A Problem Adding Gas to Tank
by David Woolf
Q. I have a 99 Damon. When adding gas to the tank (say 40 gals.), the first half goes in fine. The last half has to be pumped very slowly as the gas foams up in the pipe. This can take as much as 20 to 30 minutes. I have checked the pipe and vents and found nothing wrong.
I have been told at several stations in a number of states that the government requires an additive to make the gas foam. Is there a device or modification that will break up the foam?
Marianne's Reply: Yikes! Fueling is painful enough these days without that added aggravation! I'm afraid this is beyond my or Randy's limited knowledge but I can't imagine that your problem is because of something added to the gas. If it was, wouldn't everyone encounter the same problem? I do have 3 suggestions for you:
1. Perhaps one of my readers can help. If not, someone on one of the RV forums may be able to answer it. There are many RVers out there who are more than happy to share their knowledge.
2. Since yours is a mechanical problem, it's not just related to RVing. I just googled "slow filling gas tank" and came up with several websites that offered advice. I only read one or two but they seemed to indicate something blocking the fuel line or vents as the likely problem. You could google further down the list for other suggestions.
3. Since you've already checked the lines and venting, maybe you will end up having to ask a mechanic for advice. If you're on the road, a great source for free mechanical advice is at an auto parts store like Napa, Checkers, Auto Zone, etc. These stores are usually staffed by people who are knowledgeable and sometimes even part-time back yard mechanics. If they can't help you, they can recommend who you should go to in the area.
Has anyone reading this post encountered the same problem and can you offer David some further advice?