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transporting and securing tanks?

Discussion in 'Making your own Gear' started by Bigd2722, May 25, 2015.

  1. Bigd2722

    Bigd2722 Solo Diver

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    In the past, my pick up truck had a top on it so all I had to do was stabilize my tanks. My new truck does not have a topper. I will be going to the Keys in a couple of months with my gear, my tools (for a Hog class with Netdoc) and 6 100cf steel tanks. Looking for a way to secure and stabilize the tanks. Since I am traveling alone, I need to be able to leave my truck for rest stops, etc. As well, I don't want them rolling around.

    Open to suggestions. I am pretty handy with wood and metal tools.

    thanx
     
  2. dumpsterDiver

    dumpsterDiver Banned

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    Stand them up on the front of the bed and use a strap to secure them from the forward tie down? Takes 2 minutes. If you have time, take off the valves, place steel rings on the necks and then you can use a bike cable or chain to secure them from theft.
     
  3. Scott

    Scott Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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  4. Bigd2722

    Bigd2722 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Winter Park, fl
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    [QUOTE If you have time, take off the valves, place steel rings on the necks and then you can use a bike cable or chain to secure them from theft.[/QUOTE] Thanx, just don't want to lose the gas in the tanks. Thought about the rings and will probably do that after I use them.
     
  5. dumpsterDiver

    dumpsterDiver Banned

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    Put a trap over them then. They are heavy and cumbersome and I would not be worried about theft at a rest stop. You could also buy a length of chain, take two wraps around each valve and then lock it down at the ends. Nobody is going to bother with that.
     
  6. Tbar

    Tbar Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    I travel with up to 18 tanks in the back. I lay them down and stack in layers. I put a 25mm ratchet strap around them and they do not move (put the strap on the floor before the first layer :wink: ). I have done just 6 it one layer, once strapped together they don't move. I don't think there are many who would know or get value stealing scuba tanks, but some light chain around the valves will slow them down.
     
  7. mfalco

    mfalco Contributor

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    Location: Mashpee, MA (USA)
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    I've always wanted a way to lock my tanks in the back of my truck. What size rings do you use? Do you get them at a hardware store, or order them online? I have a couple tanks that are about to go in for hydro, and this would be a good time to add them.
     
  8. Scott

    Scott Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I used 2" brass or stainless rings. They are about $1 each from Dive Gear Express.
    I'm sure you could find similar at a hardware store.


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  9. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

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    2x4's, nails and bungee, cheap, simple and easy.


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