transpantrailer

Titan extended range pickup truck fuel tank

Titan Tanks, Longer Range and Cheaper Fuel

I tow my horse trailer around 30,000 miles a year. I have to start looking for gas stations at about 300 miles with my factory 38 gallon tank. You know the fuel prices seem to be highest right before the gauge goes to “E”. Then after I fill up, the next truck stop fuel prices are $.20 a gallon cheaper just 50 miles down the road of course. I have coasted into fuel stations before on fumes because I trusted the truck computer to tell me “how many miles to empty.”

State to state fuel prices can very dramatically. I avoid buying fuel in California and Ohio, but buy as much as I can hold in Missouri, Oklahoma and Wyoming. I live in Colorado and the Western states are large. In stretches across these states, fuel stations can be 100 miles apart, so If you don’t keep track of your fuel level, it can get tense as you watch the signs by the road telling you how far to the next town.

Titan Fuel Tanks, makes different sizes, I picked the 60 gallon tank. When you travel hundreds of miles a day, the more fuel you can carry the better. The tanks are made of high-density, military grade, cross-linked polyethylene, the same process used in military combat vehicles. It’s seamless one piece design is stronger than the factory tanks, designed to carry the extra fuel weight. With a sixty gallon tank, twenty gallons more, 20 X 8 lbs, 160 lbs more weight, like carrying an extra passenger.

With the new 60 gallon fuel tank now at 400 miles I should be deciding where the fuel is cheaper with the extra 20 gallons I can carry. If I can save $.10 a gallon on 50 gallons by shopping the fuel prices instead of worrying about running out of fuel, that’s $5, and $.20 a gallon would save me $10 a tank. In a couple hundred miles especially between states, $.20 a gallon is common.  The savings add up. Which can save me enough on a days travel, to buy my meals.

   Picture above shows how much larger the Titan tank is. Stretches from the rear air bags to just behind the transfer case. I like replacing the factory tank verses adding a tank inside my truck bed. I use all my truck bed space.

My son and I installed the tank in an afternoon. It looks more complicated than it is. You’ll need to jack your truck up high enough to slide the tanks out and in. Just a few hand tools and a floor jack will do the job. There are two straps that hold the tank to the truck, new heavy duty straps come with the Titan tank. Disconnecting fill and breather hoses and one electrical connection is all there is.

For Father’s Day, I received a GPS from my oldest daughter. It has a fuel button.

Hardest part is transferring the fuel pump and float to the new tank. The old tank had a screw on hold-down ring.

The Titan has a flange and O-ring that bolt down for a more secure attachment. The factory screw on hold-down ring can easily rip the O-ring. Titan’s design is better.

 dropping the skid plate 

 disconnect the hoses and wiring connection

 Nice to have a floor hoist

 The new tank straps are substantially larger that the factory straps to hold the extra weight, (black).

 I’m not big on reading the instructions, glad my son is

 Ready for install, fill hose, bypass hoses and pump/float ready for install

 Big tank, installed the new straps. It will take longer bolts to put the skid plate back on.

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