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Old 01-16-2014, 07:48 PM   #1
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Does diesel splash out on you when filling up?

Twice now, I've had diesel fuel splash back out of the filler tube when full before the pump shuts off. All over my hands, down the coach and on the ground.

Does this ever happen to you??? I'm thinking that can't be good for business.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:51 PM   #2
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Not all the time, I just go clean windows while refueling.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:53 PM   #3
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First, wear "exam nitrile gloves" like you see at the doctors. Second,
have an idea how many gallons you will take, and slow the pump down
well ahead of your target. Third, stand to the side in case you do
over fill a little. Fourth, have a paper towel around to wipe up until
you get a feel for the process. If you have good hearing, you will hear a
change in the sound of the air exiting as the tank gets close to full.
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Great ideas.

IO wore gloves today, so that was a plus!! And I knew I needed about 60 gallons, and the price was good so I stopped to top off. I had just reached the handle and let the pressure in half at 53 gallons when POW, fuel all over. I get what you're saying, and I'm on it. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:00 PM   #5
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First, wear "exam nitrile gloves" like you see at the doctors. Second, have an idea how many gallons you will take, and slow the pump down well ahead of your target. Third, stand to the side in case you do over fill a little. Fourth, have a paper towel around to wipe up until you get a feel for the process. If you have good hearing, you will hear a change in the sound of the air exiting as the tank gets close to full.

Exactly how I do it. It's just the pressure that the diesel fuel pumps at. When I know that I am within 10-15 gallons of being full, I slow the pump way down. When the pump stops, let it sit for a few seconds, otherwise you will also spill when pulling out. (OK, LOL, that sounds wrong )
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Nope, happens with us although I can pretty much stop it by filling from one side and opening the other filler. Problem then is that I get fuel out BOTH sides!

The diesel foams and then "burps" back, causing the fuel to spray out. You can keep the foam down by filling VERY slowly at the last.
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High speed pump?
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That's why the fuel burps as Mr_D put it. The truck stop pumps are at lightening speed. Are they not ?
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For sure high speed pumps... I found fuel at 3.59 and again at 3.62 over the last two days, and they were both at very very very trucks stops with high speed pumps that had no splash guard. After it happened the first time, I thought I'd get smart and slow it down, but I was just a little too late.... can you tell this is only the third time I've pumped fuel
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Over time, you will learn the sound of neck gurgle. That means the fill neck is filling up and time to stop filling and let it settle. From there, proceed with caution. Listen to it gurgle as you top it off. Some fill necks are at an angle that you can see inside the neck if you hold the nozzle just right. Also, make sure the nozzle is as deep in the neck as you can get it when it's locked "on." This will cause the auto shut off to react quicker and minimize the overflow. Diesel foams badly when transfered fast. This is the main cause of the problem.
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diesel will foam when pumping fast. when the tank is almost full and lots of foam, the burp happens. I usually carry a bright flashlite so I can see tank level. I carry 300 gallons, so I fill fast and then stop so foam settles
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Normal for a truck stop pump.
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I was fueling at a truck stop and had a trucker tell me how important it is to wear rubber gloves when fueling with diesel. He says that the diesel on the pump handle will migrate into your skin and can cause serious health problems! I can't verify that is true, but I'm not taking any chances! I put a pair of heavy rubber gloves in a zip-lock bag and store it in the compartment under one of the entry steps. I hate the smell of diesel on my hands anyway!

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As stated, diesel foams. This foam is what causes a slightly less than full tank as the foam settles. I always use the truck pumps. The only time I have had diesel rush out of the intake is when I was pumping to fast. It is inevitably. So, I decided that since I am retired and not in a hurry, I'll use the first click on the handle pump stop. Yep! Much slower pace, takes longer, but what is 5-7 minutes more of my time. I use it to walk around and check things out on the coach, or wash the windows if they need it.

For those times I am standing by the pump and it kicks off I wait about 15-20 seconds than I slowly start pumping again. At the next burp, I'm done. It may not be exactly full, but it is more than enough fuel to get me to my next fuel stop.

Topping off is not my way to go. My hands stay dry.

p.s., Diesel fuel is very detrimental to paint. Even water does not get it off. It needs a good cleaning.
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