Dual fuel V Gas

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 17:34
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Interested in comments from experienced travellers re which option is the more suitable. We have narrowed the field down to a couple of each and would be interested in some thoughts on the matter.
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D&GDave
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 18:25

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 18:25
Dave
There are limited outlets for gas in the outback. Gas is only available on major routes and in the cities and larger towns. Once you go off the beaten track then you would have to make sure that you carried enough gas, say 250 litres. Weight is also a concern as gas tanks are VERY heavy. Space to put such a large tank9or twin tanks) would become a headache.

With dual fuel you once again have a problem of carrying enough fuel in the outback. Once you run out of gas then you only have your petrol tank left and will of necessity have to carry a number of jerrycans to supplement your fuel. Here weight is also a problem as well as space.

Having had one dual fuel car I researched this subject for my 4x4 but decided on staying with petrol only. I now have a 110lt long range tank and carry an extra 4 jerrycans. On an extended outback trip with long distances between fuel stops I am also able to carry an extra 4 jerries which, in a worse case scenario for fuel consumption, will give me a range of 1200km(my old truck is very thirsty!!).

Cheers, Willem
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 18:36

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 18:36
GQ TB42s dont go on Gas well.. The head die in the ar$e...

mate bought one had it 2 mths, and the head died, $1000+.. Thats doing it himself.

YMMV
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Follow Up By: Member - Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 21:50

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 21:50
I had a tb42 Maverick, dual fuel, sucked the stuff like it was going out of fashion, up to 40 l/100km in the bush, so went for a diesel this time. Not sure of your qn? do you mean dual fuel or diesel or totally gas?

I had 110 l of gas on board and 65 l of petrol and was always worried about running out of fuel. did the exact same trip in the diesel and had heaps better economy.

never had the problem with the head that T-man speaks of but i only drove it from 30000km to 120000km.

Mate had it happen to him, got a new head with a breather at the back guaranteed not to do it again, did it again 35000km later. Apparently there is an airlock of sorts at the rear of the head, anyways that was 100,000km ago for me mate and he hasnt had any more trouble.

Impco dual fuel always the best I found, changed to Impco after having barbeque gas (sort of a ring around the carbie that the gas was shot thru) and got another 200km from the 110 l tank of gas. Chewed points too like they were byproducts of sheep! the Patrols are electronic ignitied I think, Mavs are all points and on gas they just eat em.

much happier on diesel, goes further, no fuel worries, great economy etc etc etcSo many places to go!
So much work to do :0(
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 21:34

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 21:34
My GQ is dual fuel and if i had my decision to make all over again, i wouldnt hesitate for one minute to buy a diesel....
We have planned a trip to Cape York next month and have allowed 85 litres of petrol to last about 350-400kms... (what a joke)....
Cant even use a long range fuel tank because that stupid gas tank sits in the way..
But i keep it in because of the cheaper cost around town...
My mates Hilux to Cape York $880 in fuel (diesel) and my mates Petrol Patrol $2000ish........_____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 4th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 23:10

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 23:10
Why dont you fit an Aux 60ltr tank too?

I happen to have one forsale :-D
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Follow Up By: Ferret - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 04:21

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 04:21
I have an 85l gas tank and a 75l petrol belly tank under the driver, where does this 60l aux tank go, or am I reading it wrong.....
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 18:13

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 18:13
I have an aux tank as the main fuel tank under the drivers seat (85 litres) and the rear is full up with gas tank (120litres)....._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 4th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 18:16

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 18:16
oops... I should say (90 litres usable)=my gas tank..._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 4th. *Cape York Trip*
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Reply By: GOB member vic - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 08:29

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 08:29
lucky me i have just been given permission to move on to diesel by the head of finance from our 89 4.2 dual fuel no major problems apart from being thirsty BUT great believer in its easier to carry a jerry can of petrol than try to get some spare gas when you are at chambers pillar or in the middle of one of the deserts
somewhere
steve89 nissan looking foward to august and more travelling
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Reply By: diamond (bendigo) - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 10:34

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 10:34
i have a 3ltr gq duel fuel.
gas tank holds 90ltr and gets me about 400ks
and a dirty big auxilary petrol tank underneath passenger side not sure how much it holds never been game to fill it 30ltrs shows quarter on fuel guage so im guessing about 100ltrs.
using petrol i use about 16ltrs/100ks
lpg @ 45cplx22ltr per 100ks=$9 per 100ks.
unleaded@80cplx16ltr per 100ks=12.80 per 100ks.
my next fourby will be duel fuel as well.looking foward to september(landcruiser park/fraser island)
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 16:22

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 16:22
Dave I think Voxson sums it all up very well. The few duel fuels we have had away with us always say they are buying a deisel when they get home.
All the best
Eric
www.capeyorkconnections.com.au
Eric 02 42 943 496
Pete 07 4094 1745Cape York Connections
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 18:53

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 18:53
Dave, do you mean stoves and lights, or vehicles?Talk is cheap ...
Rohan (Sydney)
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