Tuesday, October 3, 2023


Thief tries to siphon gas from RV, gets crappy surprise

When longtime RVtravel.com reader Gary Willey sent this to us (Thanks, Gary!) we thought it was a joke and we laughed out loud! But after a little digging, we found a news story from 2016 saying this actually really did happen to this couple in Australia. We quickly went from laughing to gagging! We almost feel bad for the guy…

They certainly got what they deserved… Karma is a you-know-what! Isn’t it? We bet none of the thief’s friends tried to siphon gas for a very long time after this! That’s risky business!

Read this and laugh… then weep!

In all seriousness though, gas thefts are on the rise. You can read about what Gail Marsh and her husband experienced recently when the gas was stolen from their truck. Not fun!



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Sven Yohnson
21 days ago

whether or not this story is true, it would make a good reader poll question;
Have you ever syphoned fuel, or had fuel syphoned from your vehicle?
I have been both perpetrator, and victim multiple times, and I have a few funny stories from my wayward youth regarding the topic.

21 days ago

Maybe written by AI.

Gary Reed
1 year ago

Auckland is not in Australia!
it is in the north island of the country of New Zealand.

Bob P
21 days ago
Reply to  Gary Reed

Thief probably won’t be able to read it in the dark. Lol

Mark K
1 year ago

I just went out and changed the label on my fuel cap to black tank.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark K

😆 Great idea, Mark! Thanks! Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Seann Fox
1 year ago

Someone staged this for a STUPID news reporter. I challenge anyone to get a siphon hose into a black tank.

1 year ago
Reply to  Seann Fox

My thoughts exactly. This is just simply not true.

Mikal H
21 days ago
Reply to  Seann Fox

Something surely doesn’t smell right about it…pardon the pun! 🙂

When you take the holding tank caps off, if the valves are open, you are greeted with a giant “whoosh!” No siphoning needed! If the valves are closed, you aren’t going to siphon anything.

Pierre Woody
21 days ago
Reply to  Mikal H

Hence why this is fake news.

Bill Fisher
1 year ago

Now that was FUNNY!

1 year ago

Anyone who know anything about RVs know this is not possible. There is no access point to a holding tank to let you insert a siphon hose, no RV has ever been built with one or ever will. Simple as that.

Bob p
1 year ago
Reply to  Terry

You have to keep in mind they’re on the bottom of the planet so they’re upside down. Lol

1 year ago
Reply to  Terry

Is there any reason to believe that an RV made there is exactly the same as here? May be they have a capped off pipe that is used to flush out the black tank. Actually sounds like a good idea. But in all likely hood there is no such thing and this did not actually happen. It does have the sound of being a joke made up by someone who actually knows nothing about RVs.

Gordy B
1 year ago
Reply to  M.J.

Why could it not be that the perpetrator laid the siphon hose on the ground. Opened the cap and got the contents all over the ground and him/her self and the smell caused vomiting due to a very weak stomach ? Being dumb enough to steal gas, he/she did not realize gas caps are not that close to the ground. Happy Trails

1 year ago
Reply to  Terry

Except that many RVs have a black tank clean out port built in .. Mine is about 1 foot from the fuel fill and on the same level. Granted very different diameter but …

Chuck Woodbury
1 year ago
Reply to  Terry

The small Class C motorhome I rented in New Zealand had a cassette toilet, which I believe is common Down Under. They do not hold nearly as much as our toilets and to dump you remove the cassette from the RV and empty it into a disposal. It could be, then, that the configuration of the cassette toilet might make it easier to confuse with a gas tank. Could be, anyway. . .

Last edited 1 year ago by Chuck Woodbury
Grant Edgar
1 year ago

Auckland is in New Zealand not Australia. I think this is an urban legend. It’s been doing the rounds for years.

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