It has been a while since I posted here. The advice I got was so good that I benefited greatly. So,,,,,, Being disabled but still loving to at wild camp at in comfort I have been trying to find a raised air bed that does not require electricity to inflate it, but rather can be inflated using a normal 12v battery operated pump. So far all of the air beds I have looked at require you to have hook-up facilities as they need mains electricity to inflate them and come with a built in plug and pump. I did contact one supplier and was told that Intex raised inflatable beds can be also inflated using the battery powered pump and that you have to take the dial out and another bit. However, looking at some web site reviews and particularly the Q&A sections, not all agree with this. So the question is.... Do any of you know of a raised inflatable air bed that I can use without the need to have electricity and one that can be inflated using a battery powered pump?
The Intex airbeds can be inflated without using the built in pump.
In the middle of the 'dial' is the hole through which the air is drawn in or expelled. You simply hold a pump over that hole to inflate.
To deflate just turn the bed to deflate and let the air come out naturally then fold from the bottom to push air out. You can use a portable pump to deflate in the same way but I dont think it saves much time
I have a Tesco single raised airbed with an integral electric pump. However, there is also the old style removable push in valve (like the old LILO's) so that you can also inflate it with a hand pump or battery pump. You would probably lose some air though when removing the pump before you can get the valve plug secured.
My experience of battery pumps though, is that they will only pump to a certain pressure and then struggle to get any more air in. Fine for smaller airbeds but I am not sure whether they would be powerful enough for a raised airbed.
Thank you all for these. I was looking at the Intex beds because they are a bit higher than any other I have seen. Not sure about that bed Sean. I would be afraid of the mattress falling off as I do toss and turn a lot. I will have a look at the Tesco one. As for air pressure from a battery pump; I agree, which is why I always take a hand pump with me as well. Will be going to Tesco next week so will phone them to make sure they can get one in stock.
Have a look at this link for the range of Intex single airbeds. You can buy from there or look them up elsewhere as you might find a better price.
I have 2 of the 'pillow rest beds' which my guests have all said are really comfortable, and also 1 of the 'comfort plush raised' which I've used myself for solo camping and is very comfy.
I also have 2 of the queen size (UK King Size) raised beds and they are very nice and comfy. Currently looking around for a raised double but almost all of those sold as doubles are actually queen size
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Message posted by aliguth13/6/2018 at 4:34pm Outfit: Peugeot 407 SE & Relum Palermo 6 Location: Aberdeen
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Quote: Originally posted by TimCESmith on 13/6/2018
Why not just use an inexpensive inverter? Plug it into your carís 12v socket and youíve got mains voltage anywhere. A little 300w one is more than adequate for an air bed.
I am always wary of plugging things into my car lighter socket or 12v socket. I know that is what they are for but a mate of mine blew his car fuses when he plugged something in (I think it was a mini fridge or something). He lost his windscreen wipers and whatever else was on the same fuse
Also, does it not run the car battery down unless you have the engine running?
With regards to plugging the bed into the car; this is not possible as the site I am going to in September does not allow cars to drive I will have a look at the Coleman. If their accessories are as good as their tents then I will be ok, although again, I will need to ascertain whether I can get the bed inflated without recourse to electricity.
Please keep your suggestions coming as all will be looked into and all will be gratefully received. Thanks a lot.