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Tube Pro Zipper River Tube Cover Inflation/Deflation and Storage Instructions



Tube Pro Inc. River Tube with Zipper Inflation/Deflation Instructions


Remove the rubber inner tube and cover from the packaging. When preparing to inflate the tube, lay the cover down and spread out as evenly as possible.  Place the deflated rubber tube inside the cover.  It is important that the nozzle of the rubber tube be positioned through the 2” (5 cm) hole sewn into top skirt panel at the front of the tube cover. This is for easy inflation access and prevents the user from leaning against the nozzle with their backside.  Partially inflate the inner tube so it begins to take shape, but is still loose within the cover. Then fasten the zipper sliders together and do up the zipper to completely encase the inner tube within the cover. Adjust the inner tube to ensure it is centered in the cover during inflation so it enables the tube to expand consistently within the cover and the valve stem is within the hole.  Continue inflating the tube so it tight against the outer cover and fabric appears slightly creased around the inner cover. The outer diameter of a properly inflated tube is approximately 44”.

Inflate the rubber tube using an air compressor, bicycle, or air mattress pump, so it appears snug within the tube cover.  Our custom rubber inner tube takes shape quickly during inflation.  Keep inflating tube until it fills cover evenly and tightly. Make sure that you do not over-inflate the rubber tube to the point of creasing or buckling.  If over-inflating occurs, remove excess air until the tube is round and not distorted.  Valve stem removal tools can be purchased at any hardware store inexpensively. A properly inflated tube has no more than two pounds of air pressure. (Refer to Tube Pro product photo at bottom of page.)  Inner Tubes have R20 printed on the tube.


For tube longevity, it is ideal to leave the tube inflated inside the cover in an area where exposure to sunlight and air circulation is minimized.  Avoid additional sources of ozone such as electric motors or equipment.  Petroleum based materials should never be allowed to come in contact with the tube.

For zipper cover longevity, it is ideal to leave the covered tube in the shade OR release some of the air when not in use and exposed to sunlight, to limit tube expansion and possible cover damage due to temperature changes.

If there is no available storage space, inner tubes should be stored without sharp creases in the rubber.  Do not tightly vacuum the tube. It is recommended to store tubes in a black plastic bag with the top tied or sealed, away from the noted sources of ozone.

To deflate inner tube, remove the rubber end cap by hand.  Use a tire valve tool to loosen and remove the inner valve stem core.  Remove the tube from cover, fold and curl as necessary to remove excess air. Once the inner tube is deflated, reinstall the valve stem core and tighten securely using the tire valve tool.  Finally, fasten the rubber end cap for storage.

Note: Tube may naturally deflate due to seasonal air pressure changes.  Additional air may be required before use.


**When re-inflating inner tubes, ensure the inner valve stem core is screwed in as tight as possible.**

Read warning label on product prior to using.

International Safety Alert Warning Descriptions


This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential personal injury hazards.



WARNING indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.

This is not a lifesaving device. Do not attempt to tow behind boats or other vehicles. 

Have fun and be careful. Tube Pro Inc. Made in Canada
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