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Old 01-10-2015, 07:19 PM   #1
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Newbies in WA state - Mike and Annie


So glad to find this forum! We are new at RVing and kinda nervous about harming our brand spanking new TT. Right now, we are parked in our driveway giving it the trial run. We have a 2015 Keystone Hideout, 28ft.

We sell model train landscaping supplies and travel to trade shows here in WA state, and now with the TT we are hoping to branch out to more shows.

During our PDI we felt so overwhelmed, even after we recorded it with our phone and took notes.

So I have a question... Our very first trip we will be driving down to Oregon to dry camp at the Portland Expo center for a model train show. No hook ups there. We we've been told it isn't smart to tow the extra weight of water in our tank, but we don't know where to get water when we are down there.

How do you usually handle this type of situation?
thanks in advance!
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Let's hope that is the only problem you can come up with, I'd like to help if I could but I have 0 experience with trailers.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:27 PM   #3
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Welcome, and when is that train show in Portland? If we're in town we'll stop by and say hello!
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The train show is Jan 24th and 25th at the Expo center please do stop by to say howdy
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Glad to see yall ...As it gets warmer get it out of the driveway and you'll enjoy it more
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:47 AM   #6
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It wouldn't hurt to carry some water on board. Water weighs 8 pounds/gallon, so putting 10 gallons on board would only add 80 pounds.

When we had our Class A, we always left home with the 80-gallon water tank full because we found such poor quality water so many places in the first couple of trips and Anacortes is among the top 5 cities nation-wide for water quality. In a 22,000 lb gross weight rig. I was willing to pay a small mpg penalty to take our home water with us.
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Hi Annie & Mike! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you found us!

Congrats on the new TT! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Agree with Frankdamp. We too live in Anacortes and fill to the brim as the water is better. The extra weight is well worth it (especially in ice cubes :-)

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You don't say where in WA. I have heard rumors that it gets cold in some places, so take the necessary winterizing precautions. An unexpected delay on the road could lead to trouble. When we were cold weather camping, the RVs were winterized and water carried in jugs.

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Welcome to the forum...

We had a TT for about 3 years and really enjoyed it. The fresh water tank held 30 gallons. We would start out with about 1/4 tank and when we needed more we would purchase gallon jugs at W-mart for $0.88 if there was no good free water available. Worked for us...
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We're in Vancouver, WA. I always keep a tank of water onboard just because you never know when you won't have water. In our case that's some 50 gallons of water which is more than most TT's have total.
We used to be venders but it was at cat shows or the Christmas bazaar at the Expo.
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