Weight of jerry cans

Submitted: Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 19:13
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Can some body tell me how heavy a full 20l jerry can is. I presume water and diesel are roughly the same weight.
Planning where to put things on an upcoming trip so may put a couple of jerry cans on the rino rack and one on the draw bar of the camper,
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Reply By: Scott - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 19:17

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 19:17
1 litre of fuel is close enough to 1kg. 20 litres = 20 kg plus weight of jerry can.
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Reply By: Kev. - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 19:19

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 19:19
I think the reletive desity of petrol is 0.8

Therefore one litre of petrol = 800 gms.

Im not sure about diesel !
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Follow Up By: Norm - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 20:11

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 20:11
RD = 0.78. Close enough.
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Reply By: colin - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 21:15

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 21:15
so nordave where are we going to have to store jerry cans on the roof. Some times we can do an over kill on where we go . Col
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Reply By: Member - Ray - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 22:42

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 22:42
As a professional firefighter I dread seeing fuel stored on the roof. Petrol or diesel, keep it low and keep it OUTof your vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:21

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:21
Ray, how flammable is diesel? Could it be ignited by sparks, or would it take a flame to ignite it? (or mixing it with fertiliser)
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Follow Up By: Kev. - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 12:56

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 12:56
Depends if you filled up with "funny diesel" or not !
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Reply By: Tom - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 22:42

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 22:42
Nordave,one jerry can (steel) weighs 4.5kg. 20litres of diesel weighs (.80kg @L)=16kg.Giving a total of 20.5 kg. A word of caution, (1) Watch your back.(2) Asfar as i am aware your rack has 4 gutter clamps this is barely enough especially if you plan to take other items up top as well. On outback roads we have seen racks come loose & end up on the bonnet.
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Reply By: Nordave - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 23:18

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 23:18
Thanks for the replys people I agree with the no fuel on the roof post the diesel will go on the draw bar of the camper fixed in a proper frame. The jerry cans on the roof will be water. This is only on for a mainly on the black stuff tour. For the later gibb river road trip will have other arrangements.
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Follow Up By: chrisfrd - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:17

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:17
Don't forget that it's against the law to mount fuel jerrys' on the rear of the vehicle. If you noticed recently, 4x4 monthly did a little 1/2 pager about it.

The classic example is Kaymar's rear jerry holders... Now they have the words "NOT for carrying fuel" or words to that effect stamped into them...

It's really hard for an non-registered non dangerous-goods vehicle to carry fuel.......

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Follow Up By: Member - Chris - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:59

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:59
I personally think Kaymar jerry holders are a waist of time/money. If you have an already large fuel capacity what's the measly little 20L going to get you? You're better using the space for a much more needed second wheel carrier.
Sorry Nordave, a bit off the track there.
RegardsLove the bush.
Chris
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