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Old 05-29-2013, 10:18 AM   #15
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Just this morning I was taking a shower and totally lathered up. The water shut off....I mean not a drop came out of the shower head!! I stood there for a while expecting the water to come back on...it didn't. I yelled to the DW to turn on the pump. I finished the shower out just fine. Apparently the CG's showers take priority on the parks water pressure and we were parked at the end of the line. Fresh water in my holding tank.....won't leave home without it!!

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Old 05-29-2013, 03:10 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by DeWat View Post
I pretty much carry a full tank (~100 gallons). Sure it's extra weight, but I don't see a real big difference in MPGs and it might be psychological, but I think that the ride feels better.
My tank is forward of rear axle and puts more needed weight on the front axle to ride better.

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Old 05-29-2013, 03:13 PM   #17
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Full water tank makes the rig ride better. Lower center of gravity in the side winds.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:40 PM   #18
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My coach rides better with the water tank full. It's located low, in front of the rear axle.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:41 PM   #19
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ok, well I guess my mind is made up... Full tanks all around~!!!

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Old 05-30-2013, 02:12 PM   #20
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I'm new to the class A method of traveling but I carry enough water for two days of boondocking. This covers break downs on the side of the road or the CG losing water for whatever reason (5 times in my camping career). Once a storm put down so many trees over the road, we were stuck in the CG for two days before the roads were passible let alone the CG getting power back to work their system. I'm also keeping enough gas in the tank to work the generator for those two days before I go into a CG for the night. If I'm decreasing my mpg, the security and peace of mind make up for it.
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:43 PM   #21
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If you are stopping at campgrounds every night then the is no need to have a full tank. For me 10 gallons would be plenty under that plan. Even saving one MPG, that adds up incredibly in a GA to AK trip...
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:19 PM   #22
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I have good water at home so always leave with a full tank and depending on water quality on the way I'll top it off as we travel. Traveling with half a tank of water would bother me as much traveling with half a tank of fuel. In my opinion it seems best to keep them both above the half way mark.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:28 PM   #23
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If I'm leaving on a "big trip" then it's going to be full water tanks, if it's just a little trip to our favorite camp ground (4 hrs away) in TN then I'll roll with between a 1/4 to 1/2 tank of water...
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:21 PM   #24
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Like money, better to have a little too much and not need it than not have enough and need it. I generally carry 40-50 just to be sure. Sometimes you have to pull into places where you're level and if the pick-up is on the upside it's out of the water and the john won't flush. If you could stand the weight of 2 or 3 more adults on board, then 40 gallons of water weight is of no consequence.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:22 PM   #25
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:06 AM   #26
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Water weighs 8 1/3# per gallon, so 100gallons is approximately 833#, that could be the difference between being overloaded and being within the vehicles limits. I usually keep about 30 gallons in my 100 gal tank. That is enough for 2 to 3 days for 2 people and still have a little left.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:51 AM   #27
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We were staying at one campground for a few months. We woke up to no water so on go the pumps as we always try to have at least 1/4 to 1/2 of the 100 gallon tank filled. We made coffee, Thom shaved, and well we did everything we normally do. The CG's water was off for at least 12 hours, broken pipe. Not very many people in there had water in their tanks because they all thought "I am hooked up I don't need the extra weight" and when that happened they all decided that maybe they needed to have at least a half a tank just in case.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:23 PM   #28
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Another reason---I blew off a water hose in the middle of nowhere. I was able to reattach the hose and refill radiator with my onboard watertank. DP takes a lot of water. I always travel with a lot of water.


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