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Old 12-30-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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Is a gas can really needed?

Why do some carry around the metal gas cans that attach to the outside of the vehicle? Before I head out in the woods I make sure I have a full tank.And going as slow as you do over rough terrain I would have to drive for a awful long time to run out.Maybe just for looks?

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Depends on the situation, I've been offroad with a full tank and been very close to e after a full day, but I don't carry a Jerry can

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Old 12-30-2011, 09:56 PM   #3
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More or less they are of most bennifet to those doing long range over landing where gas stations are not as readily available. If your just going to a ohv park.. Just fill up before you get there then again when you leave.. If you do plan on spending many of miles treking through the woods and no gas stations on route then I would get two jerry cans
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:35 PM   #4
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I carry two jerry cans on my spare carrier when I go off roading, but i usually only fill one of them. The reasoning behind it is the same as the reasoning for carrying a sidearm, or a condom: Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
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We do a lot of back woods exploring. Towns are not always close by. Knock on wood we have never had to use our spare gas, but when I'm 4 or 5 hours out on a tail I rather have those cans with me than not. We don't need them when we hit the OHV park close to home, but since they are already installed we just leave them. We also carry a 6.5 gallon container of water with us. Like Powertrip says better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

We run with 2 rigs his and hers so we always double everything.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:55 PM   #6
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I'd imagine some trails require most of a tank and if a wrong turn was taken, you could end up in trouble. It's also good to have some extra to help someone else on the trails that's in a tough spot.

I expected to get one for Christmas after my wife ran our Jeep out of gas on the KS turnpike, no such luck. Need a dual tank mod maybe instead. I've read about changing out the exhaust & muffler and using the jumbo muffler space for a second tank.
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Another thing too. Even if you only plan to be out on the trails for a few hours, take food. You would not believe how many people get stuck or lost and don't have the basics with them. We always take lunch fixens with us. but I always have enough food for a few days with me. if we don't need it great we put it back in the fridge at home.
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Maybe it's one of these

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Maybe it's one of these

Those are pretty cool!
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I've needed them, both in parks and out "in the open", but mostly it's a peace of mind thing if you aren't going far. If you get one, I would minimize the time they are full while on the road, just like picking up gas for your lawnmower. They aren't protected from impacts like the tank is, and spilling 5+ gallons of fuel everywhere from even a small fender bender isn't a good situation.
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Getting stuck or broken down in the backcountry during winter AND being low on fuel can be a dangerous combination. An extra 5 gallons of fuel can save your life.
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Where I live if you travel east from my house the closest gas is 90 miles by the highway, but you can get there also by never touching pavement if you want depending on your route you could be well over 200 miles before you get there. If you don't take any wrong turns.
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I've needed them, both in parks and out "in the open", but mostly it's a peace of mind thing if you aren't going far. If you get one, I would minimize the time they are full while on the road, just like picking up gas for your lawnmower. They aren't protected from impacts like the tank is, and spilling 5+ gallons of fuel everywhere from even a small fender bender isn't a good situation.
Good point.I see guys with the tanks strapped to the outside of there rig.Can be quite dangerous.
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Good point.I see guys with the tanks strapped to the outside of there rig.Can be quite dangerous.
Agree with that. Just driving around town with 5 gallons of gas strapped to the back of your vehicle is incredibly dangerous.

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