How to Inflate A Towable Tube – Best Advice & Tips

Towable tubes are incredibly fun especially if you know how to use them. There are two types of towable tubes: partially covered and fully covered. They are also available in a variety of sizes. One thing that a lot of people are not aware of is how to inflate a towable tube. Proper inflation of a towable tube is crucial to using it correctly and having the maximum fun.

We will talk about the exact pumps you need for towable tubes, how you can inflate your towable tubes with different pump valves, proper deflation, and inflation techniques, and everything in between. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

What Pump Do You Need to Inflate Your Towable Tube?

Finding the right pump for your towable tubes is very important, but there are some considerations you need to take before you get the best pump for your specific towable tube. The first thing you need to think about is the Voltage of the pump. Anywhere around 12V is going to be perfect if you’re thinking of keeping the pump with you on your boat or on the go.

But if you’re keeping the pump at home to inflate your towable tube for entertainment purposes, keeping a 120V pump would be pretty great for your requirements. The second-most important thing you need to have in mind is the PSI. Towable tubes require a PSI of around 1.3-1.4 to be filled with an adequate amount of air. So, your pump needs to have this or more PSI for perfect inflation.

The last thing you need to be thinking about is the size of the pump. If you want to simply top off your towable tube, then getting a smaller pump and keeping it on your boat would be the right thing to do. Otherwise, a larger pump would also be good enough.

If you’ve kept all these considerations under view, you’re definitely going to get the best pump for your towable tube or river floats, so you can enjoy it with your friends and family.

How to Inflate Your Towable Tube

So, you’ve just got your very own towable tube, and you’re ready to inflate it; Well, the first thing you’re going to do is that you’re going to find the insertion valve on the side of your towable tube. Here are the next steps that you’re going to take to inflate your towable tube:

· Take your pump and place the nozzle in the center of the valve and make sure there is no leakage around the nozzle.

· Turn the pump on and make sure the pump is over the required PSI for the towable tube.

· After the towable tube is filled, you’re going to want to turn the pump off while the nozzle is still inside the valve.

· Take the nozzle out and then quickly close the valve so that no deflation occurs after the inflation process.

How to Inflate and Deflate Towable Tube with a Boston Valve

If you’re concerned about any leakage issues, you have the option of using a special Boston Valve to inflate and deflate your towable tube effectively. First off, you’re going to need a Boston Valve. After that, you need to make sure the towable tube is completely dry for the inflation process. Now, you’re going to find the opening of the Towable Tube, and here’s where you’re going to place the valve.

The Boston valve needs to be placed the right way. Make sure you screw the valve clockwise, and then to open the top of the valve, move it opposite to the lower end, and you’re good to go. If you don’t make the right movement with the valve, leakage can occur.

Now you’re going to simply insert the nozzle of your preferred pump into the Boston Valve. After that, you’re going to fill the Towable tube with the right amount of air.

If you want to deflate the towable tube after you’ve had an epic time with it, you’re going to want to unplug the Boston valve, and that’s all you’re going to need to do. Without a doubt, Boston valves are great and reduce the risk of leakage by a lot which helps your overall experience of towable tubes.

How to Inflate and Deflate Towable Tube With a Speed Safety Valve

Another very air-safe valve is the Speed safety valve. In this particular tool, you’re not going to need to place the nozzle into the opening. There is a top on the mouth of the towable tube. Close the top of the Speed Safety Valve and then place the nozzle into the valve. Now, you’re going to inflate the towable tube to the extent where you think it is fully filled.

It is best if you check by pressing the filled towable tube. If it goes down only by 2.3-2.5 centimeters, then it is perfectly filled. Take the nozzle out after closing the pump. The Speed Safety Valve makes sure no air is leaked through the towable tube. That’s why along with the external cap, there is the option to press the valve inside the tube, so it is perfectly in place.

If you want to deflate the towable tube, you’re going to want to open the Speed Safety Valve, and that’s about it. The process of inflation and deflation of towable tubes is easy with a Speed Safety Valve.

How to Check If Towable Tube is Properly Inflated

If you aren’t experienced in terms of inflation and deflation of the towable tube, you need to learn about the checking process so that you can have the best splashing experience riding on your own tube. Let’s take a look at the different states of a towable tube.


If the amount of air-filled in the towable tube is lower than required, it is going to be mushier and will be pressed down a lot when you try to push it or sit on it. Basically, an underinflated towable tube will sit low in the water and will need more force to drag it, which can even cause it to rupture in some cases.

Perfect Inflation

Filling an adequate amount of air in the towable tube to the point where pressing down only allows your fingers to go about 2.5 centimeters down is an example of perfect inflation. In this case, the tube will stay on top of the water and put less stress on the tube as it is being pulled so you can have a good time.


If you fill the towable tube with more air than it can handle, you’re going to experience overinflation. In this case, the tube is going to jump in the water a lot and this may cause the tube to tilt over or behave erratically when you’re dragging it with a boat.

How to Maintain the Inflation of Towable Tube

Now that you know how to inflate and deflate the towable tube, there’s something important that you need to remember. This is the process of maintenance of the towable tube.

To make sure that your towable tube remains strong enough and durable as well as long-lasting, you need to keep it well-cleaned and placed in the right environment.

If the towable tube is filled completely, you need to make sure that you don’t put it out in the sun or a warm place. Make sure you take the air out or the tube might expand.

On the contrary, the towable tube needs to be filled with air if it is stored in a cool place. By doing this, you’re going to keep your towable tube well-maintained and the tube will last much longer.

What Amount of Air is Required in Towable Tube?

At this point, you might be thinking, what amount of air should I put into my towable tube so I can have the best experience? Well, as I said before, the perfect inflation technique is exactly what you need to use if you want to know what amount of air your towable tube would need.

As long as your towable tube is wrinkle-free, it is going to be filled with the right amount. You know that you need 1.5 PSI at least to fill up a decent-sized towable tube, but if you’re still unsure, press down with your fingers, and if your fingers go further down than 2.5 centimeters, then it would need more air. Keep checking the air as you fill it from this point, and if you overfill, let a bit of the air deflate out of the tube, and you’re all good.

Final Word

Towable tubes are a source of great pleasure. You’re going to love riding them in the open waters. That’s why owning one and knowing how to control the inflation and deflation of towable tubes is quite important. Using the aforementioned techniques, you can easily deal with your tube’s inflation and deflation. I hope you learned a lot from this article and that you had a great experience with your very own Towable tube!

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