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Dan-Fenders - How to inflate?

We have a FenderStep and a few Dan-Fender fenders. We originally used a compressor to inflate the FenderStep and bought the others inflated.

We deflated two big ball style Dan-fenders and now...we have no idea how to inflate them aboard. We need a way to inflate them on the boat - not at a garage.

They have a plastic screw and then a metal pump fitting.

I went to Dan-Fender's site and all I could find was to use the "accessory air pistol" attached to a compressor.

Anyone inflated them manually with some kind of dinghy/fender/bike pump?

I thought this would be an easy problem to figure out but my google skills have failed me.

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Need a picture of the fitting.

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Our fenders inflate with a hand pump and a fitting same as used to inflate a basketball.. basically just a needle that penetrates the self-sealing rubber seal in the fitting of the fender.

As York says... more data please!

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Yeah, I am being lazy because I thought someone else might have some Dan-Fenders and I understand all of the fittings on that brand are the same.

I'll get a pic.

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Like you I've always used a compressor to inflate them. I'll take a look tomorrow to see if the needle for a bball will work.

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I finally got around to taking the pictures!





If a ball pump would work, that would be great. We can easily find one of those.

Or are these the same Schrader valves as tires? They look much smaller to me.

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Does the fitting inside look like this? I can't really tell in the pic. If so, all you need is a grease gun fitting attached somehow to a hand pump.

Edit: as I think about it, I'm not sure air would compress the valve the way grease does. Maybe this isn't what you have.



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Sorry it took awhile to get back to this. I looked at ours and couldn't tell if a ball pump would work, didn't look like it but hard to see. From DanFender site it looks like an air compressor is the only way.

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I'm wondering if a pump for an inflatable dinghy with a small diameter adapter wouldn't work. I'll give it a try tomorrow, if it isn't raining.

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From that description it sounds like the air pressure depresses the plunger and lets the air in.. there's no mention of threading anything into the fitting.

A normal ball pump needle likely won't work here.. it (the fitting) does look similar to a schraeder valve (looks like that plunger may be threaded into the barrel) The good news is it doesn't call for much pressure - only about 2 psig.

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Thanks for the thoughts everyone.

The folks at Dan-Fender tell me that they sell a hand pump (!). I have not been able to locate it *anywhere* but here is a picture of it:



I've asked them for a N American source for it...

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