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Old 10-22-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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Water supply

Do truck stops typically allow you to fill up your water tanks? I'm driving eight hours then boon docking three days and rather not carry the extra weight.
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Don't think you'll notice a difference in fuel usage between empty water tank and full. And because it can be a problem finding sweet water at truck stops, I'd fill at home. And drive with empty holding tanks.
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I appreciate the reply, thanks. Is it bad to fill up the water a couple days prior to leaving. Time is short and may not be able to do so same day I leave. Should be fresh enough?
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Welcome to the forum.

I too would fill up at home and a couple of days in advance shouldn't be an issue. I haven't heard of truck stops encouraging the use of their fresh water but would avoid it even if they did.

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Old 10-23-2012, 11:32 AM   #5
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Your water tank is like any fresh water holding tank. It's made of materials that are water safe, it's a closed system, and as long as your water at home is fresh, it'll last for months in your tank and be perfectly good. If you're on city water, or a tested well, don't worry about it sitting in the tank. For months at a time.

For lurkers that might stumble on this link, if your tank seems to suffer from smelly or funny tasting water, here's some guidelines:

1) Troubled water system: Add 0.13 X tank size = oz of bleach; run through each faucet a few seconds, let sit for a couple hours. Dump and refill.
2) Preventive maintenance: 1oz bleach / 60 gallons; pour it in, use normally.
3) Remove smells: 1&1/2 cup vinegar / 60 gallons; same as #2)
4) Sweeten water: 1/2 cup Baking soda / 60 gallons; same as #2).

Have fun on your trip and don't worry about the water. In 8 years of full timing, I have seldom run into water that needs any more then a treatment of #3) or #4). Even in Mexico.
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