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What is the fuel tank capacity of a truck?

A fuel tank truck, often referred to as a tanker truck, which is a specialized vehicle designed to transport fuel or other liquid fuels and can load a large amount of fuel in the tank.

The fuel tank truck is a heavy-duty vehicle specially designed to transport liquid fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, kerosene, etc. The fuel tank capacity of these vehicles can be customized according to actual needs, with common capacities ranging from a few thousand liters to tens of thousands of liters, and even some extra-large fuel tank trucks can carry more than 100,000 liters of fuel. And our Fuel Tank Lorries range in capacity from 4,500L to 24,000L, it depends on the choice of the chassis. They can be optionally configured with a flow meter.

Fuel tank trucks are mainly used to transport large quantities of fuel over long distances to meet the fuel needs of different industries. They are an integral part of the energy supply chain, ensuring a stable supply of fuel.

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The structure of Fuel tank truck:

  • The shape of the tank varies according to each special vehicle company, including round, oval, rectangular, imitation trapezoid, etc.;

  • The top of the tank is equipped with a manhole cover, breathing valve, oil and gas recovery system and guardrail;

  • There is a sedimentation tank at the bottom of the tank and a rear oil drain valve at the tail;

  • The tank is equipped with a ladder and a walkway for getting up and down the oil tank (a walkway on the top of the tank is optional);

  • There are horizontal and vertical partitions inside the tank (oil tanks basically do not have them) to reduce vehicle acceleration and deceleration.

  • Rapid fluctuations of liquid in the tank.

The Advantage of Fuel tank truck:

1. Diverse tank designs: Depending on the type of fuel being transported, tank designs will vary to accommodate different chemical properties.

2. High-capacity transportation: The large-capacity tank design ensures efficient transportation efficiency.

3. Safety features: including anti-leak valves, emergency shut-off systems, anti-static grounding devices, etc.

4. Convenient loading and unloading: Equipped with an advanced loading and unloading system, including automatic loading and unloading arms and high-flow pumps.

5. Durability: The tank body and related parts are made of corrosion-resistant and wear-resistant materials to extend service life.

The Applications of Fuel tank truck:

Fuel tank trucks are widely used in a variety of situations, including but not limited to:

Gas station supply: transport gasoline, diesel and other fuels to gas stations.

Industrial fuel supply: Provide required fuel oil for factories, power plants, etc.

Military Logistics: Providing fuel for various military vehicles during military operations.

Aviation fuel transportation: providing the airport with aviation kerosene required by aircraft.

Emergency Rescue: Rapid transportation of fuel during natural disasters or other emergencies.

The methods of Daily maintenance:

  1. Regular inspection: Check tanks, valves, pipelines, etc. for leaks or damage. Each control valve in the oil system should be checked for leakage according to ambient temperature changes, whether the operation is flexible, and the sealing ring gap should be adjusted in a timely manner.

  2. Cleaning and maintenance: Clean the inside of the tank regularly to prevent fuel contamination and tank corrosion. Open the sedimentation valve in time to release the dirt in the tank. Regularly inspect various fire-fighting equipment equipped on oil trucks. Carry out regular oil pump maintenance according to oil pump maintenance requirements.

  3. Loading and unloading system maintenance: Ensure that the loading and unloading pumps and pipelines are working properly and there are no leaks.

  4. Safety device inspection: Regularly check whether the safety valves and emergency shut-off devices are intact and effective. It is strictly prohibited to start the operation of the oil pump without oil in the oil pump.

  5. Tires and Suspension System: Check tire wear and suspension system integrity. Always check and adjust the length of the mopping tape to maintain good connection between the vehicle and the ground.


1. Q: What is the general capacity of the fuel tank of a fuel tank truck?

   A: The capacity of fuel tank trucks varies depending on the model and purpose, ranging from a few thousand liters to tens of thousands of liters.

2. Q: What safety matters need to be paid attention to during transportation of fuel tank trucks?

   A: Special attention needs to be paid to fire prevention, anti-static, and leakage prevention, and traffic rules must be followed to avoid sudden braking or sharp turns.

3. Q: Are the maintenance costs of fuel tank trucks high?

   A: Maintenance costs are relatively high as tanks need to be inspected and cleaned regularly, as well as loading and unloading systems and safety devices maintained.

4. Q: What is the service life of a fuel tank truck?

   A: Usually around 10-15 years, but the actual life span depends on the vehicle's frequency of use, maintenance quality and operating conditions.

5. Q: Do I need a special driver’s license to operate a fuel tank truck?

   A: Yes, due to the size, weight and hazards of transporting a fuel tanker truck, the operator is usually required to hold a special or commercial driver's license.




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