An Inflatable Kayak is Perfect for Small RVs

 An Inflatable Kayak is Perfect for Small RVs

One of the downsides about traveling in small RV is finding ways to carry all the toys we like to use on our adventures.

Top of my wish list is a kayak. But most are too big to be easily transported.

One solution that continues to intrigue me is an inflatable kayak.

An Inflatable kayak is so handy

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One type of inflatable kayak

On a visit to the Bruce Peninsula National Park in Tobermory, ON, Canada several years ago, we noticed a couple of campers trying out an inflatable kayak.

The model they had – the Swing – appears to be no longer available. But Amazon has a bunch of inflatable kayak models that look similar.

Tom Gross and Lind Hein, from Cross Plains, WI were camped right across from us and I spotted them pumping it up. It turned out it was their maiden voyage for the kayak so I started videoing the process.

It took Tom about 15 minutes to inflate it, using the pump that came with it that puts air in on the upstroke and downstroke. Carol says that when deflated, it stores easily in their Class B RV.

The couple paddled around Cyprus Lake for much of the afternoon and said the kayak tracked well and was highly maneuverable.

The specs on their inflatable kayak

Their kayak measured 10 feet four inches when inflated and was constructed from Light Nitrilon, a polyester ripstop fabric that is single coated with rubber to increase air retention. 

The air-holding seams were vulcanized and permanently bonded (similar to the way in which tires are vulcanized). It weighed 23 pounds and could carry one person up to 225 pounds. It started at about $599 but options and accessories will take it close to $800.

But again, there are lots of different inflatable kayak models available. I think they make a viable solution for us.

Our Video of an Inflatable Kayak

Here's a video I shot showing it in action.

And now that you know how cool inflatable kayaks are, maybe you want to explore other types and how to put them on your RV!

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Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

2 Comments

  • Looks great! We ended up getting a Sea Eagle inflatable kayak for our RV because it was a) cheaper, and b) didn’t have fabric which can need a long time to dry so you don’t have mold issues. But our Sea Eagle doesn’t fold up as light or steer as well as this kayak, so there’s trade offs.

  • Been there, done that with the inflatable kayaks. Can’t say we were at all pleased. The whole reason for getting a kayak is to get out and tour the waterways. Not only is inflating and deflating it a hassle, but paddling one is even worse. A day on the lake a constant struggle in an inflatable. They just don’t track like a normal kayak making paddling one an exercise in frustration! I’d say only get one if you want an extreme workout and enjoy going in circles!

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