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    Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    I'm wanting know the correct way to travel 50 miles on interstate highway in my pickup with my tanks and torches to do. To do Work on the farm .
    I got a Acetylenne b tank and a 80 oxy. Chain to a cart. .

    I see some with gauges on the tanks ?

    What should I do ?

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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    Remove the regulators and install the safety cap onto the O2 tank. and you'll be fine. Don't run the roads with regulators attached and in the open.
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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    Quote Originally Posted by 560Dennis View Post
    I'm wanting know the correct way to travel 50 miles on interstate highway in my pickup with my tanks and torches to do. To do Work on the farm .
    I got a Acetylenne b tank and a 80 oxy. Chain to a cart. .

    I see some with gauges on the tanks ?

    What should I do ?
    Take the regulators off and put the safety cap on both tanks. Secure them both in the upright position, at least the acetylene tank. Since they will be on a cart, strap the cart down tight(with both tanks) so nothing can wiggle. After 7-8 miles of driving, stop to check that everything is still tight, if necessary re-tighten. Do the same for the return trip and all others. DOT regulations state you must have the safety caps on when transporting, or else a cop may stop you and issue a ticket. The ones you see driving around with out the caps in place just haven't been caught, YET.

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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    Acetylene has to travel upright otherwise you will need to wait before welding once you arrive. If you lay down the acetylene and then try to weld with it right away, you will likely get acetone coming out of the tank and going into your regulator, damaging the regulator. As others have said, Oxygen needs a cap and must be chained/restrained in the vehicle. It does not have to be upright so far as I know. there is no technical/safety reason for it to be upright they way there is with the acetylene. That being said, I wouldn't put it in the bed with the bottom toward the driver. if it becomes a missile in an accident you don't want it flying toward the cab.
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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    My acetylene tanks don't have safety caps. They are the type where the valve is below the rim of the tank itself.
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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    Quote Originally Posted by Slob View Post
    My acetylene tanks don't have safety caps. They are the type where the valve is below the rim of the tank itself.
    And the OP’s B tank is too small to have a safety cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlitman View Post
    And the OP’s B tank is too small to have a safety cap.
    You are correct there. I have two B tanks for HVAC work and they do not have safety cap provisions at all.
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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    Just knock a plywood 4 sided rectangular box together for the tanks and screw it upright onto a small pallet and slide it in the back of the truck. You can strap whatever else to the pallet with it. Grinders, face shield,beer cooler, misbehaving children etc.

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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    Should I be taking the regulator and torch off of my
    B-tank for transporting? I’ve always taken regulators
    off my O/A set for transport but never my plumbing rig.
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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    Quote Originally Posted by jpump5 View Post
    Should I be taking the regulator and torch off of my
    B-tank for transporting? I’ve always taken regulators
    off my O/A set for transport but never my plumbing rig.
    I always do but use my B tanks with a "Turbotorch" for silver soldering only. Don't have fittings or regulator that small for anything else.
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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    I always do what I think I need to do to protect the regs and hoses. Tanks have a way of bouncing and slightly rotating. They are no good to you if you get to the destination and are beat up. If things don't work or are broken you didn't 'save' any time, you lost time and cost yourself money.
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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    Remove everything and secure upright. I would toss a Tarp over everything too and secure. Nobody needs to know what's there

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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    Here is an example of how NOT to transport them... saw it this morning going down the highway, has one little ratchet strap in the bed holding the cart in the center... no caps.

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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    Technically, one should have the 'safety data sheets' for the gasses carried. Yes??
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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

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    I believe the answer to that is "No" if there are not DOT tags on your vehicle and the weight/volume you are carrying is under the Federal limit?

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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    Not sure if it was mentioned or not above but i have yellow safety rings/caps on my oxy acetylene that allow me to keep the regulators attached. My oxy and acetylene are semi permenantly attached to the custom welding bed of my truck. There pretty safe the way they are, but secure the cylinder and have a safety cap/ring on both cylinders. Def dont do what was posted above

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    Re: Traveling with oxy/acetylene tanks and torches in pick up

    I just zip mine in the repaired equipment bag from the field hockey team and go on my way.

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