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Securing A Rebreather In A Vehicle

Discussion in 'Rebreather Diving' started by AdamSa, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. AdamSa

    AdamSa Angel Fish

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    How does everyone secure there rebreather in a car?

    I have been told by several people to secure my RB upright so that if any water got into the unit, it remains in the bottom and as far as possible from the head. The only way I can do this is to put the back seats of the car down and put the unit on top of the folded seats. Unfortunately doing this leaves me with no anchor points of support for the free standing RB.

    Anyone has any creative ideas of how they secure there RB in small cars with small boots?
     
  2. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC PADI Pro

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    Put it in the back seat and put the seatbelt on it.
     
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  3. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

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    And put your dive bag next to it so it can move less.
     
  4. Pozz

    Pozz Solo Diver

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    I strap it against the isofix top tether mounts at the rear of the back seats, they are probably not designed for that, but so far they seem to be holding
     
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  5. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If that much water is in there you would know it before you finished the dive. Pop the head and carry it separate. Dump out the water its like pH 11 and will destroy your car
     
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  6. RainPilot

    RainPilot CCR Instructor Staff Member

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    If you have a handle on the top of the unit and it can stand unassisted, then a tie-down bungie from the handle to the grab handle above the door will prevent it from falling over, it may sway a bit but thats what dive bags are for.

    They are also handy for securing the unit to a workbench etc while you are assembling or working on the unit.

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  7. Dr Herring

    Dr Herring Angel Fish

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    I’ve used three ways depending on car.
    1. Putting it sideways in the boot, and the rest of the boot to the side of the RB propping it up making it unable to move.

    2. Strapping it to the isofix top tether on the seatback.

    3. Putting it in the backseat with the seat belt holding it in place.

    All three ways worked just fine. I’ve never had to take out the head or canister for that, and I’d rather have the unit assembled and ready when I get to the dive site.

    if your backseats are folded down, I guess you could rest the unit against the back of one of the front seats and strap to to the headrest of the front seat too.
     
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  8. RainPilot

    RainPilot CCR Instructor Staff Member

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    Its important to note that the vibration of a car journey will affect the packing of the scrubber. Personally, I pack the scrubber on site but that may be overkill, just something to consider.
     
  9. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    BTW what unit are you trying to secure?
    A bungie through a strap near the top and then through a headrest will hold most units upright
     
  10. AdamSa

    AdamSa Angel Fish

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    Location: Malta
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    Thanks all for the suggestions. I have some options to try now. I want to avoid putting the wet unit on the passenger back seat so as not to trash the seats though!

    JJ, so i do have a handle on the top of the unit.
     

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