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    Hi all.
    How many of you carry extra fuel on offroad trips? Would you say its a necessity for exploring in NH?

    If you do, what are you using? Ive been looking at the Rotopax on Amazon, but the get mixed reviews. The poor reviews are due to some having leak issues! Anyone use these ones?

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    Unless your rig gets truly horrible mileage, or you have a tiny gas tank it's not necessary. Safety is an issue too, in my opinion.

    I haven't needed to top off the tank before the end of a run, and that's an old Wrangler (famous for poor mileage) with a 20 gallon tank. Saturday was 182 miles including driving from Fitchburg and back. Filled up the next day with 4 or 5 gallons left in the tank.
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    The only place I've thought it might be needed was a trip to the North Maine Woods - and even though I'm glad I brought it - I ended up not using it even on that trip.
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    you shouldn't need to carry extra fuel on any average ENH day trip. I have a rotopax container for my ATV and I love it. The only issues I have is with fuel expansion especially in hot weather can make it difficult to unscrew the clamp hold it to the machine.
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    Ditto, even after a 16 hour day of wheeling in NH, I have plenty of gas. Most I have aver burned locally is about 1/2 a tank (I get 19mpg average - 4 banger pride baby)
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    Thanks for replies. Seems it's an unnecessary precaution having spare fuel.
    I just did nearly eight hours on class 6 roads and barley used a 1/4 tank. I gotta stop overthinking everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivoryring View Post
    The only place I've thought it might be needed was a trip to the North Maine Woods - and even though I'm glad I brought it - I ended up not using it even on that trip.
    can you elaborate on this please? how many days & miles did you travel 'off road' up there? thx
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    Get a real Jerry can (i.e. wavian) if you really need it. No worries about expansion, breakage etc. Can store them upright or on their sides. That being said I concur, unless you're doing a multiday trip in the NMW there's not much need for it. Even on my FJ with it's pathetically small gas tank and horrible mileage it's not needed unless I'm doing a multiday trip far from civilization.

    That being said you don't get any insta/ Overlund points for not having rotopax hanging off your vehicle at all times. So that needs to be taken into consideration too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sloth View Post
    Get a real Jerry can (i.e. wavian) if you really need it. No worries about expansion, breakage etc. Can store them upright or on their sides. That being said I concur, unless you're doing a multiday trip in the NMW there's not much need for it. Even on my FJ with it's pathetically small gas tank and horrible mileage it's not needed unless I'm doing a multiday trip far from civilization.

    That being said you don't get any insta/ Overlund points for not having rotopax hanging off your vehicle at all times. So that needs to be taken into consideration too.
    thx. planning a 5-7 day trip up there and wanting to stay our the whole time. kinda a pita planning with my 2dr jk with 2 adults+2 dogs and not spending +$1600 on racks etc for occasional use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sloth View Post
    ...That being said you don't get any insta/ Overlund points for not having rotopax hanging off your vehicle at all times. So that needs to be taken into consideration too.
    Haha! As most wannabees that want to look the part and then never see more than an occasional smooth dirt road.
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    I have two 3.5 gallon Rotopax on the side of my bed rack. Donít have any issues with leaks. I just make sure to avoid filling it up past the ďsafe fillĒ line. With that said Iíve never actually needed extra fuel. But itís nice to have. I donít fill them up for shorter weekend trips, but over the summer when we drove to Yellowstone or when we were up to the NMW for four days it was good peace of mind.


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