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Old 09-16-2015, 12:43 PM   #1
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Fuel filler mod help

Basically, I have to move the fuel filler. Right now it's almost in the middle of the back cap. Why Coachmen decided to put it there and not on the side like many of the others I have seen is beyoned me. It's a real pain in the neck to fuel this thing up. It seems like you literally have to run over the pump islands to get close enough. My wife and I dread the fill ups. I'll have to get some pictures but does anyone think it's possible for me to relocate the filler to the side of the cap? I would have to get a new neck housing but I should be able to reuse the exisitng filler neck. Hopefully it's open back there and all that would be left is figuring out how to connect it all.

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It should be possible if you have access in the back cap. Make sure you don't lower the new fill much lower than it is presently, perhaps it's in that location to make sure fuel flows into the tank.
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Maybe they thought center location was a good idea so it could be accessed from either side when pulling up to the islands. Gas pumps set up for cars tend to have a shorter hose where as if you use stations that have a truck island they have longer hoses whether gas or diesel.
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It should be possible if you have access in the back cap. Make sure you don't lower the new fill much lower than it is presently, perhaps it's in that location to make sure fuel flows into the tank.
Didn't have time to get pictures last night but crawled under there to look. Wish I hadn't. Fuel tank is above the rear axle and there is a metal pipe that must be 7 feet long from the tank to the back cap. It goes right down the middle of the coach. Then it has a rubber hose that goes up and off to the drivers side a bit to the filler neck. In theory I should be able to get a new neck mount and hose to connect to that metal pipe. I just have a problem putting a 3 inch hole in the side of the back cap, I can do it, I just can't believe that I should have to do something like this.
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Maybe they thought center location was a good idea so it could be accessed from either side when pulling up to the islands. Gas pumps set up for cars tend to have a shorter hose where as if you use stations that have a truck island they have longer hoses whether gas or diesel.
In theory your correct. It's offset just enough that it's best accessed from the drivers side but you may be able to get it from the passenger side. We tried once and it was a no go. Truck islands don't have gas, only diesel, unless I missed something somewhere. Getting close enough to the island without doing any damage is tough. That's why we thought we could buy a few inches or feet if we moved the filler to the side.
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I got pictures.

This is where the neck attaches to the back cap



This is where the filler neck attaches to the pipes off the tank. Should be able to redirect the attachment to the side with new hose.



This is looking up the inside of the back cap on the drivers side. White spot is where I took out a running light to get an idea of where the new filler might go. Won't replace the light, will need a new hole, no bigger than 4 inches.

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I wonder if you could leave that filler in it's location and use a 'Y' connector to add a second fill neck on the side or in the corner where you want? If you do a Google search for gas fuel neck you can find many replacement filler necks and variations.
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I wonder if you could leave that filler in it's location and use a 'Y' connector to add a second fill neck on the side or in the corner where you want? If you do a Google search for gas fuel neck you can find many replacement filler necks and variations.
Had crossed my mind but was worried about too many fittings resulting in too many opportunities for a leak. Maybe there is a replacement neck to tank hose that is a Y instead of straight. Then I'd have to get another neck, hose and coupler to connect it all together.
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