Increase Fuel Capacity with Spare Tire Fuel System
Titan's Spare Tire Fuel System features a one-size-fits-all, 30-gallon fuel tank and a fuel transfer control unit.
To help extend your pickup’s fuel capacity and reduce visits to the gas station, Titan Fuel Tanks is now offering a 30-gallon fuel tank that can be stored in a pickup’s spare tire cavity.
Released at the 2013 SEMA Show in November, the polyethylene Spare Tire Auxiliary Fuel System fits most American-made diesel pickups produced after 1999, according to Kay L. Walker, sales manager at Titan Fuel Tanks, a manufacturer of aftermarket fuel tanks.
Unlike in-bed auxiliary fuel tank solutions, its underbody location means it has no impact on the pickup bed’s storage capacity. Fleets with regular cabs now have a way to gain fuel capacity without losing precious storage space in the truck bed.
“[The Spare Tire Fuel System] is a great option to keep the tank under the body, gain 30 gallons of fuel and keep the space in the truck bed,” says James Patience, new products manager at Titan.
Although mileage varies from truck to truck, the 30-gallon spare tire tank will double a truck’s driving range. For example, if you are getting 7 to 8 miles per gallon while pulling, the tank will still provide enough fuel for a total of 450 to 500 miles, says Walker.
“Anyone that has a fleet of pickups and wants to reduce time at the fill-up stations would be interested in this product,” says Walker. “Commercial delivery trucks can spend more time delivering as opposed to stopping for fuel.”
Control Fuel Usage
Drivers can manage the amount of fuel that is transferred from the spare tire tank. Featuring a single-touch button, the electronic fuel transfer control unit is mounted on the truck’s dashboard.
Each touch of the button will transfer about 5 gallons of fuel from the spare tire tank to the primary fuel tank, says Patience. To interrupt the transfer, the driver touches the button again.
The control unit’s LED interface displays the tank’s fuel levels in increments of one-tenth.
“Once the [spare tire] tank gets closer to empty, the controller will stop the pump so it won’t run itself dry,” says Patience.