carrying fuel

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 22:37
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Hi all,

We're leaving for our 1st big trip in April. We're towing a camper trailer behind the 80 series. Can anyone please advise me on the relative safety of carrying fuel in plastic or metal jerry cans in the jerry can holders on the camper trailer ?

Look forward to your replies.

Thanks,

Steve
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Reply By: Roachie - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 22:54

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 22:54
Petrol or diesel?
Do you really need to carry extra?
Where you are going; what is the longest distance between fuel stops?
IMHO, you might be better off having a long range tank/s and using your gerry can space for carrying good quality drinking water.
Just my opinion,
Cheers,
Roachie
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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 23:29

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 23:29
have carried petrol in metal jerry cans on our camper tralior before with almost no problems over some rough tracks ,just make sure that they have good seels as I had one leak and ended up with petrol all down one side ,I had them well packed with strips of rubber to stop shaking and rubbing . Make sure you can lock them as some areas are not as safe as we would like ,also some communities will not let you transport petrol in full view. If you can get away with it all the same keep it to a minimum and get it into the tank ASAP.99 GU Patrol 4.2 TD
Peter York 4x4
Whiskey 4501
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 23:33

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 23:33
Steve,

plastic or steel jerry cans are just as safe as OEM tanks or long range tanks, but a lot less expensive. A lot has been said on this subject already - do a search under jerry. The point made above is absolutely valid - there aren't many trips where you need more than a standard tank anyway, especially trips where you might take a camper trailer. Unless you have a ULP drinking petrol car in the Western Desert region (there is no ULP on the Great Central Road)Bob
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Reply By: Member - StevenL - Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 00:06

Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 00:06
That's one of the major factors behind my choice of the Prado - 180ltrs of Diesel standard. That's up to 1700 km on the hwy. Even chewing thu sand I doubt there would be many places in Oz where you would go 1000km without seeing a diesel pump.

Manufacturers take note!

StevenLPlaydoe GXL TD Manual
It's on order, Delivery in April '04.
This pic will have to do till then. Can't wait!!!
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 14, 2004 at 00:29

Saturday, Feb 14, 2004 at 00:29
You MAY get 1700klms, but at the end of it, you have to get out and look at that front end... :(
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Saturday, Feb 14, 2004 at 00:43

Saturday, Feb 14, 2004 at 00:43
Keep 'em comin' buddy. The view from the cockpit is just fine!!!

StevenLPlaydoe GXL TD Manual
It's on order, Delivery in April '04.
This pic will have to do till then. Can't wait!!!
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Reply By: flappan - Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 09:09

Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 09:09
I prefer the Plastic Jerries myself. Finding real good quality metal ones is very difficult and expensive.

I use the Black Plastic Rheem ones. Have for about 10 years with no problems at all.
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Reply By: jeff-wa - Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 12:28

Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 12:28
I cary Black Plastic Jerrys with Deisel as my Surf has a rediculous jap size tank of 65L. Not many places you CAN go with 65L in Oz with a Truck Load to the hilt! ;-)
I acutally carry them in the back of the car, I find they seal very well, I pack them well and get very little if no fumes at all. To be perfectly honest I worry a lot more about my gas tanks than I do my Jerrys! Deisel is not that volitile by itself.
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Reply By: Clarry - Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 14:32

Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 14:32
Yep - heavy duty plastic jerries (black with the yellow lid and filler) are great. Strong and reliable....mine is diesel - I just put a bit of padding around them (bit of old carpet) so they don't rub big time on anything. I even glued a bit of seat belt material on the inside of the frame rails - lock em up if you have the fittings for it, as mentioned above. Don't know about you, but my back doesn't like lifting an holding them for filling routines - made a little fuel pump from a unit at the wreckers - 12 volt runs it up into the tank just nicely.The car, the boat, the camper, the radios - is that all there is to life ?
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 23:07

Friday, Feb 13, 2004 at 23:07
I have a petrol guzzling old technology truck.....I am thinking about upgrading to a newer model diesel vehicle...Member-Bob tells me I can't take the money with me and I am inclined to agree.......so I might just do that..............

In the mean time I have a 110lt LR tank and carry 6 jerries(4 steel, 2 plastic) in the back of my truck(I am not a smoker).....have done so safely for many years. For extended outback trips I can carry a further 7 jerries inside my bush trailer(just behind the axle) giving me a range of around 1500km at worst.

Cheers,
Willem
Out on the Gibber
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 14, 2004 at 00:30

Saturday, Feb 14, 2004 at 00:30
"I am thinking about upgrading to a newer model diesel vehicle..."

Do it Mr, well worth it. And yea you earned it, you may as well enjoy it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Eskimo - Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 17:03

Sunday, Feb 15, 2004 at 17:03
willem,
you've been thinking about it too long...several months now eh?
go do it!Wow, am I cute! The extra long legs are built-in prevention against ducks disease. Great looks and a real goer. Doesnt waddle along like some.
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