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Old 12-02-2009, 11:04 PM   #1
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Fuel Nozzle Problems 2004 Sightseer

I live in southern CA and was unable to fill my 2004 Winnebago 27' Sightseer with gas due to the new environmental gas fueling nozzles installed on April 1, 2009. Today (December 2, 2009) my local Winnebago dealer Service Manager and Fabricator were able to solve the problem for $238.00. If you want more information my e-mail is w.flodman@att.net. I will not be checking this blog in the near future.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:57 AM   #2
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This is a California regulation affecting around 11,000 gas stations statewide. These nozzles prevent gasoline spills and control emissions of toxic fumes during fueling. Presently, only about half the state's stations have installed the required equipment. Not sure why the nozzles don't fit in some motorhomes. If we go to California, I'll be sure to bring a funnel.

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Old 12-04-2009, 02:49 AM   #3
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The reason the nozzle won't enter the orifice of the fuel tank filler pipe is the there is a nut on top of the handle protected by a scuff guard. By repositioning the filler pipe we were able to solve the problem. Just be prepared to spend a couple of hundred dollars as I did. A funnel won't work, there is two much pressure from the gas pump and it blows back all over you and the ground.
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I was actually kidding about the funnel but I am amazed that the gasoline industry overlooked some RVs. I suppose we'll have to cross that bridge if and when we come to it. Thank you for the heads up.

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Old 12-06-2009, 06:33 PM   #5
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Does that effect Diesel tanks?
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:24 PM   #6
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I have had the California nozzle problem twice! In my case ( 2005 Dolphin 5320 ) the nozzle got stuck, and the attendant had to remove the nozzle boot to get it out. I checked the configuration of my fuel filler, comparing it with the ones on my Jeep & the Wife's SUV. Both of the passenger cars had filler necks with the fuel port in the center. The Dolphin, however had the port offset ( off center ) toward the bottom of the fixture. It also appeared that the RV neck had an auxilliary port toward the top, the probably leads to a pipe, & thence to a vapor cannister. A check of California regulations indicated the requirement of such a cannister for fuel tanks larger than 50 gallons. These 'observations" however, do nothing to solve the problem! I will check out the winnie link, above, to see if that "fix" complies with Cal-regs.
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