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Monthly Archives: December 2014

  • When to Send Your Reinforced RAVE Product in for Repair vs. DIY

    Most reinforced repairs can be done by you by following the instructions that we outline. For small damages and leaks you can purchase a standard or pre-cut repair kit. However, after inflating and spraying down your product with mild, soapy water to find your leak(s,) and you notice any of the following, we recommend sending your product in.

    • Damage to any attachment point, anchor point(s), or handles
    • Any noticeable holes with missing fabric
    • Too many holes to fix

    To send in your product for repair, you must first receive a Return Authorization Number. Without an RAN, we will not be able to accept your repair and it will be shipped back to you. Please contact us at 800-659-0790 or email us to receive your RAN.

    Items to note about sending in your repair:

    • When you contact us regarding your repair to receive your RAN, please try to have the Serial Number located near the inflation/deflation valve ready. This will help us determine which product you have and from which year.
    • The customer is responsible for all shipping costs. Most UPS Store’s are able to assist with packing and shipping your product.
    • When we receive the unit, we will inspect for any defects that may fall under the product warranty.
    • If we determine that there is a manufacturer’s defect, we will fix or replace your product at no cost.
    • If your product has defects due to what we determine as normal wear and tear, you are responsible for all repair costs.
    • Please refer to the product warranty for more information.
  • How to Repair Your RAVE Reinforced Product

    Use the instructions below to repair your RAVE Proline reinforced product. This method is made specifically for RAVE commercial grade repair patches which can be purchased at ravesports.com. Note that it is best to complete your repair in a temperature controlled environment.

    1. Inflate the product completely.
    2. Locate the leak(s) by thoroughly spraying the tube with mild, soapy water. Any puncture holes will be noticeable by bubbles forming around the hole.
    3. Mark areas of repair on the tube with a dark colored marker or pencil that can be easily wiped off.
    4. Deflate the product completely and lay on a flat hard surface.
    5. Clean the repair area with rubbing alcohol and allow to completely dry.
    6. Determine the size of the hole and cut a patch 1-2 inches wider than the diameter of the hole. Make sure all corners of the patch are rounded as pointed corners can more easily pull off.
    7. READ AND UNDERSTAND THE WARNINGS ON THE GLUE CONTAINER.
    8. Apply an even coat of glue to the shiny side of the patch and the area around the hole. Let the glue dry until it is tacky to the touch. (Approximately 1-2 minutes.)
    9. Firmly apply the patch to the tube.
    10. Using a paint scraper or similar tool, rub out any air bubble between the patch and the product working from the center outwards. Wipe off any excess glue.
    11. Place a heavy weight on the patch and allow to dry for at least 24 hours.
    12. Re-inflate the product and observe, unused for 24 hours for any abnormal* loss in air and determine if more patches may be needed.

    *Abnormal loss of air references the loss of significant air in the product due to a puncture. Note the temperature of the air going into the product and the outside air. If your inflator is hot and sending warm air into the product, when it cools, it will seem like your product is losing air. This is normal.  Weather and temperature variations will also cause the air inside the unit to expand and condense. This is normal. If you are experiencing a cool span you may want to add additional air. Be careful when the temperature rises that the unit does not become over-inflated. Damage due to over-inflation voids the warranty. Proper inflation should be checked often if the product is left inflated for consecutive days. All inflatable's are sensitive to cold, therefore never unfold or inflate in temperatures below 50° F.

  • Celebrate Your 4th Of July on the Water

    With the heat of July, there is no better way to spend your long 4th of July weekend than on the water. Whether you have a boat, pontoon, or just use the beach, RAVE Sports has some great products to keep 4th of July activities fun and exciting.

    I personally spend most of my time on and behind a boat. So one of my favorite water towables is the RAVE Diablo. I rode this towable with my husband and let me tell you, if you like to get some great air off the wake and fly around turns, this is the tube for you. I was surprised at how stable the ride was. Even though I was thrown off a few times, it was a blast!

    We also have an 8 year old daughter who absolutely loves tubing, so finding a tube that she (and I) would feel safe on was incredibly important. The RacerX and the Tirade II were the ones she chose to try out. Not only were they safe and comfortable with deep cockpit style seats, but she had a great ride. And I felt better that she was safe and secure and just had fun without the fear.

    If you enjoy the relaxing nature of cruising the lake or river with a pontoon, then the Pontoon Slide is a must. You can keep kids of all ages occupied for hours. Set-up was quick and easy with the included battery pump and it straps to the pontoon in a cinch. Plus, the slide deflates quickly and rolls up to fit in a small bag or even a cooler which makes transporting it from boat to car extremely easy.

    Add some RAVE fun to your 4th of July activities. Don’t forget to tell us what you think and share your photos and videos!

  • What’s the Difference between a Water Trampoline and a Bouncer?

    There is a common misconception that a water trampoline is the same as a water bouncer.  However, there are significant differences both in construction and performance.  Water trampolines, just like their land based cousins, have springs that connect the jump surface to the supporting trampoline structure. Bouncers, on the other hand, connect the jump surface directly to the supporting structure without the aid of springs. So in terms of construction, the significant difference is that a water trampoline has springs and a water bouncer does not have springs. Although both products provide great fun on the water, the water trampoline provides more bounce than a bouncer and behaves more like a land based trampoline. Bouncers provide more usable surface area for the same sized tube and are great for general entertainment and lounging, and are a perfect substitute for a traditional h
    ard swim dock. If you are more interested in combining a great platform with the ability to jump high, the water trampoline is what you are looking for.

    RAVE Sports was the first to introduce a water based trampoline in the ‘90s and is well known for its trademarked alternating yellow and blue panels. Until 2010, all water trampolines had heavy metal bars on top of the tubes to attach the springs. These types of water trampolines took longer to set up and sacrificed a significant amount of jump surface to accommodate the bar. In 2010, RAVE Sports introduced the Aqua Jump® Eclipse™ water trampoline that removed the bar and wove the springs directly to the supporting tube. This resulted in an optimal solution for tubes up to 20’ in diameter because it allows users to jump higher on a larger surface, provides easier setup and take down and is much lighter and easier to store in the off season. Above 20’ in diameter, RAVE Sports still uses a metal bar to support the surrounding tube to provide optimal jump tension. The Bongo™ bouncer on the other hand provides less “jump” and more of a “bounce,” which is why it is called a “bouncer”. The setup and take down time for a bouncer is even faster, the surface area is larger for the same size tube and it is a great all around recreational water platform.

    In all water based trampolines and bouncers, it is important to note that the water below the supporting tube structure absorbs some of the bounce so you should not expect to jump as high as you would on a land based trampoline with either a water trampoline or bouncer. Proper inflation also influences the jump/bounce performance. An under-inflated tube will seem like it is sagging in the middle and it will be more difficult to jump/bounce. With proper inflation using a RAVE High Speed Inflator, the tube should feel as firm as a basketball, and the jump/bounce performance will not suffer.

    Whether your choice is an Aqua Jump Eclipse water trampoline or a Bongo bouncer, in terms of fun, you just can’t beat being out on the water!Water Trampoline vs. Bouncer

  • Cleaning and Storage of Your RAVE Reinforced Product

    Proper cleaning and storage is essential to maintaining your RAVE reinforced product.  Follow these guidelines and you will see year over year enjoyment of your RAVE. We recommend these steps on the Proline Commercial Grade Reinforced products including the Aqua Jump water trampolines, Bongo water platforms, Icebergs, Water Whooshes, and other products that features heavy duty materials.

    • When the inflatable product is not being used, store it in a covered, shaded area. This will help protect it against ultraviolet (UV) rays and extend the life of the product.
    • Ultraviolet (UV) rays are very hard on inflatables. To maximize the life of your reinforced product, store it out of the sun whenever possible. For additional protection, we recommend using 303 Protectant, which is a one-step product that provides UV protection.
    • Clean the inflatable completely with a mild soap and fresh water or a citrus based cleaner. We recommend using Speed Clean, as it easy to use and wipes away some of the toughest dirt and grime we have seen.  See the difference Speed Clean makes.
      NEVER USE PETROLEUM BASED PRODUCTS OR SOLVENTS FOR CLEANING.
    • NEVER USE A POWER WASHER TO CLEAN YOUR PRODUCT. THE HIGH PRESSURE WATER JET WILL DAMAGE THE SOFT PVC COATING ON THE TUBE BEYOND REPAIR. USE OF A POWER WASHER WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
    • Keep your product completely dry and remain dry while stored.
    • Remove all air from the tube using the deflation port of the RAVE High Speed Inflator/Deflator.
    • Fold opposite sides to the center to form a straight line. Fold again to the center. Then fold the right half onto the left half.  Roll the product tightly (like a sleeping bag) and place in a container, preferably one that rodents can’t chew through.
    • Store in a cool, dry location. Do not store product directly on concrete surface. Place mothballs around stored inflatable to keep mice and insects away.

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    • Rodents, like muskrats, may be attracted to the PVC vinyl of your product.  When your product is on the water, maintaining full air pressure during periods of non-use will discourage them from chewing the vinyl.
    • Another way to ease the problem of nuisance rodents is to remove the temptation by taking the product out of the water at night. You can also make the whole area unattractive to rodents by changing the environment, making the area less hospitable for rodents.  Removing any food source from the shoreline can also be a good deterrent.  Check with your local DNR for additional guidance or possible restrictions.
  • What's the Difference Between a Classic Aqua Jump and an Aqua Jump Eclipse Water Trampoline?

    This is a common question we receive. RAVE’s “Classic” Aqua Jump water trampoline was designed with a heavy, steel bar frame around the perimeter of the tube that attached the base tube to the springs and jump surface. This is the type of design you will see from other competitors in the marketplace currently.

    The new patented Eclipse model has removed the heavy steel bar frame completely so that the tube now directly connects to the jump surface with springs.

    By eliminating the steel bar frame we have increase the jump surface up to 30%, reduced the weight by 30% and reduced the set-up and take down time by 50%! Now you can have more family fun time and spend less time working on setting up the fun.

    RAVE created the Aqua Jump Eclipse water trampoline to respond to consumer demand. Our customers asked us for a lighter weight product that was easier to set-up, take down, and store in the off season since the steel bar frames take up too much room for most user’s homes and cabins. Thus the Eclipse was born.

    Traditional steel frame water trampolines can take over an hour just to set-up and take down, even on the smallest models. RAVE’s largest 20’ diameter Eclipse model averages about 30 minutes from start to finish. Our competitors will state that the frameless models suffer in performance. This is a myth. We tested our Classic 15’ model and our Eclipse 15’ model side by side at several camps and resorts for a summer. We found that not only did the kids enjoy the Eclipse model more because of the larger jump surface, but the camp and resort directors preferred it due to the ease of set-up and maintenance and the increase in safety because we removed the steel bar frame.

    It is important to note however that water trampolines are not the same as land trampolines. Because of the displacement of water and general physics, water trampolines do not provide the same jump performance as a land trampoline, but offers more fun, enjoyment and relaxation than a traditional hard deck swim platform!

    RAVE Sports is the originator of the water trampoline, and we strive for continual improvements in our products to make them of the highest quality, provide the best performance and create the most fun you can have on the water. If you don’t have a RAVE, you don’t have the best.Classic vs. Eclipse Water Trampoline Comparison

  • Buying a RAVE Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board

    Stand Up Paddle (SUP) is an investment that when done wisely can lead you to many years of SUP heaven! There are three main points to consider prior to purchasing a SUP board and paddle:

    1. Equipment cost
    2. Size of the paddler to board and level of experience
    3. Water conditions (flat water, surf, rivers, etc.)

    Equipment Cost
    SUP boards range in price from the low $800 to well over $2000. Stand Up Paddle is quite similar in equipment costs to wind surfing. The two main components are the board and the paddle. It is important to do your research. Just because a board is lower in cost, does not mean you will get a quality constructed board that will last.

    Paddles range in construction from Fiberglass to Carbon Fiber. Fiberglass paddles are less expensive and typically run between $100-$150. Carbon Fiber paddles are more expensive ranging from $250-$400. Some paddles are less expensive; however are most likely aluminum shafts with plastic blades and are more likely to break easily. Most paddles have to be sized and cut for proper usage; RAVE paddles provide infinite adjustability so there is no need to size and cut.

    Size of the Paddler to Board and Level of Experience
    Board sizes vary from 8’ to up to 14.5 feet. If your interest is in SUP racing, boards can be longer; however for most recreational users a range from 11’ to 12’6 is suitable. Most SUP’s are roughly 30-31” wide, with some boards slightly more narrow around 27 inches. A wider board provides more stability and floatation; while a more narrow board is less stable but allows for faster turning.

    Beginners should typically paddle on longer, wider boards. This provides the best opportunity to learn the sport before moving to a more advanced board. For people who weigh under 150 lbs., we recommend a board around 10’-11’ in length and about 27”-30” wide. We recommended our boards as follows:

    Beginners 150 lbs. or Less:


    Beginners 150 lbs+:


    Intermediate to Advanced Paddlers 180 lbs. or Less:

    Intermediate to Advanced Paddlers 180-300 lbs.

    Remember that as a beginner the more weight, the more volume (i.e. the bigger the board) you will need for support.Once you have mastered paddling using a larger board, you can move to a smaller, more challenging board. A wider board will give you the stability you are looking for and you'll spend more time on top of the water and less in it.

    Your paddle length should typically be no more than 8-10” overhead. Align your paddle to your body with blade on the ground, and adjust your paddle handle to about 8-10” above your head.

    An introductory lesson from a professional that can guide you and teach you the basic techniques of SUP is highly recommended. There are many board designs and paddles to choose from when making this purchase. Don't be afraid to get all the knowledge needed to make the right choice for you.
    Water Conditions
    Stand up paddling is most often done in flat water conditions; meaning slow moving streams, lakes, and ocean bays. Most SUP stores carry a few brands among the many available, so it is advised to try out as many as possible prior to purchase to decide which board fits you and your specific location. Several locations have demo days, as well as stores that teach style and technique.
    RAVE “RS” SUP boards were specifically designed as “flat water” boards that will deliver superior stability and glide. Overall, it is important to remember when purchasing your first SUP to:

    1. Take a lesson. The more you try the better.
    2. Learn what style and board works for you and the conditions you will be paddling in.
    3. Educate! A SUP shop can guide you, but when in doubt, contact a RAVE Sports expert

    View our SUP Finder Graph to assist you in finding your perfect board; plus follow RAVE on Facebook, or check out ravesports.com to find a RAVE SUP demo near you!

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