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Carrying an Inflatable Boat on the Roof

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by nameaneh, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. Feb 22, 2018 at 10:36 AM
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    nameaneh

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    Looking for some advice here. I have an inflatable raft (Hydro-Force Mirovia Pro from Costco). It's about 130" long. I'm trying to find a way to transport it fully inflated. I have a tonneau cover that got scratched up pretty bad when I tried putting the boat on top of it last time so I'd like to avoid trying that again. I was thinking of getting a Warrior Platform Roof Rack (I have a DCSB) and throwing it on top of the cab (strapped down of course). Not sure if that would leave far too much of the boat hanging off. I'm estimating it would leave about 35" of the boat hanging off the front and 35" off the back of the cab. You guys think this is a good idea? I'd never drive it too far (15 or so miles max). I really don't want to deflate and inflate every time as it takes forever. Any other suggestions as to what you'd do? Thanks
     
  2. Feb 22, 2018 at 10:54 AM
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  3. Feb 22, 2018 at 10:55 AM
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    Haha love it!
     
  4. Feb 22, 2018 at 11:07 AM
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    What kind of pump do you use for inflation? My inflatable kayak only takes a few minutes. It might be better to get a more robust pump instead of a rack.

    Just my 2¢.
     
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    I use the one that came with the boat. It's a good sized pump, but there's A LOT to fill up. I've checked in to trying to find a good electric pump, but the only ones that'll work well are fairly pricey. Thanks for your input!
     
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    If you're going to buy a compressor, buy one that will air up tires also. That one you posted has a max pressure of 8.5 lbs.
     
  8. Feb 22, 2018 at 11:42 AM
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    Unfortunately you cannot use a high flow air compressor for an inflatable so I'd have to get one like I posted that's low pressure. High flow puts too much pressure on the seams
     
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    Really? You can't just stop airing it up when if feels about right? You can't air it up at the gas station?
     
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  10. Feb 22, 2018 at 11:48 AM
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    Also don’t forget if u leave ur boat on top of ur truck on a hot day u might come out to u a big pile of shredded vinyl lol
     
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    A tire pump needs high pressure. A boat pump needs high volume.
     
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    Hmmm. I guess you're right. I don't know anything about rafts. I just thought if you're gonna have a compressor, have one that will serve double duty.

    "The raft can be inflated by using a foot pump, hand pump, or any other low-pressure pump. HIGHPRESSURE DEVICES SUCH AS A SERVICE STATION COMPRESSOR SHOULD NOT BE USED!"
     
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    he’s trying to inflate a big balloon to like 3-4 psi not a little balloon to 32

    Viair or any other tire pump is a no go for inflatable boats lol

    OP it’s ok to let your boat hang off the front and back of your truck just make sure it’s inflated enough to be rigid at road speeds lol
    get a cheap 12v air mattress inflator at Walmart to blow the boat up and a decent hand/foot pump to top it off.
     
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    Yeah, low pressure high volume for boat and high pressure low volume for tires.

    I don't have a PSI gauge for my kayak, but I guess it is around 5 PSI when fully inflated. It is just a single seat kayak, so I can use a double action hand pump that fills each section with 20-25 strokes. A raft will be larger and more pumping.

    I have a small 12v compressor for tires in my truck. It would take forever to fill the kayak with that.

    This is under inflated and needs 2-3 more PSI.

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    The google says this works for inflating boats etc. Under $20. Made by Sevylor.
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    You could inflate it part way and still put it under the bed cover then pull it out near the water and top it off.
     
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    This is the way to go. I have one and it fills up a queen size air bed in less than 3 minutes . I have the battery one, too, but haven't used it since I got the 12 volt pump. It comes with adapters for small inflatables. You can also hook it up backwards to deflate quickly and completely.
     
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    Good tips everyone thank you
     
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