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Taveling with a full fresh water tank

Unread postby bobnliz on Mon May 17, 2010 4:10 pm

We were wondering about traveling with our potable tank full.
We don't always know whether the next stop will have potable water available. What are the pros and cons of traveling to your next stopover with a full tank? Thanks, Lizzy

PS Wasn't sure where to post this, so put it under "general discussion". L
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Re: Taveling with a full fresh water tank

Unread postby Fire Instructor on Mon May 17, 2010 5:30 pm

Advantages of traveling with tank full:
1) If you divert for whatever reason, you always have water.
2) When you get there, if there's any "problems" you have water.
3) If you stop along the way and have to use your toiilet, or perpare a meal that you weren't originally planning, you have water.

Disadvantages of traveling with full water tank:
1) Weight - 8 lbs. per gallon, is more weight = less fuel mileage.
2) Some believe that the more, or longer, that water stays in the tank, the worse it tastes

Danger of comprimising, and traveling with a partial tank:
1) Slosh affecting trailer stability and braking. It's one thing to get a partial tank (of fuel) sloshing in a tow veg=hicle, but it has quite a different with a half-full water tank having an effect on a towed trailer.
2) Again, caused by slosh, the strain on the tannk supports is much greater that if the tank was either empty or full. And if you saw how poorly some of these are strapped in.......
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Re: Taveling with a full fresh water tank

Unread postby bert64 on Mon May 17, 2010 6:38 pm

We always travel with a half a tank of water, that gives us enough for cooking, dishes and a couple of quick showers. We don't book sites in advance so we need some just in case we are boon-docking for the night.

Although there is extra weight I haven't seen any real milage drop between full or almost empty with water on board.
All and all, nice to be fully self contained at all times.
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Re: Taveling with a full fresh water tank

Unread postby catmom on Mon May 17, 2010 10:14 pm

We travel with the freshwater tank about 1/3 full at most times, but if we know our next stop doesn't have water hookups, we'll travel with a full tank. Like bert64, we haven't noticed much, if any, difference with our MPG or towing handling.
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Re: Taveling with a full fresh water tank

Unread postby pwall on Mon May 17, 2010 10:34 pm

With my current tow vehicle, I travel with a full tank of water. Haven't noticed any difference in mpg or performance.
But then for me, my truck doesn't really know the trailer is there...it's only 7000lbs fully loaded where the towing capacity is 16500lbs. 8-)

I do like to travel with the tank full as many provincial camp-grounds do not have a water fill-station, well at least not one that isn't 20ft from the dump station. And I've seen too many people dump their tanks, move ahead and then use the fresh water to clean up. So I never trust those fill hoses.
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Re: Taveling with a full fresh water tank

Unread postby pwall on Mon May 17, 2010 10:35 pm

In addition, when I bring my TT to a scout camp, there's never any water hook-up so have to bring my own.
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Re: Taveling with a full fresh water tank

Unread postby imollison on Tue May 18, 2010 10:27 pm

I always travel with at least half a tank of water when we travell, even if just down the road 20 minutes. I have been caught before in situations with out water due to various reasons and don't want it to happen again. Mind you when we travel to PEI, I lower the level to 1/4 of the tank and try very hard not to use it unless necessary.
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Re: Taveling with a full fresh water tank

Unread postby Zinger on Wed May 19, 2010 6:55 pm

Keep mine full all summer change it a few times its nice to take a shower and use toilet if the power goes out!!
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Re: Taveling with a full fresh water tank

Unread postby Limey on Wed May 26, 2010 9:35 pm

I always travel with a full tank. Always might need some, and I don't like water sloshing around if the tank is partially full.
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Re: Taveling with a full fresh water tank

Unread postby bobnliz on Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:27 pm

Thanks for the benefit of your experience, folks. We do appreciate the help.
And having our TT out in the backyard comes in very handy when some part of the stick house ceases to function. Lizzy
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