I cannot see myself purchasing another air bed manufactured by Ozark Trail after my experience with this product. I had just one problem with this air mattress and the one problem was a big one: it would not hold the air that I put into it. Approximately five hours would pass, and the air bed would be almost completely deflated. Now I had been real careful when removing the air bed from the box because I did not want to risk putting a hole in the material and when I set the air bed up, I first checked to make sure that the air bed would not be coming into contact with anything that could cause a tear. I know how to handle air beds because this was not my first, or even second, air bed. If there was a small hole somewhere, it must have been present before I opened the box for the first time. It turned out though that the source of the leak, or the primary source of the leak at least, came from the poorly designed seal.
For an air bed that cost approximately eighty dollars, one would think that a good deal of thought would have went into designing this expensive air bed. I however have owned air beds that have cost a lot less, yet have featured more intelligently designed seals. This air bed had a seal that was ridiculously flimsy. A yellow tab controlled the seal, so if I pulled the yellow tab outward, the seal would come forward too and block the airway. The seal though was much too flimsy and could not be locked into place, so once I let go of the yellow tab, which I needed to do in order to screw the cap on, the seal would no longer stay in place and air would begin to escape. Regardless of how tightly I screwed the cap on, air would still leak out.
I could feel the air escaping with my hand. The air bed was really comfortable, but the fact that it was losing air constantly meant that the comfort of the bed was a mute point. An air bed is useless if it does not stay inflated. I returned this air bed to Walmart and exchanged it for another one that was on the shelf. I did so because I thought maybe the one I bought was simply defective and so I was willing to try another of the same model and by the same company because the actual air bed felt great to rest on for the first few hours when there was still a lot of air in the air bed. The second Ozark Trail Elevated Air Bed came without a cap and an equally flimsy seal, making the second bed impossible to keep inflated. At that point, I was definitely done with air beds made by Ozark Trail. This time, I simply asked for a refund from Walmart, and a refund is what I got.
I don’t know about all Ozark Trail air beds, but this particular air bed was certainly designed in a very poor fashion. The seal in the air chamber is much, much too weak and flimsy and will not stay in place. Other air beds that I have owned in the past had much sturdier seals that firmly locked into place and could hold the air in even without the external cap, and those air beds did not cost nearly as much as this one did. It just goes to show that, just because something costs a lot of money, does not necessarily mean it is a quality product. One does not always get what he or she pays for. The Ozark Trail Elevated Air Bed was indeed a big, comfortable air bed, but the very poorly designed seal totally rendered this air bed impossible to sleep on for more than three hours at a time.