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Dolium Poly Diesel Footwell Tank

The ability to store and carry additional fuel while exploring this wide brown land is extremely desirable, but what do you do if it’s physically impossible to install an auxiliary fuel tank? Sure, Jerry Cans are cheap to buy and allow small amounts of fuel to be stored, but they can be a hassle to access while on the road. Surely there is a more modern solution? You guessed it, there is!

The Poly Diesel Footwell Tank from Dolium sits neatly on the rear floor area of a wagon or dual cab 4X4. The main point of interest is the tank weighs just 5kg thanks to the poly construction. It will also hold a decent 40L of diesel, which is nothing to sneeze at.

The diesel tank includes a filler cap at the top of the tank with a 1/2 BSP brass insert for longevity. There are also two outlets making for easy filling of your four-wheel drive’s main fuel tank when the time comes. A vent and short hose kit is included too, allowing the tank to breathe.

If you have kids with short legs that won’t mind the reduced cabin space, or rarely have passengers in the back seats, a fuel storage system such as this makes the world of sense. Best of all, the Dolium Poly Diesel Footwell Tank is affordably priced from just $250.

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  • just one thing petrol and diesel are different. petrol has a very low ignition point so yes they have to have regulations for petrol and gas, as a ex volunteer firefighter we did a lot of training in fighting petrol and gas fires in vehicles and buildings but diesel was always placed into another category as it was classified differently because of its very high ignition point and inability to flash over unless heated to very high temperatures. if you have worked with diesel you will know good luck getting it to ignite unless you mix it with another low ignition fluid such as petrol or kerosene and i believe this is the issue that people do not understand the difference between the fuels anymore so the powers that be just go lets put them all in the same basket to be safe. unfortunately common sense does not seem to prevail anymore hence the government and others treat us all as idiots as so many people no longer have common sense or a understanding of basics in life

  • withe servos now banning the filling of tanks in tubs and definitely within them mounted inside a vehicle whats the point. interestingly i have spoken to work safe and transport SA and there is no regulations from either of them other than they must meet the Australian standards for the tanks. the argument i got from a fuel retailer is that if they allow people to fill with diesel those with petrol will then start doing the same. yes i can understand the risks with filling with petrol in any confined area but with diesel it is in a totally different categorize which even 4 hours on the phone worth work safe concurred as they spent all that time going through every regulation they could find. after discussing it with a number of servos they agreed in principal that with diesel no issues but can not allow the filling of them in the vehicle they must be placed on the ground and then lifted in or they must have a filler port mounted into the vehicles paneling. so lucky i did a lot of research before investing in a tank for my tub. so these are a waste of time now

  • Why would you make a tank that vents to the inside of your car? The fumes are a huge inhalation concern.
    Diesel has a much lower flash point than petrol so ignition is not a huge concern to me as you pretty much have to put a match to diesel to get it to light.

  • the plastic generates static electricity (like a plastic comb rubbed on stuff), sitting in the vehicle it could be insulated thereby allowing a charge to build up. have you ever had a zap when grabbing a car door or such?

    As per the bag type fuel tanks no way I’d put one in my car!

    IMO even though diesel is not very flammable under the right conditions it could catch fire or explode. As with most fuel tanks they are more dangerous when nearly empty.

  • Since plastic is an insulator rather than a conductor, I wonder why plastic needs to be on the ground for earthing. But carrying a fuel tank in a cabin is illegal. Diesel fumes will ignite, you’re mad if you throw a lit match onto diesel as it has to go through a vapour blanket first, unless it is dispersed by wind – still, very risky.
    My canopy seals up my tub pretty well (I have added dust seals) so I’m not even sure if carrying a full jerry in the back is legal.

  • Excerpt from WorkCover NSW at following link;

    https://www.artc.com.au/library/Safety-Alert_2009-09-01.pdf

    SAFETY ALERT
    FILLING FUEL CONTAINERS
    September 2009
    This safety alert was published following a number of serious incidents that involved filling portable containers with petrol and the fumes catching alight.
    WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
    Portable fuel containers, such as jerry cans, catching fire when being filled with petrol.
    WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
    Vapours from flammable liquids, such as petrol, can be easily ignited by static electricity. If a container is held off the ground while filling occurs, or kept in the boot or tray of a vehicle while filling occurs, a static charge can build up, causing a spark and igniting the fuel. Fuel vapour can also be ignited by vehicle electrics.
    WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
    When filling a portable fuel container:
    • follow the directions of the service station attendant and all warning signs, and use an earthing strap if available
    • put it on the ground when filling, away from all possible ignition sources
    • don’t leave it inside the vehicle or on a trailer when being filled

    © WorkCover NSW
    OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OBLIGATIONS

  • As Robert has mentioned, setting fuel containers on the apron is for grounding to prevent electrostatic ignition. Filling while holding the tank elevated off the apron is a NO NO. However, we are talking diesel here and it is designed to ignite under enormous pressure, not a spark or flame. Through a lit match in a container or pool of diesel – nothing. The diesel puts the flame out.

    Even so, not sure I’d want the raw diesel smell inside the cabin.

    • It has always been a “Given” that containers are removed from the vehicle etc to fill, but I find it hard to believe that Static electricity would be conducted via the concrete or whatever surface the floor is constructed from. It would make more sense if they had a grounding cable to attach to the Jerry Can or at least a grounded metal plate to place the Jerry Can on if the real concern was static electricity, I think the real reason is in case of Fire the container can be moved away from the vehicle so that hopefully the vehicle doesn’t catch fire.

  • all fuel containers should be on the ground when being filled. This is to provide an earth and stop static charges setting off any fuel vapours.. This also applies to jerry cans in the boat on its trailer etc. There have instances of fuel containers being ignited while being refueled if not sitting on the ground

  • Evan when you condense a story from the manufacturers supplied info, you need to be sure it reads correctly, and you have the facts right. Maybe the average person out there would not have a clue about the size either, but to me it just shows your lack of knowledge! I would hate to try and fill 40lts via a “1/4″ BSP Brass Insert”, do you know what the dia hole is thru a fitting of this size??

  • Is storing flammable fuel in the cabin of a vehicle even legal these days,how would you strap it down?? plus I don’t like the idea of a diesel spill on my flooring or upholstery , these tanks would be a good idea in or under the tray on a ute.

  • Interesting point about placing jerry cans on the ground to fill. Have asked various service station attendants why and never received a satisfactory answer or any answer at all when they have asked me to remove jerry cans from tray of vehicle to fill. My response being that it is no different then filling the various types of fuel tanks found in dingys and larger vessels and never been asked to remove for filling in these cases.

  • This looks like a great idea for carrying water on a long trip….but not diesel…..having fuel in the cab with me isn’t my cup of tea….

    Designing one that fits between the wheelarches of a ute tub though would be a good idea….

  • Issue will be filling them. The servo’s won’t let you fill Jerry can unless they are out of the vehicle sitting on the ground. Imagine this would also apply.

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