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Posted: 4/30/2009 12:45:07 PM EDT
what's the best way to dry out a camelbak bladder and tube?

I have always used the "platypus" system and never had any problems proping them open and drying everything out, but the rubbery bladders and neoprene covered tubes of the camelbak system is really pissing me off.

I am tempted to rig up a blower to the thing to inflate it and force air into the system to dry it out.  Here in Hawaii, mold grows on glass, so ANY moisture in an enclosed space is bad news.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 12:48:14 PM EDT
I use a plastic coat hanger and break the hook off of it and just put it in the bladder so that it stays out to air it out.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:00:31 PM EDT
jet engine with afterburner
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:03:07 PM EDT
I used to tuck the hose inside to keep it open, but now I use the camelback drier tree, it is like a collapsible plastic coat hanger thing. I've had it for years, and it works good.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:07:08 PM EDT
Mine's just sitting on my counter.  I just disconnect everything and push the sides in so air can circulate.  Never had a problem.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:08:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By INI:
I used to tuck the hose inside to keep it open, but now I use the camelback drier tree, it is like a collapsible plastic coat hanger thing. I've had it for years, and it works good.


Yup. A good bleach washing and prop it open with this. Don't forget to wash and remove the hose.

Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:17:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:17:16 PM EDT
Rinse it out real good, and throw it in the freezer.

No mold.  When using again, just add water, and flush out the tube.

It's what I do, anyway.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:23:13 PM EDT
If you keep water in it, and zipped up in the pack, it will never need to be washed/cleaned/dried.  I have been drinking out of the same ones for almost 5 years now.  Nothing grows in the dark.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:30:11 PM EDT
i put 2 waded up paper towels in it to hold it open. take the end off the tube.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:34:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By microsuck1:
If you keep water in it, and zipped up in the pack, it will never need to be washed/cleaned/dried.  I have been drinking out of the same ones for almost 5 years now.  Nothing grows in the dark.


Dibs on ammo.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:36:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jim02:
i put 2 waded up paper towels in it to hold it open. take the end off the tube.


same
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:37:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By microsuck1:
If you keep water in it, and zipped up in the pack, it will never need to be washed/cleaned/dried.  I have been drinking out of the same ones for almost 5 years now.  Nothing grows in the dark.


Link Posted: 4/30/2009 1:41:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2009 1:41:45 PM EDT by EladEflow]
Originally Posted By Blue_Monkey:
Originally Posted By microsuck1:
If you keep water in it, and zipped up in the pack, it will never need to be washed/cleaned/dried.  I have been drinking out of the same ones for almost 5 years now.  Nothing grows in the dark.




Except anaerobic bacteria like clostridum botulinum, the cause of botulism..



Link Posted: 4/30/2009 2:23:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By capt205:
This

Now THAT is cool!!
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 2:25:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2009 2:27:43 PM EDT by Vinnland]
Originally Posted By Power2thePeople:
I use a plastic coat hanger and break the hook off of it and just put it in the bladder so that it stays out to air it out.


+1

ETA: You can also use a wire hanger.  Leave the hook on, bend the ends of a wire hanger together, shove down the opening and hang the whole thing up for the night.  Works very well.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 3:43:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By capt205:
This




That thing is beautiful, but at nearly $40 I think I can rig something up with a my vornado fan, cardboard and duct tape.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 3:45:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ErikJohnson:
Rinse it out real good, and throw it in the freezer.

No mold.  When using again, just add water, and flush out the tube.

It's what I do, anyway.


freezing is an option I never considered.  That is a great idea if I plan on using my system within a week between uses.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 3:48:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dragonfly228:
Originally Posted By ErikJohnson:
Rinse it out real good, and throw it in the freezer.

No mold.  When using again, just add water, and flush out the tube.

It's what I do, anyway.


freezing is an option I never considered.  That is a great idea if I plan on using my system within a week between uses.


I use a camelback daily and freeze it most nights...

Link Posted: 4/30/2009 4:18:27 PM EDT
I use a hairdryer on cool and leave the bladder open after.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 4:27:32 PM EDT
California high desert was 8% relative humidity today. Things dry out fast here.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 4:38:03 PM EDT




Originally Posted By microsuck1:

If you keep water in it, and zipped up in the pack, it will never need to be washed/cleaned/dried. I have been drinking out of the same ones for almost 5 years now. Nothing grows in the dark.





 


Link Posted: 4/30/2009 4:46:52 PM EDT
Use areservoir dryer thingy.

Or you can just improvise something with a bent hagar or some stiff wire; slide it into the opening to keep the bladder propped open. Pull off the bite valve to get airflow through the tube.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 4:47:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By theliberating1:

Originally Posted By microsuck1:
If you keep water in it, and zipped up in the pack, it will never need to be washed/cleaned/dried. I have been drinking out of the same ones for almost 5 years now. Nothing grows in the dark.


 


this plus
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 4:53:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By theliberating1:

Originally Posted By microsuck1:
If you keep water in it, and zipped up in the pack, it will never need to be washed/cleaned/dried. I have been drinking out of the same ones for almost 5 years now. Nothing grows in the dark.


 


+1

I freeze mine and bleach then rinse it occasionally.
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