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    Tire Tube as Air Pillow

    So I'm tired of buying Air Pillows just to not have them last the winter so this year I'm using a tire inner tube, Amazon should have it here on Thursday. I'm assuming the same thing should apply like the air pillows...don't inflate it 100%, just 50-75% full. Any thoughts

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    Re: Tire Tube as Air Pillow

    Make sure the valve does not hit the cover. I would think it would work?
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    Re: Tire Tube as Air Pillow

    Might make the water smell funny? I think some monomers will leech out a little over the winter.
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    Re: Tire Tube as Air Pillow

    Snow is not an issue for me. But I think I would have bought an inflatable raft instead. They're designed for constant immersion and are made out of pretty much the same material as intex pools.
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    Re: Tire Tube as Air Pillow

    Quote Originally Posted by EVChargeGuy View Post
    Make sure the valve does not hit the cover. I would think it would work?
    That is what I planned on doing

    Quote Originally Posted by pabeader View Post
    Might make the water smell funny? I think some monomers will leech out a little over the winter.
    as long as it smells like pool water after I start putting bleach in the spring. What are monomers and should I be concerned?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Snow is not an issue for me. But I think I would have bought an inflatable raft instead. They're designed for constant immersion and are made out of pretty much the same material as intex pools.
    Should have waited to press Checkout till later today... could have bought a raft!


    oh well, if my partner gets his way we won't be at this house next spring so any problems won't be mine

    Thanks for the replies though! This site has helped a lot even though I barely use the pool (think I was in it but 2 times this season)

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    Re: Tire Tube as Air Pillow

    monomers are the things that make rubber stretchy. They make your hands smell funky when you hold on to an inner tube. Not an issue, just a thing to remember for next year.
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    Re: Tire Tube as Air Pillow

    Well I'm happy and sad to report that we are still here, and I just opened the pool and No funky smell from the tire tube and the tube stayed inflated unlike the air pillows I buy each year.

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