Video: An Inflatabile Kayak Perfect for the Roadtrek

 Video: An Inflatabile Kayak Perfect for the Roadtrek

One of the downsides about traveling in a Class B motorhome is finding ways to carry all the toys we RVers like to use on our adventures. Top of my wish list is a kayak. But most are too big to be easily transported. One category that continues to intrigue me is the inflatables.

On our recent Roadtreking gathering at the Bruce Peninsula National Park in Tobermory, ON, Canada, we noticse a couple of our campers trying out the Innova Swing Inflatible Kayak.

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 2016 Roadtrek 210 Popular.

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

Their model, the Swing, measures 10 feet four inches when inflated and is constructed from Light Nitrilon, a polyester ripstop fabric that is single coated with rubber to increase air retention. The air-holding seams are vulcanized and permanently bonded (similar to the way in which tires are vulcanized). It weights 23 pounds and can carry one person up to 225 pounds. It starts at about $599 but options and accessories will take it close to $800.

Here’s the video I shot showing it in action.

Mike Wendland

Mike 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. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, kayaking, video editing, and all things dealing with technology and the outdoors. See and subscribe to his RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube, where he has hundreds of RV and travel related videos. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations.


  • 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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