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That axillary tank appears to be designed to be mounted in an open pickup truck bed. The drawing shows the fill for the axillary tank above the bed floor. I don't see it working inside a van.



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That axillary tank appears to be designed to be mounted in an open pickup truck bed. The drawing shows the fill for the axillary tank above the bed floor. I don't see it working inside a van.
All depends on how you plan to use your van and your conversion plan.

I intend to "box in" the area between the rear wheel wells. In this area will be storage, fresh water tank and the auxiliary diesel fuel tank. Have a similar setup on my present truck.
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All depends on how you plan to use your van and your conversion plan.

I intend to "box in" the area between the rear wheel wells. In this area will be storage, fresh water tank and the auxiliary diesel fuel tank. Have a similar setup on my present truck.
How will you fill the tank? Do you plan to reach inside the van through the rear doors with the fuel hose?

Tanks in pickup beds are very common, but I've never seen one inside a van.



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Not as many places by diesel fuel? OK. That is a true statement. Not every station has diesel, but after being on TDI CLUB .COM for the past 10+ years, no one has ever had trouble finding diesel. Every town has diesel and if its a rural town where there are a lot of diesel trucks, it is easier to find than in a city where only 80-90% of stations have diesel.

I only mention this because this is one of those fallacies that has been around since oil was dinosaurs and I really needs to be dispelled. Diesel hard to find? Pshaw, I say. Pshaw.
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All depends on how you plan to use your van and your conversion plan.

I intend to "box in" the area between the rear wheel wells. In this area will be storage, fresh water tank and the auxiliary diesel fuel tank. Have a similar setup on my present truck.
By "present truck" do you mean an enclosed van like the Transit, or a pickup or flatbed truck, in which the new auxiliary tank is not enclosed within the steel body? I can think of many reasons why I would not want to install the new tank inside of a van, as you propose.

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Range is extremely important.

Ford should have offered a larger tank or dual tanks.

Auxiliary gas tanks are, I am hoping, not expensive to add. Anyone know what it would cost to add a 30 gallon tank?


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I would like to know this as well. My range in the EB model is around 300 miles.....
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How will you fill the tank? Do you plan to reach inside the van through the rear doors with the fuel hose?

Tanks in pickup beds are very common, but I've never seen one inside a van.
Have not decided. Tank could be filled from rear doors. It could also be filled by extending the filler neck to either side. On my present truck it is filled through a side door in the cargo box.
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By "present truck" do you mean an enclosed van like the Transit, or a pickup or flatbed truck, in which the new auxiliary tank is not enclosed within the steel body? I can think of many reasons why I would not want to install the new tank inside of a van, as you propose.
My present truck is a 4x4, 3/4 ton diesel with a custom cargo box in place of the regular box. Fuel tank is in the cargo box under the sleeper(bed).

Looks is very similar to a van. Fuel tank inside is not a problem.
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Have not decided. Tank could be filled from rear doors. It could also be filled by extending the filler neck to either side. On my present truck it is filled through a side door in the cargo box.
I agree the OEM tank is small. My preference would be to keep it very simple by replacing the tank with a larger capacity.

A lot of things can be done but in my opinion it doesn't necessarily make them good ideas; although I guess it depends on our personal expectations. In the case of fuel tanks, I know a lot of engineering and testing goes into their safety. There's proper attachment of course, but also venting. And the filler neck connecting the tank to the vehicle's body is critical in a crash. Since the Ford Pinto disaster and others that followed, a lot of engineering and crash testing goes into making us safer from fuel tank fires. Maybe I'm too cautious, but I would hesitate placing any fuel tank inside a van.



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Not as many places by diesel fuel? OK. That is a true statement. Not every station has diesel, but after being on TDI CLUB .COM for the past 10+ years, no one has ever had trouble finding diesel. Every town has diesel and if its a rural town where there are a lot of diesel trucks, it is easier to find than in a city where only 80-90% of stations have diesel.

I only mention this because this is one of those fallacies that has been around since oil was dinosaurs and I really needs to be dispelled. Diesel hard to find? Pshaw, I say. Pshaw.
I've had a Jetta TDI for 5 years and various diesel trucks prior to that. I have never had an issue finding diesel. Not saying that sometimes I have to pass up a station or two. In my experience, I have found that rural areas are no issue; assume that's because of farm equipment and of course highways for their truck stops. I do try to stick with stations that are well known and busy.

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