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Old 06-22-2014, 08:37 PM   #1
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Auxilliary fuel tank

We're considering purchasing an auxilliary fuel tank for our new 3500 Dodge Ram pickup and we're wondering if anyone has any experience or recommendations for us.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:48 PM   #2
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I have a small one made by "American Tank" that fits below my rolling aluminum bed cover (35 gallon). The reason I went with this type instead of the larger replacement tanks is because I wanted to take it from truck to truck. So far I've had the same tank in 2 trucks. I have a switch on my dash that switches the fuel feed and at the same time the fuel gauge reads both tanks.

There are 2 different type of tanks made. One is a transfer tank, where you basically use it as a large gas can, transferring the diesel to your main tank. Or you can get one like mine that is an actual fuel tank, where the fuel fed straight to the engine. I'm not sure which is best, but mine has served me well so far.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:04 PM   #3
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The reason we went to an addition fuel tank is because I got tired of waiting in line at the truck stops. Now I carry about 71 gallons of fuel which means I can drive all day (500-600 miles) without having to worry about the lines at the pumps.

I usually set up the trailer and then while Ginny is cooking, I'll go find fuel.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:29 PM   #4
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Thanks, now I understand how they work. Just went to American Tanks and Camping Worlds Webb sites. Not sure if CWs are of the same quality but they have good reviews. So far this forum has been a great resource. Really appreciate everyone's help.
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:00 PM   #5
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There are also larger stock fuel replacements, remove stock tank & replace it with up to 65 gal tank(I think), all stock plumbing transfers to new tank, I believe they are Titan Tanks,
the advantage is not taking up space in truck bed & no switches or valves. I looked into this option sometime back, but $$ prevented it at the time, they are a bit pricey.
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My tank was about the same price as the "Titan" (about $1100) after taxes and shipping.
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Research before you jump --- the titans have a known issue in that the intake on the top is in an 'indention' and ANY water may get by the hard to seal seal (from all reports on Ford-trucks.com)
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Research before you jump --- the titans have a known issue in that the intake on the top is in an 'indention' and ANY water may get by the hard to seal seal (from all reports on Ford-trucks.com)

WOW.... Great information! I didn't like the idea of paying that much and not being able to transfer it to the next truck.

My tank has been pretty fool proof so far.
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I'm not sure what brand my tank is, but it seems to work fine. It sits upright behind the cab, and is plumbed directly into the neck of the main tank. It has a shutoff valve in the line. I use off the main tank until it gets down to about a quarter or so, open the valve and continue down the road. Read that if the fuel gauge on the Chevy stays on full to long, it will go to empty, so keep valve until tank is down enough to prevent this from happening. Not a fancy setup, but one of the cheaper ones. They also have tanks that fit in the bet where the bottom part is for fuel and the top is a storage box. Go online and do a lot of research, there are a lot of options out there depending on what you want and how much you want to spend.
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The reason I researched Titan-like tanks is I have toolbox across front of bed & didn't want one any smaller, too much crap.
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