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Old 05-18-2010, 01:29 PM   #11
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There sure are times when I wish my F150 had more than 26 gallon capacity. I remember passing up a fuel stop in Utah because I was over 1/2 tank. AFTER, the exit is a sign saying 110 miles to next service. Oh, Oh, . . well we made it but sweated it out. Sure would be nice to have the extra capacity. So now it is "Jerry Can City" for peace of mind.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:20 PM   #12
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I remember passing up a fuel stop in Utah because I was over 1/2 tank. AFTER, the exit is a sign saying 110 miles to next service.
Dang, you sure gotta admire their sense of humor!
I'll keep this in mind as we are going to Utah next
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:25 PM   #13
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There sure are times when I wish my F150 had more than 26 gallon capacity.
Bob, I thought we had the about the same truck specs. My manual lists a SuperCab with a 6.5' box as having a 27 gallon tank.

But that extra gallon is only good for about 11 miles.

There was an optional 35.7 gal. tank available. If I ever get another truck, it will have the biggest tank that they can squeeze under there.
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Having a older truck ('86), I found a 40 gal. factory style tank and did the switch. Took a long weekend, but the cost was closer to $400. Of course this was on a Suburban, so I don't have a short box issue like you.
These are good comments as my next truck would have the same issue and talking with GM sales, the new ones ('11) just don't come with a big tank option. Not even in the HD's.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:56 AM   #15
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MtnGuy, I think you are right, it is 27 gallons. The sad thing is that the 35 gallon tank was all of $100 as an option. Cheap. Retro-fitting is not so cheap unfortunately.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:16 AM   #16
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I have a 30 Gal Transfer Flow tank that goes in the bed of the truck and pumps gas automatically into your stock tank. Its sitting in my shed right now cause I sold the truck it was in. Its a nice tank but they are expensive plus about 300 to get it installed unless you do it yourself. I need to put it up for sale since it does no good on a tahoe haha. Check out the transfer flow though because they make tanks for the bed and factory replacement tanks but like I said they are expensive.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:29 PM   #17
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Keeping some extra gas in the bed of the truck probably isn't the safest, but I might start doing that on a regular basis on long trips.

On a recent trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway, I figured my gas tank would be maxed out on a close to 270 mile trip....and that included Charlottesville, VA. city driving during morning rush hour, as well as a long pull on I-64 up Afton Mountain just to get on the Parkway. There are no gas stations on this section of the Parkway, and the roads off are not RV friendly. So I topped off the tank with close to 4 gallons of gas when I got the top of the mountain, and had another 5 gallon tank.....just in case. We made the 267 miles to our campsite in Galax with almost 7 gallons to spare......but that would have been only 3 without topping the tank earlier. Overall, I was pleased with the gas mileage at 11.1 mpg with all of the steep climbs.....I think the 45 mph speed limit really helped.
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The tanks I am talking about are DOT approved and are made of steel and stretch from one side of the bed to the other. They are made specifically for this purpose.
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The tanks I am talking about are DOT approved and are made of steel and stretch from one side of the bed to the other. They are made specifically for this purpose.
Yes, I realize that. I was just referring to the extra storage tanks in the bed of the truck as a alternative........but granted, not as safe as a mounted bed or frame rail tank.

Plus, you still have to stop somewhere and add the gas.
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Sorry I thought you were confused on my post so I was explaining. I guess I was confused haha. I agree with you about the tanks being dangerous. If nothing else you can at least buy the five gallon metal cans and they will be a little bit safer.
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