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Old 08-08-2016, 09:31 AM   #1
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Bought a generator and now I see discussions about the safety of portable gas cans.... So, is it safe to bring along a gas can and where can I stow it??

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Old 08-08-2016, 10:13 AM   #2
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I put mine in the bed of the pickup truck when I take it. Generally I travel with the generator full and no spare gas. We do not use the generator a lot. If I am going to stay without electricity for a week or so then I go buy a gas can at the time. My Honda 2000 seals up pretty tightly and so far I have not detected a leak.

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Gas cans should be carried where they will not vent into an enclosed space, and where they will not chafe against other items (especially if the gas can is plastic) and will not tip over.

The best type of gas can to carry is a Rotopax

because they can be carried upright, laid flat, or any other way you want without worry about spillage or leakage. Red for gasoline, yellow for diesel, blue for water are the standard colors for portable cans. If you use another color, you need to label it for what it contains.
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I did not want to deal with carrying gasoline in the trailer or Jeep GC so I went with a US Carb. propane conversion for my Yamaha 2000. So far good decision and no regrets. Benefit of this conversion is that I can still use gasoline if for any reason propane is unavailable.

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I only have a 25 gal tank in the TV so I carry 2 5 gal cans in the bed of my pickup. There is a cover on the bed. I put them in a corner against the tail gate in case of any leak.
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I used to carry one of those OSHA approved metal cans like you see on construction sites. They kept rusting out or getting dented. I now use a 1 and/or 3 gallon plastic container. I carry the generator and fuel in the bed of my pickup. The size and quantity of cans depends on how long I'll need to run the generator while I'm traveling. I always fill the generator before beginning the trip.
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Bought a generator and now I see discussions about the safety of portable gas cans.... So, is it safe to bring along a gas can and where can I stow it??
Get the heavy duty 2 to 2.5 gallon plastic container. I believe my water and gasoline containers were purchased at Walmart. The water containers were blue and thin. The red gasoline were thick and heavy. May cost more, but last a long time.

Store in pickup bed with or without topper. Avoid inside a SUV or Trailer at all costs.

The Honda seals the fumes excellently. Turn the cap to OFF and remember to switch it back to ON, when using. Fill with fuel before leaving. If storing for a long period, fill and add fuel conditioner / stabilizer.

Make sure there is a spout for pouring. Make sure there is a flat plastic insert that is removable when pouring and reinstall to seal the opening when tightening the screw cap.

This container fits a half dozen or so heavy plastic 'milk crates' found at Garage Sales over the years. It slips into the crate, tightly and reduces any chance of the crate and fuel container to flip over. (Avoid the tall 'Jerry Can' thin plastic containers used for water hauling. Top heavy and too thin.)

I will tie the milk crate to the left or right side bed where there is a tie down, with a stout rope and snug so it cannot move much.

There is a 2 gallon plastic gasoline container that can be found at western supply shops that I use, myself. Has some safety features that are awkward, at first, but becomes routine after a few trips. It is also RED. Yellow spout with black locking mechanism (press to unlock- embossed on side). Fill to two gallons so not to have space for vapors.

Taking at times a chainsaw, you need secure containers and separate since you need to mix oil with fuel.

Wipe any spills clean and let evaporate after filling. Some people are sloppy in that aspect. Never had a spill. Never had a container flip over. There are 'milk crates' for sale at Lowes/Home Depot, I believe, but are half the weight of the thicker old plastic version.

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Gas cans should be carried where they will not vent into an enclosed space, and where they will not chafe against other items (especially if the gas can is plastic) and will not tip over.
I carry mine inside my TV. I don't think it vents, I don't smell anything. My concerns is "something" happens and I don't know the gas is leaking everywhere. I would prefer to be close to it and make sure I can see it if there is anything that happens to it.

I will check out those cans that is recommended. If anyone wants to donate one to me for Christmas, Hanukkah, Birthday, Because you are a nice guy, thanks in advance. I need the gas version about 5gal.
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Old 08-09-2016, 11:57 AM   #9
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Welcome to the forum, Big Air!

Carrying any gas container inside a tow vehicle is dangerous IMO, regardless of the quality/design of the can. Even the more expensive metal ones will vent under the right conditions, not to mention that in a roll-over (or accidental tipping of the container), the vehicle could explode from the gas fumes inside.

The cans pictured by Protagonist are designed to fit in racks which can be mounted on the outside of a tow vehicle. Obviously the rear bed of any pickup truck is an option, although a cap on the bed introduces somewhat similar risks, but at least not in the passenger compartment.

The tri-fuel gen conversions to propane eliminate the gasoline altogether, and we have been very happy with ours, similar to Michael's comment.

With the various options available, why would anyone want to endanger themselves and their loved ones by carrying a container of gasoline inside the tow vehicle?

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PS -- Similar to issues involving hanging bikes etc. off the rear of a trailer, "do it the right way" is the best approach IMO.
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Can you convert it to propane? Much safer and cleaner to travel with.
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Old 08-09-2016, 02:30 PM   #12
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Threads about propane conversions FYI:

And the Generators etc. sub-forum's list of threads reveals many others related to such conversions:
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What about tying it onto the top of the lid on the holding compartment behind the propane tanks. It is outside so vapors dissipate and it is reasonably protected from damage.
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A couple of words to the wise: Get the metal, squatty looking, red, no-spill gas cans. They do cost more, but I have seen them slung off of a moving vehicle at 60 mph, do bouncing down the road, and get all bent up in the process, but not a drop leaked.
-Second point: Be careful where you mount a gas can externally if you do. Many folks mount a five-gallon can on the back of a vehicle where a rear-ender will rupture the can, no matter how good the can is. That is a suicide invitation.
-Your best bet is indeed a propane conversion. Our Eddie Bauer even has an external connection near the tongue to facilitate just that.

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