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    Solar Reels

    1. 2 years ago
      Velcro is useless, but there is a way around it.
      Do not waste time with the Velcro! If you have an old set of straps, you can reuse the buckles (or purchase extra buckles that are compatible) and wrap the straps securely around your reel. Simply start by threading the non-Velcro end through the buckle around your reel, tighten it, then following the remaining instructions. You will never have to worry about Velcro coming off and it works amazingly well! There is plenty of strap length to do this, but it does require two buckles per strap which ... read more is not included.
    2. 2 months ago
    3. 7 years ago
      Good for all solar covers
      The "Above Ground" kit for my AG pool was useless. The ropes rotted in one year and the plastic disintegrated. The "In Ground" kit works much better. Forget about attaching the straps directly to the cover. Here is what I do: get a 1/2 inch vinyl water pipe the approximate width of the cover. Glue end caps on so it will float. Pass the straps top to underneath the cover and around the pipe and back up through the buckles. The pipe floats just under the cover and when it is pulled up the cover ... read more stays nice and flat and does not bunch so much. When the cover is unrolled the ends tend to curl under the surface. I attach another 18 inch length of capped pipe to each end of the cover. The pipes pull the ends down and help float the ends out the right way.
    1. 1 decade ago
      Great reel
      Great unit, bearings make rolling and unrolling very simple. Very little effort is need to reel in the 38 ft cover
    2. 3 years ago
      Excellent except for one thing
      Bought this about a month ago and overall it is excellent and a good value. Works well and looks like it will hold up good for many years. My only complaint is the plastic attachment clips for the cover. They have very poor fitting plastic threaded plugs. I deformed them with vice grips to tighten the grip and now they hold fine. Other than the clips I am satisfied though I may buy another handle to attach so that it can be rolled up from either side.
    3. 8 years ago
      Love This Reel
      I love how easy this reel makes taking my solar blanket off my pool. Before I got this reel I was pulling my blanket off to the side so I could go swimming. Now I just turn the handle and my 12' x 40' blanket rolls up easily and I have the whole pool to swim in. It is easy for me to unroll also -- I just stay in the pool once done swimming, and then gradually pull it to the opposite end. I am very happy with this reel and would recommend it highly.
    1. 1 decade ago
      Great idea but flimsy brackets
      The saddle does indeed make removal and installation of the solar cover a simple and speedy 1 person operation. However the brackets that attach the saddles, or hooks, to the top of the pool edge are made of plastic and break extremely easily. I just re-attached to the pool edge using electrical ties, and it works great, and a bonus is that when the cover is on, you can fold the hooks to the side of the pool out of the way. Someone creative could fabricate brackets out of metal. The product is a ... read more bit over priced for what you get, but I would spend the money again for the ease and time saved in 1 person cover removal and install.
    2. 2 years ago
      Solar Saddle Pool Hangers
      Since purchasing a RayPak pool heater for my 21' above ground pool, the use of the solar cover is a must in keeping the pool warm over night. These saddle hooks did the job for storing the cover when using the pool. They not only do the job but they look good to. Even if you don't have a pool heater, it makes using the cover on a daily basis easy. Installation was quick and easy as well. Will suggest this item for anyone with a pool.
    3. 2 years ago
      Product works as expected
      The saddle hooks work great at keeping the solar cover out of the pool and off the ground. Had to buy longer bolts in order to fit the brackets to our top rail, but that's a minor concession for the convenience it provides dealing with the solar cover. Get a short bungee cord to keep on each hook and wrap around the solar cover when in use so the breeze doesn't flip any off onto the ground..,
    1. 3 months ago
      Rocky's solar blanket reel strap kit.
      Need Rocky's Solar blanket reel strap kit to attach to my Rocky's attachment.
    2. 3 years ago
      Does the trick
      This works perfect for the manufactures specifications. I attached a twelve mi. cover and couldn't be happier. The Velcro is only there to help with adjusting, when you are happy with the placement it recommends using self tap screws to secure the strap. The strapping itself is waterproof and stands up to a wet environment. I like that the grommets stay put and are designed to stay together. That being said make sure your happy with your pal cement before you put them together or you aren't getting them apart.
    3. 3 months ago
    1. 2 years ago
      Does the job
      So far so good! Reels up our 16' x 40' cover with ease
    2. 2 years ago
      Worked great
      We installed the remote solar reel early this summer and it worked well, once we changed the fuse, for 7 weeks. It has stopped working although the batteries and fuses seem to be fine. We are disappointed because it is such a handy thing!
    3. 2 years ago
      Great Solar Reel
      I installed it today and it is the greatest product I have ever purchased. Operation is smooth and quiet.
    1. 12 months ago
      Unacceptable Sagging.
      The components of the reel are high quality in comparison to other solar blanket reels I have purchased. However, the aluminum center that the blanket wraps on sags badly when the blanket is wet. I would suggest that you purchase a much longer center reel than necessary so it can be overlapped more than the manufacturers suggested amounts to avoid sagging.
    2. 3 months ago
      Very easy to roll up, looks/feels heavy duty.
      Nice so far, a small clicking sound on one side (maybe a bearing), only have used it for 2 weeks. Will update review if it gets worse.
    3. 4 years ago
      4th of July Reel
      Bought the reel for the 4th of July party & it came on time. But, all the hardware was missing. Used the old for the 4th. Contacted In the Swim & they had the hardware to me the following week. Assembly was fairly easy, but difficult to keep the tube straight. Ended up with a slight permanent bend in the tube. Once assemblied the reel works well. The unit as a whole is well made.
    1. 7 years ago
      Great Product
      I looked around the internet looking for reviews because of the cost. I was unable to find anything so I will give you my take on the product. It is absolutely awesome!!! It exceeded my expectations in terms of how well it extracts and retracts the pool cover. Pretty straight forward in terms of assembly. Two downsides- wish it came with caster wheels(went to home depot and put them on product-) and wish i could unplug unit from the electrical box instead of where reel is. If any of you are sick ... read more of taking off cover and putting it back on, I highly recommend this product. I was actually looking at buying an automatic pool cover but this does the same job at a fraction of the cost. I will use pool more often this summer because of the ease of use with this product.
    2. 2 years ago
      Poor assembling instructions
      We bought the reel couple weeks ago...we have not run it yet but I can tell you that instructions to put it together could be better. Would I recommend to a friend...don't know yet.
    3. 6 years ago
      Best Ever!
      This is by far an incredible reel system and Affordable compared to any other automatic pool cover system! I waited for over 2 years for a review and finally found one on another site who complained about the short cord - really?? That is not even a hiccup compared to how one person can pull off the cover and cover the pool back up with ease. Now for one we have an oval pool with steps. If you use a solar blanket cover this will work on any pool according to the Mfg. when I called. We kept the ... read more cover square where we attached the cover to the reel; we cut the cover on both sides so the seams of the cover are centered also. This is so the tether cord attaches on the seams to the poly rod which is underneath the cover. This would be for strength. We also got the adjustable Pool Boy and set it on the highest setting. Be mindful, the video does leave out the part where you do have to straighten out your cover at the start of reeling up the cover but after that, this is a DREAM come true. Wish I had it from the beginning, it would have save a lot of hassle.
    1. 1 month ago
      This thing is AWESOME!!
      Best money I've spent in a long time. I was really getting sick and tired of pulling my cover off the roller and then struggling to wind it up on the roller and keeping it straight in the process. This thing is like have a wonderful helping hand. It cranks and I just have to lightly guide the cover to keep it straight. Wonderful! Then to cover the pool again, just grab the rope and pull while it unwinds itself. I LOVE THIS THING!
    2. 3 years ago
      Life saver!!
      I've been using a hand crank reel for years and when it was time for a new one I opted for this one and boy I have not been disappointed! It's so easy to use! I don't know how I did it without this!! I'm in love!!!
    3. 3 years ago
      Just purchased this battery operated reel. I was going to purchase the Pool Boy 2 with an electrical plug but I had no outlets nearby and an extension cord would be unsightly. I'm so glad I bought this battery powered reel. It was easy to install and set up, it took me and my son 2 hours to assemble. The reel is solid and sturdy, it doesn't wobble with my 20' X 45' heavy 16mil solar cover. That little battery powers up the cover in both directions in under a minute. The only drawback is the ... read more that there is only one remote and it must be re-activated with each use by pressing both buttons for a few seconds as a safety I guess. If the battery holds charge for two weeks before recharging , I'll be satisfied as it only takes 6 hours to fully charge. Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase as it was also delivered within 3 days from purchase. Thank you IntheSwim.com
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    More About Pool Solar Reels

    Every swimming pool with a solar blanket is incomplete without one of our pool solar cover reels. Solar cover reels like our inground pool economy solar cover reel are relatively inexpensive and make warming your pool far more convenient by allowing for easy covering and removal of your solar blanket. With the help of our pool solar cover reels, pool owners no longer need to struggle with their pool blanket to keep their pool water warm.

    At In The Swim, we offer a wide selection of high quality solar cover reels from Rocky's, Pool Boy, Horizon and GLI for both above ground and inground swimming pools. For example, we offer both basic solar cover reels and deluxe low profile solar cover reels with all budgets in mind.

    There are also cover reels with built in casters that make moving your pool blanket out of the way when there are swimmers in the pool. Many solar cover reels offer the use of one handle for single-person use or dual handles to make rolling up the solar cover easier and faster. Our selection of pool solar cover reels also includes heavy duty commercial grade solar cover reels, solar cover reels with a unique T base design that provides superior stability as well as a powered solar blanket reel that does all the work for you.