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Old 12-01-2019, 04:02 PM   #21
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I heard of carrying water, but not gas...it will smell up the car. Just keep your tank full.
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Old 12-01-2019, 04:05 PM   #22
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Ok so lets see, I am in the middle of a major power outage and the only way to get gas is with a pickup and I don't have one so I guess I am out of luck because some old worry wort said it was unsafe..I think not. People have been carrying gas in metal cans no less in the trunk of their cars like forever. I drive a Model T and am sitting on the gas tank!
I do however have a pickup and per Oregon law fill the cans on the ground to prevent static discharge and strap them in place so they don't slide around on the plastic bedliner before I leave.
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Old 12-01-2019, 04:20 PM   #23
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I took the gas tank out from under the seat in our 32 pick up . It was rusty and didn’t like the idea of sitting on it. I had a clean original passenger tank to put in the rear.
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Old 12-01-2019, 04:21 PM   #24
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As a retired LEO I've see more than my share of vehicle fires in accidents. Some occurred when a car was rear ended and there was a can of gas in the trunk. Once you see the damage to the vehicle and usually the occupant(s) you will never make that mistake again. You might be fine if you live in an area where there is little or no traffic, but in areas with a lot of traffic, everyone in a big hurray, and people who don't pay attention, the potential for an accident is great. Once you see someone who was burned in a car fire it will get your attention in a hurry.
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Old 12-01-2019, 04:27 PM   #25
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The original post was about always carrying a gas can in the trunk "in case" of an emergency, not temporarily "during" an emergency or when needed.
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Old 12-01-2019, 04:42 PM   #26
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I don't make a habit of it but I fill a few 5 gal. cans every month for stuff at home. Put them in the back of my daily driver, a 98 Escort. In the 70's with the gas rationing we would carry a fiver in the trunk wher we went on trips. One reason to do it is to calibrate your fuel gauge. Run it out of gas to see what your gauge reeds. I would not do this often.
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Old 12-01-2019, 04:52 PM   #27
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I understand what you are saying, but on the flip side I have known people that were burned to death in Pickup roll overs without extra tanks kicking around. So yes poo can happen.
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Old 12-01-2019, 07:18 PM   #28
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I'm not going to mention specific names but my gosh, there truly are a lot of really ignorant folks in this world. Need more proof? Read this entire thread.
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Old 12-01-2019, 07:39 PM   #29
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Our local police carried gas can in their trunks at one time. Not sure if they still do or not. Be interesting to hear how everyone get their mower/yard equipment from the filling stations to there homes.
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Old 12-01-2019, 07:49 PM   #30
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This thread has somewhat lost the OP's original thoughts. He asked if folks carried extra gas in case one runs out. He didn't ask if folks brought gas home in their trunks for the lawn mower. Two totally separate situations......................
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Old 12-01-2019, 07:51 PM   #31
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I would NEVER carry gas in a trunk. I am curious though, is Ralph waiting for the first time it wasn't OK welding and grinding around his gas cans? He likely would not survive or get a second chance. Geez.
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Old 12-01-2019, 08:01 PM   #32
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I would NEVER carry gas in a trunk. I am curious though, is Ralph waiting for the first time it wasn't OK welding and grinding around his gas cans? He likely would not survive or get a second chance. Geez.
I guess it is a minor miracle I have survived over 60 years working around machinery and hazardous materials unscathed considering my cavalier attitude to safety.
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Old 12-01-2019, 08:18 PM   #33
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You will end up with a new nickname. Like Torch, Sparky, or Stop Drop and Roll.
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Old 12-01-2019, 08:20 PM   #34
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I know we're getting far afield, but hey, it's fun. I frequently drive machines which have gallons of gas right between my legs!
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:22 PM   #35
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What about the gas tank behind the seat in a pick up?
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This thread has somewhat lost the OP's original thoughts. He asked if folks carried extra gas in case one runs out. He didn't ask if folks brought gas home in their trunks for the lawn mower. Two totally separate situations......................
Maybe I'm a little on the slow side, but a gas can in the trunk is a gas can in the trunk. Not sure it matters what you are using it for.
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:45 PM   #37
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I, for one, would not think twice about carrying a 2 gallon can from the station to my shop (two miles) in the trunk. I would never consider carrying one permanently. It raises the odds to an unacceptable level. However, when I was 22 ......
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Old 12-01-2019, 10:10 PM   #38
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How about a motorcycle with the tank between your legs?
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Old 12-01-2019, 11:06 PM   #39
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We just got another cat !
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Haha............well said!!!
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