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Old 12-15-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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Where to place 1 gallon Rotopax cans

Hey guys, I finally got all the parts together to mount my two 1 gallon RotoPax fuel cans on my Jesse Odyssey panniers. What do you all think would be the best placement for them? Rear of panniers, sides, on top of lid? I may on longer camping trips add the expansion attachment for water, stacking two cans on top of each other.

I'd love to hear your advice!



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Old 12-15-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:06 PM   #3
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Here is where I put mine. Higher then I would like but they are on the center line of the bike. I also didn't want the weight hanging on the bags.

They are out of the way and well protected. I strap my lighter weight tent and sleeping bag on top in a waterproof duffle.

With the Roto Paxs in this position it also gives me the flexibility to use them without the Jesse bags. I am also looking at getting a Giant Loop Great Basin bag when I want to do more hardcore offroad riding without the Jesse bags.

I can still use the rear position with the passenger seat in place. The Roto Pax can also be stacked with an extension in the rear location.

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Old 12-15-2013, 08:13 PM   #4
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I like where beaver put his. It looks like the OP has a single piece seat though
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #5
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Definitely like lbever's location. I do have the one piece adventure seat though. I may or may not also have a Jesse center box mounted on the rear rack (I know I know, too much stuff) so that wouldn't really allow for the cans to be mounted there. As I think about it I guess I'd be concerned putting the bags anyplace where they can touch the ground in a crash or "nap". The lids may be a good spot, but that may be a bit too high with the weight.
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:56 AM   #6
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Can't really tell you where to put them. But I can suggest that you don't put them where they may contact the ground in a simple low side or tip over. Use a little common sense and you should do just fine.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:06 AM   #7
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How about mounting on TOP CASE?



Mounted mine to the TOP CASE.
1-Gallon RotoPax top edge matches the top edge of the Caribou 1550 creating a nice level plane to mount other stuff.

Whatever you do...KEEP THE ROTOPAX on the OPPOSITE side from the MUFFLER.
Minimizes chances of FIRE in case RP leaks or you take an unintended nap.

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Old 12-16-2013, 07:08 AM   #8
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BTW...when mounted VERTICALLY...you can easily REFUEL without removing.

Carried this 1-gallon on trip from Fairbank to Coldfoot...didn't need...had 7 miles of fuel left when I pulled in to CF.
Good for peace of mind.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:14 AM   #9
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+1,

vertical mount only way to go. homemade mount:



discreetly stashed behind the soft pannier


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Old 12-16-2013, 09:05 AM   #10
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I bolt mine just to the rear of the seat.

I like this spot because

1. It keeps the weight relatively central with me. These cans are built really well but the reality is they're a pretty heavy way of carrying an extra gallon of gas.

2. I can still toss stuff on top of it if necessary

3. I can sit on the front edge of it when my arse gets sore from the seat.

I was also thinking of stacking their water can on top of it but quickly came to the conclusion that the rotopax solution was an insanely heavy way to carry a gallon of water. In the end I decided that a collapsable water canteen was the best way to carry additional water on the back.

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Old 12-16-2013, 09:59 AM   #11
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Personally I much prefer the 1gal bladder to the hard rotopax. It rolls up and is easily stored in my pannier when not needed. I just throw it under the net and secure with couple of carbabiners and good to go.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:06 AM   #12
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Personally I much prefer the 1gal bladder to the hard rotopax. It rolls up and is easily stored in my pannier when not needed. I just throw it under the net and secure with couple of carbabiners and good to go.
I agree, this is definitely the way to go for carrying additional water.
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:01 PM   #13
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I agree, this is definitely the way to go for carrying additional water.
Just to clarify, I was referring to gas not water. What I have is a fuel bladder.
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:17 PM   #14
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sorry I didn't mean to divert the thread into water bladders, however I noted that you also said "I may on longer camping trips add the expansion attachment for water, stacking two cans on top of each other."

I would try and avoid mounting on the rear of the panniers as it looks like the rotopax would be exposed when the pannier angles in at the base. if you drop the bike at any point it's not going to be too healthy for the rotopax and or the mounting point.

do you use a top case? would mounting it to the rear carrier be an option for you?

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Old 12-17-2013, 08:45 AM   #15
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Great tips everyone. I agree it's key to keep the cans off the ground in a fall. Right now I'm thinking of either mounting on the lids of the Jesse's, or mounting to the sides of the Jesse center box once I get that mounted.
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