About Transfer Flow

Safe, Reliable, and Legal Fuel Tank Systems

The Transfer Flow Promise
  • Industry Leading Craftsmanship and Service Since 1983
  • Safe, Legal, Reliable Products for Every Adventure
  • Prompt, Courteous, Expert Assistance
  • 6 Year Unlimited Mile Warranty
  • 24/7 Technical Support


Transfer Flow’s story began in 1983 in the beautiful and historic town of Chico, California. Former General Motors Engineer Bill Gaines founded the company as an OEM fuel system supplier for the motorhome and travel trailer industry. Transfer Flow quickly expanded into the mobility, work truck, and mainstream automotive industries. By 1994, the company relocated to a 35,000 square foot manufacturing facility as demand continued to grow.

Six years later, a 20,000 square foot building was built on an adjacent three acre parcel, and in 2008, a 15,000 square foot warehouse was also added. Today, Transfer Flow continues to invest in new technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, while employing a dedicated and skilled team of more than 100 people from across Northern California.


  • 1983Bill Gaines, along with his wife, Jeanne, establishes Transfer Flow in Chico, CA with 5 employees
  • 1993New equipment: Plasma cutter (Komatsu Cybermation) and Hydraulic Press Break (Accupress)
  • 1994Construction of new 35,000 sq. ft. Transfer Flow facility to keep up with booming business
  • 1997TransferFlow.com goes online!
  • 1998Releases TRAX-UFS™, the first patented computer control system for auxiliary tanks
  • 1998Granted DOT Special Permits for our refueling tanks
  • 2000Automated wash station and powder coat system installed
  • 2000Breaking ground for second building, 20,000 sq. ft. to accommodate growing operations
  • 2003Transfer Flow celebrates 20th Anniversary!
  • 2003First of four welding robots installed
  • 2005Releases TRAX-II™, the second patented computer control system for auxiliary tanks
  • 200575-Gallon Express-UFS™ fuel system introduced
  • 2005Fuel tap kits introduced
  • 2007Lisa Johnson and Laurie LaPant, daughters of founder Bill Gaines, become 2nd generation owners
  • 2013First Cincinnati Laser Cutting system installed
  • 2013Transfer Flow celebrated 30 years in business!
  • 2015Releases TRAX 4™, the latest computer control system for auxiliary tanks
  • 2016Transfer Flow is named California Small Business of the Year
  • 2017Cincinnati Fiber Optic Laser installed for more efficient production quantity and quality
  • 201835th Anniversary!