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Old 04-07-2014, 08:37 PM   #1
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Mounting the auxillary fuel tank

I received my 60 gallon Auxiliary Tank & Toolbox Combo today.
RDS Auxiliary Fuel Tanks
I ordered the RDS model number 72743 from 3 G Toolboxes and got a great deal.
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Tomorrow I'll have it sprayed black with the Line-X Product so it does not stick out like a sore thumb in the back of the truck which is also sprayed with the black bed liner.

Just wondering if anyone has any learnings or suggestions from your installations that I could "steal shamelessly and apply rapidly" ... a phrase coined at Shell where I previously worked for 33 yrs. before retiring last September. Hell Yea!
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:52 PM   #2
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Use rubber grommets around the holes that any lines are going thru. On some trucks thw front bed panels have plastic body plugs you could run them through instead of drilling holes in the metal.
And with the weight, I would use bolts &washers to hold down instead of self tapping screws.
Also a tip- use a plug of some sort even a 110 extesion cord type for electric, and a fuel shut off at tank, you never know when you might have to pull it out or for service to need to pull a bed. Just my $.02

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Old 04-07-2014, 09:36 PM   #3
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Thanks Miller Time.

I had already thought about the rubber grommet and have it!

I did buy 1/2" hex head bolts, flat washers and lock washers but once I got the tank the tabs aren't large enough for the 1/2"! Looks like I'll have to use 3/8" but that should do the trick. There are 3 tabs in which to mount the tank to the bed.

I have an isolation valve at the outlet of the tank which can be close if the tank has to be removed. Not certain what I would need any plug for as it is just an auxiliary tank and not a transfer tank.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:02 PM   #4
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Oh, ok. Thought maybe you had a solenoid valve on there maybe.

Sounds good on the rest. Im sure it will be awsome to not have to worry about fueling as often!

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Old 04-07-2014, 10:07 PM   #5
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Would definitely use stainless steel nyloc nuts and bolts for mounting.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:10 PM   #6
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If it is exposed to the sun there is a reason it is not black.
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you can get the tanks in black too, so im sure its not that big of a deal...mine came pwdr coated black from the factory..

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DDC, the flash point of diesel is between 100 and 130 degrees F, but you still have to have a source of ignition.

The flash point of gasoline is -45 degrees F!
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Side saddle tanks on truck tractors came in black forever, no ill effects.
So are you just gravity feeding it or are you adding a pump? I installed a pump to fill my stock tank faster for keeping better accurate records of fuel usage. On my RDS 90 gal. there is a drain plug on the left lower corner and the valve and siphon is up top in the center near the headboard, easy access from the rear slider. Try not to use the drain port to fill your truck because any condensation in the aluminum tank will easily end up in your truck's tank. The siphon up top is a little off the bottom of the tank so it helps out with contamination.
With the little mounting tabs that these tanks come with, a 5/16" bolt is plenty. The tab will rip off long before the bolt breaks.
If you do any long trips, you will wish you got the tank years ago. One of the best accessories for those NJ - FL runs.
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05CrewDually, the plan is to just gravity feed.

It seems any condensation could get into the 37 gallon main tank, but should be captured in the in-line fuel filter under the truck. I suppose I could add a filter out the bottom of the auxiliary tank before tying into the main tank fill line. What do you think?
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