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.
What to look for when you’re buying an additional tank
When you’re getting this type of tank, you’re buying an additional luxury, or perhaps even something that you will find yourself being unable to live with very soon. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you are midway between the two points that you’re driving between, and for many people this type of product ends up being as essential as their GPS or other piece of equipment. The same way there are so many other things that you don’t want to be worried about, running out of fuel is definitely another one.
While the original manufacturer of the truck that you bought may have had one thing in mind in terms of the amount of fuel that the tank would be able to hold, this type of accessory allows you to go beyond what the initial specifications allow, by attaching this tank in the back of the truck, while still ensuring that it is properly secured to the vehicle. When you find yourself in need of additional fuel, it can then be moved from the tank into your truck’s tank.
Although some people may choose to want to have a transfer tank, others may instead find it more convenient to have an auxiliary tank. Whether you want one or another is really up to you. The advantage to a transfer tank over an auxiliary one is that you can use it for things like fueling an ATV or something else that you are bringing along, and the pump that is connected to it will give you more versatility in what you choose to use it for.
Which material should you use?
The most common materials you will find that these tanks are made out of include either steel or aluminum, with the aluminum options often being slightly more expensive than the steel counterpart. Our recommendation is that you go for one made of aluminum, although you may initially be a little reluctant to spending the additional money on it. From several sources across the internet, these tanks are reported to last significantly longer. Additionally, who can withstand that smooth metallic look that they have. There are additionally several cases of people reporting that some of the steel tanks will easily suffer from damage caused by rust.
The shapes they are available in
These tanks can come in different shapes, but perhaps the most popular option is the L-shaped tank, as these have the opportunity to provide a significant amount of fuel storage, while still giving you great option to use the truck as a normal truck. These tanks often come with baffled designs which are made in order to ensure the contents remain in the designated space, even when you are driving the truck around. If you plan on using the tank for any specific type of liquid, it is important that you make sure it has been approved for that type of liquid. These tanks are usually approved for gas and diesel, although can also commonly be approved for methanol, kerosene and aviation fuel, being the most common options.
Do you want a toolbox combo?
Sometimes you don’t simply want a tank that works as a gas tank but rather something that can provide additional storage, which may be used for things such as tools and equipment. For that purpose you may start looking for a combo toolbox and fuel transfer tank that won’t just be able to get you from one point to another, but which will also be able to provide you the tool storage that you’re looking for.
What’s the right pump to go with your new piece of machinery?
Once you have bought the tank, it is now time for you to figure out which type of pump it is that you want to use, keeping in mind that there are ones with different features that you may be seeking out. The good news is that if you buy the wrong one, or you get tired of the one that you have, you will luckily be able to change it and get another, so that you can once again extract fuel from the tank to wherever you want it to go.
If you are moving other things than fuel then you may especially be wanting to make sure that you are getting the right pump, when you may be moving certain things such as food products, for instance.
The first thing we encourage you to think about is what a suitable flow rate is for the types of purposes that you intend on using it for. A pump with a lower flow rate will naturally take longer to fill up, whereas you are more likely to get gas in places where it’s not supposed to go if the pump’s flow rate is too high. While you may be fine with having to wait slightly longer when you’re moving the gas, there is also a point at which it becomes very cumbersome having to wait.
The appropriate flow rate; measured in litres per minute; will usually depend on the type of vehicle that you’ll be using it for and the size of the tank that that vehicle is working with, where the recommended flow rate for a truck is 50 lpm, 70 lpm for a bigger tank like larger vans, and 90 lpm for buses, or other vehicles that have bigger capacity tanks.
Besides the flow rate, you will also have to think about what sort of system is used in order to get the fuel out, where your options are either manually operated, battery-operated or with a power supply. As you can imagine, if you’re using the system often and you’re moving large amounts of gas, you’ll soon be finding yourself regretting getting the manual pump.
If you’re planning on reselling the fuel that you’re bringing, rather than using it yourself, you should know that there are strict requirements that any pump that is used should be able to have its various flow rates, weight and measures approved approved, so that you can ensure that a customer is in fact getting the amount of fuel that they are paying for.