Thanks John. The problem is the valve. Nearest REI store is over an hour away. I’ll go there sometime if I can’t resolve this another way. It should be an easy fix - replace the valve. I’m hoping someone can recommend a replacement, like one for an air bed, inflatable kayak or boat. It shouldn’t be hard. REI should own this since it appears to be a common headache with this product.
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I bought a Camp Dreamer single inflatable sleeping pad on July 26, 2020. I used it for a 7-day kayak camping trip in September, 2020. The sleeping pad was great, very comfortable and held air. No problems with it. I stored the mattress rolled up in its stuff sack in a closet after the trip. I just returned from another kayak camping trip. The mattress would not hold air, so I spent a miserable 7 nights sleeping on hard ground, rocks, and wooden deck tent pads. The problem is the valve. After inflating, I can hear air escaping from the valve. I tried fashioning gaskets out of ziplock bags or duct tape but the screw-on cap also is not air tight. I've read several reviews on this product that report the same problem. I'm looking for a solution that will enable me to use this mattress (that I paid $150 for) and trust that it will perform when I'm far from civilization. Is there a replacement valve that is superior to the crappy one that came with the unit? What can I do to salvage this situation? I'm going to review this product and give it 1 star (unless I can give it a zero) unless I hear back from REI and report that there is a happy solution here. I'm not a "happy camper" at the moment. Not only was this mattress totally worthless in terms of sleeping comfort, but I had to lug it around for a week. Please help! Really, I don't think REI should even sell this product until the valve problem is corrected.
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