By Russ and Tiña De Maris
[Editor: See below for more information about this incident.]
Add this to your “Sadder, but wiser RVer” file. An unnamed RVer pulled into a North Atlantic fuel station in Grand-Falls Windsor, Newfoundland, last Tuesday. His RV’s black tank needing to be emptied, he pulled up to the RV dump station, opened the lid, hooked up, and “bombs away!” Another service station customer noticed the earnest dumper, and mentioned it to the station attendant.
Here’s the problem: It appears the station didn’t have a dump station for RVers. Rather, the RVer had actually pulled the lid up on the regular gas fuel dump, set up for fuel delivery drivers to drop a load of GASOLINE, not black water.
The attendant immediately cut off the regular fuel pumps, and posted signs indicating that while diesel and a small amount of Supreme would be available, regular was out of stock. There would be that necessary delay for a pump truck to come and pump out the contaminated fuel and refill with clean gas.
This writing team recalls an incident on a downtown Idaho street some years ago. Pulling up to the city-provided dump station, the “nameless” dumper hooked up the sewer hose to their black water dump port, located underneath the floor. Having failed to check the security of the fitting, that same nameless one pulled the black water tank lever – and was instantly doused with some unspeakably foul liquid. We won’t go into that same individual having to strip down in public, while the other partner liberally hosed the unfortunate one down with a hose.
Had an embarrassing incident with your holding tanks? We’d love to hear about it for a future article. Drop us a line at Russ atsign rvtravel.com .
UPDATE July 19: For those of you who are claiming we are posting fake news, here’s a copy of the message the Grand Falls-Windsor North Atlantic gas station posted on their FB page after the incident on July 14:
“We had an unfortunate incident at our Lincoln Road location this morning. An RV driver mistook one of our fuel tank for a dumping station and dumped his black water in the tank. Thankfully an alert customer noticed what was happening and advised our staff. We immediately shut down our regular gas as a result. Unfortunately we are currently unable to serve regular gas, however we do have diesel. We are also trying to maintain a supply of supreme gas but due to the small size of that tank, supply will be limited. The good news is that on Tuesday morning crews will be on site to empty and clean the tank and we hope to have new gas in the tank by the end of day tomorrow. Thank you to all our customers for your support and we really appreciate your patience as we work to rectify this situation.”
Here’s their update on July 15:
“Letting our customers know that crews have completed their work as of 1PM on July 15th and we are now serving regular gas again. All gasoline in the tank was removed, the tank was thoroughly cleaned and new gas was put in the tank. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you soon!”
Here’s a link to their FB page if you still don’t believe us: https://www.facebook.com/Grand-Falls-Windsor-North-Atlantic-653875481389598/