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Old 04-17-2019, 10:33 PM   #1
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Iím borrowing my parents travel trailer at the end of May and driving approximately 2000km round trip to Vancouver.

Right now gas is 1.18 / L here and 1.71 / l there. I was thinking that buying a slip tank might save me some on fuel but not sure if the extra weight would negate the savings. What do you think.

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Old 04-18-2019, 06:14 AM   #2
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On long trips I put my 100 gallon transfer tank in the truck. Not going to hurt the fuel economy towing my gooseneck by adding that in there.

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Roughly the difference between having just a driver vs a driver and 3 passengers. Not much, and not noticeable on flat highway driving.
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Is it worth the cost of the slip tank, installation, hassle, etc?
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Is it worth the cost of the slip tank, installation, hassle, etc?


There are a ton of used ones around here with the oil and gas sector hurting so bad. I would just strap it in so there isnít much for installation.
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Best part of a road trip is the bad gas station food and sketchy bathrooms. If you haul your fuel, you miss out on all that.

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I have 100 gallons of water on the truck constantly.

I'm well over 11K with all my tools.

Gas mileage is great.

But seriously, it won't effect mileage.

But bolt that thing down FFS. You don't want 800 lbs of fuel going airborne in an accident.

And the tank needs to be bonded to the truck body to help dissipate static.
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100 gallons of gas is more like 600 lbs. I still wouldn't want to be swimming in it.
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Sounds like more hassle than it's worth, plus the added danger of hauling a bunch more highly combustible liquid.
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Roughly the difference between having just a driver vs a driver and 3 passengers. Not much, and not noticeable on flat highway driving.
About an hour into his drive he won't see flat highway again until he hits that same point on the return trip.

If you think you'll use a slip tank more than this one trip, it's probably worth it. Gas throughout BC isn't cheap, cheapest in the province is probably up by me at $1.30, so it's not just Vancouver.
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I would want the extra fuel capacity just so I wouldn't have to try to find a station I can get my truck and trailer into easily
unknown fuel station with tiny lots and no place for a larger rig to pull in and out of is not fun

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Sounds like more hassle than it's worth, plus the added danger of hauling a bunch more highly combustible liquid.
Having 100 gallons of fuel is not a hassle.

It's a convenience. I can stop wherever I need or want to fill up my tanks.

Last time I drove through PA, it saved me almost 75 bucks in fuel by filling it up in OH.

Plus I don't have to hunt for a station I can get into, truck stops are usually 30 cents more a gallon, no thanks.

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I wouldn't bother but i'm lazy.
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For gas or diesel?

I looked into it for gas a few years back, and there were a few legal and insurance issues with hauling that much gas in a passenger vehicle, decided my 34 gal tank was enough

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For gas or diesel?

I looked into it for gas a few years back, and there were a few legal and insurance issues with hauling that much gas in a passenger vehicle, decided my 34 gal tank was enough

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It would be gas. What are the legal issues with it?
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I believe once you hit either a quantity/weight with gasoline you need hazmat placards and everything that goes along with it.

Of course, if you can swap in a larger tank instead, you should be fine

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Seems like a lot of effort and risk for a little return.

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It's a vacation, just by gas along the way and enjoy your trip. Buy local!
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I believe once you hit either a quantity/weight with gasoline you need hazmat placards and everything that goes along with it.

Of course, if you can swap in a larger tank instead, you should be fine

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This is for the US, don't know the laws in Canada.

You can haul up to 119 Gallons or 1,000 LBS of flammable or combustable liquid (yes, there's a difference ) without any special license. Your built-in fuel tank is not counted.

Above that, it's a $#!tshow.

It's not just a HazMat endorsement on a Commercial License. The carrier needs to be licensed to transport hazardous materials, the carrier will need Federal and State Motor Carrier Permits, liability insurance, workers comp, participation in employee driving record monitoring, inspection programs, alcohol and drug testing programs, and some more random $#!t.


That's why most transfer tanks are 100 gallon.
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I thought for gas it was limited to like 20 gallons, but it was over 6 years ago that I was looking into it.

"Easy" way to find out would be to go to the dmv or dot in your area and ask

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