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Old 08-24-2016, 09:15 AM   #1
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First time rver going from Ontario to upper Michigan and taking #2 all the way to Montana. Pulling a 36 fifth.Told DW I was taking a 5gal.container of diesel in the truck in case. She told me that was not neccessary and dangerous.What do you think?
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:38 AM   #2
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I think your DW is spot on. Traveling should not be a marathon where you stretch your fuel to see how far you can go. If some of the stretches between available fuel stops exceed your vehicles ability then carry fuel if not no reason to.
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:49 AM   #3
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I always carry 5 gallons diesel in approved container, that won't spill.

It's in back, exposed to air.......
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Old 08-24-2016, 11:19 AM   #4
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not planning to make this a marathon but was concerned about distances between stations in some areas
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Old 08-24-2016, 11:50 AM   #5
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When we had out TT I usually carried a 5 gallon can of gas in the truck bed. Truck has a 29 gallon tank and the V-10 loves fuel.

We had just come thru alligator alley on the way back from the keys and were heading toward Naples on I-75 when we encountered a major traffic back up. I did not need the 5 gallons but we were running on fumes when I was finally able to pull off and get gas.

I feel the diesel is much safer than carrying gasoline around as it has a much higher flash point (126 F vs -45 F for gasoline) although diesel does have a little bit wider flammability range or air to fuel mixture at which it will ignite.
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Old 08-26-2016, 07:53 AM   #6
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I always carry an extra 5 gallons of diesel (in approved container) strapped down in the bed of the truck when on long trips. I've used it a few times in the past when the GPS directed me to a station that either used to have, but no longer has, diesel or I'd have to unhook the RV to get to the pump to fill up. One time I also forgot to fill up before leaving and at 9pm the low fuel light clicked on ... boy was I glad we had an extra 5 gallons with us! Treated properly, diesel isn't an issue to carry. I worry more about the 2.5 gal gas can I carry for the generator.
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:38 AM   #7
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We have traveled out west and up into Michigan pulling our 5er. We use two paper books that are sold both in stores and on the internet. The books help us locating diesel friendly fuel stations when pulling our 5er. They are called "The RV'ERS Friend" and "The Next Exit". The RV'ERS Friend covers non-interstate road ways and list stations by cites/towns. The Next Exit covers interstate road ways. Both are worth the cost and are updated yearly.


We plan our fill-ups about 250 to 300 miles apart; so we never run out of fuel. Out West I would fill-up more around 250 miles or so. On my truck I have a 34 gallon tank and get about 11 MPG when pulling. So the tank is around 1/4 to 3/8 full when we stop for fuel.
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First time rver going from Ontario to upper Michigan and taking #2 all the way to Montana. Pulling a 36 fifth.Told DW I was taking a 5gal.container of diesel in the truck in case. She told me that was not neccessary and dangerous.What do you think?
Diesel will not explode like gasoline; this is not like the HOLLYWOOD movies it is diesel fuel.
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I use a yellow Jeri can for Diesel and a green one for unleaded gas, strapped to the bed of my F350. Tank only holds 26 gal and there are stretches of roadway that push the limits of my anemic capacity.
Extensive research showed me that these are the best Jeri Cans out there ( beware of cheap imitations on Amazon or eBay or Harbor Freight Etc)
http://www.lexingtoncontainercompany...erry-Cans.html


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Diesel will not explode like gasoline; this is not like the HOLLYWOOD movies it is diesel fuel.
Gasoline typically doesn't explode, either. Every explosion you see in the movies was rigged.
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