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MarkTwain

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valhalla360 wrote:

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TravelinDog wrote:

My wife and I are planning to drive up to Alaska this summer with our new 5er and I'm wondering if anyone knows if it is legal to carry 10 extra gallons of diesel fuel.
I don't want to be caught short between fill-ups in Canada or Alaska where I've been told never to pass up an opportunity to fill up the tank.


My suggestion is to have a auxiliary diesel fuel tank installed. safer choice. I have a 60 gal. tank installed by Transfer Flow company located in Chico Calif. I can drive close to 1000 miles before needing fuel. Give them a call and ask what options you have. They can install the auxillary tank in 1 day. They will also ship the tank to your home town.


What exactly is unsafe about a couple 5 gal jugs of diesel in the truck bed?

For extra range it's a nice idea. I'm sure Canadian people use fuel jugs. How else to

they fill up lawnmowers and other small equipment?


Having an auxiliary fuel tank is more convenient and does require loading and unloading fuel cans or take up space in the bed of your truck.

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If this is going to be a one time deal, go with a couple of ~5 gallon fuel cans and secure from tipping (box or milk crates) in your truck bed, just for your peace of mind. In all the posts (Alaska) that I’ve read, I don’t think that I read about anyone running out of fuel. Definitely do not bypass the first gas station you see, there probably is not another on the other side of the town, I learned that lesson in northern Ontario where gas station and towns can be 100 miles apart. Increase your budget for fuel and grin and bear it when you find out that the $1.50 litre translates closer to $6.00 a gallon.
Legalities, none that I’m aware of, if there were any, just about everyone has broken the law.

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Howdy!

Our first trip up was in 2007 and our TV only had a 40 gallon fuel tank. I carried and extra 10 gallons of fuel and never needed it going up. I toppped off and started looking for fuel when I got around half a tank. We returned in mid September and found that a lot of the places we fueled up had no diesel fuel as they had not purchased any not wanting to set on it during the winter. That 10 gallons was just enough to get us to the next fuel stop. After that my TV now has auxiliary fuel tank. It’s nice to fill up when you want to not when you need to.

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I carry a 5 gallon container of diesel and another 5 gallon container of gas for our Yukon in the back of my truck when we travel. It is perfectly fine here.


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In 2017 we drove from central Texas up to Alaska and back, 10000 miles, three months.
At one cafe in Alaska, a lady warned us to be sure we topped off our tank, the next diesel on our path was near 300 miles. I thought she was maybe drumming up business.
Next diesel was 310 miles. It does happen.


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MarkTwain wrote:


Having an auxiliary fuel tank is more convenient and does require loading and unloading fuel cans or take up space in the bed of your truck.


So what is the safety concern you mentioned?

Also, typical in bed auxiliary tanks take up space in the bed.

Under bed tanks are awfully expensive relative to a couple of 5 gal jugs.


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I often carry a 5 gallon jerky can of diesel when I’m towing long distances but I never actually use it. I like to have it to fully use my main tank….. I’m comfortable going past 0 miles to empty.


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Thanks for all the varied opinions. I guess I should have been more specific.
My question was more along the lines of whether it would be legal to cross the Canadian border carrying a couple of 5 gallon jugs of extra diesel.
I'm certainly not going to spend $1800+ on an auxiliary fuel tank.

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TravelinDog wrote:

Thanks for all the varied opinions. I guess I should have been more specific.
My question was more along the lines of whether it would be legal to cross the Canadian border carrying a couple of 5 gallon jugs of extra diesel.
I'm certainly not going to spend $1800+ on an auxiliary fuel tank.


We all get to make our own choices to meet our particular needs. Carrying 5-gallon cans of fuel is one choice. It just would not be my first choice, all things being equal and the river don't rise[emoticon]

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TravelinDog wrote:

Thanks for all the varied opinions. I guess I should have been more specific.
My question was more along the lines of whether it would be legal to cross the Canadian border carrying a couple of 5 gallon jugs of extra diesel.
I'm certainly not going to spend $1800+ on an auxiliary fuel tank.


I thought so, that's why I recommended buying the cans after your cross into Canada. Or keep the cans empty at crossing.

Surely you can get ahold of the Canadian Border Crossing people and inquire with them.

EDIT TO ADD: I just took a quick look at Canadian Border requirements.
It *looks* like you can bring fuel across the border, but there is a limit to how much, there may be a fee to be paid if too much, and they may be picky about the fuel container. You really need to contact Canadian Customs, and if they say it's ok, try to get it in writing or email, and print copies and take with you.

I've always had good to great experiences with Canadian Customs, but it's been quite a few years since.

Good luck to you.

In light of all that, Personally I'd just buy a couple fuel containers in Canada after I crossed in. Easy, no worries, no stress, no **** to deal with.

* This post was edited 12/13/21 05:18pm by OkieGene *

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