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Old 09-01-2014, 04:25 PM   #15
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34 gallons is about the amount of our wine capacity

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we always have 120 gallons of water on board
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Old 09-01-2014, 04:50 PM   #18
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fill it up. The folks who run with a less than full tank are usually fooling themselves on savings. As a function of the total weight few MH's have a large enough fresh water tank to make a significant difference in weight. In your case you are worrying about ~350 lbs of water in a vehicle weighing ~8000 lbs. If you consistently run with a full tank of gas and refill at a half tank you are carrying more weight in un needed fuel weight than water you will need.
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Old 09-01-2014, 05:09 PM   #19
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Leave your mother-in-law at home, take the water. Same weight and you will be much happier.
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Old 09-01-2014, 05:20 PM   #20
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We usually only carry about tank of fresh (about 50 gallons). If going to a rally, like FMCA at Redmond then I will take a full tank (105 gallons).
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Old 09-01-2014, 05:33 PM   #21
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Your 32 ft Winny probably has a gasser. That will definitely make a difference in mpg if you are going thru hills or mountains. I travel with full tank. But you may want to rethink that even if only 34 gal.

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Our 32 C has a CCC of 985 lbs. Full water is not an option once you start calculating fuel (50 gal) 2 people (330 lbs) + clothes +food+ dishes+++, plus we were towing 4 down. The CCC of a unit quickly gets used. We just finished a 6 week, 5000 mi trip and had no need for full fresh water. Carried less than 1/3 tank. RV park every couple of days to use their water and sewer facilities.
Woodview....check your units CCC so you know what your C can carry. Get it weighed if necessary.
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:32 PM   #23
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Making a trip of about 200 miles- will have electric but no water. With my old rv I traveled with a full water tank. Any comments or suggestion?
This is a relatively short distance; fill the tank and have fun.
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If you ever take on bad water at a park you'll kick yourself and become a believer in carrying as much as you safely can.
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:46 PM   #25
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We will normally travel with about 25 gallons in our 80 tank to save on the extra weight. I can definitely feel a difference in the handling when running full on water. We will top off when arriving at campground without water hook ups at the dump station. However I have thought of running full to a destination if the weather looks like it will be abnormally windy. My thinking is the RV would stay better planted on the road than running light. Similar to semis running with a full load versus no load. Anyone's thoughts on that thinking?
We'll normally leave the house with 1/4 tank or so - good for a couple of days with us. Reason would be weight savings, and less stress on the water tank's sidewalls. Say and do as you like, but with a full tank of water, the weight of that water sloshing around is flexing that tank.

If I'm expecting a day spent in a cross wind though, we'll fill the tank right up. It sits directly behind the front axle, and that weight has a definite positive effect on the coach's handling.
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Agree with the full tanks, the 120 gal capacity X 8 Lb per gal, does not make a hoot difference in weight that is noticeable. Besides I do not like water from most places, I travel alone 99%, and have plenty water.
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It depends were we are traveling in our MH. If I am going somewhere with no water then I carry all 80 gallons, if water is available then i only fill the tank half way. For example, next week I am going camping in the mountains, the last hill is a steep one and goes from around 3500' to 7500' in 7-10 miles so I will top off when we get there. My motor home is also a littler older, a 1990 with a 454, carb, and th400 so every pound counts for me.
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Good water

We have good tasting water at our stick & brick home and, since we drink water from our motorhome tank, we fill 'er up before we leave home. We can make almost a week - and that includes bathroom, showers, lots of coffee & iced tea, doing dishes, making ice, etc. (No washing machine) Then, water starts tasting "flat" so we load up with campground water that is filtered through a blue cylinder filter from WalMart. That water we use for everything except drinking - we need to get bottled water from a grocery for that.

We always leave home with a full fresh water tank!

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