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Old 07-16-2015, 08:11 AM   #1
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Fill water before you go?

Hi all,

Thank you in advance for any advice. We dry camp mostly. Do you fill your water tank before you leave home? The obvious answer would be yes to avoid hunting down a water source at the CG but I'm curious if there's some secret to this issue.

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Old 07-16-2015, 08:19 AM   #2
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There was a huge thread on this last week.


Lots of debate over spending gas to haul 8 lbs-per-gallon cargo or filling up at or near camp.


Personally, we boondock and used to haul a full (20 gallons) of fresh water. But the new trailer has a 48 gallon tank. We made arrangements with two different water well owners near our site for water when we visit. Plus the tools to transport 12 gals at a time and then get it in the tank. 750' garden hoses and backing the rig up or down 500' 'driveways' were not options...


Towing with a full water tank got uncomfortable and the Jayco overflow system means you will have less than 3/4 tank after you drive over 1 hill.
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huge thread

Oh sorry, can you direct to thread?

I hear you on the issue too. There aren't a lot of water sources where we go either.

Thank you
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If you are going to a CG with no water at the individual sites, call ahead and see where you can fill your FW tank or check the CG map to for FW fill locations. I have a 90 gal FW tank and there is no way I'd fill and tow 720 lbs of water unless it is a short distance. The weight would cut into my already dismal fuel economy and could slosh around and making for an interesting towing experience. I also don't trust the tank straps to hold that weight over and extended period of time...one trip down a questionable road and you may drop the tank.
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Hi all,Do you fill your water tank before you leave home? Thanks!
Yes we do. We always travel with full water and empty gray and black whenever possible.
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Oh sorry, can you direct to thread?

I hear you on the issue too. There aren't a lot of water sources where we go either.

Thank you
Try this link: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f6...ter-27417.html
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And another
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...ank-28420.html
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We travel with a full 90 gallon tank.
Unless you are going real long distances or in hilly terrain or lots of stop and go traffic, it doesn't impact mileage too much. Once you get rolling, not much addtl effort or gas to keep rolling.

We have never had towing/handling problems with water on board. In fact, the TT tows far better when it is heavier with water.

There are lots of bad, smelly water sources out there. We prefer to take water we are certain of - our own.
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If you are going to a CG with no water at the individual sites, call ahead and see where you can fill your FW tank or check the CG map to for FW fill locations. I have a 90 gal FW tank and there is no way I'd fill and tow 720 lbs of water unless it is a short distance. The weight would cut into my already dismal fuel economy and could slosh around and making for an interesting towing experience. I also don't trust the tank straps to hold that weight over and extended period of time...one trip down a questionable road and you may drop the tank.
X2. I have two 40-gallon FW tanks, which equates to 650# of weight that sloshes around at the rear of my 32' trailer. Handling and fuel economy both suffer. But if I'm going 25 miles or less, I fill at home and save the time at the CG - it takes awhile to put 80 gallons of water in the tanks! Just make sure you have some place to fill the tanks at or near the CG.

I can't speak about the tank straps from personal experience, but I have heard of those issues. However, your trailer is designed to carry water, not considering age (rust) or poor workmanship at assembly.
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We fill up just enough to make use of the bathroom when we make rest stops on the way to the CG. Then fill it up all the way when we get there.
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