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Old 03-05-2017, 05:30 AM   #1
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How do you carry extra diesel or propane?

Been researching ways to carry extra fuel and came-up dry for the propane but found the Titan Sidekick for the pickup bed. The Titan sounds like a much better way to carry extra diesel than the Nato 5-gallons I was considering. Will be installing a Leer cap so the whole back will be enclosed but not necessarily air tight.

Is alone using one of these Sidekicks? Gives you a spare 15-gallons
Are you doing something different?

As for propane, after reading through many RV websites and seeing unspecified warnings about why its not a good idea to travel with a spare 20# in the bed, I'm planning to pass and just use the low pressure port on the trailer. But - if I do it results in a lower electric output from the twin Hondas'. So, are others carrying spare propane tanks?
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Old 03-05-2017, 05:52 AM   #2
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31 gallon in my Ram CTD is enough for me and don't see the need to carry extra. You would have to figure out a way to fill and empty that tank with a Leer cap around it. Sounds like one messy hassle.

I carry a 20lb propane for my Honda 2000 and a 5lb propane tank for my grill in the bed under my ARE cap. I make sure they are secured. I have 30lb propane tanks on the trailer. That's enough propane for us. Not sure what the big deal is against carrying propane.

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Old 03-05-2017, 07:31 AM   #3
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The 20# propane tanks fit nicely into a plastic milk crate, which can help to keep them upright and secured.
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Old 03-05-2017, 08:07 AM   #4
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Replaced the stock 34 gallon diesel tank on my 2012 Ram 2500HD Cummins with a Titan 56 gallon tank under the body. Gives us over 600 mile range.

Carry a 30 pound propane tank in the truck bed wedged with other stuff to stay upright. We carry the two Honda 2000 watt generator set in the truck.

I have been known to have also carried a 30 pound propane tank in the back of the 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI when towing the 2015 23D International Serenity.

I now have the 23D setup with a front 30 amp power inlet (should have been factory installed) and a proper automatic input power transfer switch so I can place the single 2000 watt Honda with the 30 amp twist-lok power outlet at the front of the trailer and get propane from the grill outlet. I made a six foot power cable to go from the generator to the trailer.
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Old 03-05-2017, 11:46 AM   #5
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I've been wanting to add a diesel transfer tank to the bed of my 2016 Ram 2500 6.5 ft bed, and the RDS 70326 looks ideal: aluminum 69 gal. BUT, according to my measurements, the corners of the tank bump into the front end of the wheel wells.

The RDS 72551 also looks idea: aluminum 91 gal. But it has the same problems as above plus it extends above the top of the bed, making it unworkable with a tonneau cover.

Consequently, I continue to travel with one or two plastic 5 gal jugs of diesel, which, I admit, I have used on more than one occasion.
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Old 03-05-2017, 12:02 PM   #6
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We replaced the small 26 gallon diesel tank on our F350 with a Titan 50 gallon. No worries about fuel running out and we can shop for best price as well as easy in and out.

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Old 03-05-2017, 12:19 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by KJRitchie View Post
Not sure what the big deal is against carrying propane.
Since propane is heavier than air a leak would puddle in the bottom of your truck bed. Then an accidental spark could set off a ka-blooey.
Any storage area for propane must be vented at the bottom. You could say the tailgate is not air tight, but it wouldn't meet the standards. I'm sure folks carry an extra bottle, but it's not approved.
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Old 03-05-2017, 12:21 PM   #8
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No diesel. Carry propane in a 20 pound bottle in a plastic crate.

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Old 03-05-2017, 12:34 PM   #9
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20# in plastic milk crate in bedroom against bathroom bulkhead
Never slides on carpet.
Many years no problem.
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Old 03-05-2017, 01:04 PM   #10
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Go on line and look at Transfer Flow. They offered a tank that replaced my OEM fuel tank and nearly doubled my fuel capacity.

No worries about transferring fuel or taking up room in my pickup bed.

The guy who installed it for me was so impressed that he was going to see about one for his rig.
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Old 03-05-2017, 02:48 PM   #11
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I carry two 20 lb LP cylinders in the bed of the truck under the tonneau. They ride tandem in the center of a platform which also carries the two Honda 2000s outboard. There are holes cut in the platform to accommodate the round bases of standard 20 lb cylinders. Each item (cylinder or generator) is strapped to the platform using 1" nylon ratchet straps in 1/2" steel eye bolts. The generators are locked to the truck's cargo rings with heavy chain.

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Old 03-05-2017, 04:57 PM   #12
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Extra diesel fuel

I installed a DeeZee transfer tank and plumbed a connection to the main tank filler tube. Installed a valve and a $3 filter from walMart. This is very important! It will save your main filter and is a snap to replace.

The tank is 2x2x4'. Along with the oem tank it gives great flexibility in fueling. Tank cost was $400 a few years back. It does take up some space. I may have purchased a longer box truck if I had known.

An electric valve would be a nice addition.

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Old 03-05-2017, 05:13 PM   #13
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I had a 20 lb bottle leak in my grand Cherokee. I'm just glad nothing caused a spark.
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Old 03-05-2017, 05:17 PM   #14
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We have had no propane shortages with 2 30# tanks, but feel our F250s 26 gal. diesel tank is too small for our normally LONG trips. At about 250 miles we start looking actively for a fuel stop. For emergency we carry a Justrite 5 gal. tank in the back of the F250 (that has a cap). So far haven't needed it, but it's a good "calmer".
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Old 03-05-2017, 06:30 PM   #15
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can't remember why my tank was riding on the tundra front floorboard during a 30 mile trip for a refill, but on the way home, the safety valve released gas into the cab due to an overfill ... pretty scary, smelly...had to pull over in Wisconsin winter with windows open for half an hour to wait for it to dissipate. don't have a problem with tanks riding in a milk crate tied in open truck bed though. But no smelly petroleum products inside ever anymore. would hate to carry a tank of anything inside my trailer and arrive at a destination only to find something had a leak! 😁
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Old 03-05-2017, 07:24 PM   #16
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Why would anyone want to carry extra fuel? I have traveled coast to coast ,Canada and in the USA and never had any problem getting fuel or gasoline, if one is worried he could buy a should stop every 2-3 hours and walk around...
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Old 03-05-2017, 08:42 PM   #17
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Tjdonahoe - if I use the low pressure port for the generator and I'm off hook for a 4 day stay before the next stop, the generators will draw down the propane and due to the lower pressure, will operate even less efficiently. So, I was considering carrying a 25# tank just for the generators. As to the spare diesel, the tank @34 gallons gives roughly 340 miles which should be fine unless I'm off major highways in the late or early hours. More than once I've driven a half hour looking for the open gas station in upstate NY type areas with limited options in lightly populated regions.

Will probably skip the propane but use the Titan as it's easily accessible in the front or rear.
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Old 03-05-2017, 11:07 PM   #18
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ford F-250 came with 2 tanks, replaced rear with 45 gal tank plus 30 gal std left side gives75 total and leaves bed with shell clear. 1,000 Mile range.
Found a Wisconsin robin 1 clinder Diesel 4500 wats USMC surplus
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Old 03-05-2017, 11:22 PM   #19
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Bought a aux tank from Northern Tool and plumbed it into the truck filler neck line. They sale a kit to splice into the filler line and hose to plumb it with. I also put in line a electric cutoff valve and a small electric pump to speed the filling. The pump also has a replaceable filter. Then I put a guage inside the truck so I can monitor how much fuel is in the aux tank.

I can go all day and then some without stopping for fuel. Saves having to pay high prices on highways and saves nerves getting in and out of stations.

When we unhook for the night I go fill up for the next day where the locals fuel and it's always cheaper than on the highways.
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:42 PM   #20
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Propane tanks in square milk crate keeps them from going all over. As for a fuel tank you can go many ways in the past I have found a love for surplus Drop tanks a 40 gallon fits better wheel wells on a Toyota but there about as tall as a Ford full size bed prices are typically 40 bucks come with a gauge you can plumb a fuel pump ... Buying them there are few guys on eBay there baffled also. Delawarelister gets them every so often there's a surplug friend in Scranton that has them search gpw tents medium because they have various names but any supplier who gas gpw tents has larger supplies
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