A quality fuel transfer tank is just one of the many different things that are beneficial when working in the trucking and/or transportation industry.
In this industry, as with so many other businesses, there are a lot of thing to consider, fuel cost is a major one. Not just the cost of it per gallon, but having enough of it.
That is why so many vehicles are equipped with a fuel transfer tank.
A fuel transfer tank can be designed for vehicles of all sizes from small to medium to large trucks. There are literally hundreds of varieties available as well. Some are made by the manufacturer while others are custom trucks and truck parts that are produced for the aftermarket purchaser.
So without delay, let’s just jump right into the 10 tips to know when using a fuel transfer tank.
What is a Fuel Transfer Tank?
A fuel transfer tank as defined by the Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission (VESC) is an additional fuel storage tank and/or other component that is attached to the vehicle.
The fuel transfer tank is a tank designed to hold additional fuel, often beyond what was intended by the original manufacturer.
It can then be transferred to the main tank, or depending on the design, the engine will draw fuel directly from there, hence the name, fuel transfer tank.
For those who travel long distances, especially in the less populated areas, having enough fuel can be the difference between getting to your destination and being stuck in the middle of nowhere.
There are many challenges faced when traveling long distances. Some of these include higher prices in more remote areas, harsh or even unexpected weather changes. Being prepared is the way to beat those forces trying to hold you back.
2. How Is A Fuel Transfer Tank Regulated?
As you know everything in the USA is regulated by any one, or a combination of regulatory agencies. These include the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection (EPA) and a host of other state and local agencies. These agencies are tasked with ensuring the fuel transfer tank meets and even exceeds the standards set by VESC-22 regulations.
As laws and regulations change in regards to safety in general and consumer safety, many companies will no longer make a fuel transfer that works with gas. Diesel is considered more stable and safer; therefore the EPA and the DOT have stricter regulatory requirements when dealing with gas.
Of course a gas fuel transfer is still being made, just not by every manufacturer.
3. Is it hard to install A Fuel Transfer Tank?
As with any product, whether it’s maintaining/replacing trailer brakes, truck shocks, truck horns, truck lights or even truck tires, it is always recommended to have the work performed by a certified technician. However, if you are a certified mechanic and have a proper work space, you could install a fuel transfer tank. Many of the tanks are designed to be installed by the purchaser.
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But most places that sell a fuel transfer tanks also have the appropriate equipment and trained staff to do the installation for you. Most probably you will need to set up an appointment for the install. But it can be worth it to ensure the fuel transfer tank was installed correctly and will function properly.
4. Ensure Proper Construction Of The Fuel Transfer Tank
This should go without saying, but make sure you get a good fuel transfer tank. Ford, for example had an issue with their tanks. Of course they are a reputable company and did do proper recalls. Before you buy you should ask the distributor/retailer or check out the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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The issue with Ford’s tanks was what is known as “delamination”. Delamination is a term used to describe when the various material layers separate. Basically the inside liner layer of the factory tank simply peeled off. The flakes then clogged up the fuel filter. This could be a serious issue if you get a fuel transfer tank that is defective.
Tanks are made of a variety of materials; steel, aluminum and even plastic. But cautious plastic a fuel tank as they don’t last as long. They are susceptible damage from severe heat and or cold. They have also been known to deform or warp over time.
There is something else you should ensure your fuel transfer tank has, -baffles. Baffles give needed support and durability to the fuel tank. Another good point about baffles is that they help to reduce the sloshing, stops the free movement of the fuel inside the tank.
5. Where To Find A Fuel Transfer Tank
Finding a fuel transfer tank can be very easy to do, but first check with your manufacturer’s recommendations. You should do some serious researches on the various fuel transport tank manufacturers before you make a purchase. Many of the aftermarket products are as good, if not better, than the original manufacturer.
Most any automotive supply center, trucking service shop, or other retailer that specializes in accessories and truck body parts should have a fuel transfer tank that will fit your needs. You can also go online and research the various suppliers in your area.
6. Cost For A Fuel Transfer Tank
This can vary greatly, because there are so many producers of the fuel transfer tank. You have the original manufacturer. You have companies whose main focus is the fuel transfer tank, fuel trucks and other fuel related needs.
Then there are the specialty design shops whose sole purpose is to design accessories tailored to your individual specifications. And let’s not forget all the retail shops that handle a little of everything.
Other considerations are the area and state you’re actually buying the fuel transfer tank in. Prices and taxes will vary greatly from one location to another. Then you must consider the size and design of the fuel transfer tank.