Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-17-2010, 08:51 PM   #15
2 Rivet Member
 
2016 30' Classic
Issaquah , Washington
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by richinny View Post
the water door lock is to keep folks from filling the water tank with gas ;-)

is the bottom of the fuel tank exposed? the latest way to siphon, is to drill a hole in the bottom of the tank :-(
As Ricky said, the prefered method of stealing gas is to drill a hole in the bottom of the gas tank using a cordless drill. It is fast, you don't get gas in your mouth and the can under the vehicle is much less visible. For those of you that smoke, if you notice a pool of liquid under your vehicle's gas tank, please don't lite up.
__________________

__________________
PJohnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 10:06 AM   #16
Rivet Master
 
noreen&sal's Avatar
 
1981 27' Excella II
mays landing , South Jersey
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,179
Images: 9
had my tank drilled in the 70s first fuel shortage. had 150 gallons siphoned out of my semi in the 80s in Maine 2nd or third shortage. 10-4 on the buckshot.
__________________

__________________
noreen&sal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 05:08 PM   #17
Rivet Master
 
DaveFL's Avatar
 
2000 31' Land Yacht
Central , Florida
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,479
Images: 15
My plasic gas door is flexible enough that when I don't have a key handy I can just bend the door the small amount to have it open. Just another cosmetic security device. I probably should find the "sewage access" sign for real protection.LOL
__________________
DaveFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2010, 05:57 PM   #18
3 Rivet Member
 
79nTOW's Avatar
 
1979 29' Ambassador
Mobile , Alabama
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 127
About twenty years ago friends drove a Winnabago to a Mardi Gras parade. Arriving at the parade the owner switched the caps between the gas and black tank. Several hours later when everyone got back to leave they saw on the sidewalk a siphon hose, gas can and cap. It was obvious what had occurred. over the years it has become one of those "do you remember when" stories.


Predeta
__________________
79nTOW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 12:56 PM   #19
Rivet Master
 
DaveFL's Avatar
 
2000 31' Land Yacht
Central , Florida
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,479
Images: 15
I liked the idea of pulling a small sign, diesel only. If they can read and want gas maybe they will go elsewhere, if they want diesel and can't smell the difference, nice to know they will need a new motor too. Sure beats putting a lock on and having them punch a hole. Maybe the signage should also be under the MH after all they are lowlifes.
__________________
DaveFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 03:18 PM   #20
Rivet Master
 
dznf0g's Avatar

 
2007 30' Classic
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 9,409
Images: 5
I know this thread is for older motorhomes, but I though I'd add smoething here for TV owners who suddenly realize they think they need to do something on their truck.

Since 1996 and OBD II, the cap is an integral emmission control device, so replacing it with aftermarket COULD cause evap codes to appear.

I forget what year....but the feds started to require anti spill roll over devices in th fuel fill neck. You can't get a siphon tube past these devices inless it's very small in diameter and even then it's frustratingly difficult. So a lock is really unnecessary.

That's why, lock or not, the trend with thieves is just to punch a hole in your tank with an ice pick and drain it into a jug or pan.

Now we're back to the 12 guage!
__________________
dznf0g is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 12:41 AM   #21
Rivet Master
 
1989 34.5' Airstream 345
Silverton , Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,101
Although we have a gas loss with no surface pool, I suspect it came as gas loss from cutting/removing the gas line as it approaches the forward section of the chassis,from tank to fuel pump has been noticed once in our five years of rv -in' I keep a spatious area 0n silerton...MAIN STREET,well, 846 Greene ST/......we're BUT IT'S ONLY 16 BlOCKS LONG...SINCE I'M THE SOLE AS motor homer owner on the only paved srreet with a driveway on the left as you enter 'town', yer looking too much at the fabulous scenrery, trying to unwrap those white knuckles from where ever they are grabbing, and youv'e just begun up the passes to get down to us<<<LOW GEAR, MINIMAL BRAKES, INCEDIBLE VIEWS)i the driver has to pull double duty to miss some of thr more photogenic places, as he/she/s DRIVING you through this absolute wonderland...several NF or BLM places, afew full hook ups are in town...there are some well-intended restrictions on ATVs, and they are not, currently allowed on city(ok,ok...town) streets...check with the Sheriff or a deputy, and ask about staging areas...sorry, got kinda drifted from the initial thread...m
__________________
Michael & Tracy
1989 345 Motorhome
CHARTER MEMBERS: FOUR CORNERS UNIT, AND PROUD OF IT!!!
We live for the moment, 'cause when you get there, it's gone...
ScrapIrony-2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 01:46 AM   #22
Liberator
 
klattu's Avatar
 
1972 Argosy 24
1989 34.5' Airstream 345
Heart of Dixie , Alabama
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,646
Images: 834
What ?
__________________
Your opinion is valued, please not your opinion of someones else's opinion.
Click To See Me Wet
1989 Airstream 345 Liberator...
1972 Argosy 24'...
1954 Feathercraft Vagabond
klattu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 09:06 AM   #23
3 Rivet Member
 
t7389sg's Avatar
 
1991 35' Airstream 350
Laurel , Maryland
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 222
Images: 2
That’s what posting at a quarter till 2 in the morning will get ya. I mean no offence to Michael as I do enjoy his posts. Steve G
__________________
t7389sg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 03:45 PM   #24
Rivet Master
 
1989 34.5' Airstream 345
Silverton , Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,101
Sheesh, people always follow several of my posts with "WHAT???"...I'm used to it...I think I may have crossed threads, but so does my wool pull over...I just read my own post, and I"M not even sure where I was(other than home)...new medications, older age, that third glass of wine...???...m
__________________
Michael & Tracy
1989 345 Motorhome
CHARTER MEMBERS: FOUR CORNERS UNIT, AND PROUD OF IT!!!
We live for the moment, 'cause when you get there, it's gone...
ScrapIrony-2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 04:37 PM   #25
Rivet Master
 
Keyair's Avatar

 
1984 34.5' Airstream 345
Foothill Ranch , California
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 3,938
Images: 1
Mike, all 3 of those are legitimate reasons....
I have no excuses!
__________________
My name is Steve.... and I am an Alumaholic!
Working in my Garage is like playing TETRIS with Tools!
Keyair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 05:23 PM   #26
3 Rivet Member
 
Pat Conway's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 128
It isn't just fuel theft to be concerned about for locking gas caps. How about vandalism?! I was at Freightliner in Prince George, BC a few years ago awaiting a new injector pump when they told me of a semi tractor that someone had put a plastic bag in the fuel tank of. It took them quite awhile through the process of elimination to get to the root of that fuel starvation problem.

There are also the fuel contamination vandals out there.

A locking gas cap for peace of mind if nothing else.
__________________
Pat Conway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 05:40 PM   #27
Rivet Master
 
Keyair's Avatar

 
1984 34.5' Airstream 345
Foothill Ranch , California
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 3,938
Images: 1
Actually, I came up with an idea for my 345 yesterday...
A locking Gas cap for sure, but also the flap is less that 2" from the rear storage door...
A hole drilled thru the side of the storage door, with a pin that could be pushed in to engage the flap, and lock it down/closed?
I will post a pic of my idea when I next go over..
__________________
My name is Steve.... and I am an Alumaholic!
Working in my Garage is like playing TETRIS with Tools!
Keyair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 08:12 PM   #28
Rivet Master
 
crazeevw's Avatar

 
1989 34.5' Airstream 345
Saint Petersburg , Florida
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,687
Images: 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Keyair View Post
Actually, I came up with an idea for my 345 yesterday...
A locking Gas cap for sure, but also the flap is less that 2" from the rear storage door...
A hole drilled thru the side of the storage door, with a pin that could be pushed in to engage the flap, and lock it down/closed?
I will post a pic of my idea when I next go over..
Jeez, Steve you have some great ideas! My only problem is the storage door on my moho is on the opposite side of the gas flap. I do have the locking gas cap on mine already, but wondering about other protection. Buckshot or Rocksalt is sounding pretty good at the moment.

Thanks, Derek
__________________

__________________
crazeevw is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Locking Door From Outside Don Landis Argosy Motorhomes 23 08-18-2009 11:23 PM
Locking Gas Cap for 2003 AS Gas Motorhome spat61 Land Yacht/Legacy Motorhomes 11 10-27-2008 12:37 PM
Cap-off fridge gas-line fitting granaudio All Argosy Trailers 4 07-16-2008 08:19 PM
Door not locking cookeville34 Doors & Locks 8 01-28-2007 02:18 PM
Gas Cap for 1989 MoHo noiva Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 5 08-25-2006 08:08 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.