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Old 08-17-2012, 09:05 AM
 
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We're thinking of tubing the Neuse River near our house in North Raleigh this weekend but are missing an important piece - the inner tubes! Any ideas on where to find old tractor or truck inner tubes? Craigslist was no help...

Thanks!
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:46 AM
 
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The Google could be of some help. My quick search turned up hits for auto inner tubes at AutoZone Auto Parts and O'Reilly Auto Parts, and several recreational float tubes at WalMart.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:01 AM
 
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Agri Supply in Garner, Tractor Supply Inc. or any tractor dealer parts department.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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We're going tubing down the Dan River on Sunday with a group of friends (10 of us in total). None of us have ever done this before and we're really looking forward to a few hours of fun!! This place rents large tubes, with backrests....also there are tubes for coolers so we'll be taking lunch, snacks and drinks. Here's a link if anyone is interested:
Canoe, Kayak and Tube on the Dan River
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:29 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses. I checked out a Walmart and found they had all summer toy stuff on clearance. Picked up a couple "Floating Rockers" adult size for only $3 each - quite a steal. Also picked up a cooler float.
ljd1010 - Have fun on the Dan River!
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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Remember that this flotation device has to withstand any contact with rocks. That's why tractor inner tubes are preferred. I've been tubing down the Guadalupe rivermany times in TX, and these pool floats would be ripped up in 10 minutes.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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Remember that this flotation device has to withstand any contact with rocks. That's why tractor inner tubes are preferred. I've been tubing down the Guadalupe rivermany times in TX, and these pool floats would be ripped up in 10 minutes.
this is a good point.

we went to boone a few weekends ago & tubed the new river by renting the nice tubes with backs & heavier duty materials. a few people near us ended up popping their tubes (some inflatables they brought, some like ours) on the rocks. you may want to check out pricing for heavier-duty tubes.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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Yes - I had the same thoughts. I was already thinking about possible ways to re-inforce the bottoms. Maybe duct-tape? The vast majority of the trip should be floating without contact with rocks. In shallower areas we'd have to stand up and walk to be safe...
I'm still going to try to find some more substantial alternatives, but at $3 a pop, down form $20 or so - I couldn't resist!
Thanks again for the input!
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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ljd--Please report back when you can after your tubing trip. It sounds awesome and I am interested in it for my family and/or a group of friends. How far away in hours/distance is it from Raleigh?
Thanks! Have a great time ..it sounds like a blast.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:18 PM
 
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ljd--Please report back when you can after your tubing trip. It sounds awesome and I am interested in it for my family and/or a group of friends. How far away in hours/distance is it from Raleigh?
Thanks! Have a great time ..it sounds like a blast.
I live in Cary....according to google maps, it's about 100 miles from my house. Looks like we take Rt 40 and then head north around Greensboro. I'll definitely post back afterwards. The trip down river is supposed to be very easy, taking anywhere from 2-4 hours.
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