Intro: Bike Pump / Air Mattress Valve Adapter
I purchased this Coleman brand, Quickbed air mattress in 2016. I didn't want to purchase a proprietary pump which was useless for anything but an air mattress, and I already had a perfectly good bike pump.
There ARE some pre-made adapters out there, but I couldn't find one in a store, and didn't have time to wait for one from e-Bay.
(Also, I'm cheap and like a good DIY project)
Step 1: Measure Inside-diameter of Mattress Valve
Ideally, use calipers to measure the inside of your mattress valve.
I did not have calipers, so I checked by coin size: a Canadian dime was too small, a nickel (pictured) fit fairly snugly inside the soft rubber orifice.
Step 2: If You Live in the USA, Consider Purchasing an Adapter
My online research suggested that many air mattresses, inflatable boats and toys use a "Boston" valve and sometimes have pre-made adapters available. The one pictured goes under the brand names of "Airhead" "Airheads" or "Kwik Tek".
In the USA, you may be able to purchase a ready made adapter. I couldn't find any in Canada, so I can't be sure if one like the one pictured would work.
Step 3: Gather Parts: Old Bike Tube, PVC Plumbing Parts
I used the following:
- Schedule 40 (SCH40) PVC Union / Coupling. This is a 3-part compression cuff joint, into which the bike-tire valve is inserted.
- ...The union is 3 parts - the 3 white pieces pictured above.
- ...The one pictured is 1/2 in [half inch] female thread x female thread with Buna o-ring union; made by XIRTEC or IPEX. http://www.rona.ca/en/pvc-union Available at RONA or Home Depot.)
- I cut a larger rubber piece, placed it inside the PVC joint, and traced the PVC to get the right diamter
- Check the outer diameter of the pipe with your coin or calipers. The one pictured was 1/2 inch diameter
- Checked that it fit into the union at the hardware store
- Check that it fits into your air-mattress valve - mine "threads" into the un-threaded soft robber valve easily
- White Teflon tape, or some other sealant may work.)
Step 4: Put O-ring on Upper Part of PVC Union / Coupling
This will help minimize risk of leakage and cracking from over-tightening the union.
Step 5: Assemble Parts
Assemble and test it out!