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Old 10-12-2014, 01:32 PM   #1
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Help! Transporting gasoline for generator,where, Suburban and AS, no open truck.

I have a 2005 Chev Suburban and I would like to transport a 2000 Honda generator and 1-2 gallons of gas, thoughts? Thanks beforehand. I am awaiting some creative thinkers out there! What to do? What to do?
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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I sense that you do not want to carry the gasoline inside the car, which makes sense to me. Three possible solutions come to mind:

1. Ditch the gasoline entirely and convert the generator to run on propane and use the TT's propane tanks.
2. Carry the gasoline in the trailer, at least you won't have any fumes in the car!
3. Carry the gasoline on a roof rack on top of the car or perhaps you could rig something on top of the TT's battery box area.

BTW, we winter in Venice from January until April this year. Perhaps we can stop by and say hello.

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Old 10-12-2014, 02:50 PM   #3
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rig something up on the storage box behind the propane tanks no fumes in trailer or tow vehicle .
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:01 PM   #4
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Buy an army surplus Jerry can. Make sure the rubber gasket is in good shape.

They will seal airtight, when in good shape. I have carried gas in two of them for years.
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:34 PM   #5
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TerryV is right.. do NOT use the 'household' style...you must have one that SEALS.. it's the can Man...

Yes, it is more $$$$. Yes, it will outlast the 'home' versions...yes, you will have to have a very serious accident to have to worry about it.. then store it upright...
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Old 10-12-2014, 05:29 PM   #6
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2. Carry the gasoline in the trailer, at least you won't have any fumes in the car!
That's actually doable— if certain precautions are followed. It's not ideal, but it is doable. I've considered this option for my Airstream Interstate motorhome, in the event of a hurricane evacuation, where I'd have to carry fuel cans either inside my Interstate or inside my Honda Fit toad. So here's what I came up with as a plan:
1 - Carry the fuel can in the shower. The shower pan provides secondary containment in case of a spill so spilled fuel doesn't end up everywhere, only in the gray tank (not the best place for it, but far from the worst place for spilled fuel to go since I could dilute the heck out of it before dumping).
2 - Keep the bathroom vent open for vapors to escape.
3 - LPG detectors will detect other types of fuel vapors as well, such as gasoline, so listen for the LPG detector.
4 - Make sure the fuel can can't tip over; a can that is wider than it is tall, like the six-gallon cans used with outboard motors, would be ideal.
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I like the idea of converting it over to propane and running it off the trailer tanks.
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:35 PM   #8
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I like the idea of converting it over to propane and running it off the trailer tanks.
Don't be surprised when you find out how much LPG that generator consumes.

Makes some owners carry extra LPG bottles.

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Don't be surprised when you find out how much LPG that generator consumes.

Makes some owners carry extra LPG bottles.
My Interstate has an on-board 2.5kW Onan propane-fueled generator. When running at 50% load, it burns about 0.6 gallons per hour— that's about 2.6 pounds per hour.
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My Interstate has an on-board 2.5kW Onan propane-fueled generator. When running at 50% load, it burns about 0.6 gallons per hour— that's about 2.6 pounds per hour.
Yes, that's pretty close.

But, as an example, if you run an AC in a trasiler, your useage gets up to about 3 to 3.2 pounds per hour, which also includes the Univolt.

Assuming 2 40 pound tanks, then your looking at about 25 hours.

LPG has less BTU per gallon than gasolene, therefore it takes a little more to run the same engine.

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My Interstate has an on-board 2.5kW Onan propane-fueled generator. When running at 50% load, it burns about 0.6 gallons per hour— that's about 2.6 pounds per hour.
According to the comparative information posted on the web site of one of the companies that does the propane conversion, the rate of propane use is very similar to that of gasoline in terms of gallons per hour. So yes, if you are using propane you will need to factor that into how often you fill up your propane tanks, but it's not like a 2kw generator will suck your 30 pound tank dry in a matter of a couple of hours.

All in all, I'd rather deal with propane than gasoline any day.
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Old 10-13-2014, 12:36 PM   #12
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Siphon gas for your generator out of the tow vehicle then siphon any unused gas in the generator back to the two vehicle. I haven't done it so is it possible?

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Old 10-13-2014, 12:50 PM   #13
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Siphon gas for your generator out of the tow vehicle then siphon any unused gas in the generator back to the two vehicle. I haven't done it so is it possible?
Doubt it. Most vehicles these days have a check valve in the filler tube that prevents siphoning.
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Thanks to all that have contributed solutions to my dilemma. All of which are notable. I want to take the gen with us, so we will!
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Old 10-13-2014, 01:58 PM   #15
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When my 2009 Suburban was still brand new, I carried generator gasoline in the cargo area. It spilled. Soaked the carpet, the pad, the full catastrophe.
You are wise to look for alternatives.
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Old 10-14-2014, 03:21 AM   #16
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I put my generator into a HD plastic storage box w/ a removable lid. As long as it is packed properly, any trickle of fuel that leaks out from the generator stays in the box.

As far as fuel storage goes I've had good luck with the Rotopax fuel containers:

Fuel Cans : Gas Pack : Gasoline Containers : RotopaX.com

If you need to lug lots of fuel try the Scepter MFC. It is the final evolution of the Jerry Can. You may need to look for a while to find someone selling them as their civilian availability can be frustratingly limited. Hence they aren't usually cheap. If you only need a few "cans" they are a justifiable and worthwhile investment that will easily outlast your AS.

http://civ.sceptermilitary.com/sites..._catalogue.pdf
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:48 AM   #17
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I carry my generator and 1 gallon gas can in a Rubbermaid container with the lid. Both the generator and gas can fit in the container and sit in the original plastic bag the generator came in. Im able to twist tie the bag closed then put the lid on the container. It rides in my Suburban. No issues.
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:33 AM   #18
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I use a Rubbermaid Action Packer to haul my 2k Honda generator in my pickup bed. It is not airtight, though over time it does seem to concentrate the smell of spilled gas, oil, and combustion within the container. I tie it down with a ratchet strap when hauling. I would not carry it inside the tow vehicle cab with passengers.

I use a Scepter plastic fuel can from Tractor Supply. I also bought their EZ Pour spout replacement and use that when I haul fuel. The EZ Pour has a plastic disc/plug with neoprene ring washers that prevent fuel/fumes from escaping. It's also tied down with a ratchet or bungee.

If I were towing with a SUV I would not haul the generator or fuel can inside the passenger compartment. There would be to much chance of fire inside during a collision. I would put it in the trailer, strapped down so it would not move.
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Look at Eagle brand metal gasoline cans. OSHA approved.
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I would carry the generator in the bathtub or shower.
To minimize the danger of carrying gasoline, I might consider carrying the gas can empty. Just carry gas in it when needed to refill the generator. I carry a 1K genny with me but rarely use it, so no need to carry a gas can.

If you are going to carry a gas can, I would recommend something like a Justrite metal can that meets OSHA and many other requirements. Just order it from Amazon.

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