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General Tank Questions:
  1. How do they work?
  2. Do I need a separate gauge?
  3. My buddy has a tank that just trickles fuel into the factory tank. Can you hook one up like that?
  4. How does it pump fuel into my factory tank?
  5. My mechanic tells me there is an electric fuel pump in the factory tank of my truck. Does the auxiliary tank have one as well?
  6. Are these tanks DOT approved?
  7. Will these tanks work with my 5th wheel hitch and trailer?
  8. Will these tanks work with my tonneau cover?
  9. Do I have to open both handles to get the single lid of the toolbox open?
  10. Is the bottom of the toolbox the top of the tank?
  11. Can you ship these tanks via UPS?
  12. Do your tanks come in black?
  13. Can these tanks be used as a replacement tank on older vehicles?
  14. Are your tanks baffled?
  15. Does the tank come with instructions?
Installation Questions:
  1. Can I install this tank myself?
  2. Why do I need an installation kit?
  3. Is the sending unit hard to assemble?
  4. Do I have to cut a hole in my bed?
  5. Do you install tanks at your location?
  6. Does the tank come with instructions?
 
How do they work?
You have a switch on the dash. Flip the switch to the right and your engine is pulling fuel from the auxiliary tank. Your auxiliary tank will also be reading on the factory fuel gauge. Flip the switch back and you are on the factory tank.
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Do I need a separate gauge?
No, your factory gauge on the dash will also work for the auxiliary tank.
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My buddy has a tank that just trickles fuel into the factory tank. Can you hook one up like that?
No. A Gravity feed system is never safe or DOT (Department of Transportation) approved. This system was widely used back in the "old days" but these days the fuel gauge on the new trucks are now taking intermittent readings instead of constant readings. This poses a problem for several reasons, how do you know when to turn off the fuel pumping from the storage tank into the factory tank. The one sure way to find out and what happens in most cases is that you have just pumped too much fuel into the factory tank and now it is all over the vehicle and the ground. If someone official was to see this you will also have a fine for cleaning up a hazardous spill which can cost you in the thousands of dollars.
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How does it pump fuel into my factory tank?
It doesn't. The engine will be pulling fuel directly from the auxiliary tank. The factory fuel gauge will tell you how much fuel is in the auxiliary tank.
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My mechanic tells me there is an electric fuel pump in the factory tank of my truck. Does the auxiliary tank have one as well?
That depends on what type of truck. A gasoline powered truck (when fuel injected) does have a high volume pump in the fuel tank. The only diesel truck that has a fuel pump in the factory tank is the 2005 Dodge Diesel. ALL others diesel trucks do NOT have a fuel pump in the factory tank. The fuel pump on a diesel is on the frame rail or in the engine compartment. By placing a valve behind it you can have the fuel pump pull form one tank or the other depending on the position of the valve. The valve is controlled by a toggle switch on the dash.
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Are these tanks DOT approved?
Any auxiliary tank or toolbox combo from American Tank that is installed with one of our installation kits on a diesel powered truck will meet DOT specifications in all states.
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Will these tanks work with my 5th wheel hitch and trailer?
Yes. American Tank builds their tanks so as not to be taller then 19 inches. This puts the tank at the top of the bed rail. No tank will come past the front of the wheel wells. This allows our tanks to work with 99% of the hitches and trailers in use.
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Will these tanks work with my tonneau cover?
Most of our tanks (without toolbox) will work with a tonneau cover. We do offer one toolbox tank combo that is designed to work in a long bed with a bed cover. It was specifically designed to work with a "Roll Type" cover but it will work with most frame mounted soft covers and hard covers that stay on top of the bed.
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Do I have to open both handles to get the single lid of the toolbox open?
No, on the single lid model either handle will open the lid.
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Is the bottom of the toolbox the top of the tank?
No, we assemble a compete toolbox and then weld it to the tank. Some manufacturers do not build a bottom in their toolbox. They tack it onto the tank and there is only one piece of material instead of two in the bottom of the toolbox.
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Can you ship these tanks via UPS?
No, none of our tanks are small enough to ship via UPS. We ship all tanks via truck freight lines.
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Do your tanks come in black?
We can powder coat the tanks and you can pick them up at our location. We do not ship powder coated tanks.
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Can these tanks be used as a replacement tank on older vehicles?
Yes, we will be happy to sell you a tank with a pickup assembly and sending unit to work with your factory or aftermarket fuel gauge.
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Are your tanks baffled?
All of our tanks are properly baffled resulting in three separate compartments. Each tank contains a trap baffle to reduce the possibility of fuel escaping from the pick up tube during a tight turn or going up a steep hill.
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Can I install this tank myself?
American Tank has designed their fuel systems to be installed by the average "do-it-yourselfer" with basic hand tools. It will take about four to five hours and you will need someone to help you sit the tank in the bed.
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Why do I need an installation kit?
There are many ways in which to install an auxiliary fuel tank. Our installation kit provides you with an easy to install, reliable and DOT approved method to operate your new auxiliary tank. We believe that our kit is the most reliable, cost effective and easy to service kit available anywhere. You should note that gravity feed tanks are never DOT approved and are unsafe.
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Is the sending unit hard to assemble?
The sending unit will be pre-assembled and installed in the tank prior to shipping.
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Do I have to cut a hole in my bed?
You will need a 1 " hole in the side of the bed for the fuel lines to pass through. You will also drill four holes in the bottom of the bed to bolt the tank down.
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Do you install tanks at your location?
Yes we do, please call us to schedule an appointment. 940-686-2391
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Does the tank come with instructions?
Detailed installation instructions for specific makes of vehicles will be included.
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