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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-29-2002, 08:46 PM
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How: strapping a jerrycan gas can to a roof rack?

I have a five gallon jerrycan. I have a yakima roof rack and it has the basket. What are some ways of tieing or bolting that thing on to. The basket has some slots there, sort of like a fence. Thank you for your reply.
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Re: How: strapping a jerrycan gas can to a roof rack?

DON'T DO IT! You roll, you become a rolling bomb and/or flame spreader.
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Re: How: strapping a jerrycan gas can to a roof rack?

What about people that put them on the back of their rigs on their tire carriers? Won't the same thing happen in an end-o?
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-30-2002, 03:28 AM
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Re: How: strapping a jerrycan gas can to a roof rack?

I heard the jerrycan can take a lot of punishment. I mean it was used in the military and they had it attached somewhere. It is not the cheap ones that are just fakes. I bought mine from an army, navy surplus store.
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Re: How: strapping a jerrycan gas can to a roof rack?

Here is the description of the jerrycan:

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This can is built like a automotive fuel tank from two stamped heavy metal parts, then welded together. The welded seam provides a super rigid can that can take all the abuse you can throw at it. Other "ordinary" cans are stamped from one piece of thin metal and the bottom crimped on and soldered. See construction details on our brochure: Click here.

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The interior is flow coated with a special formula paint that prevents rust and does not allow contaminants to stick to the inside of the can. The paint does not flake off and contaminate the fuel. The heavy duty spout closure mechanism and locking pin ensures that the can cannot open. This "V" Type can has a locking pin on the can. Make sure you order a "V" Type spout to go with your can. Older "S" type spouts will not fit on these cans.

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Re: How: strapping a jerrycan gas can to a roof rack?

I'm with Brad on this one...

Jerry Cans were made for the express purpose of stacking 'em into trucks and airplanes and transporting as much petrol in a confined as possible without having to convert to a tanker. The cans were then strapped onto the outside of vehicles as a "spare" 5gal reserve.

The problem with putting one or two on the outside of a Jeep is of exposure. Try pulling onto a Ferry in Vancouver with a Jerry can. They'll make you dump the gas and fill it up with water. Why?

Well there are a lot of fumes in those cans. You drag that can accross the rack to retrieve it and create a little static and it may be the last thing you do. Heck, you look at it cross-eyed and it may be the last thing you do.

These things can be dangerous. If not handled correctly, the problem complicates.

Side and rear racks are bad enough... have you ever taken a Jerry Can and shot it wth a rifle? Wow, after WWII those things littered the landscape in Alaska... and it was great sport to shoot 'em full of hot lead to see how far they'd shoot into the air and how much damage they'd do as they exploded.

Now in an accident these cans may, or may not be punctured. Me, I don't want to take the chance. It's like having a loaded pistol pointed at your head with the trigger half pulled back. It's just not worth it.

When I was a fireman I dreaded vehicle fires and accidents with Jerry cans involved. You always had to beware that can, often paying more attention to it than you did getting the victums to safety... as that can would make you a vicutm right quick.

Now Jerry Cans are deisgned well, no doubt about it... burst strength, seam construction, and some are evern enameled on the inside to minimize the risk to the owner...but the risk still is there.

Now if you put it on the top of your Jeep and start a nice slow drive on a hot day... guess what's happenig? Yep, the sun's beating down on that Jerry Can. What happens when gas gets warm? Yes, it tends to vaporize, and expand. Now you've got a Jerry Can full of gas (or two) expanding and producing vapor within five feet of your head. If you're lucky, that's all that happens. If not, we've just lost a member of the forum.

If you persue this, update your insruance, send an application to the Darwin Society and hug your wife and kids each time you leave the house... you may not be coming home again.

And the biggest shame of it all...I may be sittin' in traffic next to you when it happens, and I'll just forewarn you now, I'll not be pleased!
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post #7 of (permalink) Old 06-30-2002, 08:32 AM
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Re: How: strapping a jerrycan gas can to a roof rack?

Okay, now I know not to do it.
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