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Old 04-23-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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Upgrade Fuel Tank

Wife and I are traveling out west this summer with my 08 Tundra and Coachman Catalina. We get around 10 mpg. The problem is. My tank is only 26 gallons so that makes my max range of 260 miles. We are contemplating upgrading the tank to a 46 gallon Transfer Flow Tank, but the cost is over $1000, which could be a lot of gas. We will be heading to Yosemite, Grand Tetons, and Glacier National Parks.


So, my questions are what do those of you that have gone on long trips think?

Is the cost worth the benefits of longer range and the ability to stop when we want and not when the gauge says?

Are gas stations pretty far apart that the extra gas could be necessary?

Thanks in Advance,

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Old 04-23-2012, 08:46 PM   #2
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I would be more concerned of the payload capacity the tank and extra fuel would to your tundra . Unless of course that doesn't apply .
you would also need to buy a transfer pump.
thinking out loud for ya !
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:51 PM   #3
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I would be more concerned of the payload capacity the tank and extra fuel would to your tundra . Unless of course that doesn't apply .
you would also need to buy a transfer pump.
thinking out loud for ya !
The Transfer Flow Tank I'm looking at will replace the stock tank so no pump needed.


Regarding weight, it is a bit of a concern as it will put me quite close on payload. However, Im thinking the risk may be worth the reward. Thoughts?
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:56 PM   #4
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IF you are comfortable with being at max payload that is a decision you need to make.

so your wanting to take out the existing tank and replace it with a bigger tank in the stock location ?
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:12 PM   #5
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IF you are comfortable with being at max payload that is a decision you need to make.

so your wanting to take out the existing tank and replace it with a bigger tank in the stock location ?
Yes replace the exisiting 26 gallon tank with a 46 gallon tank.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:16 PM   #6
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gotcha ! how much does new tank weigh ?
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:18 PM   #7
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I have analyzed this over and over and decided to keep my truck factory. 1000$ is a lot of money. Compromise and thro 2-5 gal gas cans in the back of the pickup. That's 100 more miles right there. The 260 miles is not a prob between stations.
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gotcha ! how much does new tank weigh ?
New tank is 180lbs. Stock is plastic so I'd say about 150lbs plus weight of fuel more than stock.

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I have analyzed this over and over and decided to keep my truck factory. 1000$ is a lot of money. Compromise and thro 2-5 gal gas cans in the back of the pickup. That's 100 more miles right there. The 260 miles is not a prob between stations.
Good idea, how about one of these?

http://m.globalindustrial.com/m/g/sa...ble-fuel-tanks


Or this steel tank?
Blitz Professional Fuel Station Can, 15 gal. Capacity - 3950115 | Tractor Supply Company
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:35 PM   #9
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I cant get first link to work .

the second is a good viable option ! I would bolt it down tho !
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:37 PM   #10
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We either fill up at the end of the day or before we hit the road in the morning, regardless of whether the gauge says 1/4,1/2 or 3/4 and when it hits 1/2, start looking for a station. As my granddaddy told me, "Doesn't cost anymore to run on the top 1/2 of the tank than it does to run on the bottom 1/2".
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