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New guy saying hello!

Postby pheenix42 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:09 pm

Hello from Indiana, and the happy owner of a 1985 Tomos Golden Bullet! (missing a few parts, but in roadworthy condition)

Question: Why are small gas containers so expensive? I mean, $12 for a plastic 1-gallon container?
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Postby JD » Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:01 pm

Welcome! Lots of Tomos owners here.

Gas cans are expensive because the gubment is looking out for you. As far as I can tell, they're all "CARB (California Air Resources Board) compliant now, which means they must have some kind of auto shut-off technology built into them. Regulation = cost.

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Postby John » Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:17 pm

No CARB here. lol Do I need to bring some to Michigan?
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Postby pheenix42 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:48 pm

JD wrote:Welcome! Lots of Tomos owners here.

Gas cans are expensive because the gubment is looking out for you. As far as I can tell, they're all "CARB (California Air Resources Board) compliant now, which means they must have some kind of auto shut-off technology built into them. Regulation = cost.

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Yep, I kept seeing CARB everywhere, and you've hit the nail on the head, sir...regs driving up the cost. Sad thing is, the can I use for my lawnmower I only paid $7 or $8 just last year!
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Postby silverfox » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:14 am

Check this out:
Go to your wife's or mother's laundry room and steal one of those 3 gallon liquis laundry detergent jugs. Pour off any remaining soap and give it (the soap) back.

Wash it out until you get no more soap bubbles.

The work great for me, they even have a leak proof pouring spout.
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Postby JD » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:25 am

If you want to keep the gubment happy, I think the gasoline container has to be red to be legal. So if the laundry bottle isn't, then you might want to think about coloring it with a crayon or the blood of your nearest gubment bureaucrat.

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Postby silverfox » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:48 am

The ones from Tide are reddish-orange. Close enough I think
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Postby John » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:02 pm

Tide is orange, Era is red! Old P&G'er and know the difference! lol
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Postby Jim C. » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:46 pm

Don't use a detergent container for gasoline! They are not made for it and can eventually leak. I've armed myself with one metal and three plastic containers that aren't CARB compliant by buying them at yard/estate sales. Even in California you can still find them. I think I'll pick up all I can. Get 'em before they're gone.
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Postby silverfox » Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:09 am

I have been using my detergent containers for about 10 years and they are still in good shape.
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Postby Jim C. » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:17 am

New ones are made from reformulated plastics that degrade quicker. You never know when they'll burst or leak. And loose gasoline is very dangerous. I'm looking for more of the old metal ones.
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