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Old 09-23-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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Aftermarket fuel tanks

We just traded in our Ford F-450 dually for an F-250 diesel CC 4x4 short box to pull our new 2014 classic. When going to a short box the fuel tanks go from 37 gallons to 26 gallons I am considering having a Titan 50 gallon fuel tank installed so I am not at the mercy of refueling everyday while pulling. These tanks are make of polypropylene and use the original fuel sending unit and pump.

Has anyone had a Titan or any other after market fuel tanks installed in their trucks? Just looking for feedback. Thanks.

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Old 09-23-2014, 11:56 AM   #2
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Aux Fuel Tank

We purchased an ATI aux diesel fuel tank online from the tank depot some years ago and have had excellent results. The tank ships with a very reliable shutoff valve and a float valve that attaches to your existing filler neck. Have never had leaks from either of the valves. The tank depot people were very friendly and helpful when I made my initial inquires, supplying all the requested specifications, measurements and diagrams I requested. They also worked with me to have the filler neck mounted at a slight angle to accommodate the cover on my pickup bed. This aux tank has allowed us the convenience to pick and choose fueling stops more strategically and giving us considerable more range per fill up
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Old 09-23-2014, 03:18 PM   #3
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I had the Titan replacement tank and shield (went from 34 to 56 gallons) installed on my '12 Ram 3500 CC SRW before we took our '14 FC 27FB on her maiden voyage (which we're still on). I wasn't interested in losing any bed space (as we only have a short bed to begin with) so I went with the replacement tank. So far so good.

I really think these tanks ought to be a factory option (if not standard equipment). It'll never pay for itself but it is kinda nice to have to look for a suitable refueling station less often.
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I installed a 37 gallon RDS tank in the bed of my '14 RAM 2500. (Have the 6.7L Cummins.) As part of the install, I put in a solenoid that allows me to allow the fuel from the aux tank into the main tank. Did an 8,200 mile trip this summer and appreciated the much longer range -- and by using the Ram's U Connect app for fuel I was able to save some $ by more selective fuel purchases. The minor hassle of a second fuel tank is far outweighed by the convenience. (Did the install myself, was very simple and would have been easier if I hadn't put in the solenoid as that meant running wires, installing a relay, etc.)
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:57 PM   #5
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I installed a 37 gallon RDS tank in the bed of my '14 RAM 2500. (Have the 6.7L Cummins.) As part of the install, I put in a solenoid that allows me to allow the fuel from the aux tank into the main tank. Did an 8,200 mile trip this summer and appreciated the much longer range -- and by using the Ram's U Connect app for fuel I was able to save some $ by more selective fuel purchases. The minor hassle of a second fuel tank is far outweighed by the convenience. (Did the install myself, was very simple and would have been easier if I hadn't put in the solenoid as that meant running wires, installing a relay, etc.)

is the ram u connect like the gasbuddy.com app.. shows fuel prices in the area or you can look down the road. I love that as a way to find cheaper fuel which can be some .30 to .50 difference on diesel/gas.

also the tank you had is that the one like this
36 Gallon Vertical Fuel Tank

or like this type the looks like a "L"
Steel 88 Gallon L-Shaped Tank

I was considering the same deal when we go out in a couple years or so.
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:57 PM   #6
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Back in 2006, right after the purchase of my diesel Chevy. It had a 25 gal tank and spent every trip looking for the next fuel spot. Went to Transfer Flow in Chico California and had them install a 45 gallon tank that was a direct replacement for the factory tank. It was the best move for towing. The replacement tank is DOT approved. No changes to the electronics. When full, it had 7 gallons above the full mark and 7 gallons after the empty mark. Significantly extended my travel range.
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I had the Titan replacement tank and shield (went from 34 to 56 gallons) installed on my '12 Ram 3500 CC SRW before we took our '14 FC 27FB on her maiden voyage (which we're still on). I wasn't interested in losing any bed space (as we only have a short bed to begin with) so I went with the replacement tank. So far so good.

I really think these tanks ought to be a factory option (if not standard equipment). It'll never pay for itself but it is kinda nice to have to look for a suitable refueling station less often.
Thanks, I appreciate the feedback, it's exactly what I was looking for. It's super you are on your maiden voyage and STILL on it. We will be pulling out in the spring for extended trips. I can't afford to lose any space either with our short box.

I agree 100% that the bigger tanks should be standard or an option. I know it won't pay for itself but I am looking for convenience.
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Carl, neither of those tanks are what I installed. I'll take a picture tomorrow and post it. RDS also sold me the install kit -- which includes the hoses and the "T" that you install into the fuel fill line. (That was the most difficult part of the install.)
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:23 PM   #9
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We just traded in our Ford F-450 dually for an F-250 diesel CC 4x4 short box to pull our new 2014 classic. When going to a short box the fuel tanks go from 37 gallons to 26 gallons I am considering having a Titan 50 gallon fuel tank installed so I am not at the mercy of refueling everyday while pulling. These tanks are make of polypropylene and use the original fuel sending unit and pump. Has anyone had a Titan or any other after market fuel tanks installed in their trucks? Just looking for feedback. Thanks. Doug
I put the Titan 50 gal on my 2011 F-350 CC Short bed back in April and we went 6000 miles out through the South West and back to Jersey. Putting that tank on my truck has been the best add on ever. I averaged 12 to 12 1/2 mpg which gave us a range of 500 miles, and we only drive 300 miles a day so I was topping off every other day or so using truck stops for our lunch break and fueling up then eliminating that sweaty palm feeling of trying to find fuel where I can pull in with a 34 footer.

I had my local Ford dealer install it so it was painless. The only issue is the distance to empty feature on the computer is not accurate anymore as it is based on the old 26 gallon tank.

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Old 09-24-2014, 12:05 AM   #10
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After market fuel tanks

Fuel stops can be few and far between in the West (like when we crossed Wyoming). We have tried to take advantage of less expensive fuel prices along the way, whenever practical.

The replacement fuel tank only hangs down about an inch or so lower than the frame rails, but my running boards hang lower than that. I swear it feels like the center of gravity is a little lower when running solo (as our tv is a 4X4).

We took the month of September off to enjoy our new Airstream. I plan (hope) to retire in a couple years and we hope to spend a lot more time living the dream.
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:44 PM   #11
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I installed the Titan 50 gal tank on my 2014 Super duty. Had it installed at a local diesel shop. Had the Ford dealer recompile the MTE on the computer and that cost me $50 while in their shop for oil change. Just returning from Alaska and very glad I added the underbelly tank.
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I've heard that it's possible to reprogram the MTE on the Fords, but not so on the Rams yet. The fuel gauge is accurate though (on the last 34 gallons anyway). I run off of the trip odometer (and reset it after every refill). The important thing is to not run out of fuel, especially with a diesel.
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I've heard that it's possible to reprogram the MTE on the Fords, but not so on the Rams yet. The fuel gauge is accurate though (on the last 34 gallons anyway). I run off of the trip odometer (and reset it after every refill). The important thing is to not run out of fuel, especially with a diesel.
i would think, especially with all the different tanks size ford offers, the miles to empty display would be configurable. like in the f-250 you can have 3? tanks sizes depending on reg cab, crew cab, super cab, long bed, regular bed etc.

my guess is YES..MTE is configurable.
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Titan can provide you the reprogramming instructions for the MTE computer on your Ford Super Duty...at least for the 2014 as that is what I have.
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