Long-range fuel tanks are often required on long treks in Australia, especially in the Outback. On some trips, it is not uncommon to travel more than 1,000 km between petrol refilling stations, and no vehicles come with fuel tanks large enough to carry that much supply. It therefore leaves us with three options: Option number one is to stay at home and don’t make the planned trip, or if you do, take a flight instead of a drive. Of course, if you are not a pilot, this can be a bit inconvenient and certainly expensive. If you are traveling for business and need to carry supplies or equipment, this option is going to definitely present some problems.
It’s such a simple solution that it’s a surprise to many people that they can even get a bigger fuel tank. There are plenty of companies that understand that this is a common problem for drivers of 4x4s. Most people buy 4x4s because they intend to go camping or trekking out into the wilderness, not just so that they can get to the grocer’s and back. And for longer trips, especially to remote areas where filling stations are few and far between, long range fuel tanks are the perfect solution.
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These long range fuel tanks usually solve the problem of space for the tank by placing additional fuel storage back where the spare tyre would typically be kept on the back of a 4×4. You might have to find someplace else to keep your spare tyre, but that’s a small price to pay to not have to stop to fill up as often on a long trip. Besides, if you take long trips often enough to need a long range fuel tank, then you probably already have a roof rack to haul all of your gear all over the Outback.
Not only is it a bother to have to stop too often to refuel, but it can also be dangerous. If you run out of petrol in a deserted area with no filling stations nearby, then you might get stranded. And if you get stranded in a really remote area, then you could be in some real trouble. Ultimately, long range fuel tanks are there not only for your convenience, but also for your general safety and well being. You won’t get stranded in the Outback if you’ve got enough fuel to get back out. And that should give you some peace of mind.