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Old 07-15-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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Fuel Leak

Yesterday I took my MH out for the first time since coming home in Apr after snowbirding. I wanted to top her off after hearing that the FUEL folks had come up with a new reason to raise fuel prices up about 30 cents by end of the week. Filled her for 3.599 a gallon. After parking her at home I noticed a dripping of what I thought was water about in the same area of my fresh tank drain. Thinking it was water I came in and didn't think a thing about it until this morning when I was going to move her up on her pad beside the house. It was still dripping a little. I reached under and felt the wet area and that's when I found out it was diesel fuel. I opened the cap to see if I had overfilled and didn't see any fuel. Got a flashlight and followed the two hoses (big & small) from the fill cap to the tank and towards the end at the tank I could see about where the leak is.

Good news is I found an Excavation Company who also works on MH's when I needed the air evacuation system replaced last year. Love their hourly rate @ 70 bucks, about half of everyone else. Taking her in Weds. Morning. Don't think the tank will drain much more then what's in the hose's since they connect to the tank top.

Anyone else ever have this happen?? Any thoughts as to why it started to leak?? Am I correct in thinking that after it drains the fuel in the hoses it will stop leaking??

While she's there I'm going to have them replace the belts. She still has factory belts on.

The Company owner has a Tiffin and this is what got them interested in doing MH work. They also did my State Inspection last year in 30 minutes. Year before it was 8 1/2 hours at Freightliner for inspection and oil & lube and they are about 15 miles one way from my home. These guys are almost 3 miles from the house.

I'll let you all know what happened when they fix it.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:56 PM   #2
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You have a Tradewinds, so I assume you probably have a Freightliner diesel chassis, which would make my experience irrelevant. However, I had a leak from the top of my gas Workhorse chassis tank. It was a leaking fuel line plug fitting, so they had to drop the tank and replace the plug. About $280, not too bad. Got rid of the constant gas smell.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:28 PM   #3
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I hope they don't have to drop my tank to fix it. It's full, so that's either 90 or 100 gallons. Checked a few mins ago and it was starting to build up a nice sized puddle in the street. I moved it up beside the house on her pad and placed 3" blocks under the passenger wheels, front and rear and for now there is no leak. Tomorrow I'll pump 5 gallons out so when I take her in Weds (hopefully) I won't be dribbling down the road.

Sure glad it happened at home. Can you imagine going down the road in a DP leaking fuel to the back of the mh into the radiator and the exhaust system. And my poor Toad,
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:00 PM   #4
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My fill hose leaked due to age cracks in the rubber. I bought a length of hose from a local shop and replaced it myself. Not a easy job but I didn't have to drop the tank to get the big fill hose on and it hasn't given me any problems since I replaced it about 18 months ago.

The hose cost about $55 for a 5 ft. length. It did take about 2 hours because I didn't cut the hose short enough and created a trap that caused the pump to shut off while filling.

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If it's not one thing it's another.

I have a 1997 Dolphin M.H. and a few years ago while I was filling her up I saw that while I was filling the tank with gas it was dripping out under the filler.
I stopped and took it to a shop and they replaced the hose for $300.00. I could not believe how large and how long the hose was it had a large crack in it.
A year later the fuel pump went out and they had to drop the tank to replace it.

Just a thought.
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Thanks for the info Dick. Want to come fix mine for $295.00. That's 2 hrs labor + parts.
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Well I got her back today, total bill $648.42, of which $276.86 was parts.
This was the two belts replaced, the coolant surge tank replaced and the new fill hose from the cap to the tank. Gotta really love this outfit that did the work. Can't imagine what it would have been at Freightliner, who told me maybe 3 hours or more to change just the belts. They said it took a little longer to do the tank and belts because they did it all from under the mh. They didn't want to track stuff inside to access the back engine cover.
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There YA GO Joe.

Why it's right as Rain

That no doubt beats the Ba-Geebers out of Freightliner

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Oh man, sgtjoe. I have done all that to mine minus the reservoir. I have not replaced it. The fuel tank has been pumped and dropped twice now. The return hose on the generator has leaked where the fitting is. The tank fits real close to the floor of the MH and it rubs a hole in the line. I pumped it and repaired the leak about a month ago. Saved that $300+ dollars for pumping and dropping the back end of the tank, opposite the fill, and then it can be repaired by reaching over the tank. I rigged a pump by using an old clothes washer pump. Only thing, its centrifugal, so it has to be primed. The fill line has to be taken off at the tank in order to get a suction hose in the tank. If the generator was not used, no leak, but start the generator, and a good stream came out. I pumped the diesel into a 55 gl drum, and then pumped it back in when finished.
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