How to Set Up & Take Down Truck Bed Parade Floats

truck parade float top view2 1024x614How to Set Up a Cold-Air Inflatable Inside a Truck Bed

 It’s becoming more common to haul cold-air inflatables via truck at local parades. Not only do parade inflatables attract attention and generate buzz for organizations and local businesses, but they're also are easy to set up, manage, and takedown. The information below was put together to help you pull off a successful parade float using cold-air inflatables.

Set-Up Time: 15 minutes

Things You’ll Need:

  1. Inflatable with fan system (blower)
  2. Tether Straps with Carabiners to Secure the Inflatable
  3. A gas generator (Power Source) 2000W
  4. A truck with Hardware in the truck bed for attaching tethers.

Before the Parade: Set Up Instructions

  1. Start with a clean, empty truck bed.
  2. Place generator in the truck bed near the cab.
  3. Center inflatable in the truck bed. Locate the front and back of inflatable based on how you want to be displayed.
  4. Attach the inflatable’s tether straps to the attachment hardware (cargo hooks) in the truck bed using carabiner clips (usually provided by the inflatable manufacturer).
  5. Tighten the tether straps so the inflatable will remain inside the truck bed.
  6. Close all zippers on the inflatable.
  7.  Start the generator.
  8. Plugin the fan system (blower).
  9.  As the inflatable inflates, slowly loosen and adjust the tether straps as necessary so that the inflatable is secure in the truck bed & facing the correct position.

During the Parade

  1. Enjoy the ride!
CAUTION: DO NOT DRIVE FASTER THAN 5 MPH WHILE THE INFLATABLE IS IN THE TRUCK BED. EXCEEDING 5 MPH COULD CAUSE DAMAGE OR INJURY.

After the Parade: Take Down Instructions

    1. While holding a tether strap, open the deflation zipper.
    2. Unplug the fan system (blower) from the generator.
    3. Gather the inflatable toward the inside of the truck bed as it deflates.
    4. Unhook the tether straps from the truck bed.
    5. Remove the inflatable from the truck bed and place it onto a clean area where you will be able to roll out and pack it back into the inflatable storage bag.

Custom Inflatables FAQ


What is a cold-air inflatable?

Custom inflatables that are labeled cold-air require a blower system (fan) to keep them upright. Cold-air inflatables include sports tunnels, large product replicas, mascots, rooftop inflatables, etc. Cold-air inflatables do not “fly” or float in the air like helium-filled inflatables.

I’m looking to rent an inflatable (fill-in-the-blank) – can Landmark help me?

Sorry, but no. We do not rent inflatables, each of our structures are custom manufactured for purchase only. We do not have anything in-stock as everything is made to order with your specific needs in mind. We think it’s better that way!

What is included in my inflatable purchase?

Depending upon what you purchase your inflatable can include a blower system, installation hardware, instructions, ground stakes, tethers, cambuckles, a repair kit all wrapped up in a storage bag. We also offer specialty storage and shipping container options upon request.

Do inflatables need constant airflow? How does it stay inflated?

The answer is different depending on the type of inflatable you have. Landmark specializes in cold-air inflatables; this style does require a constant source of airflow. Our custom inflatables come complete with a blower that should be kept running while the inflatable is in use. Sealed inflatables do not require a source of airflow. Helium inflatables do not require a source of airflow, but must be filled with 99% pure helium to remain afloat. The helium will need to be replenished every three to five days.

Does my blower system need to stay plugged in and turned on to keep it inflated?

Yes. Cold-air inflatables require a blower system (fan) to keep it upright. You’ll need to plug in the blower system, turn it on & keep it on as long as your promotion lasts!

How is the blower (fan system) attached?

That depends on the type of blower your inflatable has. For external blowers use the zipper and Velcro strap to simply attach the blower sleeve to the blower tube. Internal blowers are permanently installed in the inflatable. No action is necessary.

Can I hang a custom inflatable from the ceiling (at a trade show, museum, etc.)?

 But of course! Our inflatables can be designed with the blower system placed at the top of the structure allowing it to be hung. An inflatable used in this way will include the hanging hardware required for installation. Note: If you plan to suspend an inflatable at your next trade show review the regulations and requirements of the show prior to purchasing!

Do you provide straps to keep inflatables grounded?

Yes, cold-air shapes do come with tether straps and ground stakes that keep the inflatables secured to the ground or roof can be added to your order as needed.

I can’t use ground stakes at my location? What can I use to secure my inflatable?

Depending upon how large your inflatable is you have a few options: Sandbags, water barrels, stationary items and solid weights are some popular anchoring options. Once an inflatable project is designed we can offer installation advice!

How can I maintain the inflatable and continue using it for years to come?

It is not hard to keep your inflatables in good shape. Just follow these simple steps:

Keep your inflatable away from sharp objects to prevent punctures and tears.
Always completely deflate your inflatable before storing it.
Be sure your inflatable is completely dry before storing it to prevent the development of mold or mildew.
Store your inflatable in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.
Each year, do a quick inspection of the blower, tether straps and seams to be sure your inflatable is not in need of repairs.


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