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Old 11-29-2015, 08:02 PM   #1
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Truck Stop DEF pump hose length, are they all short?

So I though I'd be smart.. On our way down the DEF needed a top off. So I usually hit the RV lanes at the Flying J's for Diesel... SO I figured I would use the DEF pump in the truck lanes and top off. For the Chevy the fill in the engine bay by the passenger firewall.

So of course, the DW needs to walk in and prepay since I cannot just swipe a CC and activate. She has them turn on the DEF pump and Diesel.. I go and pull out the pump and it comes out about 2.5 feet and stops dead of course flinging the last bit of DEF all over the side of the truck from the last fill....

End up spending 15 minutes just getting fuel because the lady forgot to activate the pump which needed another wait in line of all the trucker's ordering breakfast.. No I know why I just stick to the RV lanes... LOL

SO, are all the pumps this short? Or did I just get the mess with the four wheeler in the truck lanes one? If they are all that short now I see why everyone has such issues..

I usually keep a 2.5 can with me for DEF but left it hoe this time since I should have been fine.. This assumed that Chevy filled the tank like they said they did!
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I can only guess it is so short because nearly all truck DEF tanks are located on the driver's side and would be very near the pump. I could be wrong, but the Chevy pick-up truck is the only exception I know of.
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Old 11-29-2015, 08:47 PM   #3
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I can only guess it is so short because nearly all truck DEF tanks are located on the driver's side and would be very near the pump. I could be wrong, but the Chevy pick-up truck is the only exception I know of.
X2. I watch some trucker videos and the DEP hose reaches the DEF tank on the drivers side with no problem.

The only time they have to up after fueling is to service the reefer fuel tank if so equipped.
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If I fill up with DEF at a truck stop, I find our local LOVE truck stop at a time when they are not very busy and then pull in with my passenger side next to the pump....never have had a problem with a short hose but my complaint is with Chevy/GMC and the very small diameter fill hose that's provided....one has to let the DEF trickle in so as to not have a constant overflow....takes forever to fill....IMO, a very poor design.
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Yes, they do seem to be right there, but I figured it would not be just a 2 foot hose.. Guess they are only there for the big rigs not us little folks. I guess I just found it weird.
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Chevy is the problem.
All others, have it beside the fuel fill.
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Chevy is the problem.
All others, have it beside the fuel fill.
Yep.
And Gm is the only one that you wont hear of people spending thousands of dollars fixing from putting def in their fuel tank mistakenly.
Google it .... nets got tons of stories about dodge and fords killing their fuel systems.
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Be thankful it takes a little extra time to fill our def tanks. It is way cheaper than what the owners of others brands spend from accidentally putting it in the wrong fill neck.
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Be thankful it takes a little extra time to fill our def tanks. It is way cheaper than what the others brands spend from accidentally putting it in the wrong fill neck.
Oh, I am in no way complaining about the fill port... I am right with those who are glad so there is not DEF in the Diesel mistakes. From what I read even a tiny big is big bad news bear!! I was just curious if the short hose is the norm or I just got the idiot hose! In the end it is what it is and I'll just fill the 2.5 gallon gas can and fill it that way. Still cheaper at 2.60 a gallon vs 8.00 - 14.00 a gallon or 2.5 gallons depending on brand and location.
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Be thankful it takes a little extra time to fill our def tanks. It is way cheaper than what the owners of others brands spend from accidentally putting it in the wrong fill neck.
There is still one thing they can't make error proof on GM or any truck is people who put gas in their diesel tank

I like mine where it is on my F250. If I stick that little dinky nozzle into my large diesel fill hole then I guess I get what I deserve.

One thing at a time, diesel and close the cap then DEF.

OP, I've never had an issue with prepay at Flying J or Pilot. I swipe my CC card then my Good Sam loyalty discount card and I don't recall having to ever go in and prepay. Now Loves is always prepay so I try to avoid when possible.
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