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Old 05-04-2008, 09:41 AM   #1
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We've just had a 75 gallon extended fuel tank added to our new tow vehicle which gives us the capacity 101 gallons of diesel fuel. Question is should we fill the tanks now or wait? I see gas prices are beginning to retreat a bit, how about diesel? Current best price for diesel in our area is $4.29 per gallon so to fill the tanks it would cost us about $430.00 Don't want to pay more than we have too......
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:01 AM   #2
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I dont know when you should buy, but I am envious of that tank! Imagine a 1,500 mile crusing range. Is that one of those expensive ones you control from the cab?
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Boy that tank is the way ta go. Fill 'er up with as much as you think

you'll use, when you see the price drop, take advantage of all that extra

capacity.

I remember reading about an entire community who pooled there resources

quite a number of years ago and are still paying 1980?? prices. Thats

what I call municipal planning!

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do you really want to drag around all that weight? it might make for a softer ride with the weight in the bed.
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Tough to say. Prices could go up or down. 3 weeks ago I paid $3.75 for B99 Biodiesel, this week $4.079. There was a price difference of .50 a gallon between Gainesville and Lake City, FL. This week it was only .15 a gallon. (Standard ULSD to Biodiesel.)
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:16 AM   #6
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I dont know when you should buy, but I am envious of that tank! Imagine a 1,500 mile crusing range. Is that one of those expensive ones you control from the cab?
The system we had installed does an automatic transfer of fuel from the extended tank into the main tank. It has this devise that's mounted on the dash of our TV: Transfer Flow's Trax-II

Don't know if this is considered an expensive system or not.
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:48 AM   #7
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do you really want to drag around all that weight? it might make for a softer ride with the weight in the bed.
We are not really concerned about the additional weight, even though we'll get a bit less mileage when we have a full load of fuel on board. We are more interested in the distance we can travel. Right now we are averaging 13.5 MPG while towing our Airstream so we could go about 1350 miles (give or take) before we will need to tank up.

We are going to the WBCCI Region One Rally in PEI in August, traveling with the NEU's Maritime Discover Caravan and we'll only need one fill up of fuel for the roundtrip adventure.
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so we could go about 1350 miles (give or take) before we will need to tank up.
wow, i've driven across country three times sans a/s from/to new hampshire, once in 3 1/2 days and i couldn't imagine wanting to go that long without a pit stop of some sort. i need to get out every couple of hundred miles and stretch the legs, not to mention the needs of my wife and 2 year old

in answer to your original post, fill up today because memorial day isn't even here yet and gas prices will only continute to go up as the summer approaches.
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wow, i've driven across country three times sans a/s from/to new hampshire, once in 3 1/2 days and i couldn't imagine wanting to go that long without a pit stop of some sort. i need to get out every couple of hundred miles and stretch the legs, not to mention the needs of my wife and 2 year old

in answer to your original post, fill up today because memorial day isn't even here yet and gas prices will only continute to go up as the summer approaches.
We'll still be stopping every 3 hours or so, just not for fuel.

Good point about Memorial Day and price increases.
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nice tank for the long distance traveler...

but the weight REALLY DOES matter and mileage is only a minor issue...

IF this truck is used for everyday transport, braking and handling are issues.

and adjusting tire pressures for the added load is important.

from a 'brand new tank/system' perspective, fill it right NOW (at least 1/2 way)...

just to see how it functions and if there are any issues (leaks, movement, odors)...

and to check STOPPING distances with the additional riding weight...

IF you are slow to use up the first tank or 2, consider a good diesel additive...

my favorite snake oil...

also camouflage that shell/fill port, along with the standard locking cap...

because of the inevitable diesel 'dribbles and scum' that will happen on the shell add a layer of protective film...

like a small section of scotchgard....

for travel and with the that sort of 'range' consider adding laptop/cellular links to the major truck stops...

they all have prices listed nationwide online and you will have the flexibility to 'pick a state' for fill ups...

while memorial day is historically a fuel blip time, that's mostly a gasoline event...

diesel pricing has a different dynamics

and some economists are suggesting the pricing "bubble" is about to pop (or at least deflate)...

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I wanted to do that, but the $1K tank is just out of my reach. I thought about getting an farm style tank, but thats not a very elegant solution.
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Old 05-04-2008, 02:43 PM   #12
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nice tank for the long distance traveler...

but the weight REALLY DOES matter and mileage is only a minor issue...

IF this truck is used for everyday transport, braking and handling are issues.

and adjusting tire pressures for the added load is important.

from a 'brand new tank/system' perspective, i'd fill it right NOW (at least 1/2 way)...

just to see how it functions and if there are any issues (leaks, movement, odors)...

and to check STOPPING distances with the additional riding weight...

IF you are slow to use up the first tank or 2, consider a good diesel additive...

my favorite snake oil...

also camouflage that shell/fill port, along with the standard locking cap...

additionally, because of the inevitable diesel 'dribbles and scum' that will happen on the shell add a layer of protective film...

For the Consumer...

for travel and with the that sort of 'range' consider adding laptop/cellular links to the major truck stops...

they all have prices listed nationwide online and you will have the flexibility to 'pick a state' for fill ups...

while memorial day is historically a fuel blip time, that's mostly a gasoline event...

diesel pricing has a different dynamics

and some economists are suggesting the pricing "bubble" is about to pop (or at least deflate)...

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Good advice 2air'

This is a TV only, we kept our old gas truck for everyday chores.

Leon will be adjusting the tire pressure when we are fully loaded - we also installed the SmartTire system in the truck and trailer which monitors our tire pressure and temperature.

My mobile phone is a Treo 755p - so it has internet access for us to be able to hunt down truck stops / best fuel prices in the area we are traveling in.

Folks in our club (NEU) also recommend a diesel fuel additive, I'm going to look into it.
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We've just had a 75 gallon extended fuel tank added to our new tow vehicle which gives us the capacity 101 gallons of diesel fuel. Question is should we fill the tanks now or wait? I see gas prices are beginning to retreat a bit, how about diesel? Current best price for diesel in our area is $4.29 per gallon so to fill the tanks it would cost us about $430.00 Don't want to pay more than we have too......
I've been looking at the TF tanks for quite a while but have not seen a 75 gal tank with the fill port on the camper shell. The company's web site says you can only use the fill port on the 30 and 98 gal versions. Can you tell me more about it. Where you bought it, and who installed it, and what special parts they used to make it happen? Does it fit tight up against the front of the bed or is there a space there? What are the measurments of that size tank?
That looks like the perfect size for me. I'm really interested in one. You can PM me if you like.
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I've been looking at the TF tanks for quite a while but have not seen a 75 gal tank with the fill port on the camper shell. The company's web site says you can only use the fill port on the 30 and 98 gal versions. Can you tell me more about it. Where you bought it, and who installed it, and what special parts they used to make it happen? Does it fit tight up against the front of the bed or is there a space there? What are the measurments of that size tank?
That looks like the perfect size for me. I'm really interested in one. You can PM me if you like.
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Here's the link to the system we purchased: Express-UFS

The extended fuel tank fits right up against the front of the bed of our TV. I don't know the size buit it is listed on the website. No issues at all with having the filler thing installed, it was part of the kit we purchased.

So far we are wicked happy with it except when we are paying for our fuel purchases.

Our local Leer Cap dealer is also a Transfer Flow dealer - so he installed it when he installed our cap.
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