scrane
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VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:11 pm

Hi,
Has anyone used VDH's double hose backplate with a standard single hose setup? I am planning a month long trip next year and hope to bring both my Phoenix-Aquamaster and a single hose setup. Has anyone comfortably used VDH's plate with a single hose regulator? I would really prefer not to have to pack two backplates. Re-configuring the harness wouldn't be a problem. Even using a single tank adapter if required.
Thanks.

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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:32 pm

I do it all the time. No single tank adapter is needed.

(Caveat: apparently I am the only one that uses an OMS single plate adapter on steel 72s with my AM and Voit Phoenix(s) only just because of their depth and my weird back. Travelling usually means an aluminum 80 and even my Phoenix(s) fit great on those without an adapter. For me, all SH and DH regs can be used with the VDH plate.)
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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:41 pm

Single hose reg's don't have a positioning issue like the double hosers and they work just fine with the VDH backplate. I routinely use my Scubapro Mk 7 and occasionally my Aquamatic with mine.

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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:50 pm

swimjim wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:41 pm
... occasionally my Aquamatic with mine.
:shock: Yikes.

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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:04 pm

So, do people find it necessary to modify the crossed webbing at the back of the neck, or just pull things a little tighter to raise the tank, or just leave the tank hung low as normal with the double hose?

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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:25 pm

as an AL80 is tall, I just run the tank higher in the bands...
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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:34 pm

rhwestfall wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:25 pm
as an AL80 is tall, I just run the tank higher in the bands...
^^^ THIS ^^^
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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:01 pm

scrane wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:04 pm
So, do people find it necessary to modify the crossed webbing at the back of the neck, or just pull things a little tighter to raise the tank, or just leave the tank hung low as normal with the double hose?
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Just leave it low. It won't bother a single hose

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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:03 pm

Friends don't let friends dive AL80's....................

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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:12 am

Thanks for everyone's advice. Looks like I have nothing to worry about. :)

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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:13 pm

Well, since things are slow, I'll give an update. Since posting this I have spent some time with Bryan's double hose backplate. I have found no disadvantage using it with single hose regs. In fact it is very light and very small and packs flat. As people suggested, I just raise the tank foe single hose use. I haven't used my standard aluminum backplate since last November.

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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:28 pm

Has anyone used the VDH backplate with double tanks? Any issues?

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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:21 pm

SnarkIII wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:28 pm
Has anyone used the VDH backplate with double tanks? Any issues?
No issues at all. With the VDH backplate double tanks ride well. To get optimum DH can placement I have drilled additional mounting holes in the plate but that is pretty easy to.
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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:23 am

Thanks Mark. I have a set of Voit twin 50's, Maybe I'll give them a shot on the VDH backplate

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Re: VDH Universal Backplate _ double duty?

Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:54 am

I have an AL63 twinset on a military solid bar manifold I dive with my DH. I just use a sex bolt to attach at the plate so it is flush.
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