5. How Does One Find A Transfer Tank?
This is the easiest part actually. A transfer tank can be found in a variety of places. But before you purchase one, make sure it complies with the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can check your owner’s manual, research online, or even check with your mechanic. Often you can find some great aftermarket products. This might be a good way to save money and still get a quality product.
But like I said you can find them most anywhere. Trucking service shops that sell truck body parts, online, most of the automotive supply centers, or any other retail outlet specializing in vehicle accessories should be able to offer you a transfer tank suited to fit your needs.
6. How Much Does A Transfer Tank Cost?
The cost of a transfer tank does vary greatly. This is for a number of reasons the most obvious being the state you buy it in. Taxes and sale prices will be as varied as there are small towns in America. Then you should consider the shape and design, if it is a specialty item of just off the shelf.
However, you can find a lower end transfer tank starting around $300. A better quality model, based on fuel capacity will cost more. The upper end is well over a $1000 dollars for a really good transfer tank, based on your requirements.
Another consideration is the fact that there are numerous manufactures of the transfer tank. There are actually specialty companies whose primary business is generated from the manufacturing of a transfer tank (other such products).
Not to mention the aftermarket specialty businesses tailoring to the accessories and designing based on your needs. Last but not least are the shops that will handle just about anything truck related.
7. Transfer Tank Care And Maintenance Basics
The general care and maintenance of your truck and of your transfer tank is rather simple and even considered quite basic. You should treat your transfer tank the same as any other fuel tank. Keep in mind you should keep it free of dirt and other debris, things that could potentially clog your fuel filter.
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But here are a few simple things to consider, it is of course against federal law to use a fuel storage tank for anything besides its intended purpose, this includes a transfer tank. That purpose of course being to haul additional fuel. Make sure you keep the cap closed on tightly fastened when not refueling.
It is very important to keep water out of your fuel system and transfer tank. If you do use additives, ensure they are only those recommend by the manufacturer. Taking proper care of your transfer tank will benefit you by reducing cost, wear and tear, and allowing for more drive time between stops.
8. Water Is The Number One Issue For A Transfer Tank
This is such an important issue, that I felt it truly needed to be expanded on. Having water in your transfer tank, fuel tank or fuel system can be a very serious and costly issue! Keep in mind; it doesn’t matter if it’s your personal car, motorcycle, or your business vehicle. Water in your fuel must be dealt with as soon as possible, actually immediately.
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It doesn’t really matter how the water gets into your transfer tank or fuel, it might be during the truck wash. After all fuel is a liquid and condensation can and does happen. It can also be caused by purchasing bad gas when you filled up. But there are a few symptoms that might mean there’s water in your fuel:
- Noticeable hesitation when you try to accelerate.
- The acceleration is almost violent in its reaction.
- The vehicle might sputter or cut out as you accelerate.
Keep in mind these might be signs of other serious mechanical issues as well. Your fuel filter could be clogged, your fuel pump might be going out, and the computer might have issues. But the first thing to check is your fuel, especially if you recently refueled, and your vehicle was running fine prior.
Now if the transfer tank, fuel system, is found to have water in it, don’t fears there are things you can do. One of the most obvious is to remove the bad fuel and replace it with fresh water free fuel. But that might not be realistic, so no matter what though it is an issue because water in your fuel or transfer tank can cause other mechanical issues.
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The most common solution, for most cases is to purchase a fuel additive; Heet is a highly recommended fuel additive. It is used to remove excessive water from the fuel. Of course it will depend on the actual amount of water in the fuel. Unfortunately it doesn’t take that much case performance issues.
However, if you truly do have an overly excessive amount of water, you will have limited options but to drain your transfer tank and let it dry completely. You should have this done by a certified mechanic.
9. Install The Transfer Tank Properly To Keep Your Factory Warranty
Proper installation is the key, just like loading the proper map software into your GPS or putting the proper air pressure in your tires. The transfer tank needs to be installed correctly. Though it can be installed by the individual who purchased the transfer tank, it is recommended to be performed by a certified professional. The reason being is that it could void out your factory warranty, so be mindful of this prior to trying to install it yourself.
The other advantage to having the transfer tank installed by a professional at an official installation center is they will have a warranty as well. So not only will be assured it was done correctly they will be responsible if there were any issues with the transfer tank. But make sure all agreements are in writing!