Find Fuel Tank Trailers For Sale
Fuel Tank Trailers are commercial trailers that allow for the transportation of fuel tanks, which are often manufactured as part of the trailer itself, forming a single structural unit. The most common function of fuel tank trailers -- which can transport fuel, petrol, oil, and/or diesel -- is to deliver fuel to gas stations across the country. New and used fuel tank trailers for sale on Equipment Trader are produced by manufacturers such as Beall, Brenner, Fruehauf, Heil, Polar, and Walker.
Fuel tanks are typically cylindrical and lie horizontally on the fuel tank trailer. The fuel tank can consist of one large compartment, or may be divided into multiple compartments. A big risk for fuel tank trailers is load surge, in which sudden starts and stops, or sharp turns, can cause liquid cargo to crash against the side of the tank, dangerously pushing the trailer and potentially tipping it over. The cylindrical shape of fuel tank trailers, and the division of the tank into multiple compartments, helps the tanker limit the movement of liquid cargo and decrease the risk of load surge. Multiple compartments are also useful for allowing a single fuel tank trailer to transport a variety of fuel grades at once.
When buying a fuel tank trailer, there are a number of factors to keep in mind. Most importantly, the trailer should be checked for pressure and leaks, guaranteeing that the tank is completely sealed. Inspecting the vehicle should also include a check of the valves and pressure gauges, as well as the tires and the bolts. As fuel can expand and contract in changing temperatures, remember when loading fuel into the tanker to leave some room in the tank for that natural process to safely occur. When driving, liquid load surge can be limited by inserting baffles into the tank, using controlled braking, and steering slowly around turns. Finally, when dispensing fuel, it's essential that you bond and ground the vehicle and equipment in order to prevent static from building up and sparking a fire or explosion. Throughout the operation of a fuel tank trailer, be sure to keep in mind federal, state, and local laws, including the regulations and recommendations from organizations like the EPA, FMCSA, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).