Attaching the Water Filler Cap to the Van

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  1. emmitdb

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    Hi All,

    In an effort to prevent me;
    A. Losing or dropping the Fresh water filler cap or
    B Putting it down in a less than savoury place at an Aire Filling Point.
    Or a combination of the above

    I bought the below plug chain and attached it to the Fresh Water Filling Cap, suitably drilled to accept a key split ring.
    I took one 'S' connector off the chain and that left the figure of eight connector that attached to the split ring.
    I suitably shortened the chain to about 8" or so and prior to attaching it to the R Fastener I threaded the chain through a short length of narrow plastic tubing to prevent it tapping on the bodywork when in motion. I fastened the chain to the R Fastener by partially slicing through the R Fastener and then drilling a small hole, (slightly smaller than the chains little balls) This allowed me to force the chain through the created slice.
    Finally, I screwed the R Fastener through one of the three retaining screws for the filler fitment.
    By the way, I didn't buy 100 R Fasteners. I found one in the bitsa box.


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    I don't have a fresh water filler cap . . . . but if I did. (y)
     
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    you should have attached it to a chain then you would not have lost it :D:D

    we spent an extra night at Braemar last year when we got 30 odd miles away and stopped for lunch realised the cap was not on, which also meant it and the spare set of keys were sat on the wall on site, so returned and stopped another night :D:D
     
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    We were on Braemar too in the New Year, but this was in the Caribbean. :LOL:
     
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    The water filler cap on our Hymer has a tether ..

    like this one

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    Maybe they realise that Hymer owners are that bit more forgetful :LOL:;)
     
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    terrible thing jealousy... :D
     
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    Yes - but you did have a chance to buy a Burstner instead :LOL::LOL:
     
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    PS. Forgot to add, the clear plastic tube has a small hole drilled into it at the lowest point so that any accumulated water drips away.
     
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    Firstly apologies @emmitdb for the thread hijack

    @ScotJimland I am considering this style of fitting as our water inlet hose on our Hymer suffers from an airlock and blows more water back than goes in sometimes

    However, we have no overflow on our tank, do you? Our overflow is back up the fill tube, so we could have a big issue if as I often do walk away and forget I am filling (mainly at home not on sites I would like to add :))
     
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    indeed... then I saw the Hymer. .. no contest..

    and to the OP

    nice job.. (y)

    I'll keep it in mind if I ever buy a Burstner :ROFLMAO:
     
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    yes.. we have an overflow... this has been pointed out to me several times on aires.... by people getting flooded.. :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    Thanks for the useful advice and pictures.

    Here's my attempt at securing the cap to the inlet surround ........
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    Off to France tomorrow.
    As this add-on is visible, I wonder long before I have to practice my Franglais.?
     
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    Fantastic, simple but so effective,job for tomorrow.
     
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    That's nice with some thought for the detail. Someone got a "Top Tip" award in MMM for his version - which had an unprotected chain & a extra screw on the rim to connect it to. Bet he'll be pleased with the bare aluminium look downwind of the filler :D.
     
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    Having lost a cap years ago, every time we take one off now we always put it in the cab until refitting it, that way even if we forget to refit it, its still with us.
     
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    Sadly that is all too true. The tether on our van broke, but luckily for me we only ever fill up when on site so when I forget where I put the cap I don't have far to look. But......last year on our tour of Scotland I filled the van up with diesel and when we got to the next site realised I'd left the fuel filler cap behind! When I asked the Hymer dealer how much to replace it, I nearly fell over when they said around £250 for one with a key.....or less than £20 for one without. Guess which one I chose? Might be worth fitting a chain to that one though...
     
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    Put it in your pocket whilst filling?
     
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    Good shout but my wife says I have deep pockets and short arms...
     
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