhere and it's comfy!
I still reckon for people with space/storage issues the air mattress is the way to go, but spend some $$$ and get a decent pump, those $15 jobbies from the camp stores are painfully slow for a big matress. I origionally bought the pump to pump up our inflatable boat but it works great on the matresses too!
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 18:52

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 18:52
Yeah Mike good one.
Problem is I know your pompous full stop. :p
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Reply By: locallaw - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 20:28

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 20:28
Gidday,After many camping trips with an inflateible mattress that leaks and goes down during the night (ever had a airmattress go down on you;)) I fixed the problem.In a fit of sheer frustration I grabbed the fishing knife and cut the %$#@ to pieces.
I then went down to the camping store and bought 2 self-inflateing mattresses.One for me and one for the Dragon.If the mattress is to thin for you you can put some egg carton foam rubber underneath which improves the bed heaps.It takes a while to get used to the thin mattress but stick with it and have a good time.
Just when we had everything sorted out we went and bought a Jayco Outback but we still kept the self inflatibles.
Seeya Locallaw
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Reply By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 20:58

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 20:58
Hi Peter

I reckon that the best way to find a leak is to use a bucket of water with some detergent in it. Put dishwashing detergent in the bucket and add water and slosh the water around the mattress and if you do that around the mattress you will find bubbles forming where the leak is and you can easily see it. Then just mark that area and patch when drying it out.

I spent a lovely time in a shower in Alice Springs with a very sexy air mattress, shampooing it all over and found a number of tiny leaks so chucked the thing away.

Andrew
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Follow Up By: BLUEBAG53 - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 00:03

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 00:03
probably missed the best blow job you would ever have oh well
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Follow Up By: Pezza - Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 22:12

Friday, Apr 15, 2005 at 22:12
ROFLMAO!!!!

Gotta pay that one!

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Reply By: Member - Peter D M - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 21:23

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 21:23
thanks for the replies, thought about self inflating but they must still get leaks?
will try the detergent tomorrow.
regards peter
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 23:55

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 23:55
Good quality self Inflating mattresses are built much tougher than any air bed I have seen, You would have to do something pretty extraordinary to them to put a hole in one.

Never seen a post on here about a leaking self inflating mattress.
Also the best ones come with lifetime warranty's.
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Follow Up By: awill4x4 - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 23:55

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 23:55
Yes, the self inflating ones still get leaks. I've a thermarest camprest at the moment with 2 small holes that I have to seal before the Anzac day long weekend.
Regards Andrew.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 00:01

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 00:01
Andrew I would take it back. Thermarest are one of those with the lifetime warranties.
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Reply By: Member - Ross P (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 11:23

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 11:23
Tried the sopy water trick which I leant from my old insrtrument fitter days - long time ago. Couldn't find the leak.
Took it for a swim at kalpower (up-strem from the weir) and bing, found it in about 5 mins.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 12:23

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 12:23
Hey Rosscoe - why upstream of the weir? Is that a lack of a sense of adventure with those big lizards that is sense?
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross P (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 13:10

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 13:10
I stopped at a water hole on the way into Kalpower and one of those big lizards obviosly call that place home. Can be a bit scary!
I was also up at Bathurst Bay the week before the croc attack on those campers.
So now I make the missus do all the water crossings before I drive through!!!
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Reply By: Member - bushfix - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 11:32

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 11:32
It's probably the weakest point (if not the inlet) so chuck the inflated mattress on the ground and drive over it. That should make the hole easier to find.

sorry, going a bit stir crazy here :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 16:09

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 16:09
LOL, yup I reckon that'd find the leak.... Might make it a little hard to fix though... :-)
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Reply By: Peter - Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 18:02

Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 at 18:02
The best part about getting a puncture i a self inflating mattress is that it DOESN'T GO DOWN. It actually inflates, I have a Thermarest, and a bit of stitching on the seam has come undone, and it doesn't go flat, it just stays up.
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