But our Clive Garrett is often asked what to do in an emergency so he took to his workshop to look at ways to quickly repair an air tube with minimal disruption to a holiday.
By Clive Garrett
It is important to note
1. The protective sleeve should never be opened or removed unless you are positive that the air tube is leaking and needs repair.
2. The air tube is oversized, allowing enough material to be carefully tucked back on itself at each end in order to protect the end welds.
3. That these instructions are not relevant in the rare event of a catastrophic failure of an airtube (bursting).
4. These are temporary repairs only and your local Outwell retailer should be contacted in order to organise a replacement tube.
I removed an air tube from its protective sleeve and tried to damage it. The tube proved so tough that it took a knife to puncture and slit the material.
I repaired five punctures and four slits using:
a. Tear Aid Type A (Also marketed by Storm)
b. Stormsure Tuff Tape
c. Tenacious Tape
d. Gorilla Tape
e. Ultimate Duck tape
f. Homebase Power Cloth Tape