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With the advent of $5.00+ fuel, what is everyone's opinion on locking fuel caps?

The argument can be made that if they want the fuel, they'll just punch a hole in the tank, pull the drain plug or cut the fuel line for it if the cap is locked.

 

What is everyone's opinion?

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4 minutes ago, Av8r3400 said:

With the advent of $5.00+ fuel, what is everyone's opinion on locking fuel caps?

The argument can be made that if they want the fuel, they'll just punch a hole in the tank, pull the drain plug or cut the fuel line for it if the cap is locked.

 

What is everyone's opinion?

Kinda like my camper cargo compartments, I'd rather just lose the stuff vice get my truck or camper torn up in the attempt.  I'll lock the doors, of course, but if you want my fuel, please leave me whole and undamaged. 

We full time, and my truck is always with my camper, so our risk is fairly low.  But - I'd rather replace stuff/gas than fix damage.

I will say, in five years of full timing, we have yet to have anything stolen.  Knock on wood!

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My bride recently asked me if we had locking fuel caps.  My answer mirrored what AV8R3400 mentioned.  I'd rather loose a few gallons than have repair bills.  If they siphon out 20-30 gallons, that beats having them punch a hole or cut a line and loosing it all, plus repairs.

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Remember when most farms had the 250 to 300 gallon barrels on a stand  and gravity was used to move the fuel. My grandfather had a tank the seemed to go empty faster than he was using it. He decided to put 30 gallons of water in the tank and soon found out who was taking the fuel. 

If you are concerned and not moving for a bit a few gallons of water in the tank would sure ruin someone's day if they chose to siphon from your tank. Of course they could ruin the day for you too. 

Rod

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One of my landlords ran a trucking company.  He was having trouble with someone cutting air lines to siphon fuel.  He took an old garden hose and cut it in shorter pieces, and draped the pieces over the fuel caps.  No more lost fuel........

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My truck was ordered with locking caps and it still has them. Most thieves nowadays just drill or knock a hole in the bottom of the tank to steal the fuel. Apparently, it's too much trouble to siphon it out. If they can only carry 20 or 30 gallons, they don't care about the other 100 gallons or so that drain onto the ground.

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  • 4 weeks later...

At our shop, all our trucks and trailers are being hit for fuel.  We had many talks about locking vs leaving it.  Here they come armed with many tools and we figured better to leave it alone and eat the cost of lost fuel vs damaged tanks and vandalized/downed trucks.  Really depends on the area you are in.

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