If you’re not one to think that the existing storage tank that is incorporated into your vehicle is big enough, there are fortunately other options that you can use in order to make sure you can go further without having to stop and refuel.
On this page we haven’t just listed the fuel transfer tanks that we have for sale through our platform, we will also help you understand what your options are so that you get the solution that best fits the needs that you may have, whether it comes to the shape of what you are buying, the capacity that it has built into it, or various features that you may wish to have.
The process of buying such a tank is no different from buying a plasma cutter, a wide belt sander or a wood lathe, as they all require what you initially want, then researching the market to figure out which of the options out there best match the needs that you have, followed by making a purchase decision and being happy about your final purchase.
Can you use a transfer tank for gasoline?
When you are wanting to transfer gasoline in one way or another, there are very important things that you need to know about, as the DOT has issued permits to companies that manufacture and sell these tanks, as you could imagine the potential disaster that would arise from having to clean up a bunch of leaked gas that just went everywhere.
It was a complete disaster when BP had a major oil spill, and the cleaning and wildlife loss associated with it were just detrimental.
Transfer tanks, however, can also be used for ATVs or for a generator and don’t necessarily have to be used for the bed of a truck, but can be used for so many other things as well. The term transfer tanks usually refers to the transfer of diesel but it is important that you find out what it is that you wish to transfer and that you get the product that has been certified for that specific purpose.
These tanks are different from auxiliary fuel tanks that are connected to the stock factory tank, whereas a transfer tank will need a pump in order to transfer the fuel into where it can be used by your truck.
When it comes to the pump that is being used for the purpose, you may see that there are a couple of different options that include manual and electric options, where your convenience is what determines which one it is you choose to go with.
It is important to make sure that you are only transporting liquids in the tank that it has been approved for.
12 volt electric option
While many people opt for the manual option, the 12 volt electric one is one that will do the job for you, as you won’t have to do any manual labor in order to pump the gas from one tank to another, as opposed to the manual option.
Are you feeling the manual option instead?
If you would rather use a manual option for the pump that is definitely an option as well. A hand pump is for the people that aren’t afraid of putting in a little bit of work.
What makes a fuel tank DOT approved?
In order to be DOT-approved, a special certificate needs to be issued that is usually issued up to 119 gallons in capacity, which means that you can’t simply go on some sketchy website and buy a metal container to transport fuel in.
A special commercial license needs to be issued if you are wanting to transport more than 119 gallons at a time.
How do these tanks work?
When you go somewhere to refuel, the fuel is transferred to the tank, at which point you close it off and go about your day until you need the extra fuel that you have been transporting that can now be pumped into your vehicle’s factory storage tanks.
They have additionally been pressured tested in order to ensure no leakage occurs.
Do you want a toolbox combo?
If you don’t want a separate toolbox, and you want something that someone can’t just easily steal out of the bed of your truck when you aren’t paying attention, a really good option can be the fuel transfer tanks that are toolbox combos also, that allows you to store those hings you need to have readily available without putting them inside your truck.
While these come in a range of different sizes, the 50 gallon option is a very popular one as it will still add a bunch of mileage to your truck without simply taking up the entire bed of your truck.
While obvious, the 100 gallon option can obviously transfer more gas than the 50 gallon option is capable of, but you will also find that it comes at a higher price tag and will take up more of that valuable space in the back of your truck, too.
30 or 200 gallon
On both ends of the spectrum, you can find some of the slightly less popular options that appeal to those that either have more limited needs, or those that have especially big needs. The 30 gallon option may just give you that extra capacity that you’re looking for. If your truck goes 15 mpg, that is an additional 450 miles without having to rely on stopping to refuel, whereas a 200 gallon tank could give you an extra 3,000 miles at 15 mpg, although you likely won’t just need the gas for the extra mileage.
Whether you want a bigger or a smaller tank will obviously largely depend on the purpose that you are using it for, where you may be wanting a bigger tank if you are using it as a mode of transportation of fuel to something that may require it that is otherwise located far away from other fuel sources. Again, be sure that you are buying a tank that is certified for the purpose you are wanting to use it for, and get it with the type of pump you like. Where you may be willing to do a manual pump if you simply want a small tank, chances are you will probably be needing an electric one if you are having to pump diesel out of it very frequently, and in great quantities.