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Old 03-15-2016, 04:33 PM   #1
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Fuel filler neck extension?

Hello. My name is David. I've been reading the forums since purchasing our Seneca last November. It's been very helpful.

I have a question. When filling with diesel the chain on the fuel cap and the fuel nozzle are chipping the paint on the Seneca. Has anyone found an extension or something to protect the paint?

Many thanks.
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Old 03-15-2016, 04:45 PM   #2
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Welcome to the JOF.

There are a number of Seneca owners in the forum. Hopefully one of them will have a helpful hint.
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Old 03-15-2016, 06:03 PM   #3
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Also welcome, I hope you find the forum useful!

I have a '14 Seneca and the quick answer from me is "no". I just try to be very careful so as to not chip the paint and spill fuel everywhere. Sometimes the spilling issue is a real challenge since the big rig pumps I use can dispense fuel at a rate way too fast for our small fuel necks and tanks. I find I just have to "throttle" the nozzle the whole time I am filling, and really slow it down as the tank approaches full.

I installed locking fuel caps on mine to deter tampering, even more fun to remove given the close quarters the fuel caps have around them. But I have enough chain to let the caps rest on a paper towel I lay down first on the flat part of the upper step right beside the filler. I can't remember now whether the replacement locking caps came with a longer chain than the stock caps or not. The paper towel keeps the cap from abrading the top step, plus I then use the towel to wipe up any spills that I may have created. I wish they were more convenient myself. I also wish the fuel tanks were bigger, but that is a whole other discussion!

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Old 03-15-2016, 07:28 PM   #4
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Seneca fuel tanks

Are the Seneca fuel tanks cross connected? There is no switch to go fro one tank to another. So I'm thinking I can fill the tanks from either side depending how I pull into the station. I've only had to fill one tank so far.
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Old 03-15-2016, 07:48 PM   #5
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There is no fuel selector switch and the tanks are not directly cross-connected like some big rigs are. Freightliner uses a passive transfer system between the two tanks. When both are full it draws from both and returns excess fuel to both. Ideally you fill both tanks, but I have also filled just one side and in time they do again equalize. But it won't happen immediately just sitting there and only seems to equalize while running. Also good to know is that the fuel level sender is only in the one tank, the driver's side on mine.

I have found that filling the passenger side first, topping off the driver's side last works best for me.
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Thanks for the info. It's so great talking to Seneca owners who have experienced their units and have gained some valuable experiences to pass on.
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:05 PM   #7
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My chains are starting to scratch the paint also. Longer chains may be the answer. Maybe some kind of protective clear tape??
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Anyone find the needed filler neck extension?
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I extended my chains as to where I can now lay my caps on the step. You can find good chain at any hardware store.

The filler neck for diesel is the same size that is on most trucks. It's the sme size as on my dump truck. These vehicles are not cars, they are trucks, and filling them with diesel is just part of owning a truck. It's a little messy, and their is no getting around it. I don't care how careful you try to be, we will have spills. And if you are careful and escape having a spill you then end up stepping in someone's else's spill! Diesel is just plain nasty.
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I extended my chains as to where I can now lay my caps on the step. You can find good chain at any hardware store.

The filler neck for diesel is the same size that is on most trucks. It's the sme size as on my dump truck. These vehicles are not cars, they are trucks, and filling them with diesel is just part of owning a truck. It's a little messy, and their is no getting around it. I don't care how careful you try to be, we will have spills. And if you are careful and escape having a spill you then end up stepping in someone's else's spill! Diesel is just plain nasty.
The mess I can deal with. I am wanting to use the entire tank for fuel. The extension would allow for more fuel I think, not to mention it would help with the mess.
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