An Opel Combo with a Syncro racking system for a scuba club

A special racking system for a diving club

All Syncro System customers are unique: everybody has individual needs and uses their van in a different way. This means that all our racking solutions are special: each one is different from the next and all are designed and made for the user. The Opel Combo racking solution seen on this page was designed and made for a diving club to carry scuba equipment like masks, fins, suits and, of course regulators and air cylinders.

The Combo’s bodywork protection

The van interior is protected by a plywood floor liner with a marble-look coating. This solution provides a perfectly flat, walkable floor and a high-grip surface with more than enough strength to withstand even heavy loads. All the external edges of the floor liner are protected by stainless-steel profiles.

The Combo’s racking solution for divers

The main requirement for this particular racking system was, of course, the need to transport air and oxygen cylinders for underwater breathing and possible emergencies. This is why most of the space inside the van is taken up by specially made cylinder frames.

The risks associated with transporting scuba tanks

The ADR (the Agreement governing the international carriage of Dangerous goods by Road) lists breathable air cylinders as a hazardous item in Class 2.2. (non-flammable gases). The hazards involved are derived from the pressure regulator valve, which could fail, and from the possibility of the cylinder exploding. The most effective way to prevent these risks is to stop the air tanks moving around during transport.

Customised cargo retaining systems for diving equipment

The left side of this Opel Combo is equipped with a fully customised frame made from Syncro System aluminium profiles, fixed to each other and to the floor with robust brackets. The frame is designed to hold scuba air tanks, each in its own compartment and safely separated from its neighbours. The profile surfaces that could come into contact with the air tanks are covered in rubber to ensure impact-free contact and to virtually eliminate the risk of scratching or denting. Forward and to the left of this main frame is another air tank transport system, formed by a vertical partition equipped with lashing straps. A similar frame is located in the gap between the left side racking and the Combo’s bulkhead, and provides space for an additional two air tanks.

Multi-purpose shelving in the Combo

To carry the club’s remaining equipment, including air tank maintenance tools, the Combo’s owners needed a shelving unit. The floor-level compartment of this is partly enclosed by a simple bottom profile. The bottom shelf is fitted with non-slip mats and metal dividers; the second holds a set of removable plastic containers; the top level is formed by a trapezoid-shaped top tray.


If you are looking for fully customised racking for your van, even if your needs are totally unique and require a one-of-a-kind solution, don’t worry! You can rely on the experience of Syncro System and on the versatility of the Syncro Ultra racking design system!


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