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Old 04-08-18
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Does anyone have a solution to the problem of the dual head fuel pipe issue where some pumps just won't fill the main tank because the hose shuts off as soon as you try to pump fuel? I'm finding quite a few pumps doing this lately and in the outback, you don't have a lot of choices to try a different one. They seem to be ok filling the aux tank so I can do that and them pump fuel across but it's not the ideal scenario.
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Old 05-08-18
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With some pumps you need to just trickle and not insert the spout...but you've tried that i'm guessing.
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You could try playing with the position of the breather, getting it up a little higher. I did this on the NP and it helped a little. Looks like a little filter and it sits above the splash shield.

With both a Long Ranger and now an LRA tank, It seems to me they all do it. The aux fills nicely, but the main takes some ginning around at times. I think it comes down to the specific bowser as to how much trouble it will give you. I just filled the main on the NX - no cut out at all until it was full. That's a rarity.

I always fill main then aux. It doesn't seem to make any difference if reversed.
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Yes, I've tried giggling it around but the breather suggestion may help. thanks guys.
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On rare occasions I've had many nozzle shutoffs even when empty. The last couple of times this has happened, I've just filled the auxillary, then just filled into the upper chamber - keeping a close eye on it. Surprisingly, it has worked quite well, the main tank filling with ease. My fittings are all tight, so I don't have leaks even if filled to this chamber, which fills the auxillary to the the top of the filler. I find it all settles down after a short drive - I'm sure there are voids that are filled with movement and the levels drop to tank level, with the fill pipes draining into the tanks. My usual fill is with the left side down, to maximise fill volumes.
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When I'm touring, I always fill both tanks so that the dual port filler has fuel in it. That maximises my fuel capacity and I've never had a leak from doing this either, nor should I.
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As above it seems more dependant on the bowser you use. I found 3 ways that more often than not worked:
- push the nozzle in all the way, then pull it out gently until it is resting on the small moulded lump on the bottom edge of the bowser nozzle.
- push the nozzle in all the way, then turn it about 1/8-1/4 turn clockwise.
- a combination of the above.
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Mine always fills easier if it's facing down hill, even a little bit helps.
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