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Old 05-30-2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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Water - do you tow with a full fresh water tank

I never towed with a full fresh water tank and have always had access to water when camping. Now I may camp where there is not access to water. I am thinking of filling the fresh water tank 100% full and then tow the trailer.

I am conserned with the added weight of 50 gallons in the tank then towing over rough rodes. Will the tank break or the supports break?

Anyone tow with a full fresh water tank?
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:39 PM   #2
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I sure hope it can handle the weight, or it would be pretty poor design. I carry 92 gallons fresh and up to 124 waste with no problem, but it is a class A with a really heavy duty chassis (Freightliner).
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We have towed with the fresh water tank mostly empty, half full & full, no issues. Yes, it's heavier, just depending on what your plans are. We don't boondock often but we will travel with a full tank if we are going to need it.
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I carry around half a tank, or about 50 gallons most of the time, unless I know I won't have water for a few days, then I'll fill it.
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:52 PM   #5
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I would hope the mfgr. installed the tank properly so it can carry the weight when full. If you have to carry your water to a remote location you gotta do what cha ya gotta do.
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:17 PM   #6
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Yep, I like to keep my fresh water tank pretty full... even when traveling. I would agree that it's a pretty poor design if, while driving, your tank can't take the weight of the water it's designed to hold.

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:54 PM   #7
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Total weight of 50 galloms is about 250 lbs. If you can't handle that then you have a bigger problem. I carry about 15 gallons in my Class C for convience. If I need to dry camp I fill my tank. If I run out at the campground I can always find more.
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Actually I think water is closer to 8 lbs/gallon
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Total weight of 50 galloms is about 250 lbs..
Not to pick nits, but it actually weighs 400 lbs. Still, weight shouldn't be the concern.

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Old 06-01-2013, 09:27 AM   #10
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I tow with at least half a tank of water at all times. We use the trailer on the road for all rest stops and meals and we dry camp at least half of the nights on the road. When we are going to dry camp for several days, we empty our gray/black tanks and fill the fresh water all the way up. We also keep 3-5 gallons of drinking water for hiking, driving and cooking. We recycle gallon containers and fill them at the house or full service campground.

I tow with a Dodge Diesel and have never noticed a performance difference with full or empty tanks. With three trailers and one diesel coach I have never notice handling difference either.
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We always leave the cg with a full freshwater tank and empty gray and black water tanks. We never know where we're going to shut it down so we want to be prepared.
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We always leave the cg with a full freshwater tank and empty gray and black water tanks. We never know where we're going to shut it down so we want to be prepared.
+1 I am the same way, sometimes I just hit a Wally World for the night and I am the kinda guy that I gotta have my morning shower or I am a bear to get along with !!!
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Well I did fill the fresh water tank 100% full and did not notice any towing issues. I am towing a 7,000 lb Vantage 25RBS with a dually truck. I figure I can stay here a week.

I used to tow a 5,000 lb. trailer with a Honda Ridgeline. I could notice towing that trailer with fresh water in the tank. That is why I stopped towing with fresh water. Now I think I will start again.

Thanks for your answers as I did decide to tow with a full tank because of them.
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I always tow with a full tank of fresh water. I like to camp dry as much as I can. I can't see any difference either way because I am always very heavy anyway. It tows fine. If you decide to stop and no water how do you take a shower or do dishes?
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