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Fuel Transfer Tanks, and some fuel storage tips — 7 Comments

  1. Read this article twice and you will get an understanding that this concept is an accident waiting to happen. This is an idiot idea and not legal in many states. This concept does not have the engineering required for flammable / combustible liquid tanks mounted on vehicles. What happens if involved in an accident. Modifying a vehicle as described may just void your vehicle insurance.

    • Hello Mr. Schall,

      Thank you for your comment on my blog post. You might consider this an “idiot idea”, and it might not be legal in some states as you mention. I would be interested in what, specifically, you disagree with. The amount of fuel? The container material? Pumps? In transit auxiliary tank designs? Transfer tank designs? Baffles? Drop tests? Permeability testing? The utility of used fuel tanks from other vehicles? Or what, exactly?

      As to what happens in an accident, if the tanks are properly installed, they’re as sturdy as OEM systems.

      Now one thing I might have put more emphasis on is that I’m using primarily a combustible liquid tank, not a flammable materials tank. There are only a few manufacturers that make flammables tanks for the small truck crowd, but they also have undergone tests and meet the appropriate standards.

      The engineering concept has been approved for some of the manufacturer’s products, namely TransferFlow, and Aerotank. Transfer-Flow, you might be interested in hearing, meets FMVSS 301 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards), VESC-22 (Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission), NFPA 1192, ANSI 119.2, RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association) regulations, CARB (California Air Resources Board), and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations, for vehicles under 10k GVWR. They are crash tested to FMVSS 301 standards, attachment systems meet NFPA, ANSI and RVIA standards. In addition they meet EPA and CARB standards.

      For those larger vehicles “For Vehicles Greater Than 10,000 GVW
      Transfer Flow fuel systems meet VESC-22 (Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission), NFPA 1192, ANSI 119.2, RVIA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association), CARB (California Air Resources Board) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations.”

      You might want to peruse the pertinent page at Transfer Flow – http://www.transferflow.com/fuel_tank_regulations.html. Most of the other manufacturers have similiar pages, and as is stated on some of them “state laws will vary”.

      If you would like further information on other manufacturers, I would be happy to forward some links.

      I look forward to your reply.

      Greg Trent

    • Where are you from sheldon schall??? Not going to call you an idiot like you did towards the guy who wrote this up but you shouldnt be running your mouth unless you know about what your talking about…. Atleast have an idea of what is getting talked about… lol slip tanks are extremely popular and nessesary to have as a operator of heavy equipment!!! Like how do you think the machine gets fueled up everyday? Or do you figure they just drive er up town and pull into a gas station? These fuel tanks are engineered and built to be put into the box of a truck and are secured to the box of the truck…. Slip tanks are double walled and use baffles inside the tank to prevent sloshing so they dont effect the truck while driving and you can add airbags or an extra leaf spring if your truck is squatting from the weight… I know for a fact it will not “void warranty” of your vehicle… If your going to comment your two cents atleast google it or do your research on the topic because your not makin sense ✌

      • Hes probably one of the most qualified people in wisconsin to talk about it. Ha. Hes a legend in the petro industry. google him.

  2. Great info!

    I’ve been considering a 100 gallon aluminum tank from an 18 wheeler for the back of my pickup. Diesel regulations are much more lax then gasoline. One thing to consider with that amount of fuel is the weight. Another alternative is to use a 50 gallon tank from a refrigerated trailer.

    If I get a 50 gallon tank it might stay in the pickup all of the time. These tanks would be primarily to transport fuel home to my 55 gallon drums and my home heating oil storage tank . My pickup has a 35 gallon tank from the factory so running out of fuel isn’t a big deal. If I feel the need I can siphon from the tank in the bed to the factory tank in a pinch.

    I’m getting ready to fill my 55 gallon drums soon and I think a worthwhile thing to do would be to coat the inside of the tank (at least the bottom part) with the epoxy coating that is used to restore metal motorcycle tanks. Fuel oil (gas, diesel and kerosene) is lighter than water and the rust on the inside of the tank would start on the bottom seam if the tanks are stored upright. Ethanol gasoline (oxygenated) will only exacerbate this because of its chemical attraction to water.

    I appreciate the fact that you didn’t react to the first posters inflammatory remarks, but tried to educate him instead.

  3. Q; I see most of the transfer tanks and big in bed fuel tanks are rated for combustible (diesel) but not flammable (gasoline). What is the difference or is there really one? Is it safe to carry gas in a diesel tank. Can a diesel tank be made to carry gasoline safe?

  4. FYI, In Texas you can not store more than 110 gallons in a tank on a truck without DOT registration of the vehicle.

    Good post.

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