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Old 02-24-2011, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What are the laws regarding transporting fuel in a pickup?

I am thinking of running a bio-diesel blend in my truck, to try and minimize the amount of my hard earned $'s that are leaving the country (and potentially funding our enemies). The problem is that the closest bio retailer is about 50 miles away, so I would have to buy a couple of barrels at a time to make it worth the trip. How much diesel fuel, if any, is it legal for us to carry in a pickup here in California? Are there any haz-mat placards or etc we need to display?
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not sure, but why not run the blend, but buy 100% bio, 5 gallon can per tank, 4 5 gallon containers will last you quite a while that way.
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Last I heard they had to be DOT approved containers. For personal use, you can haul a couple of 55 gallon drums secured properly. But I moved from California a few years a go. Call or check the DMV website. The state use to have this info on their web. I would recommend full Product labels, have a copy of the MSDS in the cab and hazardous stickers on each drum.
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not sure, but why not run the blend, but buy 100% bio, 5 gallon can per tank, 4 5 gallon containers will last you quite a while that way.
Thanks for your suggestion. I plan on buying some B99 and then starting off by blending about 5 gals of that with 28 gallons of #2, and then work my way up to the highest blend that my truck works well on. If I end up with a 40/60 or higher blend (which some people on here seem to be doing well on) I will need a couple of 55 gal drums at least. I could make my own, of course, or have it delivered, but not sure if either of those options are viable.
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Last I heard they had to be DOT approved containers. For personal use, you can haul a couple of 55 gallon drums secured properly. But I moved from California a few years a go. Call or check the DMV website. The state use to have this info on their web. I would recommend full Product labels, have a copy of the MSDS in the cab and hazardous stickers on each drum.
Thanks for the info. I guess calling the DMV would be the safest bet. Just a bit DMVed out after spending two days at the local DMV office tying to register my truck.
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keep them under the bed rail and what ive ben told as long as its not a container of more then 119 gallons ur ok to haul how ever many u want thats what ive been told im not sure the truth
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I am in no cal and have hauled 300 gal and had no problems. I buy all my diesel from Oregon (cheaper)
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I am in no cal and have hauled 300 gal and had no problems. I buy all my diesel from Oregon (cheaper)
Unless the CHP in NorCal is more easy going than SoCal (which I doubt), I should be able to do the same then. Thanks!
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as long as its for personal use you should be fine, hauling it for resale you would need the proper fuel endorsments...
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I read something to the effect that you can haul 500 lbs of a "hazardous substance" (which I think diesel would be considered as far as the law is concerned) without a hazmat licence any more that that you need a commercial driver's licence with a hazmat endorsement. I could be completely wrong about that, too.

Having said that I've hauled the occasional drum or two of oil, and even did a pair of 275 gallon "totes" with no problems. The two 275 gal totes looked pretty impressive that's a lot of oil in the bed of a pickup truck. Each tote is 4x4x4 feet.
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I believe there is another endorsment ontop of the hazmat for fuel delivery.. not sure and my quick search found nothing, but that only applies for a commercial use/sale. We haul thousands of gallons of red diesel on road with no special permits or endorsments, but that falls under ag laws and we have to be within 10-20 miles (I think) of our home base...
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like the other guy said it is 119 gal. and dont get cought with more or the officer can realy nail you. that is why i hate living in CA to much regulation, but on the otherhand if its bio diesel i have heard of people geting away with spills because its plant matter. go figure! so you may be able to argue with judge about how its not diesel.
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