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Building a dedicated shore diving trailer

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by CanadaDan, Sep 29, 2020.

  1. CanadaDan

    CanadaDan DMC ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada
    390
    398
    Extraction fan system is in. Up to 400cfm with lots of cross turbulence. As high as I could get it to pull hot humid air out of the trailer. I’m pretty happy with the location and it’s out of the way over a shelf.

    Thanks tbone for the advice about this one.
     

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  2. CanadaDan

    CanadaDan DMC ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada
    390
    398
    My son just observed that it looks like I’m building a portable grow-op lol
     
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  3. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    1,750
    1,822
    Tank and irrigation hose - I mean rinse hose :wink: - going on next?

    We'll know for sure when you are done with the lights
     
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  4. CanadaDan

    CanadaDan DMC ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada
    390
    398
    If I lived near saltwater there would actually be a water tank lol
     
  5. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

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    1,442
    Those lights, they are for sterilizing the gear.
     
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  6. CanadaDan

    CanadaDan DMC ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada
    390
    398
    Finally got to load, haul and test the trailer yesterday.

    Load stayed put. Had a towel drop off it's hanger and that was the worst of it. Mix of bad city roads, highway and gravel roads. Even had a hard braking situation.

    Bad day for hauling as we had heavy headwinds coming home... gas mileage was lousy. At the worst I was using twice as much fuel as I normally would. Under normal winds the trailer barely made a difference.

    Using the trailer as a change room worked great. I installed rechargeable lights and a latch on the side door so it can be secured from the inside. My step-daughter was quite happy to have a little privacy.

    Best part is the air extraction system. At half power the trailer's main system dried the wetsuit, BPW's and drysuit perfectly by this morning.

    Likewise the dryer box got the hoods bone dry. The inside of the wet-boots were a touch damp after 14 hours but I expect by this evening they will be perfect. Still better than simply hanging for an evening. Dive weekends should be as perfectly comfortable on the second day as they are on the first.

    The passive flow on the highway got the hanging bathing suit almost dry after a 45 minute drive.

    All in all I'm really pleased... best part was when we got home I put the trailer in the garage, locked it up, plugged it in and done! No more hauling gear in and out.

    The only way to make it better would be to install a series of fill whips with a single external hookup then a long hose at the LDS... This way I could pull up to the back door, hook up the lines and fill!
     
  7. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    18,410
    10,726
    they're really nice.... I have a 4:1 whip splitter and 100ft of fill hoses, it's how we fill when teaching and when I have a bunch of doubles
     
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  8. CanadaDan

    CanadaDan DMC ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada
    390
    398
    The idea is awesome… the cost is prohibitive lol.

    6 DIN fill ends, hoses, splitters etc… I can see hitting USD$1000 really fast. I’d rather carry tanks and spend a week on Blackbeard’s ;-)
     
  9. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    18,410
    10,726
    double that
    fill ends are $50 each
    the leads to those are going to be about that
    manifold is is going to be about $100 or so
    Line valves, check valves, and gauges will be another $500 or so
    The long whips are what is really expensive though at a couple dollars per foot, and you'd want it on a reel since they are very stiff, so you're in for $2k to do 6 of them. About 1k to do a pair of them.
     

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