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Old 06-26-2020, 04:01 PM   #1
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Carrying Gas

Is it legal to carry gasoline for your tow vehicle in the back of your truck? Living in Georgia and about a gas tank drive away from Atlanta and the metro area surrounding Atlanta, I really fear getting off the interstate to fill up the truck while towing our trailer in the Atlanta area. I was just brainstorming and thought how easy it would be to get off the interstate, pull over on the on ramp, fill the truck up and keep going to our destination in the north Ga mountains. Does anyone have any thoughts on this subject?
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It would depend on each states laws but I would think that if you used a proper container and the space was well ventilated you would be fine.
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Old 06-26-2020, 04:44 PM   #3
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All the people who carry generators do for sure. Not sure its worth carrying enough gas though to extend your TV range.
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Old 06-26-2020, 04:51 PM   #4
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In some tunnels, it is illegal to have a propane tank.
I carry a Justrite safety can for generator gas.
https://www.justrite.com/safety-cans...fety-cans.html
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Old 06-26-2020, 04:57 PM   #5
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Like upflying said, tunnels would be my main concern. Iím sure there may be some limit to the amount of gasoline you can carry in portable containers but Iím not aware of it specifically. I highly recommend a metal safety can like in the picture I attached (either eagle or justrite), they are only a little more expensive, you wonít want to throw them in the garbage, and they are safer and FAR easier to pour than regular plastic cans.
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Old 06-26-2020, 05:11 PM   #7
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I've carried fuel cans (usually 5gal plastic) all over the US in the bed of my truck. So one less thing for you to worry about.......
In NM, you can carry up to 99 (maybe 105) gallons before you need a distributor bulk license.
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Tell them it is for your lawn mower , that is legal everywhere [ maybe ]
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I’m thinking 15 gallons would get me far enough out of the metro area where I would feel comfortable. I won’t have any tunnels to deal with so that is not a worry. That Justrite can looks pretty good, 2 or 3 of those would work well.
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I wanted to add to my post above about the fuel cans, Pictured below, the less expensive version of the Eagle safety can (still excellent for generator use, a little tough to fill an automobile). I keep one of these cans full of fuel in my hard tonneau covered bed and there is NO fuel smell when I open the tailgate up. It is a perfect seal.
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One more thing, you didn’t mention what your vehicle was but on my 2017 F-150 with the capless fuel fill you need to use an adaptor that is located near the jack to be able to fill up with some fuel cans if they don’t push far enough into the tank.
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Old 06-26-2020, 07:18 PM   #12
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Why not stop before you reach the metro Atlanta area and top off your tank? Then when once through Atlanta and youíre in an area you feel safer you can stop and top off the tank again.
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Why not stop before you reach the metro Atlanta area and top off your tank? Then when once through Atlanta and youíre in an area you feel safer you can stop and top off the tank again.


X2 or divert around the metro area
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There are a couple gasoline related phone apps you can use to make sure you gas up prior to a congested area.
GasBuddy, Pilot are the two I use. Many Pilots have dump stations, too.
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Why not stop before you reach the metro Atlanta area and top off your tank? Then when once through Atlanta and youíre in an area you feel safer you can stop and top off the tank again.
X2! That's called "short-pitting". We do it all the time. I can see having one spare 5 gallon can, but 2 or 3? Not unless there's no other venue in the cruising range.

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DOT regs allow up to 450 lbs of motor fuel to be carried in a vehicle or trailer when not used as the primary fuel source of the vehicle itself. Diesel or gas is in the 6.6 lb/ gal range. Thats a good bit of fuel. States could be different, but they arent going to pull you over for having 3 or 4 fuel cans in your truck bed. I've driven up and down the east coast with 4 fuel jugs in my bed, plus a 5 gal diesel "just in case" can. They aren't even DOT approved jugs or EPA crap cans. They actually say Not for Transport on them. Not even NJ State boys bat an eye.
All that said, reroute or short pit. The hassle of refuelling roadside is not worth it.
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Why not stop before you reach the metro Atlanta area and top off your tank? Then when once through Atlanta and youíre in an area you feel safer you can stop and top off the tank again.
My thought, exactly.
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Los Angeles area is a whole lot bigger than Atlanta and I can drive through it no problem by getting gas before or after.
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Old 06-27-2020, 02:37 PM   #19
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Put a titian fuel tank on your truck it replaces the stock tank and can have as much as 62 gallons when full
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Put a titian fuel tank on your truck it replaces the stock tank and can have as much as 62 gallons when full
That is certainly a good option, but the 5 gal gas can is WAY cheaper
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