fuel jerry cans and direct sunlight

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How can I keep fuel jerry cans out of direct sunlight in holders on the trailer?
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Reply By: Rod W - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 21:53

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 21:53
Put a soft or hard cover over them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wombat389 - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 22:16

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 22:16
Thank you. I haven't been able to source any = particularly soft. what will do?
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Follow Up By: Derek Jones - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 22:19

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 22:19
Make sure they will vent the air - don't want a build up of flammable vapour. For me a home made shadecloth contraption will do the job,
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Follow Up By: Landy - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 23:47

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 23:47
You could wrap them in a space blanket. Very cheap or buy a cheap Supacheap sunblind and wrap them in that.
However, if they are std NATO type jerrys as long as you leave space for ullage they will be fine. That's what they are designed for.
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Follow Up By: Rod W - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 09:40

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 09:40
The reason why you haven't bee able to source anything is its not required.
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Follow Up By: Rod W - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 09:41

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 09:41
delete bee and insert been
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 07:56

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 07:56
Keep them full with just a little room for expansion. The problem is air expansion not fuel expansion which is far less.

When I have emptied mine I leave the caps slightly loose to allow expanding air to escape

Alan
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Reply By: Krooznalong - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 14:08

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 14:08
Why would you want to keep them out of direct sunlight?
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Follow Up By: Geepeem - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 15:55

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 15:55
Thats my thoughts too. They are carried on front or back of caravans with no cover. They are made to withstand sun I would have thought.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 16:23

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 16:23
Yeah, don't bother. Would be more important to check that they don't rub in the holder, over rough roads.

Have seen the Rheem jerry cans swollen with the heat so that they looked like a Sumo wrestler, with no leaks, or ruptures. And this was in back of utes, running off road.

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Follow Up By: Member - Wombat389 - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 17:10

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 17:10
because of the instructions on the can - but I have noted comments like these and observed plain carrying.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wombat389 - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 17:16

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 17:16
I guess the instructions are legal liability guff, then.
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Follow Up By: SDG - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 22:44

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 22:44
I have had two containers go brittle and crack, i'm guessing from the sun.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Feb 13, 2015 at 10:50

Friday, Feb 13, 2015 at 10:50
Are we talking about a Jerry Can - a metal 20 litre container developed by the Germans in WW2 or a 20 litre plastic fuel container - often called a Jerry Can but is mis-named.

A quality Jerry Can does not need to be stored out of the sun but a cheap copy made in China with inferior metal and construction or a plastic container may have issues.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wombat389 - Friday, Feb 13, 2015 at 11:59

Friday, Feb 13, 2015 at 11:59
metal but probably made in China Bushmaster brand
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Reply By: Member - sdr00y (Beecroft,NSW) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 14:32

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 14:32
Use an old t-shirt.

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Reply By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 16:52

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 16:52
Travel at night?
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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Friday, Feb 13, 2015 at 09:12

Friday, Feb 13, 2015 at 09:12
I use underlay for carpet and glue it to my Gas bottles to stop them rubbing.


The other way is a sheet of thin rubber from Clarks Rubber and glue it on to the part where it rubs. Will last longer than the underlay .


Cheers Andy
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