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Old 03-30-2004, 08:57 AM   #1
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Transporting Gas for Generators

Now that I have purchased a 3kw genset I need to carry fuel. I have done a early search of the typical places, Lowes, Northern, WallyWorld and have been unable to find the product. Northern lists the can but does not have any in stock. How do you carry fuel and how much do you carry?
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Old 03-30-2004, 09:12 AM   #2
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Hey Rick,
You are a couple of months ahead of me on the generator. I will likely get the Honda EU-3000 from Mayberry supply later this fall. As for the gas, you need a "safety can" When you find it you will see the difference. I will see if I can get a brand or model # later today. I think that it has an ANSI or an OSHA number on it that provides some type of safety rating. You will also know that you have the "safety can" by the price...
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Old 03-30-2004, 09:37 AM   #3
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Safety Gas Cans

Rick,
Take a look at www.eagle-mfg.com/ They make kinds storage containers ( including gas cans ) for flameable liquids, paints and chemicals.
I have a couple of different ones in my shop.
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Thumbs up Safety Cans

You can purchase safety cans at most commercial supply houses and commercial rental centers. Like Prime Equiment/RSC or Fastenal. I get so peeved at places like Northern, Lowes and Home Despot. They claim to be "Commercial" but all they really are is a glorified Walmart. I work in commercial construction and can only get a small percentage of what I need from those places. I usually don't even bother wasting my time. I needed water coolers for a project the other day...OSHA REQUIRES them even in February but do they stock them? Nope...seasonal item! <rant off>

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Old 03-30-2004, 09:49 AM   #5
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Rick,

Try a boat dealer, they should have them.

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Old 03-30-2004, 10:06 AM   #6
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Nato gas can. Only can I have had that doesn't leak. I will never use another can to transport in a vehicle. I have tried the ones with the screw spouts you can get at Pep boys...leaked from day one. I picked up a used Nato can from the local Army/ Navy and it's probably 10 years old and hasn't leaked yet.

http://www.colemans.com/ for Army surplus. $12.50 You will also need a spout.


http://www.4x4trailers.com
These guys sell them new in Red (legal thing) and they also have Heavy duty mounts. They also sell a 2.5 gallon version.

Once I get a generator I'm be getting a mount and putting it on my roof rack ( I have one of those big basket racks).
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Old 03-30-2004, 11:26 AM   #7
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You can get new Nato gas cans in green ( as well as the heavy black plastic Nato water can of the same design) from www.roversnorth.com 1-802-879-0032. They're great cans and not to expensive either. Tell them Jack Palmer recommended them. I've spent over 45 thousand with them over the past ten or so years. They are good people.
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I just recently started looking for a gas can and a diesel can. The outfit 59toaster led me to has the single gas can rack I want plus the correct yellow can for diesel. The only question I have concerns the can dimensions - as I want to carry them under my fiberglass toneau cover on the pickup just behind the wheel wells on either side. I need to stay under 19" high and 8" wide. Does anyone know the exact measurements of the cans? Also, as long as the cans seal shut tight enough, would I have any problem carrying them in a closed-in truck bed?
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Size of nato gas cans

The Nato gas cans are :Height 18 3/4" X Width 14" X Depth 6 3/4"
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Wow! That 18 3/4" height is close! I'll have to wait until I get the toneau installed to see if it provides a little more clearance. In any event, the can won't slide under the edge of the truck bedrails so I may still be up the creek! Thanks for the dimension info Jack.
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Wow! That 18 3/4" height is close! I'll have to wait until I get the toneau installed to see if it provides a little more clearance. In any event, the can won't slide under the edge of the truck bedrails so I may still be up the creek! Thanks for the dimension info Jack.
That mount will work sideways and these cans will stay sealed like that as long as they are fimly closed. Most Military vehicle put them laying on the side. Any picture you see of a Unimog or a Puch Pinzgaure, Halflinger, MANN the tanks are sideways. (spout still up)

Bed rails on my Chevy (body used from 73-87 on pickup trucks) is 19 inches.
Also remember that one company sells a 2.5 gallon shorty. I'll be going with a pair of Shorties up in the rack I think. I don't want them in the truck or camper. I would even be concered about them under a toneau. It's the fumes the go boom and that would keep them concentrated.
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Generator Gasoline Storage

For those with a gas powered tow vehicle, just buy a pump and let the truck store the gas. It takes up a lot less room.
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Whada'bout this? If you're towing a trailer with a truck couldn't you mount the genereator in the truck bed and then "T" directly from the truck's fuel line to feed the generator?
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Stuart2,
Modern trucks have the fuel pump for the injection system in the gas tank.
300 psi makes the feed to the generator complicated.
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