You'll probably never need to know about Thermarest repair - but I'll tell you how to do it, just in case!
If you follow these common-sense instructions, your self-inflating sleeping pad will last for many years.
A self inflating sleeping pad consists of a foam core inside a durable shell. When its valve is opened, the mattress fills with air.
These mattresses can ensure you a great night's sleep even when you are sleeping right on the ground.
I've owned this lightweight 3/4 length sleeping pad for more than 20 years.
Despite lots of use on countless camping trips, it is still in excellent shape. It has never had a leak and has never needed any type of repair.
There are a number of brands of self inflating sleeping pad. I'll say "Thermarest repair" because that's what I have, but the information here applies to other brands as well.
A self inflating sleeping pad is very durable, but it is possible to puncture it if you aren't careful. Be sure to treat your mattress with care.
Don't pack it with sharp or pointy objects.
For backpacking, put your sleeping pad in its stuff sack.
For car camping, we carry our mattresses in a large duffle bag.
Look down before you place it on the ground. Don't place it on sharp rocks.
A Thermarest is just for sleeping.
Teach your children never to stand or jump on an inflated sleeping pad.
If you do end up with a leak, you can repair it easily by following these simple Thermarest repair instructions.
Here's what to do in the unlikely event that you get a leak in your self inflating sleeping pad.
I don't have any photos of this process - because none of our Thermarests has ever needed to be repaired! I told you that they are durable!This thermarest repair kit has everything you need for a quick repair job. Just follow the directions in the kit.
Just put a small duct tape patch over the hole.
Remove the tape as soon as you get home, and do a proper repair job when you can.
A Thermarest pad can be easily cleaned by wiping it with a damp cloth.
Allow it to air dry.
Be sure that your Thermarest is completely dry before you store it away. If you store it when it's damp, you risk mildew.
Don't leave it in its stuff sack.
Don't leave it rolled up.
Leaving it deflated and rolled up for long periods will shorten its life.
Store it unrolled, with the valve open.
Now that you know how to take care of your Thermarest pad, click here to learn about some of the other camping sleeping pad options.
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