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Old 12-10-2007, 08:52 PM   #1
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2 fuel tanks

Does everyone have 2 fuel tanks on their bus? Mine has 2 and I'd sure like to remove one and put my battery bank and genset where it is. A few curious onlookers seem to think I'm nuts. I know I am, but am I?
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:35 AM   #2
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Re: 2 fuel tanks

I'd keep the tank.
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:51 PM   #3
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Re: 2 fuel tanks

how much fuel does each tank hold? The 5 buses I've been familiar with over the past few years have never had more than 1 fuel tank.

if it has twin 50 gallon tanks you'd be find with just 1, since 50 gallons is about the fuel capacity that most of us have.

if it's a smaller tank you may think about keeping the two of them.

It seems like there is a lot of space under a bus and you could pretty easily just move the geni and batteries to another location.
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Old 12-11-2007, 05:57 PM   #4
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Re: 2 fuel tanks

You need to determine their capacity. I have a center mounted 90 gal. tank.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:13 PM   #5
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Re: 2 fuel tanks

I remember when I was looking to purchase the bus there was another bus mechanic there and he seemed quite amazed at the 2 tank set-up. When it gets a little drier I will crawl under and measure and figure size, but I would say they are both in the 75 to 100 gallon range. Seems like a lot to me.
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:05 PM   #6
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Keep both tanks. You'll appreciate the extra capacity when you get to traveling. Stopping for fuel can be a lot more difficult with a bus than with a car. And every time you do, you run the risk of banging into something -- the roof over the pumps, the pumps themselves, other vehicles.

I'm ADDING a tank to Millicent -- kept one off my first bus when I scrapped it.

Many tanks have the capacity stamped on them near the filler.
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:52 PM   #7
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Re: 2 fuel tanks

Mine has a center mounted single tank, holds 95 gallons I'm told by the bus barn I got it from. At $3 per gallon it's more than I want to tackle when it comes time to fill up!!
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:09 PM   #8
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Re: 2 fuel tanks

It's definitely worth checking the size yourself.
On my way home from picking mine up in Texas I measured the tank while waiting for the AAA guy to bring me fuel about 30 miles short of Barstow )
Calc'd out to 60, not the 80 I was told ... gauge was flakey, too.
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Re: 2 fuel tanks

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Keep both tanks. You'll appreciate the extra capacity when you get to traveling. Stopping for fuel can be a lot more difficult with a bus than with a car. And every time you do, you run the risk of banging into something -- the roof over the pumps, the pumps themselves, other vehicles.

I'm ADDING a tank to Millicent -- kept one off my first bus when I scrapped it.

Many tanks have the capacity stamped on them near the filler.
I'm with Elliott, keep both tanks. I have a single 110 gal tank in mine and it's quite nice on long trips. I do cry every time I have to fill it up, but it's usually a long time between the crying.
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Let me add, that even with huge tanks, I always fill up when I get down to half or so, and I recommend you all do this. The big advantage is when you encounter a fuel stop that is somehow closed to you. There may be a power outage. The roof over the pumps may be too low for your bus. Or maybe you are stranded for a couple of days by a blizzard. Whatever the reason. You still have plenty of fuel. To me, that is a must.

You may be concerned about keeping so much fuel in the tanks while the bus is parked for the season. That's a valid concern. I choose to spend ten bucks on a bottle of fuel stabilizer additive, and then I worry no more.

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