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    Tubing Questions

    Ok so Im looking at getting a nice tube for this summer that will last. I bought this tube last summer for $40 and it got a hole in it the first time i took it out. I guess you get what you pay for right?

    Here is the tube i was looking at: http://www.amazon.com/SPORTSSTUFF-53...quent+flyer+80

    Then i was looking at getting this as well:http://www.amazon.com/SPORTSSTUFF-53...bing+ball+2014

    Now my question is would my ski be able to handle this tube ok? I dont want to hurt my ski at all and dont know if pulling a big tube like this with 1-2 200 pounds+ people, maybe a 3rd that doesnt weigh that much, and also have a spotter which is required by law, would have any negative effects?

    Thanks!


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    I bought this one and it pulls like a dream. I din't really even notice it behind the ski

    http://www.hosports.com/product-detail.php?id=tubes-2g

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    The guy I bought my RXT from threw in this type of tube; a 2 person sit-down with a backrest.
    http://www.amazon.com/SPORTSSTUFF-53...f=pd_sbs_sg_32

    I haven't personally used it yet, but he said he pulled his two kids (17-21 year old's, so they weren't SMALL kids) without a problem on my RXT. So I don't think you'll have a problem on your VXR.

    And at least in jersey, you're only allowed to tow ONE person. Let's say the tube deflates, you need a seat on your ski for everyone (1 driver, 1 spotter, 1 tuber)

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    I pull this http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002YA...5qYmJiYOvF/9k= with 1 adult or 4 kids. It works pretty good,kids love it.

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    Yes, in most states, you're required to have enough seats on the vessel for those in tow.

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    Airhead and Obrien both make good products in my opinion. Most states require you to have enough seats on board for you, a spotter, and however many you are towing. so usually the max a 3 seater ski can tow is one person.

    I've pulled 2 people, probably 200 pounds total with my 700cc polaris virage and it definitely was sluggish out of the hole but once it planed i barely noticed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangermtb5 View Post
    Yes, in most states, you're required to have enough seats on the vessel for those in tow.
    There's no rule on towing capacity in MN and no spotter required if you have factory mirrors, we're not that nanny state here surprisingly.

    I pull this http://www.amazon.com/AIRHEAD-AHGF-3.../dp/B000FE9CIM and http://www.amazon.com/AIRHEAD-AHVI-F.../dp/B000FE7J46 My daughter especially loves the 2 person cockpit one and I've pulled up to 4 girls in it (2 per seat). No need for that gimicky booster ball you'll get plenty of whip with a regular rope, I use this http://www.amazon.com/AIRHEAD-AHTR-4.../dp/B000FE5PI8 attached to one of these http://www.amazon.com/AIRHEAD-AHKC-1.../dp/B000OF5LWS on the boat end so I can attach and remove it easily from my ski.

    Have fun!

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    Ya,in Kansas we're required to have mirrors if no spoter and enough seats for everyone. Whenever I tow 2+ riders we have boats close and stopped so I doubt I'd get a ticket.

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    psssshhtt that VXR will damn near tow a boat and not break a sweat, just be easy on the turns and how quickly you get up to speed. Often people tend to get wicked and toss riders off without realizing how fast the are really turning. Remember, you ski is much more maneuverable then a boat, so most people do a few quick zig zags and dont even realize that the passenger is getting whipped around violently. Neat go full throttle for too long and keep the turns at high speeds to a minimum. Falling off at 55 Mph and combined with speed at which the are swinging at can get incredibly high. Its no fun at all falling off at those speeds and can seriously injure the rider. And also the person that is riding backwards...Youll get the hang of it, but be sure that you also teach someone else how to properly do it for when YOU want to be on the tube...or they might accidentally try to kill you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Miller View Post
    ... looking at getting a nice tube

    ... I dont want to hurt my ski at all and dont know if pulling a big tube like this ...
    I have found that travelling any distance with a towable unloaded was a problem. Transiting from one area to another at planing speeds, with all people on the watercraft (or on other PWC). In my case the empty but fully inflated tube wanted to rise right out of the water, fly, roll, and generally dance all over the place while at the end of the tow rope.

    Only at quite low speeds would it stay put on the water and behave. The jet wash and the wake pattern at higher speeds conspire to oscillate the tube left-right, upwards and spiraling antics.

    Obviously strapping a fully inflated tube on top of a watercraft for transit is difficult if not impossible and potentially dangerous.

    If the area where you intend to go tubing is not nearby, how it tows when empty can be important.

    Next time I shall experiment with tying the towable very close to the watercraft similar to PWC rescue boards. The trick will be doing so without damaging the towable or the PWC. Localized abrasion would be the main concern.

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