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How to Deflate an Air Mattress



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Air mattresses are a wonderfully comfortable and convenient alternative to a traditional bed, whether you’re at home or on the road. If you’ve ever slept on one, you know they make a much preferable alternative to sleeping on the couch or the floor. The can provide houseguests with a comfortable place to stay the night, or campers an easier night’s sleep while on the road. Deflating an air mattress may seem like an obviously easy task, but a lot of people actually struggle to do it correctly. It’s important to know how to do it the right way, especially when you’re packing it up to be stored for later use.

The easiest way to fully deflate your air mattress is using a good quality 4D battery or 120v electrical pump. Air mattresses are designed to be portable, so the importance of properly deflating one relates directly to its ease of transportation. Properly deflating an air mattress means you’ll be able to pack it up in a more efficient manner, meaning its easier to store and transport. You can find the instructions for deflating your air bed in the manual it arrived with, but sometimes these instructions aren’t very clear, and if you’ve lost the manual then you’ll struggle even more. There are several different types of air mattresses which all require different techniques to inflate and deflate, but with all types, it becomes easier with an air pump.

Note: Looking for the best air mattress on the market? Browse the best air mattresses for camping here.

A campsite.

The perfect campsite includes a tent with an inflatable mattress and a hammock to rest in.


Benefits of inflatable mattresses

One main advantage of having an airbed is having full control over the firmness of your mattress. Especially when it’s used in-home as a permanent or main bed, you can set it to be as soft or as firm as suits you. Simply add more air for a firmer surface, or let some out if you like it on the softer side. This is also ideal for house guests, as everyone prefers their bed a little differently.

The adjustable nature of air mattresses is also a big benefit for those of us who suffer from back pain or other types of joint and body pains. Some nights the bed may be too soft, but with a quick adjustment, you can make the bed firmer and sleep more soundly. The same works vice versa, on nights where you need the mattress to be softer, it can be deflated just a little with complete ease. Almost every full-size air mattress has two or more separate inner chambers, which means the two sides of the bed can be of varying firmness. This is great if you’re sharing the bed with a partner, and you both have different firmness preferences. Here’s to no more arguments!

Air mattresses are also wonderfully odor free- because of the PVC material most manufacturers use, air beds won’t get any strange smells you might find come along with, for example, a memory foam mattress. Although you may not think it, air mattresses actually have longer lifespans than traditional foam or spring mattresses. PVC is hard-wearing, and the ability to counter sagging issues means an air bed can easily last you 15 years. More often than not, on beds with internal pumps, the air pump will actually fail first, but these can be easily replaced at a low cost.

Air mattresses are much more affordable than traditional mattresses, with well-known brands like Coleman and Intex selling a twin mattress for as little as $30. On the other hand, a twin memory foam mattress will easily set you back $300, so air mattresses are a much more fiscally friendly option. Air beds are also incredibly versatile. They can be used indoors or outdoors, for camping or for visiting houseguests. They can be laid across the backseat on road trips, much more comfortable than sleeping directly on the car seat.


Downsides to inflatable mattresses

One con of using a fixed or long term usage air mattress is the lengthy assembly. A large air bed can take up to 60 minutes to fully assemble and may require two people. Some air bed owners complain of noisy pumps, especially the cheaper ones, however since the pumps are only used rarely, this shouldn’t be much of a problem.

Because all mechanical tools break down eventually, and because air pumps are mechanical in nature, it’s likely you’ll have to replace some air pumps in the lifetime of your inflatable mattress. Especially considering your reliance on the built-in pump, if that’s the kind of air bed you have, this could be an issue for some purchasers. Always check if you’re still within warranty if your air pump gives out.


Two campers rest on a ledge.

Properly deflating your air mattress will allow you to easily pack it up, giving you peace of mind.


Preparing to deflate your air mattress

You should always aim to deflate your air bed on a flat and hard surface. Your mattress needs to be stable while you deflate it, as it contains a lot of air under relatively high pressure, so when deflating it’s possible it may behave a little unpredictably. Remove anything on the mattress, like pillows, duvet covers, mattress toppers and any other items that might be on the bed. Make sure to check for any small or fragile objects on or around the bed, like reading glasses and mobile phones.


How to deflate an air mattress with an internal pump

Some air beds come with internal or built-in pumps. These are designed for effortless inflation and deflation, to make the process as easy as possible. This means you should have no trouble getting your air bed fully deflated for storage or travel. The first step to properly deflating these kinds of air beds is to flip the pump to “deflate”. This may appear as a minus sign, or a “0”, depending on the model of your air mattress. Now you need to let the pump do its work. Depending on the model of your mattress and its pump, the air may deflate quickly, or it may need some time. The pump will slowly suck the air out of the mattress and it will begin to deflate.

Most air beds equipped with an internal pump will deflate in a matter of minutes. Once you are satisfied that there’s no air left in your mattress, you can switch off the internal pump and pack it away. One great advantage to these mattresses is that they do not require supervision to deflate. There are huge benefits to having an airbed with an inbuilt pump, as they’re the most convenient by a long shot. At the simple push of a button, you can make small adjustments to the firmness of the bed by inflating or deflating just a little. 


A tent at night.

The perfect air mattress will allow you to sleep well at night, especially on rugged terrains.


How to deflate an air mattress with an external air pump

If your air mattress doesn’t have a built-in pump, you can still use an external pump to more effectively deflate it. When looking at your external pump, you should be able to spot at least two main openings where the nozzle attaches, one narrow and one wide. Attach the nozzle to the wider opening.

Looking at your air bed, you should be able to see two air valves. The wide-mouth valve is the one you should open to deflate the bed, whereas the narrow valve on your air mattress is for filling up the bed. To deflate, hook the nozzle on your external pump to the deflate valve on your air mattress. Now, simply turn the pump on. It will instantly start to suck the air out of the mattress and the air bed will begin to deflate. You will be able to hear and see this happen, so you know it’s working effectively, the pressure will be instantly released by the valve.

If your pump doesn’t make perfect contact with the valve on your air bed, you may have some issues with the bed deflating more slowly. You may need to hold the pump while your air bed deflates, in order to make sure the pump maintains contact. You can also gently press on the air mattress to squeeze the air out, applying any pressure to the mattress will speed up the process of deflation.


How to deflate an air mattress using a foot pump

If you don’t have an electrical pump, but you’re lucky enough to own a good old-fashioned foot pump, you can use this to deflate your air mattress as well. You’ll need to place the nozzle in the valve of your air bed the same way you did when inflating. However, you must move the hose on the manual pump to the deflate valve.

Now, simply step on the pump with your foot, and the pressure will gradually suck all the air out of your inflatable bed. Like with the external electric pump, you can use gentle pressure on areas of the air mattress to speed up the deflation process. Once the air bed is fully deflated, you can simply fold and roll it up, and pack it into a bag for later use.


How to deflate an air mattress without a pump

If you don’t have access to any sort of air pump, your final option is to simply use your body weight to push out the air. Make sure you open the deflation valve as wide as possible, and then gently press out the air from the mattress using your hands and knees. Just keep applying pressure, and you should be able to flatten your mattress for storage in about 10 minutes.


A bed outdoors.

Air mattresses are also wonderfully odor free- because of the PVC material most manufacturers use.


Ensuring the air mattress is fully deflated

When deflating your air bed, you want to make sure there’s as much air as possible being removed. No matter which method you employ to deflate, the final step should be to roll up the mattress, starting at the opposite side to where your valve is. This doesn’t mean you have to store the mattress rolled up, you can re-fold it afterward. Rolling up the mattress just makes sure you get the last little bits of air out, just think of it like a tube of toothpaste. It’s important to get as much air as possible out of your mattress, as storing it with air bubbles inside can leave it at a higher risk or developing holes or tears. This kind of damage can seriously hinder the usefulness of your mattress, or even ruin it altogether.


Storing a deflated air mattress

Your air mattress manual will typically have some directions on how to best store it. Some come with a storage bag, where the mattress should be rolled and then folded in. Others are just designed to be folded up and put into a box. Try to keep your inflatable mattress in sturdy cardboard or plastic container, to protect it from anything that may damage it. Most camping mattresses are designed to be rolled and folded as small as possible, so they can be more efficiently transported. Others are designed only for home use, so they will be a little larger in concession to comfort. Properly deflating and storing your air mattress will do wonders to increase its longevity, and help keep it in pristine condition, so next time you have overnight guests, you won’t have to worry about where they’ll sleep.


Best air mattress for permanent use

Each day, more and more people choose air mattresses for everyday use, due to their comfort, convenience, and price. Air mattresses also make a great choice for those who are bedridden, as they alleviate the long term pressure that causes bedsores. When buying a mattress you should consider what its use will be. Our number one recommendation for everyday use is the SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress. This amazing air bed features forty internal air coils, which both enhance durability and provide great support to the user. It boasts a patented one-click internal pump, which works to inflate as well as deflate the mattress.

It can actually be fully inflated within four minutes, so it serves well for both occasional and regular use. This mattress is queen-sized and has dual chamber constructions, meaning two sleepers can modify their respective sides to suit them best. It also has a Sure Grip bottom to prevent sliding. This mattress is waterproof and made with extra thick, multi-layered, puncture-resistant material. It comes with a carry bag for transport and storage, and a one year guarantee. The built-in pump is optimized for low power consumption and is soundless, meaning you can leave it on all night without being disturbed.


Best air mattress for camping

Many campers nowadays use air mattresses as opposed to sleeping mats or hammocks, to ensure they get a sound night of sleep on their trip. Gone are the days where camping was instantly associated with sleeping on the cold, hard ground. There are now plenty of options for modern-day campers to get a luxurious night of sleep on their adventure vacation.

The Etekcity Camping Portable Air Mattress is specifically designed to fulfill the needs of campers. It features a supportive 9-inch-high structure that won’t sink when it receives weight, taking the strain off your back and legs. This air bed also cleverly comes with a rechargeable battery operated pump, which enables your air mattress to be inflated in a matter of minutes with total ease, no huffing and puffing, and no need for an electricity connection. Simply recharge your pump when you get home, or plug it into your car! This lovely air bed also includes a travel bag for ease of storage and portability. In total, the weight comes to about 10 lbs, which is a light load compared to other air mattresses on the market, so it’s an option worth considering for even backpackers. Available in both twin and queen sizes, this mattress is a great option for any camper looking for a little bit more comfort and luxury.


Final Verdict:

When deflating an air mattress, you first need to know what you’re dealing with. An in-built air pump will make your job the easiest, and although they might need replacing every now and again, they aren’t that expensive, and we consider them worth the investment. Otherwise, a decent external electrical air pump will make your job a lot easier when deflating and packing away an air mattress. You could even look into pumps you can power using your car, which you’ll find are a godsend on camping trips, especially group ones where everyone’s got a mattress to inflate.

If all else fails, you can always deflate your air mattress the old fashioned way- sit on it! Just be careful if you’re using your body weight to deflate your mattress, avoid sudden heavy pressure and of course sharp objects. Remember our guidelines for deflating any type of air bed- do it on a hard and level surface, and clear the area and the bed of any personal belongings, especially fragile ones. There are plenty of useful benefits to air mattresses, and following our guidelines to properly deflate yours will make sure you get the most out of your air bed, keeping it in good condition and making it last. If you’re camping, an air mattress isn’t the only bag of air that’ll keep you comfy. Have a look at our buying guide for inflatable camping couches, so you can stay chilled day or night.


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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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