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Jerry Can Mounting on a Jeep Liberty

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This page describes a very simple, yet very secure method of mounting a jerry can on the roof of a Jeep Liberty. This method is very inexpensive, very straightforward, and very simple to implement - requiring no drilling or metal cutting. This mounting method works for metal jerry cans that do not have venting and are leak free in the flat position. Here is a parts list for everything required along with estimated prices:

      Jerry Can $39.99
      Metal Can Carriage $19.99
      Srew-on bumpers $1.95
      10x24 screws $0.98
      10x24 nuts $0.98
      Locking strap $3.98
      3/8" nuts (2) $0.44
      Total Cost $68 (including Jerry Can)

view of the metal can carriage mount
View of the Metal Can Carriage Mount
The bolts at the bottom of the "metal can carriage" are the same bolts that are tightened against the roof rails as shown on subsequent photos.

side view of jerry can mount
Side View of Jerry Can Mount
The clamps shown attached to the roof rail are available from Home Depot or Lowes in the fencing section. I believe these clamps are used to attach gates to fence posts. 3/8" nuts and bolts come with the fencing clamps and these will securely attach the clamps to the roof rail.

 back view of jerry can mount
Back View of Jerry Can Mount
The 3/8" bolts previously mentioned and used to tightent the clamps to the roof rail protrude about 1/2" from the tightening nut. That 1/2" is enough to extend through holes in the metal can carriage (jerry can holder). The metal can carriage is attached to those 3/8" bolts by another nut. That is, the carriage is sandwiched between the nut that tightens the clamp to the roof carriage and another nut on each of the two clamping bolts affixing the carriage.

front view of jerry can mount
Front View of Jerry Can Mount
Attach four rubber feet to the metal can carriage using 10-24 screws and nuts. These are conveniently roughly the right size to span the gap between the jeep roof and the bottom of the metal can carriage.

back angle view of jerry can mount
Back Angled View of Jerry Can Mount
The top of the jerry can is nearest the center of the jeep roof. The weight of a filled jerry can is enough to cause the jerry can to scrape and bounce on the roof. It seems funky, but this problem is resolved by strapping a towel to the jerry can. The towel serves to fill and pad the space between the jeep roof and jerry can, just as the rubber feet do under the metal can carriage. The strap holding the towel in place under the jerry can comes with the metal can carriage. It has a plastic locking clasp, which I consider inadequate for holding the jerry can to the metal can carriage.

front angled view of jerry can mount
Front Angled View of Jerry Can Mount
The Jerry Can itself, is strapped tightly down to the metal can carriage using a heavy duty strap with metal locking mechanism.

side view close-up of jerry can mount
Side Angle Close-up View of Jerry Can Mount
The finished product has a metal can carriage securely attached to the roof rack. The Jerry Can is securely attached to the carriage. The can and carriage are both appropriately cushioned against the Jeep roof.

side view close-up of jerry can mount
Top Angle View of Jerry Can Mount
The finished product has a metal can carriage securely attached to the roof rack. The Jerry Can is securely attached to the carriage via a heavy duty strap with metal locking clasp. The can and carriage are both appropriately cushioned against the Jeep roof.

Pros and Cons of this mounting method


Pros

1) Relatively easy assembly and attachment, and 2) cheaper than other Jerry can mounting methods

Cons

Lifting and removing a full 5 gallon Jerry can to/from the roof of a Jeep is a bit of a challenge, even when standing on the backseat floorboard.

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