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    The Great Gas Can Debate

    As adventures from home and off pavement get further and longer, I am starting to reach the point where the ability to carry extra fuel is becoming more appealing. I am interested on how you guys are carrying extra fuel, how much you CAN take, and generally how much you use.

    As I am kind of building my jk for that "new old school look" I.E. I prefer round lights opposed to square led bars/pods, as such I really like the LOOK of red metal Blitz Cans for fuel vs the LOOK of any other solution found on google so far, however I have read so much about them leaking, not venting properly, etc, when compared to rotopax and even some of the "newer" NATO Can Designs... so I thought a good pros/cons and real world advice thread regarding "The Great Gas Can Debate" Prior to making a purchasing decision.

    Pros/cons of mounting&bracket design?

    Pros/cons of actual can use? (siphoning/pooring)

    Finish Longevity?

    Recommended Brands/Distributers?

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    Interested to see where this goes. I tend to prefer the old look too (damn I wish the round ARB led's were not an arm and a leg).
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    My 04 Rubicon has a rear bumper with 2 jerry can mounts that sit between the tire swing and spare holding them in place very nicely, now I know you might not have this setup just throwing out what I have.

    One of my club members has the Rotopax and he got the spare tire mount for his stock spare tire, looks good and he has never complained about leakage. Now he does pour the gas in but I don't, I used the hardtop connector for power and have a 12vdc electric fuel pump to pump the fuel out of the can and into the jeep. I tried the siphon method but since the gas can sits so low it would only get 1/2 of the fuel out and since I don't want to have to loosen the spare to get the can out I opted for the pump method.

    I have had this jeep for a little over 3 years now and have used the fuel many times on longer trips and I don't know about you but I don't trust the fuel gauge in my jeep to be accurate. LOL

    BTW if I don't plan on long trips for a while I will use the fuel to keep it from going stale.

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff_in_rc View Post
    My 04 Rubicon has a rear bumper with 2 jerry can mounts that sit between the tire swing and spare holding them in place very nicely, now I know you might not have this setup just throwing out what I have.

    One of my club members has the Rotopax and he got the spare tire mount for his stock spare tire, looks good and he has never complained about leakage. Now he does pour the gas in but I don't, I used the hardtop connector for power and have a 12vdc electric fuel pump to pump the fuel out of the can and into the jeep. I tried the siphon method but since the gas can sits so low it would only get 1/2 of the fuel out and since I don't want to have to loosen the spare to get the can out I opted for the pump method.

    I have had this jeep for a little over 3 years now and have used the fuel many times on longer trips and I don't know about you but I don't trust the fuel gauge in my jeep to be accurate. LOL

    BTW if I don't plan on long trips for a while I will use the fuel to keep it from going stale.

    Hope this helps.
    where did you mount the electric pump? can you take a pic?

    I have the AEV and am thinking of selling it and going rotopax, it's nice to have the fuel capacity but getting it out with the siphon is a hassle

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeeep View Post
    where did you mount the electric pump? can you take a pic?

    I have the AEV and am thinking of selling it and going rotopax, it's nice to have the fuel capacity but getting it out with the siphon is a hassle
    I keep it in a Home Depot bag in one of my 2 plastic bins with all of my off-road supplies, here is my post from when I first set this up. If the Rotopax sits high enough the siphon should work just fine just make sure the hose is small enough to fit into the pack.

    http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?1...nsfer-solution

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff_in_rc View Post
    My 04 Rubicon has a rear bumper with 2 jerry can mounts that sit between the tire swing and spare holding them in place very nicely, now I know you might not have this setup just throwing out what I have.
    I dont have any YET

    But Hopefully as the thread develops, we will ALL be able to make the right decision for ourselves and our rigs

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    I do like the idea of siphoning and will probably end up there. I plan on running the LOD rear bumper/carrier, and judging from what I have seen from pics, I do not think can height vs. filler height will be much of an issue if at all...

    Lucky for those of us who like LOD, they have options for Both Rotopax (over-under or side by side) and Blitz style cans (driver and/or passenger) and I'm sure any other solution under the sun with a simple phone call...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkey View Post
    Interested to see where this goes. I tend to prefer the old look too (damn I wish the round ARB led's were not an arm and a leg).
    Right!?! Even the LED JW fogs are nice, I just dont know if they are $360 for fogs nice, or if they will match the color output of trucklites... or if I should leave all light stock and just mount some 7" driving lights to the front bumper for that "old school" look... but thats a whole other problem... lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkey View Post
    Interested to see where this goes. .
    me too.
    I have a old school looking plastic gas can, but I don't know where to install/mount it. although I have yet to do a trip where I was worried about running out of fuel yet.
    I have the hard rock rear bumper and plan on getting a tire carrier for it. but I have yet to see a AEV or the Maxximus 3 carrier for it in person. so I don't know it this will work for me.
    I like the look of my bumpers and don't really want to change them out.

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    This gas can is perfect for you will give you that old school look and feel with its Rigid metal design. Used in the early 40s! 1000$
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    Also interested in this. I like the rotopax look but wow they're expensive. I'm not sure why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteCrystal View Post
    Also interested in this. I like the rotopax look but wow they're expensive. I'm not sure why.
    I guess I would have to compare their price to the price of extraction by a tow company or even walking. $119.95 for the 4 gallon version seems pretty cheap to me.
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