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Saturday, December 10th 2016, 8:40pm

Namibia Dune trip

Hi All

Some Advice please.

I am doing a dune trip this December and have been advised by the guide that above my 100l tank i need to take an additional 120l with for the trip. I have been looking at threads all over the place and have not yet reached a consensus as to how to deal with this.

First thing is that I cant put the fuel in the vehicle as petrol is to volatile. I am concerned that 120l on the roof rack is too much.

I am considering 2 plastic petrol tanks on the roof rack. I have thus far purchased a 55l Pioneer petrol tank and do not know if I should supplement it with another slightly larger one or a few jerry cans.

Is there a danger of filling the tank while on the roof rack?

I have read that plastic is safer than the metal cans as there is a lower explosion risk and will also not spark? Opinions?

I will also only refuel once i can empty the entire tank as i do not want the liquid sloshing around if only partially filled which could upset the vehicles balance.

Thank you in advance.
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Sunday, December 11th 2016, 6:46am

Wow that is a lot of fuel. Guessing you have a 4l petrol.
What distance should you be able to cover?
What roofrack do you have?

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Sunday, December 11th 2016, 7:15am

I took 5 jerrycans of diesel in the vehicle. I made a steel frame to hold the jerrycans in position. The frame was secured to the jump seat fixings in the back. I still have the frame.

I used 98 lt total from Luderitz to Walvis Bay.

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Sunday, December 11th 2016, 9:47am

I've run 4 petrol Jerry cans in my Isuzu before I had a roof rack. I had no problems.

The sand hitting the plastic tank. It the will build up some kind of current. Remember getting in and out the car will also build up current. Best is to touch the body of the car before opening a petrol cap.

But it's very unlikely you will set the car alight in those conditions. As it's well open and almost always a little wind passing by.

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Sunday, December 11th 2016, 9:54am

Wow that is a lot of fuel. Guessing you have a 4l petrol.
What distance should you be able to cover?
What roofrack do you have?

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I have to agree. I unfortunately do not know what my consumption is going to be dune driving. normally get 7.5km/l on normal road and gravel travel.

From Windhoek we go to Aus and will fill up there. no point in carrying the extra fuel for that portion of the trip. I also do not know the expected distance to be travelled besides being told there will be lots of playing in the dunes and for that i think the consumption goes up considerably.

I have a front runner wind Chetha.

and it is the 4l V6

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Sunday, December 11th 2016, 9:57am

I took 5 jerrycans of diesel in the vehicle.
PRA, that is the nice thing about Diesel. safe enough to carry in the cab but would still prefer not to even if i was ruining the diesel. The diesel is also more economical from what i understand.

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Sunday, December 11th 2016, 10:01am

I've run 4 petrol Jerry cans in my Isuzu before I had a roof rack. I had no problems.

The sand hitting the plastic tank. It the will build up some kind of current. Remember getting in and out the car will also build up current. Best is to touch the body of the car before opening a petrol cap.

But it's very unlikely you will set the car alight in those conditions. As it's well open and almost always a little wind passing by.
The fuel storage has a brass nozzle. do you think it may be safer connect a wire between that and the body of the vehicle?

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Tuesday, December 13th 2016, 9:46pm

Hi
I've done the faces of Namib in March this year. I've also got a 4.0l. Playing a lot in the dunes was awesome. Average consumption over 560km was 4.8km/l. Had 5 jerry cans on the full steel roofrack. Every opportunity I had I took the weight of the roof to empty one can into the tank. All the best 4.0liter auto is the best for the dunes. Regards Pieter

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Tuesday, December 20th 2016, 7:54am

Thanks Pieter. Looking forward to it.

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Tuesday, December 20th 2016, 12:49pm

Friends of mine also doing this trip in December. Hope you guys have a fantastic time. I'm jealous.....

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Thursday, November 22nd 2018, 6:21pm

Hi All,
Any recommendations on tours to join
Looking at doing luderitz to Walvis April 2019

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