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Old 05-14-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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Fuel Transfer Tanks- whatcha got?? Whatcha think??

I am thinking that it would be a smart move to install a 50 gallon (or more) tank in the bed for range and price capability in my Chevy 2500hd Duramax/Allison.
Maybe to try to catch the best prices, especially before going across the border, or into high fuel price states. I realize it would take a while to pay out, however, it would save a lot of personal anguish paying exorbitant fuel prices, in out of the way places, and would greatly increase range. I bet lots of people on the forum have done it.
How has it worked out? And do you have any tips?
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Haven't done it but have considered it over the years. Keep in mind that 50 gals of diesel at 7.1 lbs per gal comes out to 355 lbs. A 50 gal tank can be 100-250 lbs, depending on type and what it its made of. Can you lug that extra weight safely? Plus your mileage would probably decrease a bit and you would loose some cargo space in the truck bed.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:51 PM   #3
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Last week installed the Titan 52 gallon in my truck and Love It, best mod I have done on my truck to date.....
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:56 PM   #4
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Several years ago I installed a TransferFlow 30-gallon refueling tank/toolbox combination and have no regrets. I am using it for gasoline. It is a refueling tank so it has its own pump and nozzle. I can refuel the Power Wagon, other vehicles, my generators, other equipment, etc. In the toolbox I carry basic tools and recovery gear. I am frequently a long way from a fuel station or resources:






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Old 05-14-2011, 10:55 PM   #5
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Very nice looking Glenn...
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:28 AM   #6
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I went to Nothern Tool and got a 60 gallon tank/toolbox combo that just goes under the tonneau cover so it is out of sight. I had to get the adaptor and cut my fuel hose and put the adaptor inline. With a sometimes 20 cents differential in fuel cost state to state it comes in handy!
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:47 AM   #7
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Nice setup, Glenn...is that Shiprock in the background on the first pic? Beautiful scenery in that part of America, and sure don,t want to make any mistakes in that country, huh?
And, jackhartjr--how did the gravity feed in- line adapter work out? That is what I am thinking about doing, cuz I will only use the diesel to fuel the truck. Don't need the hose and pump setup, really.
I am also very enamored of a 1500 mile range, so that I can pick and choose when it comes to refueling. Sometimes, I feel like the old free market supply/demand system just isnt working. World barrel price of oil drops $15/bbl and our local stations go up 10 cents a gallon. I know there is lag,etc., etc., but that just doesn't sit real well.
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Randy, that 'lag' only works one way...lf the price of crude go up and that very day the fuel goes up...and I am talking about the fuel in the ground...the fuel truck aint' even got there yet!
The gravity feed works well! I would recommend two hose clamps on either side for a total of four, it only comes with two large ones.
I did run the vent hose to the rear along the tonneau rail...and no...I have never had fuel go through the vent.
I will tell you that going down the road it will screw with the computer and all of a sudden the fuel guage will go to empty and the fuel light comes on. When you stop next it will reset itself.
For the supply line for the tank I drilled a slightly oversized hole in the side of the bed, (Hated to drill that one LOL) and put a rubber grommet there...then ran the hose from the tank to the adaptor.
You probably know to fill the truck first then the 60 gallon tank?
I have had mine since late 2006. Only problem was a slight leak at the adaptoer...I tightened the clamp and added the two extra ones.
I am pretty sure it came with a shutoff on the tank...I keep a stick handy just in case I ever needed to shut it off...it is in the front left bottom corner, kind of hard to get to. in fact I remember threading the supply hose in first, then moving the tank in place while a friend threaded the hose through the grommet.
The tank takes 20 inches from the bed...I hardly miss it.
Hope all that helps.
Jack
PS...I noticed I got about a half mile to the gallon better fuel mileage when the tank is full...those Duramax's like to work...a little more weight seemed to help!
PSS...if you have the eight fooot bed I think the tank can be a 90 gallon tank.
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...is that Shiprock in the background on the first pic? Beautiful scenery in that part of America, and sure don,t want to make any mistakes in that country, huh?
That photo was on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:25 PM   #10
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White Rim Trail!! that is why it looked so familiar. We did that once long ago...loved it!!!
Jack (I guess?).. thanks for the great info, I will do as you suggest on the clamping. I have 6 1/2 foot bed( is a crew cab) so prob. will stick with the 50-60 gal. tank so I wont lose too much space...we are taking off hard tonneau cover and putting on a camper shell (can do that with a TT) for more storage space and ease of use, etc. Gotta have my Generator and fish poles andSTUFF!
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