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Old 01-12-2016, 08:10 AM   #11
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When I'm on the road, I keep the fresh water tanks empty and carry a few gallons of water for flushing the toilet, washing dishes, sponge baths, etc. Dumping's not necessary, especially with limited water use.

Hauling a partially filled tank of fresh water isn't really recommended on the road because of the slosh factor. That would be a lot of weight to be bouncing around side-to-side between the axles during turns and (hopefully not any) emergency maneuvers. It could affect the handling characteristics of the TT.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:37 AM   #12
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We go with full water tank and overnight at Wal-Mart or Cracker Barrel. We'll do a rest stop or a truck stop if we are desperate.

When we travel, we often use the bathroom in the camper, unless we are stopping to eat at a restaurant, so gray and black tanks never stay empty. When we pull into our destination campground, I'll top off fresh water (if we are at dry sites, which we usually are), dump gray if we showered, park and start enjoying.

If you're set on a campground stop, I would do electric only. If you shower and have full hookups, you just dump in the morning at your site before you leave. Good way to avoid a line that could be at the dump station. I have from time to time pulled into an empty full hookup campsite to dump before when there is a long dump line.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:57 AM   #13
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I'm still pretty new to the TT game. We're planning a fairly long (for us) trip with our new 23RLSW - it's 2 days to our destination, so we're planning a one-night intermediate stop. Here's my question: Should I take the time to do full hookups at the intermediate stop? Or should I just start out with a full fresh water tank and do minimal hookups (electricity only), and then hit the dump station on the way out the next morning?

Doing minimal hookups, so that setup isn't much more than leveling, is a tempting idea. It will be in early June, so there will be plenty of daylight left when we get to the intermediate CG.

Thoughts? Pros and cons?

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We setup everything no matter how short our stay. It's nice having a warm shower after a long day driving and I'd prefer to not carry a full grey water tank on the next leg of the journey. I don't usually dump the black water until it's getting full, so I'll leave the grey water valve open until the night before I dump the black.

I also consider it good practice. We're getting much faster at hooking up and unhooking all of the utilities.
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:52 PM   #14
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full hook up: myself, wife and kids it's nice to have a shower and clean up. Sure we can carry enough water but I like to hook up.
I'll dump grey and black is never close to full. Sometimes I'll fill the tank and then do a flush. A little extra water yes but in rolling clean and light for the mountain pass into CA.

Really make a decision based on you're travel time.
For some like us we need to get to the spot we are staying because we simply do not have a lot of vacation and down time to spend on the road.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:01 PM   #15
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We setup everything no matter how short our stay. It's nice having a warm shower after a long day driving and I'd prefer to not carry a full grey water tank on the next leg of the journey. I don't usually dump the black water until it's getting full, so I'll leave the grey water valve open until the night before I dump the black.

I also consider it good practice. We're getting much faster at hooking up and unhooking all of the utilities.
Are you dumping your gray water in camp site with valve open?
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Are you dumping your gray water in camp site with valve open?
Yes. Into the sewer line. We have only ever stayed at full hookup facilities.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:29 PM   #17
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I'm still pretty new to the TT game. We're planning a fairly long (for us) trip with our new 23RLSW - it's 2 days to our destination, so we're planning a one-night intermediate stop. Here's my question: Should I take the time to do full hookups at the intermediate stop? Or should I just start out with a full fresh water tank and do minimal hookups (electricity only), and then hit the dump station on the way out the next morning?

Doing minimal hookups, so that setup isn't much more than leveling, is a tempting idea. It will be in early June, so there will be plenty of daylight left when we get to the intermediate CG.

Thoughts? Pros and cons?

Thanks!

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Hi Roger,

I think it has more to do with the individuals preference and what they feel is convenient.

When we're doing an intermediate stop I still like to have full hook-ups because we like the convenient of showering in our trailer and dumping the gray tank without having to stop at the dump station. I've found that hooking-up to facilities and un-hooking from facilities doesn't taken that much time and we prefer the convenience it gives us. That's just our preference.

I also don't like to carry too much fresh water when traveling, typically only a few gallons so we have enough to use the toilet on the road if we want.

As other's mentioned, carrying full fresh water with you does have significant impact to loading.

That's just my $0.02.
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Old 01-13-2016, 11:37 AM   #18
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Me personally, I fill the water tank so if the need arises during the trip, we can still use the washroom. Our trailer design allows us to sleep in the TT without the slide and still have access to the kitchen and washroom. Battery is sufficient for our needs since I carry two golf cart batteries with me as well. I also have a generator if needed. We are planning a trip to Alberta this summer to visit our youngest daughter who got posted there as a police officer with our National Police force. It is a 1600 km trip that takes two days from Vancouver. We will just pull in to a Provincial camp site on the way up there and take our time to see the sights along the way.
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Old 01-16-2016, 01:30 PM   #19
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I have done Walmart in several states, and have had great luck. Like most above, I do not unhook, nor do I expect to find electricity. I carry enough water for any cooking or bathroom needs we might have. I figure I will be able to flush and restock at my final destination. By the way, I use an app on my phone called Allstars. It shows campgrounds and other amenities. One thing I like is that it shows Walmart locations and which ones allow overnight parking and which ones don't.

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Old 01-19-2016, 09:07 AM   #20
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Picked up our new 2016 Precept 31ul. My driveway has a small slope but when I extend the hydraulic jacks to level, the front tires come off the ground by about three inches. Should I be leveling with jack pads under the tires?
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