CRS gives tips on how to winterize your inflatables

Seasonal maintenance of your campground’s waterfront inflatables will help you avoid unnecessary repairs and significantly extend the life of your investment, reported CRS. But what are some of the things you need to pay attention to?

To properly clean your inflatables, removed them from the water and place them on a clean surface, such as a tarp or clean plastic sheet. Make sure the area underneath is free of sticks, rocks or any sharp objects. Never drag your inflatable over a rough surface. It will create holes and leaks, especially where it is folded

Then, using a hose and soft brush or cloth, wash inflatables with soapy water and sufficient elbow grease to remove dirt, sand and other small particles. Do not use high pressure cleaning equipment, such as a pressure washer, to do this. It will damage the vinyl. Rinse the inflatable with fresh water and allow it to air dry completely

Apply a vinyl protetorant to maintain a like-new appearance, will help minimize staining of the vinyl and keep it supple. CRS recommends applying 303 Protectant prior to storage. Apply 303 Protectant to all sides of the inflatable and allow to air dry completely before storage

Identify Repair Needs

Check for damaged areas or leaks that need repair by spraying soapy water along seams, joints, body and valves of the product. Check for small bubbles that will accumulate on the surface where air is leaking through. Use colored chalk or a grease pencil to mark areas that need repair or patching. Inspect all handles, anchor and connector plates, valves and other parts for damage. CRS Waterfront Specialists can help you repair the damage. Call (877) 896-8442 to:

  • Order the appropriate parts to ensure availability for next season
  • Work through the repair process
  • Determine if you can repair on your own OR
  • Send to CRS for repair

Deflate and store

Deflate the product, preferably using reverse mode of an electric pump or shop vacuum, ensuring that all air is removed. Fold the inflatable and wrap the in the original carrying bag or a protective cover, such as a tarp and secure tightly with rope or straps. Store the product out of direct sunlight and protected from the environment in a clean, dry place. It is best to store it inside a container with bait blocks or moth balls to prevent rodent damage. Never store inflatables in a damp location directly on concrete or temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) or in an area with broad temperature fluctuations. If this is unavoidable, store in an area where inflatables will not be moved until the time of installation. CSR also offers take down services.

To learn more about CRS and how it can help you with your inflatables at the end of the season, visit


Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at

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