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Old 05-07-2012, 05:22 PM   #1
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Replace fresh water tank?

Is it common or even possible to add fresh water capacity by replacing the original tank with something larger?

If so, is it a DIY kind of job or something more for a professional?

If not, what are some economical ways to get more water in the tank without the proper hookups?
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:26 PM   #2
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Water weighs 8.34 lbs per gallon, so increasing the capacity of the water tank could make your RV dangerously heavy. Most of us usually travel with tank at 1/2 or less to save weight. If your boondocking, a few(!) extra gallons of water could be distributed where you can most afford extra weight. (You never identified type of RV) Some people use a supplementary tote tank or bladder you could go and fill locally and return to campsite. A small 12 v pump, such as sold by harbor freight could transfer water from tote to the RV tank.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:36 AM   #3
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TLI too little information. As already brought up there are alternatives to increasing water tank size. But depending on where the tank is and how big it is it may be possible to replace it with a larger one and if you travel with it mostly empty no real penalty in weight.
I came to the conclusion that having a couple of flexible five gallon water containers were the least expensive solutions.
One other consideration is that in most cases there is not a great deal of additional capacity in gray or black water tanks, so you also have to have a tank to dump into.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:10 PM   #4
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It's a 25' Crossroads trailer with a 40 gallon fresh water tank. I like the idea of some collapsible water jugs that I can fill as needed. I guess I'm just concerned because I'm a new RV owner and I'm about to take a very long trip from Texas to Alaska with the wife and 4 kids and wanna make sure I'm prepared.
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TX to AK? We are also doing the same trip this year, leaving from Fort Worth area May 11, be gone til Sept 9 or thereabouts. Been planning for about a year and still feel we are not ready.
Hope you have a great trip--having the kids along will generate memories for a lifetime! Pictures--pictures--pictures...
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It's a 25' Crossroads trailer with a 40 gallon fresh water tank. I like the idea of some collapsible water jugs that I can fill as needed. I guess I'm just concerned because I'm a new RV owner and I'm about to take a very long trip from Texas to Alaska with the wife and 4 kids and wanna make sure I'm prepared.
I think you'll find water on the way. LOL.

But seriously, I always fill my fresh water before leaving anywhere. Lots of people will warn you about the weight, but that is a blanket statement and does not apply in all situations. If a full tank adds to the tongue weight and your TV can handle it, and you can teansfer some of it forward, go for it. The heavier your TV is relative to your TT, the better it will handle.
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I think you'll find water on the way. LOL.

But seriously, I always fill my fresh water before leaving anywhere. Lots of people will warn you about the weight, but that is a blanket statement and does not apply in all situations. If a full tank adds to the tongue weight and your TV can handle it, and you can teansfer some of it forward, go for it. The heavier your TV is relative to your TT, the better it will handle.
Right on, Bobsbeatter,
We always fill before we go until last week. We are on our way from NC to AK. Big storm in Yorkton SK mudded upthe cg bigtime, so we dumped black and gray and figured we would wait til the next cg to fill fresh water.

Bad choice. Fortunately we had ten gallons (1/4 tank) fresh water still, because power was off because of same storm, no water for first 24 hours and then boil water warning after that. Be Prepared! Always fill the fresh water with good water when you can. We won't miss this item again.

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