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spoon059

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I've been starting my research in preparation for a cross country trip in a couple years. I just can't justify that much money for one of the in bed or replacement tanks. For less than $100 I can buy 3 5 gallon diesel jugs and keep them in the bed. Yes, I would obviously have to pull off the side of the road to refill, but for $900 in savings, that's not a problem for me.

I can't believe that there isn't a reasonably priced 15-20 gallon poly tank with a hand crank pump available... Northern Tool has this one, but $320 seems a little absurd. A hand crank pump costs about $50. The tank should cost about $75-80. For $200 for a complete package I would consider it, but $319 is a little steep still. https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200711554_200711554?cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=Fuel%20Transfer%20%2B%20Lubrication%20%3E%20Fuel%20Caddies&utm_campaign=Flofast&utm_content=66399&gclid=CjwKCAiAp8iMBhAqEiwAJb94z3c9nTBeu6u7ppwPfYLdp08qgcNBewU_q0-g0KHSuxeRCXu7PQtEnBoC4t8QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


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Tractor Supply has an assortment of aluminum and steel ! In years past I was a fiberglass mechanic and have made two for my trucks !

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spoon059 wrote:

I've been starting my research in preparation for a cross country trip in a couple years. I just can't justify that much money for one of the in bed or replacement tanks. For less than $100 I can buy 3 5 gallon diesel jugs and keep them in the bed. Yes, I would obviously have to pull off the side of the road to refill, but for $900 in savings, that's not a problem for me.


I considered this approach. I even bought a 5 gallon can from HF and made a blow siphon. My ATI 46 gallon tank was around $500 with an electric transfer valve and switch. I installed it myself which was easy. In hindsight, I was glad I went with the permanent install because of the convenience. Remember, you will have to fill those jugs on the front end at the fuel station. and lift them out of your bed with the trailer attached.

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Durb wrote:

spoon059 wrote:

I've been starting my research in preparation for a cross country trip in a couple years. I just can't justify that much money for one of the in bed or replacement tanks. For less than $100 I can buy 3 5 gallon diesel jugs and keep them in the bed. Yes, I would obviously have to pull off the side of the road to refill, but for $900 in savings, that's not a problem for me.


I considered this approach. I even bought a 5 gallon can from HF and made a blow siphon. My ATI 46 gallon tank was around $500 with an electric transfer valve and switch. I installed it myself which was easy. In hindsight, I was glad I went with the permanent install because of the convenience. Remember, you will have to fill those jugs on the front end at the fuel station. and lift them out of your bed with the trailer attached.


14 gal caddy is like $120. For a 1 time deal, I'd just suck it up and know I gotta get fuel every couple hundred miles. And maybe a 5ver jug for peace of mind (I'm the guy who hates stopping and 3 of 4 times will pull in with low fuel light on for the last 20 minutes vs stopping 50 miles sooner, LOL!)
Been doing that for years. Couldn't haul a slip tank in the old truck with TC.
I now do the same thing, but depending on the trip, I use a, now old, 50 gal cube with an electric pump/fuel nozzle that I wired to a trailer hitch plug. Not as handy as gravity flow, but nice to pack a whole extra tank of fuel + some. Of course I bought it at work, so it cost me $0, lol.

If one was industrious, a used slip tank off Craigslist and s few parts, could rig up a semi permanent gravity flow system pretty cheap, compared to buying new with an install kit.

Which btw is what the OP is after, not a truck bed full of jerry cans.


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I have the Transfer Flow 40g/tool box.
Stopping when I want and where I want makes the price soon forgotten.


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Have a look at Titan fuel tanks. Put a 50gal in my GMC fits under my backflip cover. Great add.

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