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Old 05-29-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Extra fuel capacity

Hi all I have a questions for the masses. I'm curious if anyone has added a larger fuel tank to their tow truck, either in the bed of the truck or a larger factory style tank. Now I know i'll get the why do you need it, the cost is not worth the added distance traveled, or why don't you just stop more, along with others. I'm really just asking if anyone has added more capacity, and if so which brand ect... We are leaving Texas at the end of June for Lake Powell, Zion National park and who knows where else, and it seems that more fuel capacity, out in the western states might be a good thing. Thoughts opinions and comments welcome.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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Last year I installed a 90 gal. tank in the front of my TV with a valve and connection to the fill tube for my main tank in the TV. I bought this from Northern - easy to install. Best thing I ever did. I now get over 1500 miles to a fill instead of 450. Best reason - and main reason I did it, I can now choose where I fill up. Had several bad experiences trying to find gas stations off the major highways that would take a truck (TV) and a 30' long trailer easily. Maneuvering in traffic and through gas stations I swore I would not be forced to do again - truck stops or Costco only from now on! It's worked great and even love it when not traveling with AS - costs the same for gas over time and don't have to stop as often for gas.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:44 PM   #3
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added fuel capacity

I replaced the factory tank in both my 06 Dodge diesels with 75 gallon replacement tanks from Aero tanks in San Bernardino, Ca. Great tanks and great folks ! They ship and also install. I wouldn't leave home without them. Convenience and added range makes larger capacity fuel tanks a smart purchase, go for it ! Chip
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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When I owned my 2011 F-350 I swapped out the OEM 26 gallon tank with a Titan 50 gallon tank complete with new skid plate.

Quick swap of the computer tank size from 26 gallons to 50 and good to go!

Best money ever spent - loved that Titan Tank and most likely will swap my 2013 Ram 2500 35 gallon tank with a Titan 56 gallon.

Great Stuff!!!
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:19 PM   #5
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I swapped out the factory 34 gallon diesel tank on my 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 for the under bed and cab Titan 56 gallon diesel tank.
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Best money ever spent - loved that Titan Tank and most likely will swap my 2013 Ram 2500 35 gallon tank with a Titan 56 gallon.
Oops - mean't replace my 34 gallon tank with a 56 gallon tank...
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:54 PM   #7
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I went the TransferFlow route for my Chevy. My wife and I did the install using their instructions. Tank is located inside the bed, it's a 30 gallon steel tank for diesel. It takes up less than 1 foot of bed space (deep) across the width of the bed. Since I have a regular 8ft. bed I still have 7 feet of space for my stuff, and can pile things on top of the tank if I need to, and even sleep back there if I want when I travel without the trailer.
I bought an optional kit from them so I could fill the 30gal. tank thru my A.R.E. bed cap. Nice clean install.
The extra 30gal. gives me a total of 64 gallons. It's not too heavy when full and not to big to cramp my style.
I like it!
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:52 AM   #8
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I have had a 50 gallon transfer flow tank in the bed plus the factory 35 gallon for 85 total. I would hate to give it up. Been ij use since I bought the truck in 98.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:59 AM   #9
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I bought the Titan 52 gallon, replacing the 26 gallon factory tank. It was great having twice the range before stopping for fuel.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:28 PM   #10
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I had a custom 50-gallon bed tank built for our old 1978 Chevy crewcab pickup. Really need it because that old truck only got about 5-7 mpg with two 16-gallon saddle tanks.

If you have a custom bed tank built or can have an aftermarket tank modified, have filler caps installed on both ends of the tank so you can fill it from either side of your truck. I think I paid $15 extra, and that was the cheapest and best mod I did to that old truck (the extra filler cap, not the bed tank, which was expensive!).
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:58 PM   #11
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I got the same 90 gal tank and put it in the back of my F350 and it was nice not having to stop and look for fuel.

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Last year I installed a 90 gal. tank in the front of my TV with a valve and connection to the fill tube for my main tank in the TV. I bought this from Northern - easy to install. Best thing I ever did. I now get over 1500 miles to a fill instead of 450. Best reason - and main reason I did it, I can now choose where I fill up. Had several bad experiences trying to find gas stations off the major highways that would take a truck (TV) and a 30' long trailer easily. Maneuvering in traffic and through gas stations I swore I would not be forced to do again - truck stops or Costco only from now on! It's worked great and even love it when not traveling with AS - costs the same for gas over time and don't have to stop as often for gas.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:17 PM   #12
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Well I've made a decision about my tank question. I thought about the new titan factory style tank,but going from 36 to 57 gallons is only a 57% increase in fuel capacity. For a little less money I got a transfer flow 50 gallon in bed tank, which gives me a 140% increase in capacity. It won't take up that much bed space, the supplied computer will show both tanks fuel amounts as well as a total ot the two. When my factory tank drops to 1/2 the transfer pump turns on and fuel from the bed tank is pumped into the factory tank up to 7/8 full, then shuts off this way you don't risk an overflow. This process continues until the backup tank is empty, then you continue as before, only on your factroy tank. If you only figure 10mpg ( i've been getting 12-14) that will take my range from 320 miles, using a 4 gallon reserve in the tank, to 820 mile range. Thats about 150% increase in the distance I can go, which gives you a great big piece of mind in the comfort department. Thanks for all the input, hope to see you on the road this summer.
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I like this idea and might be interested in this for my truck too. Now if I can do something with MY TANK so that I don't need to stop to peeeeeeee for 820 miles ........
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Back in the radial engine airline days and small prop twins, there was a handy funnel with hose plumbed out the bottom of the plane right beside the pilot. It had an open close button. That certainly was handy sometimes when an event scared the ***** out of ya!

Keep that empty large mouth GatorAid bottle handy.
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