TRUE STORY ! You couldn't make it up !

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  1. Adbt

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    A friend of a friend lent their Motor Home to close relatives , they filled the fresh water tank with ................ DIESEL !
    They twigged when they noticed the fuel tank indicator needle hadnt moved !
     
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    I'd never lend my MH to anyone, it's an accident waiting to happen
    At least they didn't drive down the road with the grey waste tap open - that would have been a total disaster :confused:
     
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    Sounds a bit like that classic MH Urban Legend where the thief tries to siphon the fuel tank by sticking his hose in the chemical waste tank and sucking.
     
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    It's another one that appears every few months.
     
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    What a total nightmare..
    I doubt the taste of diesel will ever be got out.. Tank replacement at the very least.. possibly pump pipes and tap(s) if they had the water turned on !
     
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    the only answer is to replace everything that the diesel has touched. filler cap through to the tank and if unlucky pump too. certainly an insurance claim
     
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    the only answer is to replace everything that the diesel has touched. filler cap through to the tank and if unlucky pump too. certainly an insurance claim
     
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    My Bro used my diesel funnel to fill the fresh tank.
    Took a while to get rid of the diesel smell
     
  9. magicsurfbus

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    The alternative name for Urban Legend is FOAF tale, where 'FOAF' stands for 'Friend Of A Friend'.

    I notice the person mentioned in the OP was a FOAF, as is often the case with gassing stories, although not exclusively.
     
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    I've heard of this happening before - the water fill points are quite similar to other vehicles. It required the replacement of the water tank and pipes feeding the sinks which had run with diesel in them.
     
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    I have done it the other way round-I topped up the diesel tank with water!
     
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    i didnt think it was possible , but there are some out there
     
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    I'd be getting the relative to replace every pipe and tap as well as the tank and pump and water heater, having seen what diesel does to skin I dread to think what it does to the inside of the body!
     
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    Unless it was super plus diesel.....it's said to improve "performance" :roflmto::roflmto::clap::giggler::giggler::lipssealed:
     
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    We had our water filler damaged and the cap gone missing one night when we parked in town for the beer festival. It was on our old VW T25 camper.

    We can only assume someone tried to syphon off our water!
     
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    I can see it's quite possible.

    On my last van the diesel and water were on the same side and the little flimsy stickers to denote which was which soon fell off.

    The diesel filler point was at the front of the van and the water at the back.

    A beginner wouldn't necessarily know that.
     
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    You're right Chris, especially with the water filler at the back. If someone who's not used to the layout goes to fill a vehicle up, then the likelihood is that their car fuel filler is at the back, so why not the motorhome :Eeek:

    Think it's double essential to have a sign stating water only. If the filler has a lock, then maybe a sign on the key too stating that is for water only :clap2:

    One things for sure, NEVER lend out your motorhome, but if you do, then it's the owners responsibility to ensure that whoever takes it over, needs to be fully briefed on gas, fuel, water, heating etc... :cheers:

    Hope it gets sorted :Smile:
     
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    I am aware of this happening, and would you believe it was a journalist for a well known Motorhome magazine that was the culprit. The van was on loan for a test drive for an article in the magazine and it cost a pretty penny to put right!!
    As said previously I would never lend my van to anyone other than my sister, who is an experienced motorhomer, oh and @ Trixie of course!
     
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    We have one of these for fresh water, no chance of getting it mixed up with the fuel filler
     
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