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Default Why no love for Brown Davis Tanks?

Heading home from my Simpson trip and musing on long range tanks.
I carried extra diesel inside the car which consumed space.
Everyone seems to go for the LRA tanks and Brown Davis gets canned. Why is this? Is it anecdotal or real experience with them?
While I am at it how do they get the extra 10 litres for a rear A/C tank over LRA?
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I had a Brown Davis tank installed on my Pajero. It was fine to use until the first time I used it on a remote area trip.

Unfortunately, I had an issue with fuel filters which caused a recovery to occur.

The cause of the problem:
welding dross not being cleaned out of the tank, causing it to be sucked up into the filter on a rough track (the first one it had been on since fitting) where fuel was sloshed around (complete with welding dross)

This was evidenced during repair when the filter was cut open to see the cause of the blockage.

I would never have another Brown Davis tank.
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I went with an LRA purely based on reviews and others experiences. There aren't too many issues with the LRA Tanks, but the Brown Davis has a few bad write ups.

Out of interest how much fuel did you consume and which route over the Simpson did you take? I'll be crossing in October after doing the Anne Beadell.
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I've got a Brown Davis sub tank I bought second hand.

I've never had an issues (except of one of the mounts cracking which was easily welded - I don't think this is really the tank's fault... just the consequence of lots of outback roads & corrugations - I've also broken the welds where the front body mount is welded to the chassis. I wouldn't blame Mitsubishi for this so wouldn't blame Brown Davis either )
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Did some French Line and Waa Line. 638km Mt Dare to Birdsville used, 114litres.
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Did some French Line and Waa Line. 638km Mt Dare to Birdsville used, 114litres.
Just off the subject a bit were you pulling a camper or just going through with the paj.
Looking at doing the Simpson next year

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Just the Pajero. Wouldn't take a camper, you can see the damage they cause
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No problems thanks for the info

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I had a Brown Davis tank installed on my Pajero. It was fine to use until the first time I used it on a remote area trip.

Unfortunately, I had an issue with fuel filters which caused a recovery to occur.

The cause of the problem:
welding dross not being cleaned out of the tank, causing it to be sucked up into the filter on a rough track (the first one it had been on since fitting) where fuel was sloshed around (complete with welding dross)

This was evidenced during repair when the filter was cut open to see the cause of the blockage.

I would never have another Brown Davis tank.


Any other bad stories ?

Whilst Old Paj's experience is unfortunate, that does not sound like it was a tank failure. A good flush and clean out before fitting "should"eliminate that happening that I would think.
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Any other bad stories ?

Whilst Old Paj's experience is unfortunate, that does not sound like it was a tank failure. A good flush and clean out before fitting "should"eliminate that happening that I would think.
Have a google, LRA vs Brown Davis, there are reports all over the place regarding customer service, tank failures etc. Whether or not they have improved I don't know. Best to have a look at one on a Paj if you can find one and see of it hangs any lower, the extra capacity has to go somewhere and normally this results in a lower hanging tank.

I know my LRA Tank is low enough and has already copped some hits, I wouldn't want to have a tank hanging lower than this. I do find the transfer pump on the LRA tank is pretty slow and it takes awhile to transfer the fuel over, not sure on the BD though.
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