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Old 10-31-2014, 12:28 PM   #1
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Fuel Cap Finger Trouble

I don't know if I should admit this or not
I fueled up the other day and I placed the cap on top of the left headlight while fueling. I always put it there so I don't forget it. I drove about 50 miles to the RV park and set up and noticed a strong diesel fuel smell. I thought that maybe the vent line had ruptured or the fuel line itself. On checking further I discovered that I had forgotten to put the cap back on and fuel splashed out onto the headlight ! The cap was still there on top so it was a cheap although embarrassing fix. So heads up when you are finished fueling PUT THE CAP BACK ON! ..... B TW where do you put the cap while fueling??

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Old 10-31-2014, 12:49 PM   #2
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heads up when you are finished fueling PUT THE CAP BACK ON! ..... BTW where do you put the cap while fueling??

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I have a "cap holder" like this stuck to the inside if my fuel door.


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Old 10-31-2014, 01:05 PM   #3
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Both caps are chained to filler necks .
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:00 PM   #4
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As a ALPINE owner I place the cap on top of the generator slide right next to the fill cap, that way I see it when I am done fueling! Placing it on the headlight assembly has it out of sight, I would forget it. If I forget it now the generator slide will not close all the way, so I know I forgot.


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As a ALPINE owner I place the cap on top of the generator slide right next to the fill cap, that way I see it when I am done fueling! Placing it on the headlight assembly has it out of sight, I would forget it. If I forget it now the generator slide will not close all the way, so I know I forgot.


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Old 10-31-2014, 07:06 PM   #6
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on my car (Gasoline) attached to the door. On my old car, in a holder on the door, on my motor home, usually in my pocket on top of my keys so it's in the way reaching for the keys.
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:08 PM   #7
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After losing a couple, I put mine on a ball chain. All is well. Maybe cost you a buck.
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Old 11-03-2014, 10:26 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone for your ideas. I like the holder idea and putting it on the generator. The chain is good too but I've lost a cap on the boat when the chain broke and the cap went to the bottom of the sea!!

I don't have to fuel up for a while so I won't have to worry now

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Old 11-03-2014, 10:50 AM   #9
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I have a locking gas cap which I leave the keys in until I am done fueling. I have found it is hard to drive off with no keys, yes I have tried.
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Old 11-12-2014, 08:34 PM   #10
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I put a small eye screw into the upper corner of the fill pocket, and a small hook on the cap. This puts the cap above & out of the way of the nozzle.
I still have to remember to replace the cap, but once you go thru that tap dance w/losing the cap/replace/retrofit-keeper, well somehow I've never forgotten since.
Thought I forgot once, but when I checked...
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Old 11-12-2014, 09:36 PM   #11
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Dorman makes a universal gas cap tether #55300. I just ordered 2. One for the Alpine and one for the toad. They look like ones that are on new vehicles.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:02 PM   #12
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Most everyone I have talked too added a little wire chain to the cap, so it does not get away. There are 3-4 screws holding the filler neck to the fiberglass, and you can use a ring crimp connectors to hold a piece of wire each end, then just loosen one of the screws place the ring under it, and another screw into the cap through the other ring terminal end. I used about a 5 inch of wire to make this holder.
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Old 12-25-2014, 10:26 AM   #13
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Just to finish this thread off...I decided to get a lockable cap. I don't have the tools to crimp on rings onto a wire and this was the easiest solution for me. Now I just hope I'm not walking around downtown sometime trying to jam this large keyfob into my pocket!

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I have owned five motorhomes. The first thing I do when I get a new motorhome is to attach the gas cap to the motorhome with a heavy duty stainless steel ball chain.
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