How do you secure an air tank in a vehicles boot?

Discussion in 'Hunter (HFT) & Field Target (FT)' started by EatsShootsAndLeaves, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. EatsShootsAndLeaves

    EatsShootsAndLeaves Fair-weather ninja

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2018
    Messages:
    13
    Location:
    Doncaster
    Club:
    Doncaster Airgun Range
    Is there a simple, off the shelf solution, to securing an air tank in the boot of a car?
    I'm all Googled out and struggling to find it if there is...
    If not, what do you do to prevent your tanks from moving in transit?
    Many thanks in advance, Phil
     
  2. MikeSeago

    MikeSeago Sloth like member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2014
    Messages:
    254
    Location:
    Norwich
    My gun and all the kit travel in a van and I always use my bean bag to 'nestle' my air cylinder. Never had any issues and I have far more stuff that could cause issues than the average car boot.
     
    Darron likes this.
  3. frank

    frank Reactive Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2014
    Messages:
    268
    Location:
    lincoln
    Club:
    lincs hft
    You can buy or make a tank cradle to stop it rolling around, most cars have load hooks in the boot and it is a very good idea to secure it with straps or a cargo net, a loose tank in an accident is lethal
     
    EatsShootsAndLeaves likes this.
  4. hood2010

    hood2010 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2010
    Messages:
    22
    Location:
    west bromwich
    Best fittings do a universal cylinder carrier, just leave it in your boot then lay your bottle on it 78F007FA-7F9E-4A26-8F68-546AD78FE225.png
     
  5. tillygti6

    tillygti6 Tilly's gun stocks

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2011
    Messages:
    614
    Location:
    herne bay
    I've acquired a few quick release bottle cradles, from my ex fire rescue truck.

    Plan is to bolt one directly to the side supports of my van.

    (I will have a couple spare)

    All of the readily available stuff, still needs mounting on a hefty board or similar and fixing securely to the vehicle.
     
    Scootah and EatsShootsAndLeaves like this.
  6. skydog

    skydog Talent Is Overrated

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2014
    Messages:
    76
    Location:
    Lancashire
    Club:
    The Dib
    As per Hood2010s top part of image, I used pipe lagging and gaffa tape. It's been used every weekend for the past couple of years and it's still going strong. HTH.
     
  7. imorik

    imorik Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2009
    Messages:
    184
    Location:
    Azat-le-Ris, France
    Club:
    Ex Anston FTC
    As long as you can stop it moving about it will be fine .................. until the one day you're in a collision, then it becomes a 70mph+ missile that will tear through your car.
     
  8. RAMBO

    RAMBO Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    174
    Location:
    chryston
    Club:
    SCOTIA FTC
    I use a wooden cradle that was made for me.
     
    EatsShootsAndLeaves likes this.
  9. suds

    suds Senior member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2009
    Messages:
    365
    Location:
    Princes Risborough
    Club:
    Wendover ARC
    A member of our club was involved in an accident and the bottle went through the rear seat, He was challenged by the police because he had no sticker on the back of his car displaying “Compressed gas” on board and it was not declared on his car insurance .
     
  10. Suffolk Rifle

    Suffolk Rifle Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    Messages:
    69
    Location:
    Near Ipswich
    Club:
    Iceni
    The sticker isn't required if you're not carrying the bottle as part of a business.

    I made a carrier similar to the BF one, using two pieces of dowel and part of a 'span set' (50mm nylon webbing) from a HGV, as I made it, it's done so that it can be fitted to the boot load restraint loops (it'll also take both my 3l & 12L bottles)
     
  11. suds

    suds Senior member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2009
    Messages:
    365
    Location:
    Princes Risborough
    Club:
    Wendover ARC
    He was told by the police it was needed as the fire brigade must be aware of hazards on board in case of fire. But I have just read the legal requirements of carrying a bottle in a car and it is no problem, Guess the police officer was doing what he thought what was right at that time.
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2019
  12. Suffolk Rifle

    Suffolk Rifle Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    Messages:
    69
    Location:
    Near Ipswich
    Club:
    Iceni
    Probably, though I do wish that the police wouldn't dish out false info as if it were law - it's 'an ideal world' where full info is supplied to the Fire Service, but surely a sticker would soon melt off in a fire;)
    Though thinking about it, there's too many laws for the average copper to remember them all, so they dish out 'sensible' advice.
     
    johnunleashed likes this.
  13. EatsShootsAndLeaves

    EatsShootsAndLeaves Fair-weather ninja

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2018
    Messages:
    13
    Location:
    Doncaster
    Club:
    Doncaster Airgun Range
    Thanks everyone for your input. It’s appreciated.
    It would appear that my best route will be to break out the woodwork tools and build something.
    I like the suggestion of the swimming noodle thing to be incorporated.
     
  14. MikeSeago

    MikeSeago Sloth like member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2014
    Messages:
    254
    Location:
    Norwich
    After reading other replies I realise how poor my method of transportation is and will in future secure in a cradle to inside of my van. Steel bulkhead may be able to deal with rapidly decelerating BB otter but not sure if it is up to possible explanation from 200bar projectile.
    Live and learn !
     
  15. imorik

    imorik Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2009
    Messages:
    184
    Location:
    Azat-le-Ris, France
    Club:
    Ex Anston FTC
    When carrying a bottle of compressed air I always displayed a green compressed air sign. Not a legal requirement unless for business use but imagine the mess it'd make if your bottle exploded as a fire fighter was attending your ablaze car/van. For the sake of a couple of quid for a magnetic sign I can't see a reason not to have one.
     
  16. EatsShootsAndLeaves

    EatsShootsAndLeaves Fair-weather ninja

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2018
    Messages:
    13
    Location:
    Doncaster
    Club:
    Doncaster Airgun Range
    I have one. That's how I found out my car has a composite material for an estate boot :(
    With tinted privacy glass too, I can't even sucker one to the rear screen.
    Hey ho, better try not to crash :D
     
  17. bootneckbob

    bootneckbob Active Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2009
    Messages:
    615
    Location:
    Northam
    Club:
    Shebbear
    The use of signs is a two way thing, the Fire & rescue service wouldn't approach any incident without caution (your fuel tank and potential ignition source will always be a problem) but having a stickers on will bring in new levels which may or may not be required for that fact that a) you aren't actually carrying compressed air at the time or b) the amount is small but they might be expecting a massive amount (when it isn't) and deal with the situation accordingly.

    My main gripe is with the Police officer/s. In their position they shouldn't challenge unless they know the facts themselves....hey ho and it's only the 3rd of Jan!
     
    gdavison and EatsShootsAndLeaves like this.
  18. Nick G

    Nick G Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2012
    Messages:
    442
    Location:
    coventry
    Club:
    Greyhound/ Purley Chase
    made one of these with some pipe insulation and some rope , works a treat
     
    EatsShootsAndLeaves likes this.
  19. lrob

    lrob Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2019
    Messages:
    53
    Location:
    Merseyside
    Club:
    Liverpool
    Homemade wooden cradle and bungee cords
     
  20. vangard

    vangard Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2014
    Messages:
    107
    Location:
    south cambs
    Club:
    Cambridge HFT and Lea Valley airgun club
    Two wooden car wheel chocks and a bungee cord, works well.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice