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NRALIFR

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Posted: 02/16/19 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is a good way to carry it. I like it. I don’t know how long that style of gas can has been around, but I don’t remember seeing anything like it when I was looking for options 20 years ago. I might have used it myself. As it turned out, I started looking through all my salvaged and saved junk, and came up with this. The Jerry cans and the black holder frame were purchased, everything else was repurposed junk. You can’t see it in this picture, but the 20L can is mounted to a fold-down spare tire mount. I didn’t think the fold-down feature would be useful until I tore up my shoulders. Sure makes it easier to get a full can out of the holder. [emoticon]

I always have two NATO Jerry cans on the bumper of my TC. The 20L can is for Diesel, and the 5L can is for generator gasoline. I use both cans frequently.

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JimK-NY wrote:

SoonDockin wrote:

Carrying gas is always fine until it’s not. That seems like a good solution. Can those small generators be converted to propane?


Propane takes up way more volume for the same amount of energy, is way more expensive and is often difficult to find in remote camping locations. In terms of safety, a liquid can be contained easier than liquid and pressurized gas.

Most RV's are already carrying propane. I assume TC's are carrying LP as well? It's not a choice of LP or gas but its a choice of carrying lp AND gas.
LP is way more available than it used to be, but I agree it is not as available as gas.
In the end the reason to consider lp is to avoid transporting a 2nd fuel in a portable container.


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RotoPax makes a nice heavy duty bracket that mounts right onto the AF bumper. That’s how I carry my RotoPax.
https://rotopax.com/var/images/product/500.500/image_67.png

* This post was edited 02/16/19 02:43pm by GeoBoy *

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ScottG wrote:

You did a nice job on it but I don't think that very back of any vehicle is a safe place for a gas can.

JMHO, best of luck to you.

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Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?

That's not a very good place for a gas can either....

But has been that way forever..

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Posted: 02/16/19 06:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like it but I would lower it so the weight of gas tank is on the bumper. Possible just a small inch thick rubber spacer that could be removed when opening the door. On second thought you could just get a spacer that will work with your present setup.

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AISURFFISH wrote:

ScottG wrote:

You did a nice job on it but I don't think that very back of any vehicle is a safe place for a gas can.

JMHO, best of luck to you.

Scott


Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?

That's not a very good place for a gas can either....

But has been that way forever..

JMHO...


Seriously? MC is a totally differnt situation and when your in a wreck, you're generally thrown from the bike. It's also rare that a MC tank is crushed to the point it bursts like that can on the back of your truck will.

Some of the responses are sad. And why cant someone make a point without getting snarky or nasty?
Then there's the person who suggests that if someone bumps into the back of you, they deserve what they get.
The military? Why would it be a good idea just because they did it?

If you think it's safe, why not mount it on the FRONT of your vehicle so you're the one that takes the bath?

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I understand the need to carry gas however the "explosive force" of 1 gallon of gasoline is equal to 10 sticks of dynamite.
Would you travel with 10 stick of dynamite strapped to your rear bumper?

I also believe there has to be a better location/solution than on the rear in the crash zone. It doesn't take much imagination to see the potential for a problem.
Is there room between the rear of the cab and the truck camper?

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I would say that the location of that tank is higher than most rear end collisions with modern vehicles. It is not going to blow up like ten sticks of dynamite. If a gallon of gas was turned to a vapor at just the right mixture, then maybe. It certainly could cause a fire, if impacted and then a source of ignition was there. There is risk in lots of things we do, Like walking across the street or driving a RV.

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OP, nice clean looking install. And rotopax tanks are sweet, albeit a bit spendy.
For the doom n gloom naysayers, I haven't heard any verifiable horror stories to go with the ascertations nor any verifiable "bomb proof" ideas.
Except for "mount between the front of camper and the cab." Lol. One quick stop and the camper will pop a gas can like a zit locate there. Next caller....
Just like most scenarios on here, folks somehow aren't able to look outside their own little box. Like in this case. On any given Monday morning commute, there are probably millions of vehicles with secondary gas cans somewhere in the vehicle or truck bed. Haven't seen those 50 sticks of dynamite explosions ever on the evening news. (That's 5 gal of gas according to someone).
I suppose the naysayers don't have lawn and garden equipment that requires them to carry a can of gas home from the gas station? What container do you use and how do you secure it to be unable to crack, squish, explode, get thrown from the vehicle, etc in a major collision? I'd like to pick apart your fuel transport methods... Lol


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dave17352 wrote:

I would say that the location of that tank is higher than most rear end collisions with modern vehicles. It is not going to blow up like ten sticks of dynamite. If a gallon of gas was turned to a vapor at just the right mixture, then maybe. It certainly could cause a fire, if impacted and then a source of ignition was there. There is risk in lots of things we do, Like walking across the street or driving a RV.


Sure it will. Last time I doused a burn pile with a gallon of gas, it blew the logs and sticks into the next county and I found myself sittin on the roof of the house upside down 100yds away!
Oh wait, no it didn't. It was a big POOF only.
Dave you're right, if you vaporized and pressurized 1 gal of gas in a vessel, to the same degree it gets in a vehicle cylinder it would make a HUGE explosion. But since a plastic gas can can't do that, neither will the gasoline in it.

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