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Trailer Mounted Fuel Tank - Regs/Rules??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by GAskidsteer, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. GAskidsteer

    GAskidsteer LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 30

    Building a new trailer for my Bobcat(skidsteer) and I am wanting to mount a auxillary fuel tank on it, about 75 gallons capacity. I read a number of forums and it seems that on one of them, there was a discussion about the Federal and /or State regulations governing the capacity, etc. Figure a lot of you are probably knowledgeable about this, so hoping for some input. Located in Georgia. Any help greatly appreciated.
  2. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,016

    In Alabama I believe as long as the capacity is under 105 gallons you don't need a hazmat permit. There might be different regulations if you mount the tank to a trailer I believe these are for truck mounted fuel tanks. We use fuel tanks mounted in the bed of our pickups.
  3. GAskidsteer

    GAskidsteer LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 30

    Thanks, Adam. Yeah, it makes more sense to mount the tank on the truck, but at this point, a larger truck just isn't in the picture and I just don't have the room on the truck. Most likely there will be different regs for a trailer mounted tank.
  4. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 550

    we had a 250 tank that was built in to a trailer, had it for years no one ever said anything to us
  5. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,114

    I tried to look up something on this on the dot.gov website, but it is about useless as a source for information. :dizzy: Ran out of time but you might be able to find something online. Basically I would think you just need to know the "reportable quanitity" or RQ for diesel fuel. Stay below that amount and you should not need any hazmat placards or license.

    I do see guys with 100 gal tanks strapped on their tag trailers from time to time. I considered doing that when I was running a dump truck to pull my machine all the time, but now I've got a pickup with 8' box; plenty of room for a tank in there.
  6. d&rlawncare

    d&rlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 741

    110 gallons in MI. Pretty sure that is nation wide (federal regulations). Ill look in my hazmat book in the morning.
  7. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,114

    Found this on another forum:
    (from http://www.truckstopusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12046&sid=db6411394f9aa56c8c7991e27c36269a, about three or four posts down.)

    It's a quote from some regs somewhere; looks like it is referring to extra fuels carried as reserve fuel or material of trade, which I think is what a transfer tank carries. I'm not an expert but it may be a place to start...

  8. GAskidsteer

    GAskidsteer LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 30

    Hey guys, I really appreciate all of the input.

    If I'm reading the rules correctly, then I've got a problem as I need to carry gasoline. All 3 of my machines and both of my trucks, are gas units and the 5 gallon can routine is not only aggravating, it's wasteful. I would like to mount about a 50 -60 gallon tank, w/electric pump, which would cover me for several days. Not to mention the small fact, that a lot of the areas I work, you don't leave a 5 gallon can sitting around w/gas in it, cause it will be gone, in short order. Stopping for gas every morning, also consumes a lot of time and this would allow me to fill up on the site. Somewhere, I read, can't remember where, that a fellow was ticketed by the DOT for having over a certain amount of fuel, or tank size, don't know which. Additionally, I believe he had diesel fuel, which according to the regulations posted above, you can carry more of than gasoline. So ?????:confused:

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