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Warning: The Challenger BTT web site, any of its committee members or private party, Larry Davis, does not endorse or encourage anyone to build either refueling station! Gasoline is very flammable and a spark may cause a fire and/or injury! Depending on fuel storage location, may be prohibited by property owner or local law ordinance.
Why spend the money for this elaborate of a refueling station for your plane?
Well, it's a bit pricey, but if you are sporting "wing tanks" where you need to get up on a step ladder to refill your fuel tanks, I doubt you would like it very much having to lift and try pouring fuel from a 5 gallon can into the tanks. Also, I have never seen a 5 gallon fuel can "NOT LEAK" from around the fuel spout. Don't know about you, but I sure would not like having gas running down my wings and onto the Lexan windows.
Additionally, if you have the cash for this type of setup, you would be far better off using this "CLEAN" way of refueling then trying to use those leaky 5 gallon cans to refuel your bird, even for the standard 10 gallon, in fuselage fuel tank.
When refueling my Challenger II, I can pump 20 gallons faster then I can pump gas at a gas station into my car. This is a really good and clean outfit for refueling your plane.
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$119.00 - Fuel Meter
$50.00 - Aprox. Shipping on Pump & Meter
$10.00 - 20 Gallon Neoprene Fuel Barrel
$65.00 - Dolly
$55.00 - 12v Jump Start Battery Pack
$6.00 - 3 ea. Alligator Battery Clamps
$5.00 - 1 ea. Tie Down
$508.50 - TOTAL
After breaking my back bending under the wing of my Challenger to refuel, I built a re-fueling station. I used to dread coming back to the airport and having to pour gas for 20-30 minutes after each long flight.
I bought a hand truck/dolly at "Big Lots", an auto electric fuel pump, fuel filter, and put it all together. I used a battery charger, I already had, to power the fuel pump. The red hose end came from an old fuel pump I had.
The electric fuel pump was the expensive item ($90.00) as I wanted one that would really pump fuel. This one is rated at 10psi and 72gph. It fills up the tank in a hurry!
I put an 18" piece of 1/4" copper tubing on the end of the input hose so the hose will pick-up fuel all the way to the bottom of a fuel can. Made the hose long enough to reach into a can sitting on the dolly. That way, I can use the can on the cart or just stick the copper tube in a can that's sitting on the floor. The coffee can is to store the ends of the hoses so fuel doesn't drip on the floor. I switch full cans for empty ones, on the cart. That way, there is no poring of fuel in the hangar. I used a battery charger instead of a battery as I wanted NO sparks when connecting and disconnecting. After the filler hose nozzle is in the airplane fuel tank and the pick-up tube is in the tank with fuel, I plug in the battery charger away from the cart. No sparks!
|$120.00 For this system.|