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    Morning all,

    Does any have of you have experience with using the plastic fuel tanks which are manufactured by the likes of Pioneer plastics etc?

    I am trying to add more fuel for my long trips but the cost of a long range tank from certain manufacturers is going at R12k which to me, the cost does not justify the extra 70l only. I have done some research and found a few of the plastic type ones, those similar ot water tanks.

    My concern is the durability and ruggedness of these tanks as some may be mounted on the roofrack and in the load bay so exposure to the elements may affect their performance especially on long trips.

    Any advice will be welcome.

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    This has been discussed at some length on other threads.
    Do a Search - I think you'll find good info there.

    I seem to remember that the consensus was that the jerrycan is the preferred container.

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    Thanks PRA. Will do so!!
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    If you want some, I have about 10 of them I can sell you. They worked brilliantly for me.

    I fitted them in the escort vehicles to give them extra range through Zim and Zambia. The HiAce had 4 tanks. As well as the bakkies. The TownAce had 3 extra. This gave them close to 10,000km range..
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    I reckon it all depends on what "plastic" is used.

    Some vehicles come with plastic/synthetic fuel tanks as standard from the manufacturer.
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    That price is a bit rough
    Have a look around for 2nd hand options.
    Not sure why, but my gut tells me plastic will be better than metal jerry cans.
    Just had to check my perfectly good genny away as the tank was all rusted to crap


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    Thanks guys.

    I got a quote from Pioneer plastics and me thinks that they are quite reasonable. a 120l tank is going for R1523 and the 60l for R1123. The manufacture says the plastic is flourinated to be able to handle the fuel.
    @Henris, please PM me the details ie pics and price
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    Yes, mine are the 120l tanks. At R400 ea you can have them.

    Will only be able to take some pics on Monday.
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    The dimensions on my tanks are 820 x 500 x 300. 300 being the height.
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    Henris ek sal miskien belangstel in een, hoe lyk die uitlaat op die tank?
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    With plastic you always have to be mindful of what's around it, is it tied down tight, is everything else tied down and away from the plastic.......
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    Ek sal more fotos gaan neem. Dis 'n gewone pyp tipe thread. So enige gewone plastiek of galvanised fittings werk daar.
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    Are you talking about the plastic tanks like you get at outdoor warehouse?
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    @Henris I sent you a PM

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    I'm not at all a fan of plastic fuel tanks especially if used outside or on top of a vehicle.
    A couple of weeks ago on holiday in Ponta, we walked out a restaurant past a boat on a trailer, my cousin noticed the petrol tank was quite swollen. On closer inspection the petrol tank looked like a balloon, just ready to burst. He very carefully started to open the cap to relief some of the pressure. It was one of these loose 50 or 60l tanks sitting there in full sun on the boat.
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    Been using these diesel tanks for more than 10yrs. Diesel tank doesn't bloat like petrol does.

    I use 2 x on the trailer when I have to go deep into Zam, or Zim.
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    Used those red pioneer plastic ones for many years and on top of a roofrack. They are supposed to be vented in any case and mine had vents as it came so you don't get the bloating.
    Added a ball valve tap and a hose so you simply stick the the pipe in the car's fill pipe, open ball valve and drain the fuel into main tank. Much less mess and effort than jerry cans.
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    I am looking at getting one of the pioneer plastics tanks. With the blessings from Henris who used them for years with no trouble, I am convinced. I dont like a permanently fitted long range tank, as you have to carry all that fuel and weight all the time. Will fit the plastic tank in the loadbay, strapped down next to the 50lt water tank.

    Now the question is:
    How do I get the diesel from the plastic tank into my vehicle's tank? As the outlet of the plastic tank will be lower than the filler on the vehicle. Can you pump it safely using an inline pump? And what pump do you use?
    Gravity filling a jerry can and then transferring to vehicle is not an option.
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    Ek het self ook die rooi pioneer plasticks tanks gebruik vir diesel en dit werk baie goed.
    En het n faset pomp gebruik om dit oor te pomp main tank toe vat bietjie lank maar dit werk.
    Waar ons gestop het in die woestyn om oor te slaap dan konnek ek pomp op en sit dit aan.
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    I am looking at getting one of the pioneer plastics tanks. With the blessings from Henris who used them for years with no trouble, I am convinced. I dont like a permanently fitted long range tank, as you have to carry all that fuel and weight all the time. Will fit the plastic tank in the loadbay, strapped down next to the 50lt water tank.

    Now the question is:
    How do I get the diesel from the plastic tank into my vehicle's tank? As the outlet of the plastic tank will be lower than the filler on the vehicle. Can you pump it safely using an inline pump? And what pump do you use?
    Gravity filling a jerry can and then transferring to vehicle is not an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leon Venter View Post
    Ek het self ook die rooi pioneer plasticks tanks gebruik vir diesel en dit werk baie goed.
    En het n faset pomp gebruik om dit oor te pomp main tank toe vat bietjie lank maar dit werk.
    Waar ons gestop het in die woestyn om oor te slaap dan konnek ek pomp op en sit dit aan.
    Een soos die?

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