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Two weeks away from a trip to Alpine for the Big Bend Balloon Bash + a swing up to GUMO to (hopefully ) climb Guadalupe Peak! Looking at 6-7 nights of sleeping on the ground. Based on recommendations from an earlier thread, I've been meaning to buy an air bed to try on this trip. I've always used one or two regular sleeping pads and after 4-5 nights on them, I find my back starting to complain. I was at Wally World today and picked up an Aerobed twin sized air mattress with AC pump for $40.00. I'll try it out tomorrow and see how it feels. Gotta see if my inverter will handle the pump when I'm not near an AC source. More tomorrow. Bill
Bill,I hope you have a great trip! Just a hint, don't overfill the bed. It should feel a little too soft for you before you lie on it. You shouldn't touch the ground when you are lying flat, though. Too much air is asking for a leaky mattress after a few nights. Enjoy!
And do not forget the crazy glue, when this happens...
I tried the AC powered pump with my DC to AC power inverter and the initial surge of the blower starting up overwhelms my wimpy little inverter. Looks like I'll need a new inverter for the battery powered filling to work...or I'll do like Al suggested...just blow! Bill
Bill,Sorry to hear your inverter can?t handle the start up current of your air pump. Not sure what your options are regarding special adapters or pumps, but you did mention it has a place to manually inflate. The air mattress I use came with one of these Battery operated air pumps It operates on 4 D-Cell batteries.It works fine, and you can inflate/deflate the air mattress inside the tent; provided one of the nozzles will work on your Aerobed of course. Don
The 400W inverter arrived today so I gave it a try with the portable battery and it ran the AC powered pump just fine.! I can now inflate the Aerobed in places where there is no AC power. Looking forward to more comfy sleeping during this next trip! Will review results here after I get back. Bill
Bill, I was going to ask you how you hooked that inverter up but you answered the question with the portable battery. I have a 400 watt inverter under the jump seat of the F150 but I had to run an 8 gauge wire from the engine compartment, under the truck and then up into the cab. How does it connect to the portable battery which I assume is one of those jump start batteries?Al
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