Well my glacier trip was scheduled well. This morning I woke up to pouring rain. I got my stuff under control and prepared to leave it’s time to head toward Chrustchurch to return my RV in two days. I headed out driving in the rain back up the coast toward Hokitika. When I got there it was still raining so I figured I’d fill up with gas and head to Arthur’s Pass, my destination for the night. I pulled in for gas and start pumping. I look at the pump and realize I’m putting regular gas in my deisel RV. I stop the pump stunned. What to do, what to do. I’ve put in 24 liter on a 1/4 full tank. This can’t be good. I get back in my RV, in the rain and Google gas in Diesel engine. Apparently I’m not the first person to do this. There are lots of links. I check a few and they consistently say DO NOT START THE ENGINE. Get the tank drained. It’s still raining but luckily I’m looking right at a auto repair place. But it’s Sunday of course. Closed. I go inside and ask the nice Indian guy behind the counter where I can find a mechanic. He says no problem, right over there….tomorrow. I asked is there an after hours person I can find. He shakes his head no. I keep asking. Finally the second worker whispers to him (I think they worried I’d be spending the night). He pulls out a phone book. Looks up a number. He says “don’t tell him I gave you the number, he’ll get mad”. I asked who it was and he said Dave the guy that owns the auto place. I called Dave, he answers, I give him my story and he says no problem I’ll be there in 10 minutes. Sure enough he show in 10 minutes. He opens his shop, uses a four wheeler to tow me the 20 feet into the auto bay (in the rain). He climbed underneath and drains the tank.
He clearly knew what he was doing, he said it happens all the time. If I’d driven it I’d have gotten 20km before it konked out and major damage would have been done. We checked the fuel gage……very empty.
He towed me back to the pump and suggested I fill the tank with diesel. $100 and 1.5 hours later I was back on the road. Now I have a new mantra diesel….diesel….diesel.
I continued on to Arthur’s pass to a very nice campground feeling lucky.
I thought I’d post a few pictures of the inside of my RV to finish off today’s post.
Bed time layout. Cooking a dinner.
Dinner table arrangement.
Watching a DVD.
Cute little place.