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Transporting The Cylinders

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by ellisj501, Mar 17, 2021.

  1. Rose Robinson

    Rose Robinson Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: British Columbia
    Oh My Chris,

    That looks extremely dangerous, with all those very heavy loose missiles, surviving a crash would be a miracle.

    I very seldom travel with any more than my own tanks, two sets of doubles, four stage/deco tanks.

    I have four large SUV's, (business vehicles) two Aviators, two Suburbans, My tanks are all secured with heavy ratchet straps, on the vehicle floor, not stacked, with all the ''soft'' gear on top of the tanks.

    Similar to Marie, I use 2' x 5' Dollarama carpet runners, to keep the ''bells from ringing''.

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  2. Coztick

    Coztick Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: calgary
    The idea of just piling gear around cylinders so they "can't" move is going to seem pretty foolish in a rollover or equally violent crash.
    It's quite surprising from a crowd that is all about mitigating risk!
    Bob DBF likes this.
  3. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Maybe you have a point. Of course driving around here isn't exactly the New Jersey Turnpike. I suppose I could be hit by a flying tank in a roll over. I figure I will not be in a roll over. Anyone here been? Other than that, with an equally violent crash I will be more worried about other things than a tank escaping from being pinned down (what other kind of crash is equal to a roll over?).
    As I mentioned, I got my front end smashed up 2 years ago without any tank movement.
    I'm not saying you're wrong. I guess you could build/buy those tank racks and hope they don't break during a violent roll over.
  4. Chris H

    Chris H Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: LaCrosse, WI
    Of course it was dangerous and not recommended. I have a rebreather now, so I carry a little milk crate full of loose missiles instead of an entire vehicle full. That photo was taken in 2006, for a trip to Gunilda, and we've lived this long. Nobody wants to get in in accident. The ratchet straps might help, but I'd be shocked if they completely contained a tank if you were in a wreck. I don't really recommend overloading a vehicle with cylinders.
    Marie13 likes this.
  5. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Sheesh! No wonder you had so many! I can’t imagine doing the Gunilda OC.
    Rose Robinson likes this.
  6. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    My hat is off to the vehicle. Have you had to replace the springs yet?
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  7. Coztick

    Coztick Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: calgary
    Yeah, you're probably right, those kind of accidents won't happen to you.
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  8. Rose Robinson

    Rose Robinson Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: British Columbia

    I won't push the ''like button'', but I will acknowledge your defense.

    Although none of us intentionally look for accidents, sometime they have a peculiar way of finding us.

    I'm assuming that the volume of tanks taken to dive the Gunilda, is indication that Discovery Charters out of Rossport has no technical dive fill capabilities.

    all the very best,

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  9. sea_ledford

    sea_ledford Captain

    Vertically is always best, strapped on to something secure, and not in the passenger compartment. My co-workers father is a trucker and was in a roll over a couple years ago. He sustained no injuries from the actual roll over, but he had several fractures from the stuff in his cab flying around and hitting him. And he didn't have any scuba tanks in there.

    I went out and bought one of these right afterward...
    2010 - Newer Toyota 4Runner 5th Gen (N280) Behind 2nd Row Rear Seat To Floor Barrier Divider Net

    Also know that to carry more than 1000 lbs of compressed gas requires a commercial drivers license and placards. 1000 lbs is about 28 al 80's, we never carry more than 25 at a time in pickups, strapped vertically to the front of the bed with ratchet straps.

    With a van it would be pretty easy to rig a tank holding system. There are even commercially available options like the ones every dive boat in the world uses.
  10. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    This is my system for strapping my tank in my trunk: cargo net for a pickup bed wrapped around my tank and secured to the child seat hooks with a pair of double-enders. It keeps the tank securely in place even with nothing else in the trunk. I haven't tried rolling my car over but it might even work in that situation. It's easy to get the tank in and out; I just unclip the bottom part of the net and roll the tank toward me (no lifting it up over a pool noodle or rack.) When I take out my tank and load up my trunk with other stuff, the net stays; it doesn't take up any room. This is the cargo net I bought: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08BZD6...abc_7YPG7CHXKHBQZHSYGRWB?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

    Right now I only own the one tank; I'll have to decide what to do with more. But this has been working really well for me.

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