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Old 04-13-2015, 12:39 PM   #1
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When to fill/empty tanks

So I'm getting ready to take my Jayfeather 165 out for the first time this weekend. My question is, should I fill up the water tank before I leave, or should I tow it empty and fill it up once I get there? Also, how do I drain the water I don't use at the end of the trip?
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:49 PM   #2
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When you fill your tanks is strictly a personal thing. If I'm going somewhere close by (within 25 miles), I usually fill up at home, because I know the water is clean and odor free - and because it takes time to fill up at the campground. But given that water weighs 8.2 pounds per gallon, my 80 gallons of fresh water weighs over 650 pounds. So if the water is good at a campground, I wait to fill it there. It only takes about 15 minutes, if there isn't a line. The tanks and support straps are built to haul water - some people go boondocking and there is no water available at the destination.

So it depends on whether you want to haul the water, considering fuel economy, handling, and trudging up hills with full tanks (unless you have a diesel - then you can easily pull uphill, no matter what!).
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:19 PM   #3
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X2 what Mike said.
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I only visit campgrounds with water (and power) so no need for me to carry water. But I still carry a little bit, just in case I need to flush.

Full tank takes about 13-15 min to fill - I fill only 2-3 min, for the road.

Not mentioned but before your first trip you may consider flushing it - then sanitize it. Then flush it again.
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We generally travel with full tanks. Never had a problem doing so and it is nice to know we have water if needed.
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:41 PM   #6
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I don't like to wait in line, so I fill my fresh tank before leaving home, and I empty the black and gray tanks after I return home. I thoroughly flush the black tank every time I empty it. I usually let the water hose run on the tank flush about 20-30 minutes.
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Typically I fill when I get to the CG. When checking in ask where best to fill up.

To drain, there is a low point valve, typically on the road side of the unit. typically it is cheap white plastic valve, with a clear hose between it and the water tank.

As for the Black tank, before going to the dump station add lots of water, like 3/4+ tank full. It will make flushing the tank easier. After flushing the tank, depending on the tank sizes add a couple gallons of water.
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Typically I fill when I get to the CG. When checking in ask where best to fill up.

To drain, there is a low point valve, typically on the road side of the unit. typically it is cheap white plastic valve, with a clear hose between it and the water tank.

As for the Black tank, before going to the dump station add lots of water, like 3/4+ tank full. It will make flushing the tank easier. After flushing the tank, depending on the tank sizes add a couple gallons of water.
x2 on the black tank dump.

As most everyone else said, the amount of water I travel with will depend on the length of the drive and the access to water on the other end.

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Old 04-14-2015, 10:50 PM   #9
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With the 165 you need to be aware of the cargo capacity. It isn't much. Its just a 3500lbs axle. Fully loaded for a week last week mine weighed 3180. Gray and black were empty. Water was about half. Just in case. Also what are you towing with. Empty with full propane and battery my tongue weight is 410lbs. Water will add to this, since the tank is as far forward as it can be. These trailers have a heavy tongue weight for their size, due to the rear placement of the axle. My Escape tongue weight was maxed out.
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Thanks for the info everyone. I've moved up from a pop up so most of this is new to me. Im sure I'll have more questions after my trip this weekend.

I'm pulling with a Ram 1500 diesel. Tongue weight, payload, etc isn't really an issue for me.
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