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Aerobed

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Offline SA Bill

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Aerobed
« on: August 21, 2010, 10:43:33 PM »
Two weeks away from a trip to Alpine for the Big Bend Balloon Bash + a swing up to GUMO to (hopefully :crossedfingers:) climb Guadalupe Peak! Looking at 6-7 nights of sleeping on the ground.  :eusa_snooty: 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
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Offline sandersmr

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Re: Aerobed
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2010, 11:11:40 PM »
I have just a plain old Ozark Trail mattress that I got at Wally World.  It worked good for my 9 night trip to Colorado.  I know a lot of people had Aerobeds.  Of course they needed the special attachment for pumps or the special pumps themselves.  And I could use any mattress pump including the manual one when needed
Six years between trips - way too long.

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Offline Al

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Re: Aerobed
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2010, 01:29:02 AM »
Two weeks away from a trip to Alpine for the Big Bend Balloon Bash + a swing up to GUMO to (hopefully :crossedfingers:) climb Guadalupe Peak! Looking at 6-7 nights of sleeping on the ground.  :eusa_snooty: 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, worse case . . . blow . . . respiratory exercise is good! Might be the highest and best use of 30 minutes while hanging at the ol' campsite.

Al

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Aerobed
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2010, 01:34:01 PM »
Well....I just inflated the Aerobed using the AC powered pump and it gets surprisingly firm. As I like a firm bed to sleep on, that's a good thing. :eusa_clap: Only takes about a minute to inflate. I'll try with the battery + inverter tonight. Hopefully that will work okay.

Although not designed for it, you can add air by blowing into the valve...a good thing in the middle of the night.

My wife and son saw the bed blown up and both think it is too big to fit in the tent. It is pretty big but I think it will fit in the
Taj 3 just fine...hopefully with some room left for all of the gear I tend to throw in the tent when car camping. :eusa_think:
   Bill
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Offline Goldilocks

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Re: Aerobed
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2010, 04:56:58 PM »
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!

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Offline homerboy2u

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Re: Aerobed
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2010, 08:11:21 PM »
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... :eusa_doh:
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Aerobed
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2010, 06:04:44 AM »
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!

Makes sense Goldilocks!
  Thanks!
     Bill
Bill - In San Antonio

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Aerobed
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2010, 06:06:22 AM »

 And do not forget the crazy glue, when this happens... :eusa_doh:

Yes...and I'll probably take at least one backup sleeping pad...just in case!
   Bill
Bill - In San Antonio

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Aerobed
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2010, 06:10:49 AM »
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! :eusa_whistle:
   Bill
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Offline Hoodoo

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Re: Aerobed
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2010, 08:49:47 AM »
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! :eusa_whistle:
   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. :eusa_think:

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. :crossedfingers:

Don
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Aerobed
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2010, 12:00:11 PM »
Hi Don!
Manual inflation is not for the faint of heart, or lungs, with the Aerobed. The valve is really designed to use the special AC powered pump that comes with the bed. At best, I could see using lung power to top off the matress after it's inflated. That being said, the battery powered pumps could work with a little creativity in how they were pressed against the Aerobed valve. I'll have to try one of those...if the more powerful inverter I ordered last night doesn't work.
   Thanks!
     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. :eusa_think:

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. :crossedfingers:

Don


Bill - In San Antonio

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Aerobed - Success!!
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2010, 09:20:39 PM »
The 400W inverter arrived today so I gave it a try with the portable battery and it ran the AC powered pump just fine.! :eusa_dance: 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
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Offline Al

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Re: Aerobed - Success!!
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2010, 10:40:37 PM »
The 400W inverter arrived today so I gave it a try with the portable battery and it ran the AC powered pump just fine.! :eusa_dance: 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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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Aerobed - Success!!
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2010, 06:13:39 AM »
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

Hi Al!
I have one of the J900 jump start batts...pic attached. It's just a basic jump start batt with a lighter outlet. The inverter has screw terminals where you can attach a set of battery clips or a lighter plug. I just use the lighter plug and plug into the J900. Since the bed literally inflates in one minute, the J900 should last for a lot of inflations before needing a recharge. Handy to have the J900 + inverter for charging other batts too. And the J900 can jump start the car...although I've never had to try it for that. It's mostly a 12V power supply for the telescope stuff.
  Bill
Bill - In San Antonio

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