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Element auxiliary fuel tank 06 Jun 2016 02:03 #26

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I had a secon 12 gallon tank and there was no way I could get it to fit. Would not go into the rim for the seats. I moved the original tank and tried everything. Would not fit. I had to get the 6 gallon for mine. It is 2015.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank - how to fit 06 Jun 2016 02:27 #27

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Hi Peter. Bayliner must have changed things. My 2016 XL has a 46" gas tank compartment.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank - how to fit 06 Jun 2016 21:31 #28

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I have a 2015 XL and could mount a pair of 12 gal tanks easily with room to spare.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank - how to fit 06 Jun 2016 22:00 #29

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There are different 12 gal. gas tanks. Each with different dimensions.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 07 Jun 2016 04:01 #30

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I bought a Scepter 12 gallon. Won't fit.
Bought a West Marine branded 12 gallon (just like the Atwood). It fit with considerable force to get it past the lip of the compartment. Both tanks were compressed when in there. Not a safe situation when expansion happens.

I have done hours of web searching for a 12 gallon tank that is 20 inches long. If there is such a thing, please point me in the right direction.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 07 Jun 2016 12:47 #31

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If I have time tonight I'll go out and take some measurements and pics & see what brand of tank.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 10 Jun 2016 15:18 #32

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More info would be great. Thanks

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 10 Jun 2016 15:42 #33

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These are both 12 gallon Atwood gas tanks, each with different measurements. Unfortunately I don't have their measurements. The point being that there are different sized 12 gallon gas tanks out there whether the Atwood brand or not.
First measure your space and then search the Internet.



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Element auxiliary fuel tank 11 Jun 2016 03:00 #34

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22.75"L x 14.25"W x 14.36"H (Standard) / 24.00"L x 18.00"W x 11.61"H (Low-profile)

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 13 Jun 2016 17:33 #35

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Jpray72, thanks for the part numbers I too am adding the 6 gallon tank due to size limitations for the 12 gallon.

Can i ask a huge favor for you to post some pics of how you attached the parts for the second tank, this is to avoid unplugging one tank and plugging in the other.

The on off valve is brilliant.

also one last thing do you fill up the tanks in the boat at the gas station or do you remove the tanks from the boat and fill them up on the floor then put them back in?

I tried taking it out and putting it back in and I have to say I am not as strong as I thought.
What are your thoughts?

Thnaks in advance for all your help.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 14 Jun 2016 20:07 #36

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I either refill at the gas station with the tank in the boat or fill a portable 5 gallon and bring it to the boat. I will say that the new "safety" nozzles on portable gas tanks these days are a complete PITA. I never spilled a drop using my older style portable tanks with a simple nozzle coming from the tank. The new ones that require turning a ring and pushing the nozzle down in order to get fuel flowing result in numerous spills. I'm going to take a set of tools to this safety nozzle and bore it out to make a traditional straight nozzle.
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Element auxiliary fuel tank 15 Jun 2016 03:22 #37

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Thanks metz123, wanna hear a funny story?

I am freaked out by a spark igniting my tanks and boat so I take my empty tank out the boat and drive to the gas station to fill it up below the fill line of course and it is warm out, as I struggle to get it back in to my truck I create a huge fuel spill, the tanks quick disconnect is leaking and stops only when I loosen the tank cap. So lesson learned and the gas station uses kitty litter to soak up fuel spills.

So there it is....

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 19 Jun 2016 14:34 #38

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ram789 wrote: Jpray72, thanks for the part numbers I too am adding the 6 gallon tank due to size limitations for the 12 gallon.

Can i ask a huge favor for you to post some pics of how you attached the parts for the second tank, this is to avoid unplugging one tank and plugging in the other.

The on off valve is brilliant.

also one last thing do you fill up the tanks in the boat at the gas station or do you remove the tanks from the boat and fill them up on the floor then put them back in?

I tried taking it out and putting it back in and I have to say I am not as strong as I thought.
What are your thoughts?

Thnaks in advance for all your help.








As for filling up I can remove the additional 6 gallon tank if need to take and fill up at the station. There is no way I would want to lift the 12 gallon tank into the boat. I have a couple of six gallon gas cans that I fill up at the station and take to the boat.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank - how to fit 19 Jun 2016 17:33 #39

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Curious what you guys are doing to need more gas tanks? I can spend 2 complete days on the water and not empty out my Element 16ft with 75hp standard gas tank. That includes pulling tubers? Guessing the 115 hp must suck a lot more gas?

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Element auxiliary fuel tank - how to fit 20 Jun 2016 12:31 #40

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The 115 does suck more gas. Add the load of pulling a 3 or 4 person tube and it gets used pretty quick.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 20 Jun 2016 15:09 #41

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Thank you...... I am going to set up the same exact configuration you have.
The portable gas tanks to the gas station then fill up the boat to eliminate sparks will be general practice with me...

Thanks a million for your help.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank - how to fit 20 Jun 2016 15:41 #42

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Element_Dan wrote: Curious what you guys are doing to need more gas tanks? I can spend 2 complete days on the water and not empty out my Element 16ft with 75hp standard gas tank. That includes pulling tubers? Guessing the 115 hp must suck a lot more gas?


I can burn through a 12 gallon tank in a day in my 75hp Element 160, just riding around.

Additionally, I have a fear of being stranded so, I carry a topped off 6 gallon tank as a backup ;)

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 21 Jun 2016 16:10 #43

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Here is how to make your portable gas cans to be funnel friendly:


I decided on the 6 gallon and am keeping two 5gal cans at the cabin and 2 at home. I will have 28 gallons available when at the cabin without having to go into town.
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Element auxiliary fuel tank 18 Jul 2016 17:45 #44

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Is it possible to add an external fuel gauge to a portable plastic tank? I'm adding an additional 6 gallon tank to my Element XL but I really miss having a gauge on the dash showing my fuel level. Googling resulted in not being able to find anything for this.

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The more I use my XL the more convinced I am that Bayliner should have put the fuel tank for the Element on the right side of the boat instead of the left. The left side of the boat has 1 additional seat, that plus the weight of a full tank gives the boat as decent amount of lean. Whenever I'm boating with more than 2 people (which is always), I feel like I'm going sideways. It's just natural that the 2 seats on the LHS of the boat get used before the open bow or rear seats. They really should have thought of this.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 18 Sep 2016 16:39 #46

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I could not agree more. It's much worse when you add a 2nd gas tank. To that point I may add weight on drivers side when i go out with one person and tanks are full. Maybe like 3 50lbs weights.

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Does anyone have the name/ part number of the 12 gallon that fits? I live in Northern Va and the locations that I boat have me going through my tanks in a day.

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 30 Nov 2016 06:38 #48

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Has anyone consider installing a below deck, permenate fuel tank, say 25-30 gallons? Then a fill spout can be added along with a fuel gauge.

That would solve 2 of my biggest frustration with the boat:
1) Having to take off the cover and lift the seat to fill the tanks and
2) Not having a fuels gauge at the helm. I mean seriously, they put a volt meter at the helm but not a fuel gauge?

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Element auxiliary fuel tank 30 Nov 2016 17:36 #49

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Well all this questioning of a second 6 or 12 gal tank has made me decide to go down the real McCoy route. I've got the 12 + 6 but that's just not enough. I can't stand having to lift the seat every time I'm wondering where we stand on gas level or, worse even, when I have to fill up.
So, I've decided to change the entire system and get rid of both those flimsy tanks. Instead and in place of them, I'm going to fit a 25 gal closed tank with an external filling port and a proper fuel level indicator and gauge on the dash. Total cost about $150 but that will definitely solve all these annoying issues.

If anyone is interested I'll show some pics of the parts I've planned on using.

Nick

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ChopperXL wrote: Has anyone consider installing a below deck, permenate fuel tank, say 25-30 gallons? Then a fill spout can be added along with a fuel gauge.

That would solve 2 of my biggest frustration with the boat:
1) Having to take off the cover and lift the seat to fill the tanks and
2) Not having a fuels gauge at the helm. I mean seriously, they put a volt meter at the helm but not a fuel gauge?


Sorry Chopper, didn't read your post before posting mine. But we're on the same wavelength. I'm going that way. Period.

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