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Old 08-23-2010, 03:36 PM
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Are there national or state laws that limit the amount of gasoline you can carry in portable gasoline containers? I thought I read somewhere that you could only transport up to 8 gallons of gasoline, but now that I'm looking for the specific information, I cannot for the life of me find it!

In a SHTF situation, I'm sure I won't care about what I'm "allowed" to carry, but I'd like to know anyway, just in case. If you know of a website with this information, please let me know!
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It can't be as low as 8 gal. In California they want to regulate what containers you can use and how much fuel vapor you can release. Frankly I just ignore these kind of rules as much as possible. There is no practical way for the state to enforce them so they really don't matter.
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Never heard of any regulation, but these days, nothing would surprise me...
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Well there are these things called "sliptanks" Fit in the box of your truck, and have an hand pump, or battery powered pump, and a regular gas nozzle. I've seen anywhere from 50 gallons to 4000 gallons-yes, Four Thousand and as long as they are properly labled you are fine. Cant see any difference with having jerry cans or anything like that, as long as you use common sense. dont put them in the passenger compartment. make sure they are sealed properly. heres some pics....
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A 4000 gallon would be completely impractical. Keep in mind more weight in the vehicle means less MPG

I'm more interested in storing fuel though I don't exactly get the feeling that it has a long term shelf life or would be legal.

Basically I'd like to have big tank on my property that I can dispense fuel out of. Like I said I'm sure it's either a bad idea or unfeasible.
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A 4000 gallon would be completely impractical. Keep in mind more weight in the vehicle means less MPG

I'm more interested in storing fuel though I don't exactly get the feeling that it has a long term shelf life or would be legal.

Basically I'd like to have big tank on my property that I can dispense fuel out of. Like I said I'm sure it's either a bad idea or unfeasible.
I don't know about Hawaii, but we typically stored 300 gal of gasoline and 500 gal of diesel on our farm in large cylindrical tanks. In the Midwest they sell the tanks at most farm supply stores or at the local CO-OP.

I now keep a 90 gal diesel tank in the bed of my pickup for transferring fuel into tractors.
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consult CFR 49. You may be able to find it on line or in a public library. It will tell you how many gallons you may carry and the manor in which you can carry it, and not have to explain yourself before a judge. Now you may find yourself educating the police officer that pulled you over and has no clue about what he is talking about...had to do that a few times.
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In Ohio there is no limit for size of gas tanks conected to the vehicle to power it. The law states that to "transport" fuel such as tank in the bed of the truck with pump for other vehicles and or equipment, the total weight of fuel and tank can not exceed 1000 lbs. without a hazardous endorcement on your license. We used to farm with a 170 gallon steel tank but were never hassled over it.
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LOL Was anyone seriously considering this option? I would love to see someone try to do this! Fuel weighs @7.5 lbs per gallon. I carry a 130 gallon tank in my pickup, along with a 34 gallon fuel tank. This gives me 2600 miles in range. How much farther could you want to go?
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A 4000 gallon would be completely impractical. Keep in mind more weight in the vehicle means less MPG
Considering that an M978 HEMTT fueler only hauls 2500 gallons, on a chassis with a 10 ton cargo capacity...I'm going to guess that a 4000 gallon slip-in tank would crater any pick-up suspension (4000 gallons weighing in at between 24000 and 28000 pounds.)

You might be able to put it on a flatbed 18 wheeler and roll down the highway, Road Warrior style...
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Man, if you did 400 gallons you'd probably only have to fuel up 1 or 2 times per year. But remember the Sta-Bil!
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The 4000 gallon tank was an example, But CPrail (the local railway here in Alberta) had one custom made, and thats the biggest that could fit on the truck. And believe it or not they went through AT LEAST that much in a day....Spent more to fuel that tank up at once than I made all that year.
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I may be wrong on this but 500 gals or more of any fuel requires a place card showing what your hauling and hasmat indorsement on your licence along with a Tanker Indorsment. If you did into it further under DOT/FMCSA you will find it has to be in a approved container to be transported on public highways. Mark
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Sorry I was wrong, it was 4000 liters, not gallons. thats about 1000 gallons. sorry, got caught up in the American measurments.
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