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Old 05-10-2019, 01:07 PM   #15
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Yeah, I think carrying a 20 lb propane tank in the rear of the truck under a tonneau might be "safer" than a gas can. But I think either can be managed safely.
No doubt; but how many times have you carried a gas can, metal or plastic by the way, where when you got to destination it was expanded and when you crack the lid, it goes "whoosh"! That and sometimes they can leak, which smells up the back for sure for a while. I do carry gas from time to time, as I mentioned earlier. I just prefer using propane when I can.
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Old 05-10-2019, 03:46 PM   #16
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I attached a battery box to my back bumper in which I store a rectangular 2 1/2 gallon gas van secured with a strap. In hot weather I relive the pressure every time we stop for a break. So far no leaks and no odors.
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A plastic gas can on bed liner can cause static as warnings on pumps state. In milk crate should be safe.
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:31 PM   #18
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thanks everyone for the feedback!! it's really helpful!

one follow up question tho, for the lp folks -- why is carrying a 20lb propane tank in truck bed safer than a just rite gas can? i am genuinely curious on this topic, and hoping to garner as much information as i can.

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Most new Airstreams come with a propane "quick connect" at the front A-frame, which allows you to draft propane out of the two large propane tanks that you are already hauling. You can use either a 10' hose and keep your genny in the bed of your truck (tailgate open, tonneau down) during rainy weather - or just for noise and security reasons - or use a 20' hose to set your genny farther away from the trailer for less noise and fumes. Keep in mind that propane doesn't produce the smelly exhaust that gas will. Those that are carrying spare propane tanks are only doing so so that they can set their gennies farther away from their campsite; i.e. genny and propane tank 50' off in the woods and extension cord run to the Airstream. So, carrying an extra propane bottle is purely optional. Safety-wise, having the propane tank secured in a milk crate is probably no more safe or unsafe than a 5 gallon gasoline can. The trip will go far better if neither of them ignite and explode...
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:22 AM   #19
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My 1959 Chevrolet pickup came from factory (as did other manufacturers trucks) with gas tank IN THE CAB right there behind the seat. They were all that way for I guess at least a couple of decades. Yet no historical records of the great pickup explosion events of the 1950s.

You have to have a leak and you have to have an ignition source and I am failing to identify the sources of ignition that makes this a perceived problem. If you gas container leaks in the back of your truck open up any enclosures and let it dry out. Trash the receptacle and get a new one. A certified container makes sense, but it is no more likely to leak than the 36 gallon plastic tank under your truck exposed to road hazards.

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Old 05-11-2019, 09:33 AM   #20
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Gass Can

I agree with pretty much all in this thread.

From a technical perspective, a full gas can is indeed safer than a half empty gas can.

Gasoline vapor is vastly more explosive than liquid gasoline, though both are to be respected. When the can is half empty, it provides internal-can volume allowing some of the gasoline to evaporate from liquid to vapor, where is then readily mixes with oxygen. This is where an open spark can lead to unwanted excitement and perhaps tragedy.

Keep the can full, or empty and well ventilated. Half full is a bad idea.

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Old 05-11-2019, 09:36 AM   #21
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Yeah, I think carrying a 20 lb propane tank in the rear of the truck under a tonneau might be "safer" than a gas can. But I think either can be managed safely.

And, at least around here, it is much easier to find a fill of gasoline than it is a fill of propane ... cost is also a consideration ...
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:40 AM   #22
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And, at least around here, it is much easier to find a fill of gasoline than it is a fill of propane ... cost is also a consideration ...
Propane is pretty easy to find all over, especially where it's the primary source of fuel to most homes in the mountains. Cost is always a consideration, for any fuel, I agree; especially in CA!
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Question: Is the difference between a type 1 and 2 gas can just the spout? I have a type 1 Eagle brand, that looks the same as the Justrite type 2 gas cans accept the spout is different. Any gas can experts out there? I need to purchase a 2 1/2 gallon size, (I already have 2, 5 gallon eagle brand type 1 gas cans) and trying to decide which one to purchase.
I have 2--Made in the USA Eagle Safety gas cans. 1---2 gallon and 1---2.5 gallon. Mostly use to fill generator when traveling or lawn equipment at home so the DW can mow the lawn regularly. I'm not sure but I think the Justrire brand is MIC brand. I got rid of all plastic containers. BTW gas weighs 6.2 lbs per gallon is why I don't want/need 5 gallon. Too heavy for old man of 75 to hold up to fill things. I'm not a gas can expert but I've been around a while.
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