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Old 09-24-2018, 06:27 PM   #99
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How much water to carry?

This is always an interesting/spirited question and the answer usually relates to your past experience, as in when you did not have enough. I always carry a maxed out tank. What does it cost you to carry an extra3-400 lbs of water, in your 10-14 ton RV? It costs very little, compared to the headaches when you do not have sufficient potable water. One of the reasons we do the RV thing is that we enjoy the independence. Why start out with a marginal water supply and make yourself dependent on someone else's water supply? Some of us are always thinking about disaster preparedness. When it "hits the fan", there is only you and what you have in reserve. This can be a surprise snow storm or break down in the middle of no where (might even be a Tsunami in Arizona). I have never regretted carrying the max amount of fresh water all the time. Keep them rolling!
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:56 AM   #100
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Water quality is really important to us. We keep our tanks fresh and drinkable. Unfortunately, when you are away from home your resources are unproven. I fill up at home or somewhere where I know the supply is in frequent use, tastes good, etc. You definitely don't want to run out. Something, I did during a storm at a very poor anchorage in my boat off Pt. Conception in Southern California!
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:59 AM   #101
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Fill the tank at home....weight is a very small percentage of total weight of MH
(80 gals= 3% of 20K)

Besides......traveling with water on-board allows potty stops, fixing lunch, washing hands as needed etc.

And what IF the water is bad or unavailable when you get where you are going!!!



Use to only travel with a few gallons for just in case.
Got to destination and MAIN had busted the night before. NO water for over a week......had to go buy bottled water
Last time...traveled after that will FULL tank/mileage didn't change and ALWAYS had water

Then refilled at destination
Yes to what he said....
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Old 09-25-2018, 12:35 PM   #102
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What you had was anerobic bacteria in your water system. The rotten egg smell was hydrogen sulfide. The best way to eliminate it is with odorless bleach using about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of bleach to 15 gallons of fresh water. Best way is to shake it up by driving. However, if you start with the tank half full or less, add the bleach then fill it should mix when you fill up the tank. By pass the water heater and empty it. Run the bleach water through all the fixtures, cold and hot, including the toilet and any not used like washer. Make sure you smell bleach at each fixture and run for a few minutes more. Leave everything stand for at least an hour. More is better, we usually over night. Drain the fresh water tank when time is up. Add new fresh water the the FW tank and purge out all the fixtures. Fill the water heater with the new water.
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Old 09-25-2018, 02:01 PM   #103
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Better to fill with water at a dump site
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Old 09-25-2018, 07:24 PM   #104
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I have a 38' class A DP and I only carry enough to use the bathroom and wash hands because weight does make a difference! Think about it, at 80 gal @ 8.34# per gal = 667# of weight and some RVs hold 90 gals = 751#. It will make a impact on your fuel and stress on other components on the coach i.e. frame, suspension, brakes. For every 5 gals=41.7#'s.
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:17 AM   #105
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RVs are built to travel with all tanks full if needed. Itís like saying that you donít drive with a full tank of fuel because of the stress. As far as fuel economy, I never consider it. If I plan my trips and carrying capacity around MPG then I think Iím probably in too big of a rig or my RV budget is too tight. I always head out with a full tank of fuel and water and donít worry about running out of either.
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I have a 38' class A DP and I only carry enough to use the bathroom and wash hands because weight does make a difference! Think about it, at 80 gal @ 8.34# per gal = 667# of weight and some RVs hold 90 gals = 751#. It will make a impact on your fuel and stress on other components on the coach i.e. frame, suspension, brakes. For every 5 gals=41.7#'s.
Danesrus, we also have a 38' DP. If we were concerned with the weight of a full water tank significantly (or even MEASURABLY) impacting our fuel mileage, or overly stressing the frame/suspension/brakes, we would would be rapidly looking for another brand of coach!
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Old 09-26-2018, 02:44 PM   #107
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Danesrus, we also have a 38' DP. If we were concerned with the weight of a full water tank significantly (or even MEASURABLY) impacting our fuel mileage, or overly stressing the frame/suspension/brakes, we would would be rapidly looking for another brand of coach!
Itís more about safety than fuel mileage, in my opinion. When I towed, I saw many people towing more than was save for their towing vehicle. Some people donít even know what their weight load is or that the weight of the trailer doesnít include cabinets, etc. Most of the time Iíd here, ďMy salesman said it could pull xx weight just fineĒ or My salesman said you can carry your screen rooms, chairs, outdoor rugs and grills and a full tank of water with no problem.Ē If they donít give people their pitch, they donít get a commission. I always felt good pulling a lightweight trailer with a Ram 3500 Diesel. The only time Iíd get nervous was if I had someone towing with an overweight rig as he or she was pushed down a steep hill behind me burning brakes. JMO
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Old 09-26-2018, 05:03 PM   #108
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I'm a little shocked that someone would not be concerned about weight and of course, safety is disturbing. I agree with HoboPals that I too have seen people hauling too much weight and/or oversized their weight limits on trailers and RV's. Living in AZ with nothing but mountains and to carry/haul additional (almost) 1/2 ton more weight when you really don't need to makes no sense. Take some bottle water and a bag of ice in the freezer if your concern about breaking down. JMO too.
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If you rig is designed to carry the weight what is there to be concerned about? Of coarse overloading and poor driving practices are a whole different story/discussion. JMHO
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Old 09-26-2018, 06:47 PM   #110
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I almost always fill the fresh water tank before I leave home. I like the extra weight down low. I "think" it may help a bit when the wind is a little gusty - side to side. YMMV
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Sounds like some people claim extra weight is no problem for them to haul. If someone asked you to haul a 800 lb (box or load) across country in your RV would you accept? A 100 gal of water is just like the 800 lb load.
I usually haul 100 gal of fuel in my aux tank which can save $50+ going into a high fuel cost area. Water is usually free and just not worth hauling.
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:35 PM   #112
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FULL

Once a boy scout always a boy scout - Be Prepared. I always travel full, in case I stop along the road somewhere and decided to boondock for a night or two. Even when staying in a campground, I usually top off the fresh water tank.
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