Expanding your available distance between fuel stops can be an attractive proposition. In an area where fuel prices are low? Pump in as many gallons as you can to get you through those 'higher than a cat's back' fuel price areas (Can you spell CALIFORNIA?). Not every truck has a tank as big as you'd like, and adding on an "extra" tank is great – provided you've got room in the bed. For the truck camper set, it's an impossibility – until now.
A 'one-size-for-all' tank uses that space under the bed to tuck away 30 more gallons of diesel. The system is said to be designed for the average owner to be able to install on their own, and includes all the needed parts to get the job done. Once installed, an in-cab electronic control allows you to transfer your engine's fuel needs from the OEM tank to the new Titan auxiliary.
How's it go? First, you'll need to purchase the tank specifically designed for your rig. That'll ensure you have all the proper mounting brackets and hardware. After your spare tire is out of the way, the new, lightweight tank lifts up and into place, attaching to your rig's cross members. No need for welding, drilling, or cutting. A mounting stud runs through the middle of the new tank, much like the one that held the spare in place.
The tank itself is built from polymer, and the company says the material is well designed to alleviate the problems some have seen with additives corroding ordinary steel tank walls. The polyethylene material is 200 times less thermal conductive than steel, and its insulating properties eliminate condensation, boosting mileage efficiency by keeping fuel cooler and closer to optimal combustion temperatures than metallic tanks, according to a press release. All Titan fuel tanks come with a limited five-year warranty.
You may wonder about safety, after all a little rear-ender could ruin your whole day if a tank ruptured. Titan notes that the company has done extensive analysis doing "virtual" testing for impacts, off-road conditions, and accelerated aging. But to cover all the bases, the company requires that your truck be equipped with a heavy class-5 hitch, which they are quick to note, are "standard on most full-sized diesels."
Of course, if you take your spare tire out to install this extra fuel bucket, where will you end up putting the spare? Well, that's another issue. Their suggestion is to take advantage of their new spare tire mounting system that goes – where else – in the truck bed.
Titan dealers will have the new tank system available come December 1. That gives you a while to look for a front bumper mount spare rack, or figure out how to stick your spare on your camper roof. Meantime, here's a link to the manufacturer's web site.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Adventurer LP is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 truck campers manufactured October 2009 through March 2012 and equipped with a Fastec-brand door lock. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.
If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the travel trailer at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle without using the emergency exit, increasing the risk of injury.
Adventurer LP will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Adventurer LP at 505-895-7064 or Fastec at 800-837-2505.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury came upon a couple of spacious 2014 model truck campers at the Hershey RV show in September, 2013. He takes you on a quick tour. "These are not your father's campers," he says.
Posted by Staff Report at Thursday, September 26, 2013