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Old 01-01-2012, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where i work is generally in the middle of nowhere and there are time when the nearest gas station is 60-70 miles away. i am looking for a way to store additional fuel in or on my forester that will require not having to drill into anything. If interior storage is possible, of course id want the container leak proof..etc. but i believe outside would be better. Ive only had my forester for about 3 days now...so, have some mercy when you school this fool.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How about a hutch mount basket with jerry cans? Or if you have a roof rack, toss a couple up there. ZBQ-1412 - NATO Five Gallon Fuel Can Brand New Unissued
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It depends on how much fuel you think you will need in an emergency. For internal storage, might there be a fuel proof container in your local hardware store that will fit in the spare wheel? The jerrycan is a great idea and worth buying anyway to keep full of petrol at home for when the zombie attacks begin, but you'd almost need to get some brackets welded on to the Foz for outside storage which you've said is a no no. Inside, it'll take up a lot of trunk space unless you are ok with that but do need as much as 5 gallons if you get caught out?. My Dad (ex army) kept a few full jerrycans in a covered pit at the bottom of the garden when I was young and he used to dig them up a couple of times a year, I think, to inspect them, and then they went back in. I don't recall any painting although he used to do the windows and our caravan a lot to keep the rot out, as he used to say. Short of getting a local engineer to fabricate one in SS for say, under the trunk floor on the opposite side to the exhaust, that would hold about 3 gallons perhaps (70 miles if taking it gently, surely?), and a manual electric pump device to transfer it to the main tank, it's not brain surgery really.
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User Kalahari in this thread has fitted an extra 22 litre tank:
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Used to work at a bike shop that had a truck with an auxiliary fuel tank that was plumbed in with the main tank. Made by these guys AeroTanks-we specialize in auxiliary and replacement fuel tanks.

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In the 1970's, I saw bladder tanks that fit into the spare tire well.
Can you store extra fuel cans where you work?
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What about getting a trailer hitch, and fitting something like this on the back, then strapping down some gas cans? Less aero drag, easier to get to.

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What about getting a trailer hitch, and fitting something like this on the back, then strapping down some gas cans? Less aero drag, easier to get to.
Along the same lines, why not get a roof basket like BlackBeauty does in this post and strap down tanks like he does?

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Along the same lines, why not get a roof basket like BlackBeauty does in this post and strap down tanks like he does?

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Either way, way easier than some kind of internal fuel tank solution. :)

I've carried a jerry can of gas in the trunk a few times for my generator at the cottage. Having it mounted externally would sure be better, I'm not a fan of having it back there (if you spill any gas on it while filling up, yuck.) Once I get a trailer hitch, I might weld up a mini gas can platform.
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might be a crash hazard


minor bumper dent into boom 2 cars in flames and someone getting sued for burns.. or worse.
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I have 2 20 litre jerry cans on my rhino rack aloy tray on the roof. Can be seen in my offroad romania thread in the offroad section :)
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There are tons of products designed to fit in a spare tire well.
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..... i am looking for a way to store additional fuel in or on my forester that will require not having to drill into anything. If interior storage is possible, of course id want the container leak proof..etc. but i believe outside would be better.....
The solution I have found is to buy a Subaru Heavy Duty Roof cargo basket, and then place two sets of Rotpax Gas Packs in the basket, side by side. These gas packs hold 4 gallons each (2 gallons per "can"), so you can get an additional 8 gallons on the roof. Held down with bungee cords or bicycle cable locks, they should work well. They fit well below the top of the basket, so they are not likely to hang up on anything low-hanging, at least not before the basket does.

RotopaX Gas Packs- 1,2,3 and 4 Gallon Gasoline

In case you have doubts about Rotopax leaking, fear not. I had them on the roof of another vehicle on a trip, we were at about 5,000 feet when I noticed that they had been sitting in the sun for a while and were "bulging" a little. I took them down, relieved the pressure by just opening them a tad, and they did not leak a drop. Truly impressive. Each container in a Rotpax gas cap is the size of a jerrycan split it two down the middle, so if you don't want to lay them flat on the roof you could always put them in anything that will hold a jerrycan.
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might be a crash hazard


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