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Old 08-14-2014, 08:20 PM   #15
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I see no reason to carry a full tank unless boondocking. I carry 1/4 tank and I have never used it all up. If I stop, I have what I need to flush, wash etc. I don't have to shower in a rest area. JMO

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Old 08-14-2014, 08:22 PM   #16
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Our home town is among the top five in the US for water quality, and has been for many years. We always leave home with the potable tank full. As I remember, it's about 75 gallons, so the weight penalty is 600 pounds. On a 22,000 lb GVW vehicle, 600 pounds is white noise. We've been on a couple of trips where we had to refill the potable tank and the quality was abominable.

Taking as much of our water from home as we can is definitely preferable.

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Old 08-14-2014, 08:42 PM   #17
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Always with full. We sat once in a 115 car pileup for 8 hours in a snow storm on I 95. We became the local restroom.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:56 PM   #18
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Another vote for a full tank upon departure. Then even while using full hook ups top it off every few days. I know a 100 gallons we will never use but its only water.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:57 PM   #19
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We travel with a couple of gallons in the black & grey tanks (just to keep anything that didn't exit at the last dump sloshing around) & between 1/4-1/2 full in the fresh, plus the 10gal in the HW tank. On longer trips where we overnight in a rest area or WM, I like having enough water for a shower in the morning.

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We havenít had our MH for very long but we did have TT and 5th wheels. I like to fill them at home with our softened water. Better for showers and dishes IMO.
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:50 PM   #21
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Hey folks, see my name is "Rookie" so here goes. when traveling from site to site do you guys travel with water in the tank or wait until you arrive and use the hook ups? It seems to me that the beauty of a Class A is to be able to stop at a site, set up and spend the night without worrying about hook ups. So, full tanks or not? That is my question today. Thanks!@!
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:27 PM   #22
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I really thing it "depends".

In our previous gasser we carried full water for the added stability it brought to the rig in crosswinds and passing trucks. In our DP that is no longer needed.

We generally start out carrying about 50 gallons when we have a 2-3 days of travel without planning on having access to water hookups. That is enough for toilet use, water for the dogs, quick showers and a few other odds n ends. We often do Walmart/Cracker Barrel kind of parking in those situations.

If we really like the water quality we MIGHT carry a full tank of it if we are going some place we suspect has low quality water. However, we are now using a water softener and good quality filters that makes this less likely.
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:29 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Pigman1 View Post
Another vote for full tank. We bought the rig so we weren't tied to a hose and plug and we travel that way. We never plan overnight stops and very rarely use RV parks. On a 10 day trip to Alaska we stop at one Famcamp in North Dakota. All other stops are truck stops, rest areas or wide spots in the road. Never a problem with the self contained setup.
We also carry a full water tank and dry camp most of the time, we only use a cg when it is time to dump and refill with fresh water.
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:40 PM   #24
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The only time I travel with full tank is if water will not be available at destination. All the water adds a lot of weight and for me no reason to have. Lighten up the load and maybe help a little on mpg. Usually I travel with about 1/4 tank.

What he said. Besides a 1/4 tank is around 20 gallons plus you have 10 in the hot water heater. That's 30 gallons, enough to last several days if you need it.
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We travel with full water tank. Got stuck on the road when there was an accident up in front of us once, and having the water sure made things better. We just cooked dinner, washed dishes, and I even took a shower waiting for the traffic to start moving again.
Ok, I have to go there....Bigd9, you did all that on the highway?

To answer the OP, I travel with about a quarter tank for flushing and such. Welcome.
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Always just a 1/4 tank. That's 25 gallons. Plenty for over night if stuck somewhere. Like Lori we always carry grey and black tank water. Add a cupful of detergent when on the road, let it slosh around to keep the tank walls clean, we use Dawn.
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:13 PM   #27
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Always a full tank here. Just one arrival at a cg without water, and you will wish you had a full tank. We once went to an out of the way cg that had lost electricity due to a bad storm, and therefore the well was not running. In any event we stayed the 2 days there until the power and water came back. Really gives you more options, and I've not been able to notice any kind of hit on the mpg full or not. That 500-600 lbs is not even noticeable. Before someone starts doing the math, I am figuring the difference in weight from 1/4 tank to full tank. The vast majority of people run with at least some water in the tank.
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Don't forget to sanitize the tank.

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