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fuel in plasic

What do you think about carying fuel in plastic cans. We will travel in feb., so it will not be to hot.
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Unless the cans are made specifically for fuel transport and by a very good manufacturer then don’t do it. Even then Metal Jerry cans would still your best and safest bet. You’ll need to ratchet them down tight for security. Most plastic cans will start to bend before reaching the point of being really securely tied down. Also plastic degrades and deforms in the sun when carried on the roof.

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Well, I have used plastic cans a french guy gave me after I punctured my aux tank. These were regular cans (10 and 25 lt) in which you usually carry chemical products. I must admit I used them only for 3-4 weeks or so, without ting them down so I couldn't see them wear. They were held by the luggage in the trunk & everything was fine.
If you plan to carry the canss inside the car & for a quick trip (which I understand yours will be), I'd give it a try

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Consider the mess if they break inside the vehicle.

If you can live with that you can pick up cheap 25 litre plastic cans designed for fuel in Morocco - don't know the price but they are everywhere - often with a psuedo Mercedes logo on them.

For the record metal jerricans are very hard to find in Morocco and cost a fortune new, or a small fortune used - for god's sake make sure you pick them you before you leave Europe
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Always use plastic jerries for our Libyan Desert trips, with 30 needed per car it's a huge weight saving. If made of good quality plastic, they are as strong as metal ones, never had any breakage. However we use it for diesel only, would NEVER use them for petrol. The biggest problem is the spout & caps - they never make a perfect seal, and with all the shaking you always get a little leakage. That's just unpleasant with diesel on the roof rack, but can be deadly with petrol. All you need is a little spark...

(The best fix found so far is using a generous measure of plain bathroom silicone sealant after filling, they tend to work 95% of the time, but again, emphasis: diesel only)


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