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Old 04-19-2009, 07:34 PM   #1
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Question Gas Tank Overflowing

Has anyone had problems filling up their gas tank, in order to fill it up I need to hold the nozzle and fill very slowly or it will overflow.
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:28 PM   #2
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I am no expert, so I can't give solutions, but it seems like you have a venting problem. As you are filling the tank, the fuel displaces the air, and the air has to go somewhere. If the vent is not working, the fuel just fills the filler neck and overflows or kicks the pump off. Sound logical?
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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If you are in Kalifornia, the State mandated recently-installed "upgrades" to the Moonbeam-Jerry-Brown gas filler nozzles. On the news this last week: They knew some vehicles wouldn't fill properly, and some perhaps not at all; they figured the number of complaints would be small and not too serious (when your car won't fill at all?), so too bad for the affected owners.

If my vehicle no longer accepted gas, maybe I'd voice a small, not too serious complaint. NOT. I'd make a stink.

Supposably, there are 2 manufacturers of the new nozzles (one has "Healey" cast into the plastic wrap on the upper side of the handle), and if one mfgr's nozzle gives you fits, the Air Board fugures you'll go find gas stations that used the other mfgr's nozzle & shop there instead (assumes the other nozzle doesn't also shut you out of getting gas).
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Some coaches have a venting problem. If you can, get under the coach and check to if the filler tube and/or vent have a low spot. If so, you will need to straighten out the sag. The low spot in the vent will collect fuel and keep the vent from working properly.

Some coaches have more problems than others. I think the builders didn't allow enough height difference between the filler neck and the top of the tank.

That being said, I have problems once in a while with certain pump nozzles. It hasn't been in California, but it may very well be as EngineerMike says because of nozzles of a certain design. In those cases, I have to fill with the nozzle backed out of the filler neck as far as I dare and baby it along - a real PITA when pumping 50 or 60 gallons.
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Very common with motor homes.. The reason is that motor homes are wide and the fuel filler is low so there is little if any "Slope" to the filler tube. this means low flow

Drooping the filler side jack and tilting the rig away from the filler can help,

However,,,, Be careful doing that, you don't want to leave a lasting impression on the station
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Over the years, several vendors have had problems with gasoline fill line routing and vent lines. Check your vent line and fill line to make sure they both have a slope toward the tank with no pockets.

Something I did that helped on out Minnie Winnie class C was to use the HWH levelers to lift the left side (especially the left rear corner) of the coach when fueling. Tis was enough to help fueling.

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Over the years, several vendors have had problems with gasoline fill line routing and vent lines. Check your vent line and fill line to make sure they both have a slope toward the tank with no pockets.

Something I did that helped on out Minnie Winnie class C was to use the HWH levelers to lift the left side (especially the left rear corner) of the coach when fueling. Tis was enough to help fueling.

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Thanks for all the help, unfortunately I don't have levelers on our class C, this weekend I will try to see if the fill line is sloped or not.
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I think I found the problem, see photo.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/37758171@N02/3481741616/
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I think I found the problem, see photo.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/37758171@N02/3481741616/
yup nice kink there! you might be able to loosen the hose onthe pipe and slid it on further and solve that problem.
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yup nice kink there! you might be able to loosen the hose onthe pipe and slid it on further and solve that problem.
you may need to cut 1/4" or so of the end of the hose to shorten it and get a new surface to clamp so it won't leak.
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Thanks for this great info. We have a very large tank and you can only imagine how long it takes to fill at a trickle because of spilling over. One station owner came out and asked if something was wrong with the pump because it was taking us so long filling a drop at a time. Thanks! Will look at the lines.
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