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Starting my get out of dodge, auxiliary fuel tank setup. :)

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Yo_Hec, May 6, 2020.

  1. May 6, 2020 at 11:22 PM
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    Yo_Hec

    Yo_Hec [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hurricane season is almost here. Two years ago it toom me 18 hrs to reach the georgia border. All the fuel stations were empty, luckily i had a bunch of tanks but it took way to much space. Im taking out the useless spare and putting a 20 gallon tank in its place. Ill be removing the whole tire crossbar and winch mechanism and will be welding up no stiffening cross bars and straps to secure the tank.

    Ill be making a fueling panel to replace the oem left storage box in the bed. There you will find the filler neck , system power, switch for fuel pump and a fuel gauge. There will be a master switch inside the cabin in my command center (right side switch).Ill be doubling the capacity by about 95%.. Lets see!

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  2. May 6, 2020 at 11:56 PM
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    jmauvais

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    Looks cool. I saw a pretty cool system for 4Runners that attaches to the current fill neck. You fill the tank like normal and once the main tank is full, the fuel backs up the neck to fill the aux tank.

    while driving, when you get low, you just hit a button on the dash to pump fuel from the aux tank to your main tank. If you forget to turn off the pump, overfill is impossible because the tank just dumps back in to the aux tank.

    I don’t know what kind of system you are looking to set up; but it seems more complicated than that one.
     
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  3. May 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM
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    Yo_Hec

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    I dont want to penetrate the factory tank for a return line and i dont want.to fill it up on the fly because i dont have a return line. Still in the works.
     
  4. May 7, 2020 at 3:46 AM
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    Looks awesome, but what if you get a flat tire? :boink:
     
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  5. May 7, 2020 at 4:02 AM
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    Open you eyes man, that is what the Lego dudes are for, kind of like trunk money...
     
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  6. May 7, 2020 at 4:21 AM
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    wouldnt a few jerry cans be easier. its not hurricane season all the time
     
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  7. May 7, 2020 at 4:34 AM
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    Plain Jane Taco

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    ...or rear ended? o_O
     
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    Wow, I cant image what you are going through. But honestly sounds like a lot of work for the amount of time required. I would just throw the tank in the box, instead of a bunch of little tanks.

    Good luck Hector.
     
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  9. May 7, 2020 at 6:14 AM
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    I’m with OP, this is a great decision. I have 4, 5 gallon cans that’s I always keep full of fuel in case we have to leave last minute. Or you know, to fill my lawnmower.
     
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  12. May 7, 2020 at 7:19 AM
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    I just watched Doomsday Preppers the other week.

    I like the idea OP, good on you.
     
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  13. May 7, 2020 at 7:37 AM
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    THats what you have a plug kit for.
    My bad, i didnt share last weeks corona project. :) 35 dont fit under the bed neither. No i dont have 35 yet. :)

    Need to do some changes on the rack, add a baja tilt and maxtack mounts andnsome rotopax mounts on it to just because:)

    P.S., no my two car garage isnt a mess, my garage is just to small.
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  14. May 7, 2020 at 7:45 AM
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    No! Need all the space i can find. My xterra during the last major hurricane, add my three dogs to the mix :

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  15. May 7, 2020 at 7:47 AM
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    looks like its surburban time. xterra is too small. or tell your wife to not pack as much
     
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  16. May 7, 2020 at 7:48 AM
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    I could have used that some time ago, nice tanks. Where the spare tire goes is useless space because my tire wont be fitting in there. Getting 35's. Also check out the tire rack i made.
     
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  17. May 7, 2020 at 7:51 AM
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    Telling her that would be more dangerous than the hurricane itself! Your house may not be there when you get back so you need to take your papework etc.
     
  18. May 31, 2021 at 3:11 PM
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    Curious how this project finished up. I have been dreaming about an aux tank for some time. When I'm pulling my camper the wind resistance brings me down to about 11 MPG, when I'm going into the mountains it can be even less. At that rate, me and my wife can easily outlast the fuel.
     
  19. May 31, 2021 at 6:00 PM
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    Imagine of Toyota would offer a larger or twin-tank option (like my old Scout). I would have added it just to have it.
     
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    OP any updates on this?

    I'm considering doing the same. Wife and are will be living out of our Tacoma on a multi year road trip through north/south America starting in late 2022.

    Even while we're still here, I hate the 300 mile range. It's just not enough, I don't want to stop to have to stop 4 times for fuel on a 3 day trip to west Virginia.
     
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