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Old 05-25-2018, 01:50 PM   #1
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What issues might I expect to find if I decided to buy a "new in the box" 4-year old RIB?

It is Hypalon. Assume the tubes are still in their original box and the whole thing has been stored in a probably-unconditioned warehouse.

Might the tubes be permanently creased? If folded could the tubes have deteriorated and adhered to themselves? Could...?

Any thoughts welcome.
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Old 05-25-2018, 02:23 PM   #2
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Hypalon is very stable and I doubt it would adhere to itself if creased. Emergency life rafts stay folded up that long with no problems.



I had a hypalon dinghy that was twenty years old, had sit in the sun the majority of that time and held together fine. Four years in a warehouse is nothing.



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Old 05-25-2018, 04:40 PM   #3
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I have an 15 yr old Achilles rolled up in the garage for 3 years and just inflated it. No problem.
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I would check the rub rail. We’ve had/have separation from the hypalon on an Avon and Achilles. The hypalon/tubes I’d expect to be fine.
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I think it would be ok. Just look it over and check for any seperation.
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