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Date Registered: 07-2005
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he is planing a trip to broken hill, servos are few and far between. I dont think he is doing it to save money.......

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Date Registered: 09-2005
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Jalal.

This has nothing to do with saving money. Its so we dont run out of fuel on dirt roads miles from anywhere.

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Date Registered: 02-2004
Location: SUTHERLAND, SYDNEY
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Fair enough Bluey. I guess you just need to plan your trip in the Broken Hill area carefully, so this won't happen. Gordon (a member of our forum) who lives near me went to Broken Hill from Sydney with a camper van and he didn't mention facing a problem finding fuel there. Not sure if he has taken any jerry cans in his van, but I'll ask him.

HERE are all the servos in the Broken Hill region.

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Date Registered: 09-2005
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No probs Jalal.

Sometimes we all jump to conclusions.

The reason I ask is we are planning to go to Camerons corner and a few other out of the way places. Bearing in mind that dirt roads use much more petrol than the norm, friends of ours that have a landcruiser suggested it might be better to carry some extra petrol just in case. I am just trying to cover the bases.

Also does anyone know which is better plastic or metal jerry cans?

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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You might want to check out the home-made bracket for the spare tyre which John has made HERE and use these two points to secure a jerry can in place with a bracket.

Just a thought.

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Date Registered: 06-2007
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After a close call out past Sofala (all the servos within a 100km radius had closed at 6) I now carry a can in the boot.

Not ideal but nothing worse than running out of fuel.

Thankfully on the close call we had we found a guy in the pub who had a jerry can at home and sold us some petrol.

Long range thanks are good but pretty expensive.

For my money i would go with duel fuel LPG and have the range and the economy. But thats a whole other thread

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Date Registered: 10-2006
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Hi Bluey,

I thought it was illegal to use plastic gerry cans for fuel and I have always only used metal.

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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Kev, AFAIK, you can use "approved" plastic containers which are designed specifically for storing fuel. Some plastics melt on contact with fuel. You'll see a sign indicating this at every service station and attendants may not (and should not) allow you to use an unapproved container. Don't try using soft-drink or cordial bottles as I believe they are the type that melt emoticon


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Date Registered: 10-2005
Location: way west of Mareeba FNQ
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From my experience you can go almost anywhere in Australia on a bitumen road, and not need to carry additional fuel.
It's important to plan ahead wherever you go.
You could find yourself on the Stuart Highway (or any other Outback highway) with the road closed due to an accident - and you were counting on refueling at the next stop, whoops you might just have to sleep in your car. If you've got extra fuel you can backtrack and sleep in a motel or caravan park. It's not likely but you never know when you might have to backtrack.
So it's a good idea to stop at most of the roadhouses, besides you'll have been driving for a couple hours by the time you get there and should stop anyway. Don't hassle about the extra cost, if we don't support these remote roadhouses they will close, and some already have over the years. There are only just enough to get by now.
I know I wouldn't be going down any dirt roads without spare fuel, no matter where I had to put it. I'm planning on going back over to Darwin to live again in the next couple months, hopefully over the Savannah Way thru Lawn Hill and Borroloola this time - just have to check whether I can tow my trailer thru - and of course whether I will have to carry extra fuel. If I don't take the trailer, the fuel will have to go inside the vehicle.

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Date Registered: 05-2008
Location: Sunshine Coast Hinterland
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Most recommendations on far outback travel (defined, maybe, as when you will have >200km of dirt between you and the closest pump) say to take spare fuel. For an interesting story of what can happen when all you can get is fuel out of a drum, read fuel from drum story

As we thought with the X-Trail, the only place to put a spare 20L or so is on the roof. This is where the thread could move to 'INT/EXT Accessories & Mods' as there have been some discussions on roof racks there, although I could not find anything specifically about 'jerry/fuel cans' or similar. The worry are the stories of big increases in fuel consumption with racks, although not everyone on that thread had that experience.

BCF are currently advertising a 22.7L 'fuel tank with gauge' for $59.95 made from polyethylene in a style that looks like it is meant to lie flat and would suit a rack pack of some sort. Anyone had experience with that?


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