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Haulin extra fuel for a trip

Hey kids, I am taking a 3300 mile trip this summer, and want to take extra fuel with me. 10 gal can? nope..someone could easily walk away with them. so I was thinkin...55 gal drum in the bed with a little pump. Yes, the drum would be for fuel, drum very securely tied down, and I am aware of "slosh"...
So...any better suggestions other than a $600 bed tank? This is going to be a one shot deal, just for the trip.

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You wont be passing any places where you can buy diesel during your 3300 mile trip?
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Buy a bed tank then sell it after the trip?
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Truck stop, pee stop, munchie stop. Case closed.
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Easier to stop for fuel when needed. Less worry & headache if something happens.
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Is he pulling something that would reduce his MPG to the point that he'd have to stop every 3 hours???

At 10 MPG and 28 gallons of available fuel, that's 280 miles of range. That's at least 4 hours on the road at the 10 MPG.

I don't know that I'd want to go much longer than that without a break.

Without towing something that would cut your MPG, I figure 15 MPG (I average closer to 20) with a 30 gallon usable tank, that's 450 miles or around 6-1/2 hours on the road.

Here's a thought, Ricky. Seriously, sit down on the computer and plan the trip a little bit. Plan your fuel stops. Make reservations in Motels or Indian Reservations or somewhere. Look for Truck Stops if necessary.

You really don't want to carry open fuel containers around in your truck. Not cool.

Ask LtngDriver how far he calculates between stops when he's loaded and unloaded.
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I like what others have said and would like to add.

Auxiliary Tank correctly installed will cost $1200-$1500.

During the winter we Travel to the Rockies, We bring our own snacks and refill at wayside Areas only. This saves time for road travel, Every time You pull into fuel stops its 20-30 Minutes Minimum. You only have so Much Daylight during winter time and I don't care to travel at Night.
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10 gal can? nope..someone could easily walk away with them. so I was thinkin...55 gal drum in the bed with a little pump.
I'd take several 5 or 10 gallon cans, as many as needed, if there isn't any fuel available along the route. And then lock them up.

I would not take a 55-gallon drum, even if I knew that the laws about transporting fuel along the way allowed it.

And since I'm lazy, I'd siphon the fuel from the cans instead of having to lift them.

Maybe if we start telling people that the brain is an app, they will start using it?

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Is he pulling something that would reduce his MPG to the point that he'd have to stop every 3 hours???

At 10 MPG and 28 gallons of available fuel, that's 280 miles of range. That's at least 4 hours on the road at the 10 MPG.

I don't know that I'd want to go much longer than that without a break.

Without towing something that would cut your MPG, I figure 15 MPG (I average closer to 20) with a 30 gallon usable tank, that's 450 miles or around 6-1/2 hours on the road.

Here's a thought, Ricky. Seriously, sit down on the computer and plan the trip a little bit. Plan your fuel stops. Make reservations in Motels or Indian Reservations or somewhere. Look for Truck Stops if necessary.

You really don't want to carry open fuel containers around in your truck. Not cool.

Ask LtngDriver how far he calculates between stops when he's loaded and unloaded.
Got a 10K trip planned this summer to Alaska towing the fifth wheel , not the least bit worried carrying just 30 gals. I may carry an extra 5 gal. can, just in case ,but thats it .
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Transporting 55 gallons of fuel in a 55 gallon drum. Hummmmm. What ever could go wrong?
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I carry two 5 gallon jugs and a long funnel when towing, as I have the 2 door it has the dumb 28 gallon tank because of the, now, non used def tank. I have only had to add fuel one time because GPS, took me for a country ride in Texas. I need the bed length to load a motorcycle, anything easy to steel, just chain it down, if they want it, they will have bolt cutters and get it. At sometimes 10mpg with that tank, it sucks to have to stop a lot, but it is what it is.

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Transporting 55 gallons of fuel in a 55 gallon drum. Hummmmm. What ever could go wrong?
It could be illegal, but that should be about it. Of course, there are people who could create a small catastrophe by transporting an apple pie, too.

Maybe if we start telling people that the brain is an app, they will start using it?

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