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The # 1 must have item in all bug out / get home vehicles.

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David in MN:
I fill at 1/2. Particularly in winter. And I keep a few NATO jerry cans (which is a racist term but with us Germans it's allowed  ;)). I detest running low on fuel. Keep the car and tractor going.

Also keep track that I have the fuel on hand to get to the cabin, our BOL if something should go south here. You never know if a train derailment and chemical leak could force you out of your house.

I miss having an actual gas "tank" when we had the farm. We had a 200 gallon barrel and man is it nice for gassing up the equipment or filling the farm pickup. Real nice to spend a day at work and not have to think about running to the gas station that's 20 minute's drive. I guess the farm mentality stuck in me.

It is mind blowing how many people don't have enough fuel in their car to get to the hospital. Real dumb.

Stwood:
I really try, and usually keep everything half or better.
Pickup has 2 tanks and I really like that. One is always full.

Now the wife and the car......... ::) ::)
*You better put gas in before we leave*

WHAT?????? You were just in town 2 days ago......

*That was on Sunday dear husband. You know I don't buy anything on Sunday*

 ::) ::) ::)


 :facepalm:

Carver:

--- Quote from: Prepper Rob on October 15, 2019, 05:16:23 PM ---
Also tell them that running 1/8 to 1/4 tank full is hard on the fuel pump which is inside and at the bottom of the fuel tank and it uses the 1/4 tank fuel over the pump to keep it cool.

Prepper Rob

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That is an interesting point I've never heard before. Thanks.
I had an experience with using a 5 gallon (non-metallic) gas can to fill my tank. It was a bitch! It was one of those new safe-for-Californians to use type - and you get it up and shove the spout into the receptacle and the cap wasn't cranked down tight enough so the gas dribbles out, on your shoes. That can happen with any type of can. I actually have learned to like this new safety style can, but learn how to use it. Worse, and a nightmare, is to try to fill your tank, which on my truck the cap is about waist high, with a 5 gallon can with one of those accordion-style spouts that you have to navigate into the opening as it is already pouring and goes all over before, if ever, you get it into place. Once you have mastered this task, try it in real world conditions; like it is -10F, it is dark and windy and you can't use gloves and there are cars flying by in a blinding snowstorm.

So my solution is that my 5 gallon cans stay at home as a reserve and I only carry smaller 2 gallon cans, with or without the safety spout. I also carry a funnel that will fit into the tank orifice so that I can remove an irritable spout and pour the gas into the funnel from an uncapped can.

scoob:
+1
When we moved out of town, we adopted "Half is the new empty" doctrine.  Every once in a while, we almost have to chant that to ourselves as we head home on our commute and don't feel like stopping for gas when we're close to that halfway mark.  It's a challenge when you have to fill up every couple of days.  Most of our drive is out of cell service, so having plenty of fuel is pretty cheap insurance if we have to do a vehicle bug-in due to a snowstorm or something.

Stwood:
Wife pulled Her stunt again last Sunday.  :facepalm:
Car is sitting here out of gas.

Maybe I'll remove the trunk lid and set a 250 gravity fed tank in the trunk. One of those MadMax retro's.  ::)

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