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Offline SteveW84RC

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Gas tank size in Ramcharger / Trailduster
« on: April 17, 2011, 11:10:57 PM »
Not sure where to post this. If one of the moderators thinks it belongs in a better place, then by all means put it there !  I hope it may help others with this problem.

I have to take a long drive this summer to Colorado with my lifted, big tire 1984 Ramcharger. I have to do some of the drive through the hot desert, so I wanted to do that in the AM. That means I have to depart Tucson at midnight. I will be on some of Arizona's smaller state highways. First thing I thought of was where the heck am I going to find gas in these small towns at 3 AM ? so I was concerned about the size of the gas tank.

I am one who does not let the gas gauge drop below 1/4. At that level, I am putting about 22 gallons in to fill it up. Because of that, I thought I might have a 24 gallon tank, which is not big enough. So, I looked into the sizes available. The 1984 factory repair manual list all Ramcharger / Trailduster as having a 35 gallon gas tank. That's it. No options.

I thought to myself, NO WAY ! At 1/4 tank I am only putting in about 22 gallons to fill it up. I then started to search on this site about gas tank size. Lots of opinions and some good facts. So, I decided I need to find out for sure !

A buddy had a Holley Blue electric fuel pump with some fuel hose and wires on it that we hooked up to jumper cables and used to suck the gas out of my tank, which I previously drove until it showed 1/4 left. Remember, at that level, it took about 22 gallons to top it off. We took 12 gallons out, when the pump started to suck air. 12 + 22 = 34 ! I started the Ramcharger up and drove it down the block. Around the block. I even mashed the accelerator pedal to the floor for a block and it did not run out of gas on me. Problem solved. I GOT A 35 GALLON GAS TANK ! Happy guy ! At about 12 MPG I can now go as far as 420 miles. That is a heck of a lot better than 288 miles with what I thought was a 24 gallon gas tank !

Here are some useful details:

My gas tank is plastic, which was indicated on this site that I would have a 35 gallon gas tank.
My gas tank is more than 12 inches in height, again info found on this site, indicating the above.
The gas gauge needle is past the empty line and just touching the "E," with about 1 gallon left.

I would suggest you figure your milage out and just track it by using your odometer. I seem to get a constant 12 MPG in town, or on the highway.

Steve in Tucson
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1988 M-416 US Army Trailer
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Re: Gas tank size in Ramcharger / Trailduster
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2011, 11:50:16 PM »
Mine's got 35. Gets 14 hwy.
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Re: Gas tank size in Ramcharger / Trailduster
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011, 03:30:56 AM »
mine used to get 14,,,, RIP  {bye}
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Re: Gas tank size in Ramcharger / Trailduster
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011, 05:02:00 PM »
Mine has an aftermarket 45 gallon tank.
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Re: Gas tank size in Ramcharger / Trailduster
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2011, 07:18:26 PM »
35 gallons x $4/gallon = $140 fill up.  Ouch!
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Re: Gas tank size in Ramcharger / Trailduster
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2011, 10:34:57 PM »
Mine has an aftermarket 45 gallon tank.
{drool} That would be 630 miles.
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Re: Gas tank size in Ramcharger / Trailduster
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2011, 06:18:27 PM »
{drool} That would be 630 miles.

Less than 450 for me.
1978 Ramcharger 440/727 with NP 203/205 doubler w/twinstick, Dana 60F and Dana 70 rear w/3.54:1 gears and an 8" lift. Puttin' out 450 HP at the crank, a little to mild. Now with Hydro Boost brakes.

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Re: Gas tank size in Ramcharger / Trailduster
« Reply #7 on: May 6, 2011, 06:56:19 PM »
I've been filling my '83 at less than 1/4 and putting in 28 gallons, now you got me thinking. Any who, this is better than the W350 that has a 18 gallon tank and only gets 9-10 if I'm lucky .

Side story, I bought my first Landcrusier, an 76 FJ55, for 1500 bucks, made payments to the owner for a few months while fixing some small problems, first day I take it to the fuel weening station, say " Fill'r UP" to the pumper ( Oregon ) ,go grab some snaks for the ride to the coast, standing in line for awhile, I ask how much? " Its still pumping, says the teller. WTF!!! I run out side, thinking this goober is spilling my $1.78 a gallon gas on the ground, NOPE, ..................end of story, an after market ConFer 55 gallon tank.................. :o :o  I could run for 2.5 weeks . I miss that rig .

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Re: Gas tank size in Ramcharger / Trailduster
« Reply #8 on: May 6, 2011, 07:02:24 PM »
$3.81 a gallon in New Jersey .
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Re: Gas tank size in Ramcharger / Trailduster
« Reply #9 on: May 7, 2011, 07:59:12 AM »
I think most full size outfits, Mopar, Ford and GM figure their cars and trucks with a large enough tank to get at least 400 miles, and typically closer to 450 miles. Of course it deviates once you get into Muscle types or some specialized units, but for the most part 450 is about average. My B25 Cargo Van will go 450 any day on regular, it will also go just at 500 miles on a tank of premium. Now thats just my unit, with all stock components, single exhaust, but the addition of a complete Mallory Ign. system
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Re: Gas tank size in Ramcharger / Trailduster
« Reply #10 on: May 7, 2011, 08:31:37 AM »
Loaned my RC to visiting friend for a week.  I warned him that it only gets about 11-12mpg.  He drove it couple days and made comment that didn't seem to be using too much gas.  After week of driving, he filled it up before he left town - his comment then was like 'holy sh8t, how much does it hold.'  Took 31 gallons and just at empty mark.
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