Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-26-2015, 08:36 PM   #1
Rivet Master
Foiled Again's Avatar
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 7,724
Diesel D E F Story

Less than 5 minutes after filling my fuel tank AT THE DIESEL PUMP the light turned red as I was driving back to my office and the truck was enveloped in white smoke/steam..... OH Sugar! (or something slightly more dramatic)

I KNOW I used diesel, but what if some idiot in a tanker just dumped gasoline into the tank at the station! Checking all of my gauges - nothing abnormal - engine was not missing or backfiring - coolant level was normal.

I pulled into a parking lot, called that station to warn them. Waited for everything to totally cool down, then decided to risk going to the dealership (less than 2 miles away) at very slow speed. Due to Christmas vacations it was 48 hours before a competent diesel mechanic was able to look at the situation. It was determined that there was no gas in the tank (WHEW!)..

Then the service coordinator tried to tell me it was corrosion on the battery terminals putting out a bit of smoke and smell.... I was not at my most charming when I informed her that only exploding batteries could have but out so much smoke I couldn't see out of the windshield... and suggested that he look for a blown head gasket, blown radiator hose, water pump failure or something with the D E F system. I then mentioned that I'd filled the DEF tank a week before and the sensor read 18%. 30 minutes later they called back with a definitive answer - apparently the hose came loose from the exhaust system and the DEF had basically peed all over the exhaust system.

My Xmas present was NOT getting a $2000 bill from having the wrong fuel put in the tank... instead I have to buy another box of D E F. Whew. That was close.

What's really ironic? Less than 50 miles away a tank truck driver dropped a load of diesel into a gasoline supply tank and 50 cars filled up before it all hit the fan. 50 cars!

OH boy, someone is watching out for me.

Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.
Foiled Again is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2015, 09:45 PM   #2
Rivet Master
Gearheart's Avatar
1973 Argosy 24
Kitchener , Ontario
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 942
Images: 1
You got lucky.
Gearheart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2015, 06:11 AM   #3
2 Rivet Member
2009 27' FB International
Silsbee , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 67
Just curious, did it smell bad when it happened? The reason I ask is at My place of employment people have been known to urinate on HOT equipment (think steam turbines) to stink up the place to irritate the other workers.
I think DEF has ammonia in it same as urine. I know its a weird analogy but it might help others identify the problem if it happens to them.
Craig Schrader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2015, 06:23 AM   #4
3 Rivet Member
2005 25' Classic
1986 32' Excella
1965 22' Safari
2006 22' Interstate
Newark , Delaware
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 145
Images: 2
Where the heck do you work???
Chatooga11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2015, 06:42 AM   #5
4 Rivet Member
2016 30' Flying Cloud
Oviedo , Florida
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 264
Images: 1
Originally Posted by Chatooga11 View Post
Where the heck do you work???
No kidding - I was thinking the same thing
Keith & Barb
2016 30' Flying Cloud
2016 Ram 2500 diesel
Southeastern Camping Unit, WBCCI #1675
khollister is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2015, 06:59 AM   #6
Rivet Master
switz's Avatar

2014 31' Classic
2015 23' International
2013 25' FB International
Apache Junction , Arizona
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 5,943
Images: 9
I was in Bloomington when this story broke.....

In the 60s, Westinghouse built PCB filled oil circuit breakers and transformers for power sub-stations and on the poles at a plant in Bloomington, IN. It was a very long plant and could take quite a bit of time to walk from the back to the front.

A series of production units started failing in the field.

Research of the serial numbers showed that the problem units were produced around the time of the late night break. Further research showed these units were at the back of the plant at that time.

A group of Uker (Card game) players did not want to miss out on their break card game time as the restrooms were in the front of the plant, so they voided their bladders into the open canisters. Over time, the uric acid ate of the insulation on the wires and the transformers would short out.

So that stuff can be corrosive!
WBCCI Life Member 5123, AIR 70341, 4CU, WD9EMC

TV - 2012 Dodge 2500 4x4 Cummins HO, automatic, Centramatics, Kelderman level ride airbag suspension, bed shell

2014 31' Classic w/ twin beds, 50 amp service, 1000 watt solar system, Centramatics, Tuson TPMS, 12" disc brakes, 16" tires & wheels
switz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2015, 08:51 AM   #7
Rivet Master
McDave's Avatar
2014 23' Flying Cloud
Fair Oaks , California
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 717
My days of innocently peeing on things for fun ended when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I remember being in the back yard of my grandfather's house when I went over to pee in the bushes. I saw what I thought was my grandfather's water hose being pulled through the bushes and decided it would be fun to pee on it. I peed on it and it gave a funny wiggle every time I would hit it. I wondered how a hose could do that. A few minutes later, my grandfather killed a rattlesnake that was about 6' long with his garden hoe.
McDave is offline   Reply With Quote

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
Old story (from 1964) casarodante On The Road... 14 04-04-2006 09:02 PM
True story:NEIL ARMSTRONG 53flyingcloud Off Topic Forum 7 11-28-2002 04:50 AM
My Refrigerator, RIP, A Real Sad Story dmreilly10000 Refrigerators 10 10-25-2002 07:39 AM
Very interesting story/ back pack FrankR On The Road... 2 08-31-2002 08:29 PM
The Junkyard Wheel Story Inland RV Center, In Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 1 04-10-2002 06:04 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:34 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.