We’ve finally got our fuel jerrycans fitted. With the car being away at the mechanics and waiting on the jerrycan mounts to arrive it put us behind a little.
We’ve decided to fit two 20L jerrycans at the rear of the roofrack and one 20L jerrycan in the middle behind the rooftop tent. We chose to use Pro Quip metal jerrycans. These are very strong robust jerrycans that should last us many years of overlanding.
We are using Front Runner single jerrycan mounts that allows us to have the jerrycans laying on their back, this means they can be a lower profile and keep the weight slightly closer to the ground. The Front Runner jerrycan mounts are designed to fit onto the Front Runner roofrack (which we have) although the bolt holes are intended to fit the jerrycans length ways (front to back of vehicle) whereas we needed to fit them sideways on the roofrack so a few extra holes needed to be drilled.
With the jerrycans and standard Defender fuel tank we will have the following range:
- Defender fuel tank (75L) approx 700km
- 3 x 20L jerrycans (60L) approx 640km
This should give us a total range of about 1200-1300km depending on roads etc. For normal touring we will run a full fuel tank and one jerrycan so a total of 95L. With only one jerrycan full we can keep the weight down on the roof but also have some emergency fuel if needed. When we go to areas where we know we are going to need an extended range we will fill the remaining jerrycans.
So why jerrycans?
When we first bought the car it had a large 127L Longranger fuel tank fitted in place of the original fuel tank. This was great for long distance travel especially in remote areas where fuel was few and far between and also quite expensive than in the larger towns and cities.
The problem we had was how low the tank hung beneath the car. Whenever we were offroad and ground clearance was tight we would have to take it very careful not to hit and damage the tank. Often Tegan would have to walk beside or behind the car constantly checking the fuel tank for clearance as we would pass through rough sections of the track. Everytime we heard the tank hit we would cringe and hope we hadn’t damaged it.
With so much fuel stored in one tank if there was a puncture and we hadn’t noticed we could become stranded in a remote place with no fuel at all. At least if there’s more than one storage tank (jerrycans or auxiliary tanks) and we were to be unlucky enough to get a puncture in the main tank we could have a chance of repairing it and refilling it with fuel.
Our trip to Tasmania was what made us finally decide enough was enough and when we got home we sourced a standard Defender fuel tank and swapped them out. With less fuel range we had to find a solution.