"Many people say that it won't happen to them until it happens to them, we laugh at others that accidentally put the wrong fuel in their cars but when it's you, you realise how much you need help and that feeling of helplessness and the punch in the stomach when you realise you've done something stupid!
We set off for our Scotland adventure and hired a campervan for the first time and we were all excited about hitting the highlands and the lowlands for 10 days to get out their in the countryside. We set off early morning from Manchester and headed up the M6 towards Glasgow with a full tank of diesel, according to our guy we were told that we could expect to get 300 miles on the tank which was more than enough to get us to our destination up to Fort William on the east coast of Scotland.
We moved the camper van to the other side of the forecourt while we had some dinner in the restaurant and it turned over fine, there were no issues whatsoever and we still hadn't realised my error. Then, when we set off again we began to notice weird signs that we had put the wrong fuel in the tank, the acceleration felt jumpy and the camper van didn't feel responsive, after 30 seconds it began to jump and my husband decided to rev the engine a little which seemed to make things worse and so decided to pull over, right there in the middle of nowhere around 9pm.
"WE BEGAN TO NOTICE WEIRD SIGNS THAT WE HAD PUT THE WRONG FUEL IN THE TANK"
We received a call from an amazing man called Gerry and that he would be with us within 20 minutes which was great news and ahead of time too, he parked up the van next to the camper, then he found the petrol tank and placed his nozzle thing in the tank and began to drain, it was so quick, we offered a quick cup of tea and thanked him profusely and within 20 minutes he had drained the fuel from our camper and added £10 worth of diesel which was enough to get us back to the filling station where we had come from so we can fill it back up again.
We thought we might have ruined the engine but Gerry was great, he assured us that by turning the engine on without turning it over it would flush out the wrong fuel and let the diesel run through and even added some lubricant. He then began to turn the engine over and after around 4-5 times of trying it sparked into life with a lot of smoke but this died down after a minute or two and we knew we would be ok.
Gerry didn't stop there though, he then followed us back to the filling station to make sure we got there safely! Sometimes people are amazing and go beyond and we are so made up with Gerry for this.
When we got back to the filling station, it was closed until the morning so we parked up at the side, setup the beds and made hey until the morning. We spent the night at a filling station in the middle of the highlands but it was all part of the adventure, we laughed it off and got on with our holiday.
Every time I fill up now, I make a point of thinking about what I am putting in my car!