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Old 01-21-2019, 02:41 PM
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Safely carrying extra diesel

We donít have our fifth wheel yet, but I am beginning to have many thoughts go thru my mind.

One thought yesterday was if I donít have a built-in or added on fuel tank, is there a safe way to carry an extra 5-10 gallons of diesel fuel in the bed of your truck when towing?
 
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Old 01-21-2019, 02:43 PM
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Yeah two 5gal containers and a strap. Nothing really hard about it.
 
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Yeah two 5gal containers and a strap. Nothing really hard about it.
What he said. That's how I carry extra fuel for my toy hauler's generator and my ATV.
 
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Diesel fuel is much, much safer than gasoline too. No comparison.
 
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Do yourself a favor and purchase quality metal cans; they dispense fuel much better than the plastic jugs.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Eagle-5-Gal...l-Can/50053337
 
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Old 01-21-2019, 05:12 PM
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I figured it had to be safer than gasoline, but just needed confirmation that people are doing it in truck beds. Thank you
 
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Do yourself a favor and purchase quality metal cans; they dispense fuel much better than the plastic jugs.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Eagle-5-Gal...l-Can/50053337
I had a 5 gallon Eagle can in red for almost 30 years. It took a beating well. I passed it on to someone who will probably get another 30 years out of it. The cheapo 5 gallon Wal-Mart jugs are truly a PITA to dispense from. Bad enough that I ended up buying a battery powered pump that attaches to the jug in place of the crappy nozzle. Now the jug stays on the ground and I wait about 2 minutes for it to do it's thing.
 
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:53 PM
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​​​​​​FWIW, fuel can quality may depend more on the spout you get with your fuel can. I have a nice metal 5 gallon jerry can but the self venting spout drips gas...drives me nuts. I also have a couple yellow plastic 5 gallon diesel jugs with self venting spouts that pour nicely at decent speed with zero drips. Overall, I like the plastic jugs way better than the metal can because of their spouts. I carry them in a tool chest in the truck bed...outta sight to reduce temptation of thieves.
 
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Get this for your existing can... makes for much less fuss.

https://www.ruralking.com/ez-pour-hi...pout-kit-30051
 
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ShadowGrey View Post
Get this for your existing can... makes for much less fuss.

https://www.ruralking.com/ez-pour-hi...pout-kit-30051
Appreciate the recommendation though my metal and plastic cans/jugs do not have a separate breather valve. They require a self venting spout. My metal jerry can was designed to eliminate venting off gas vapors during transport.
 
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Old 01-22-2019, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by ShadowGrey View Post
Get this for your existing can... makes for much less fuss.

https://www.ruralking.com/ez-pour-hi...pout-kit-30051
I thought the same thing, except the caps don't fit the cans they claim and the ones that do fit leak after 6 months. The rubber gasket in the spout is not fuel proof.

The only good part of the kit is the vent, it fixes the slow pour venting spouts. The vents can be found on ebay.
 
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:35 AM
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Those Eagle safety cans are nice and they pour fast. I use the 2.5 gal versions on my landscape trailer for two cycle mix. One downside I found is if they are filled with gasoline and left in direct sunlight they will pressurize and begin to vent fumes. This is a non issue with diesel fuel since it doesn't expand like gasoline does.

When traveling I carry a pair of NATO Diesel Jerry Cans in the bed of my truck up next to the cab with a cargo bar from Harbor Freight to prevent them from falling over. The jerry cans take up a smaller footprint in the bed of the truck than the Eagle cans and still fit under the folding bed cover. The downside, they they are expensive but should last a lifetime it taken care of properly. The latching mechanism is designed in such a way and includes a safety pin that will prevent any fuel from leaking even if turned upside down.

The spout that comes with the cans are CARB compliant and are garbage. The full flow spout is the way to go of you want to pour from the can. It appears they have a new steel spout that is much longer. Personally, I set the jerry can on my bed cover and use a siphon hose to fill the truck. It's about as fast and it doesn't require holding a 5 gallon can during refueling. It allows me to do other things when refueling from the jerry cans.

Edit: One last thought, there are cheap Chinese knock-offs that look like the ones I linked above.

 
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Old 01-22-2019, 11:12 AM
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https://www.ruralking.com/25-gal-pol...-transfer-unit

Rural King has the best price on Enduraplas diesel containers with Plasti-Mart a close second. Everyone else is crazy expensive. For now, I carry a 5 gallon container.
 
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Old 01-24-2019, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by ShadowGrey View Post
Get this for your existing can... makes for much less fuss.

https://www.ruralking.com/ez-pour-hi...pout-kit-30051
I do this with every new fuel jug I get. Well worth the money.

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I thought the same thing, except the caps don't fit the cans they claim and the ones that do fit leak after 6 months. The rubber gasket in the spout is not fuel proof.

The only good part of the kit is the vent, it fixes the slow pour venting spouts. The vents can be found on ebay.
I haven't had any issues with the kits I've used. I have done the mod to 4 jugs.
 
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Old 01-24-2019, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by SkiSmuggs View Post
https://www.ruralking.com/25-gal-pol...-transfer-unit

Rural King has the best price on Enduraplas diesel containers with Plasti-Mart a close second. Everyone else is crazy expensive. For now, I carry a 5 gallon container.
While pricey, that looks pretty useful.

 

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