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Old 07-06-2012, 06:17 PM   #15
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Yep, we try to stay over a half tank in both coach and toad. I don't believe (at least with our rig) the difference in weight is a factor at all. There may actually be a case to be made that carrying more gasoline in the toad is LESS safe because of the fire potential in case of an accident... but, as TAZ pointed out... there's really no right or wrong answer. We all just pays our monies and takes our chances.

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Old 07-10-2012, 07:54 PM   #16
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Not much of a thing to anguish over , but , whenever possible the toad is full of gas and
coach is full of freshwater. Black and grey tanks empty.

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Old 07-12-2012, 10:12 AM   #17
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I travel with whatever amount is in the the tank. I do normally fill the tow when I stop for fuel for the MH. Even with a full tank in tow vehicle, I am still well within the limits of my towbar, hitch and weight carrying rating of my MH. As long as I stay within these limits, I dont worry about how much fuel is in the towed.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:27 AM   #18
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Agree. We just leave with whatever's in the tank; we certainly aren't going to syphon any out.
Unleaded gas comes in at just a little over 6lbs a gallon - Probably won't make a lot of difference one way or the other.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:44 PM   #19
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Well I must be doing thins a little backwards .....first of all if I know Im taking a trip I tell the wife ,don't get gas this week keep her at about half a tank....little over a little under who cares...I also keep my fresh water at 1/2 tank or less,we always carry bottle water and when we park we also use there water. I figure the liter the load the easer it is on your tires,brakes,gas ect."...
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If I known I will be encountering steep grades I try to keep the water, fuel (coach and toad), etc. minimized. Meaning that I will forgo filling as appropriate. But if I have quite a bit on place I don't worry about it.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:57 PM   #21
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I hadn't given it all that much thought, but over the years I have had made it a personal policy to keep at least a half tank of fuel in everything and to top off when given the chance. I remember one time in Texas when I was sure glad I had plenty of fuel when I had to move out on a moments notice because of wild fire and the local town had been evacuated and everything closed down the next fuel was almost 50 miles away. Not a problem usually, but with storms, fires and floods one never knows Same thing with drinking water I have 3 or 4 gallons in jugs on hand seperate from the rig's tank which I don't trust for drinking maybe I should up that to 5 gallons
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:41 PM   #22
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Don't know about anyone else - the decision is entirely in the individual hands and I don't think there is a right and wrong for everyone.

But - that said, when I pull out of my drive, or the parking spot in the campground, it is always with a full tank of fuel in the toad - a full tank of fuel in motorhome (or else I am stopping to fill up very soon), a full tank of fresh water (100 gal), empty black and gray tanks, a full propane tank and most often I have the generator running (to provide us with either heat or cool air inside the coach).

Have only been stranded one time on the road, and luckily it wasn't for very long. But is surely was really nice to be comfortable knowing that we had the pleasure of the comforts of home - coffee if we desired it, cold water and beverages, ice cubes if needed and satellite TV should we have desired.

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Old 07-27-2012, 09:36 AM   #23
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The only way you can have too much fuel is if you are on fire
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Originally Posted by Freedomseekr View Post
The only way you can have too much fuel is if you are on fire
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:36 PM   #25
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We keep the toad full, MH never below 1/2 full, FW 2/3, black and grey empty. We try to arrive at the campground with a full tank in the MH. You never know when the camp power will fail and you have to use the genset. Most gensets will not draw gas when the MH is below 1/4 tank. In Texas and much of the west and south in the summer AC is a must have or DW says we are going home.
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I want to THANK everyone for sharing your thoughts, humor and wisdom with us. We made it to TEXAS without incident. I kept a half tank of gas in the jeep and that was more than enough for our needs. And we did need to use the jeep several times. Our first campsite - the landline blew out my surge protector!!! melted the plug on our coach power cord so we had to find a hardware store (in the country) that had an 30amp RV plug. (which we did and all ended well) Thanks again for your help. I hope someday, my experiences, humor and wisdom will be useful to another newbie. Paying it forward.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:13 AM   #27
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Glad you had a successful ending to your trip and the fuel load worked for you.

As for your surge protector, depending on the manufacturer some carry a lifetime Warrenty. Worth checking into. Also that icident is another testimony to using one.
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Half a tank is roughly 10 gallons which is about 80 lb. IMO, not a huge difference either way.
Actually 61.5 lbs for gas. Water would be just over 80 lbs for the same 10 gal. assuming "standard day" of 68F.

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