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Old 05-28-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Water Tank Level

Ok, I am planning my journey from GA to AK in my RV.

Do I completely fill my fresh water tank or do I just put enough water in there to hold me until the next campground stop, which will usually be about 350 miles a day?
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I don't know how big your tank is but extra water extra weight. My tank holds a 100 gallons and I fill it about half full and can camp all weekend. When I travel I keep it half or less. Hope this helps a little. Jim
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Saw, we traveled with minimum water... I can tell you that it bit me in butt once when we stopped in Indiana and the campground water system was down for a few hours... Other than that one time, I'd rather not carry the weight.
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I was thinking the same about the extra weight as well.

I was also concerned about the sloshing around of a 1/2 fill tank too.

My rig already seems top heavy enough.

Thanks for the quick responses~!
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Sloshing - I don't notice it. I've had two rigs - one 87 gallons and one 40 gallon tanks. Either one drove any different with the water. So don't "worry" about carrying it, it'll drive fine when you need to do so.
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10/15 gallons in your fresh tank should be plenty for flushing and dishes in case there is an issue with water at your next stop.
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My rig already seems top heavy enough.
Why would the water tank do anything but lower the center of gravity? On our DSDP it's located as low as possible right in front of the rear axle. I usually keep it full (about 50 gallons). I really can't feel any difference between full or empty either.
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Carry enough water for a couple days just in case you wind up having to boondock for some reason, bad weather, change of plans, etc..
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Thanks again for the input.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:02 AM   #10
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Wouldn't leave home without at least a half tank full in either the MH or camper. Don't have sloshing in either one. Don't know how much your tank holds but just times the gallons by 7 lbs and that's your approx. added weight. Using a half tank in the MH @ 50 gallons is 350 lbs, camper at 20 gallons is 140 lbs. I think you can see that this kind of weight is negligable. I wouldn't travel without a good supply of fresh water. When we get home we empty the tank.
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I guess that I am going about carrying water a little differently then most. When we left Alaska we started with a full tank of water. We do not plan on staying at RV parks all of the time and do not know what night we will stay at one. Hence the full tank of water. Once we hit the 'lower 48' (we currently are in Northern CA) half tank is plenty. While the extra weight maybe a concern, I do not take it into consideration.
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Full, if we're departing for boondocking in the local area, 1/4 to 1/3 if on a road trip and refill as needed at nightly stops. I try to remember to keep 4 to five gallons in black tank when between stops as it helps clean out the tank.
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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.
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We also keep a full tank when travelling as we may overnight and need the water. Try to keep a full tank while camping as on several occasions the CG has had a water problem and we could be out of water at a critical time. If the weight ratings allow, I see no problem.

Notice no different in MPGs.

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