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Old 01-18-2014, 10:25 PM   #1
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Strap fuel down inside cabin?

In the interest of saving money by avoiding a fancy exterior mounting option, and avoiding expensive rotopax cans, I am curious if I can just fill a regular 3gallon fuel jug up and strap it down inside the cabin. Anyone have advice on where to strap it down or any reason not to at all?

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Gasoline container inside the cab.... absolutely not! Not me anyway.

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I've filled my jerry cans and strapped them in just the three blocks home. It doesn't go well. Strap it to the spare.
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wouldn't want the gas inside the vehicle. Spills could occur, fumes etc....
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fumes are the explosive part of gasoline...just saying...

besides i have yet to find a gasoline container that can really keep it all inside!
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Wow...you asked, my thoughts......never inside or outside.
I think extra fuel storage even on the exterior is a high risk gamble. Extra fuel cans hanging off the back of any vehicle are dangerous IMHO. It even might be illegal, never needed to check.

Statistically speaking the odds are you will ever get rear ended or roll over or have a front end collision. But if you ever do, hello "weenie roast" in a Ford Pinto.



Seriously, 3 gallons of fuel should be factored into your "Overland Adventure" or trail ride.For what it's worth....
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The fumes seem to linger regardless of the can, and if there are even a couple drips you'll smell them for at least a week. The external carrier is totally worth the price.
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They make toy hauler RVs for transporting ATVs, motorcycles, and other toys that have gasoline in them. They can leak small amounts of gas or oil during transport. RV manufacturers learned that the flooring had to be made of special petroleum resistant material, so the spill could be wiped up without absorbing any of the petroleum, otherwise the toy hauler would smell like gasoline forever. With the interior materials used in a JK I would never risk carrying gasoline inside the vehicle, even if the safety concerns didn't apply.
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I have been told by a Pathologist friend,if you can smell gas it is extremely harmful to your body.
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Thanks for the help, now I don't have to frustratingly figure this out for myself.
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I thought about this after replying. If I was in an absolute pinch and it wasn't going to be a regular occurrence, I would buy one of those Rubbermaid totes with the snap lid and put the gas can inside of that.

It would protect from spills and be somewhat airtight.
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I thought about this after replying. If I was in an absolute pinch and it wasn't going to be a regular occurrence, I would buy one of those Rubbermaid totes with the snap lid and put the gas can inside of that.

It would protect from spills and be somewhat airtight.
Not too sure I would rely on something I could buy at WalMart to be the only thing standing between me and a big fireball. Just saying.
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In the interest of saving money by avoiding a fancy exterior mounting option, and avoiding expensive rotopax cans, I am curious if I can just fill a regular 3gallon fuel jug up and strap it down inside the cabin. Anyone have advice on where to strap it down or any reason not to at all?
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Wow...you asked, my thoughts......never inside or outside.
I think extra fuel storage even on the exterior is a high risk gamble. Extra fuel cans hanging off the back of any vehicle are dangerous IMHO. It even might be illegal, never needed to check.

Statistically speaking the odds are you will ever get rear ended or roll over or have a front end collision. But if you ever do, hello "weenie roast" in a Ford Pinto.



Seriously, 3 gallons of fuel should be factored into your "Overland Adventure" or trail ride.For what it's worth....
so what do you do, if your going someplace where you might need extra fuel?

I have been to Big Bend, where the only gas station within 70miles was out of gas. the Trans Labrador highway says, fuel stops are 500km (310miles) and what if a station is out or has a problem
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I thought about this after replying. If I was in an absolute pinch and it wasn't going to be a regular occurrence, I would buy one of those Rubbermaid totes with the snap lid and put the gas can inside of that.

It would protect from spills and be somewhat airtight.
Bad idea!! Those things hold a lot of electric static which causes gas vapors to go
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I've done it from the gas station 1/2 mile up the road to fill up my lawn mower (topless). Even then, I was extremely nervous. I'd never want to go too far like that.
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HaHa, So I take it none of y'all would ride with me while hauling 22 gallons of race fuel to a remote pit area?
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Well race trucks have fuel tanks in the structure so if windows are off. Why not? Just use common sense. Be aware of vapors.
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I strap the gas cans for my boat and mowers to the tie downs. Anyone with a lawn mower must move gas from the station to home
I also strap the propane tank for the grille in the back
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My brother had a Renegade , he'd torn up the Gas tank beyond fixing one day.....Asked me to weld him up another gas tank ,I asked him where he wanted it? He said he'd bolt it down in the back where the seat was...Between the wheel tubs....
This was during the first gas shortage in the 70's... I was working nights so I was building Aluminum Gas tanks for every pick up truck and motor home in the parking lot !!
I made him a really nice Aluminum Gas tank with several good baffles, 1/8" 6061 all Bent on a press brake..Nice tank with heavy mounting feet so it was bolted to the floor with some rubber grommets...Fill tube and hose mounted to the top of the Wheel tub on the drivers side.... Never had a bit of trouble with that tank in several years.He even rolled the Jeep one night on a icy road....No spillage....
Don't get me wrong here, I don't like the idea of carrying gas inside either...
How bout a gas tank from Summit, one that would hold a few gallons and you could bolt it down in the rear compartment, drain it into the main tank when your empty ?
Same situation I guess, but it would be Foam Filled ..maybe, and bolted down. Safer than a jug sloppin around with Bungy cords wrapped around a roll bar....
I guess in this case I 'll have to side with Safety.....Get a damned cheapo Jeep Can carrier ( Quadratec) and find a Jeep type can and get it over with ...."BH"
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GAS in the cab? no way... 40L deisel sitting on top of my roofrack makes me feel bad, and the lingering smell and stain just odn't go away...
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In the interest of saving money by avoiding a fancy exterior mounting option, and avoiding expensive rotopax cans, I am curious if I can just fill a regular 3gallon fuel jug up and strap it down inside the cabin. Anyone have advice on where to strap it down or any reason not to at all?
I carried my two 4 gallon rotopax units inside the cab on my last 2 trips, but I'm fully aware that it is not the optimal solution (nor something I would do permanently.) I now mount them on the outside (required a $1500 expedition one bumper) but that's the correct way. If you have a quality container, it's not THAT big a deal, but still not ideal. If you only wheel once in a while, you would be ok, but again, make sure you have a quality container that will NOT leak. If you run rotopax, make sure you discard the EPA approved spout and get the yellow spout instead. Again, this is for the occasional wheeling trip and NOT something I'd recommend on a regular basis. I would also highly advise against cheap containers. Pony up for a rotopax. FWIW, there are no fumes at all from the rotopax with yellow spout, it is airtight.
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In the interest of saving money by avoiding a fancy exterior mounting option, and avoiding expensive rotopax cans, I am curious if I can just fill a regular 3gallon fuel jug up and strap it down inside the cabin. Anyone have advice on where to strap it down or any reason not to at all?
Wow you guys amaze me sometimes with how paranoid you are about things a few question to OP could get a lot more info

I will ask is your top going to be on or off , if your top is off I would say keep your gas can next to tailgate

Ventilation and securing it are the main concerns if you can't address either one well then don't do it
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Top on was just assumed being that it's January, but you are right. Really it comes down to temperature, ventilation, and distance traveled. And do you really want to put up with it if you can strap it to your spare in minutes with a good tiedown strap.
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I carried my two 4 gallon rotopax units inside the cab on my last 2 trips, but I'm fully aware that it is not the optimal solution (nor something I would do permanently.) I now mount them on the outside (required a $1500 expedition one bumper) but that's the correct way. If you have a quality container, it's not THAT big a deal, but still not ideal. If you only wheel once in a while, you would be ok, but again, make sure you have a quality container that will NOT leak. If you run rotopax, make sure you discard the EPA approved spout and get the yellow spout instead. Again, this is for the occasional wheeling trip and NOT something I'd recommend on a regular basis. I would also highly advise against cheap containers. Pony up for a rotopax. FWIW, there are no fumes at all from the rotopax with yellow spout, it is airtight.
Where would one get the yellow spouts? Love my rotopax, hate those EPA spouts that came with them.
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Where would one get the yellow spouts? Love my rotopax, hate those EPA spouts that came with them.
RotopaX Replacement Parts- Self-Venting Spout

Those EPA spouts are crap. They leak. The non EPA approved spouts are airtight. Figures the government can't even get this right.
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RotopaX Replacement Parts- Self-Venting Spout

Those EPA spouts are crap. They leak. The non EPA approved spouts are airtight. Figures the government can't even get this right.

--OMG-- this is f%% funny, they have a disclaimer so the gov won't shut them down and make sure us americans get the crappy one's from the EPA

*THIS SPOUT IS ONLY SUPPLIED WITH WATER PACKS AND INTERNATIONALLY SHIPPED FUEL PACKS.
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I have 3 5gal USMC jerry cans, made in '73, '79' and '85, they don't leak even knocked over ..tell me again why the gov'ment thinks they're bad?

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