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Old 06-01-2014, 02:56 PM   #1
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Fresh Water Tank Full for Travel

Anyone fill their fresh water tank and then head out on the road? Will the tank brackets hold the weight?

Any thoughts are appreciated.

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Old 06-01-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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Not sure about how much your tank holds, but I have heard a few people address concerns about the added tongue weight. Water is a little over 8 pounds per gallon.
My fresh water tank is 48 gallons. That is 399 pounds of added weight according to the sticker on my camper. I don't fill mine. I will put about 10-12 gallons in it to have for emergency bathroom stops an just to have some in there once we get to where we are going.
In my feeble mind, the water is an unstable weight also. 400 pounds of firewood, bikes etc stays put. 400 pounds of water is sloshing around with every turn and bump in the road. May not really affect anything, but I just don't like to chance it.
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Old 06-01-2014, 04:10 PM   #3
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Empty before going home?

On Howie's point of the added weight. I assume one would want to (obviously) drain the gray and black water on departure but do you also drain the fresh water that is left over?
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Old 06-01-2014, 05:23 PM   #4
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On Howie's point of the added weight. I assume one would want to (obviously) drain the gray and black water on departure but do you also drain the fresh water that is left over?

I always travel with my tanks drained with the exception of the cold water heater. Crawl under your trailer and see how the tanks are "secured" to the belly of the trailer and you'll probably never travel with them full. Why haul water around when you can fill up with potable water at your destination??
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If I know there are water hookups at each site, I usually carry about 1/4 tank of water for use in an emergency. I have a 75 gallon fresh water tank so I don't like to fill it when traveling. However, if there aren't hookups at each site and I'm not traveling more than 40 or 50 miles, then I fill it up. I have witnessed some horrible experiences by friends who fill up at a state park campground, from muddy well water to smelly sulfuric water. I'm not willing to take a chance on state park water systems.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:12 PM   #6
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Fresh Water Tank Full for Travel

The tanks are made to be filled and travel with. If your tow vehicle can handle the extra weight it should not be a problem. I do not fill mine all the time, but I do on some trips that are close and I want to be able to pull in and be setup. Lots of people do not camp in campgrounds so they haul water every time they travel without any issues.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:25 PM   #7
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Thanks for the answers so far. With a full tank I would have 188lbs added to the weight just ahead of the axle.

I am just not sure of the screws and metal flange that hold the tank on the trailer! I don't think a partial tank is way I would go given the "slosh" factor.

I am thinking of traveling full tank and wondered what the experience was out there.
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We're on our 4th trailer in total (2 pop-ups, large TT, and now X23B). I would estimate a couple hundred trips and 95% of the time traveled with full water tank. We almost always camp at State Parks, convenience and water quality are the determining factor for us. With the pop-ups, the trailers traveled better with the extra weight, larger TT was too heavy to make a noticeable difference, and we've only been out in the X23B 3 times so far. I have an 8 foot bed in my truck, so most of the heavy stuff goes in the truck; payload for the camper is never an issue.
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Usually we travel with around 10 gal in the tank. If we are boon docking or going where the water is really bad we fill the tank at home.
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We love the water from our home well and always take off from home with a full tank when headed into a favorite remote CG.

Your Jayco TT is designed to travel with a full water tank.

The only time we do NOT, is if we know we are going to a KOA type camp site with full hook ups. We usually boondock unless we are headed cross country.
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I would agree with mcfarmall once you have see how the tanks are installed you would not fill them. Having said that many do it and are ok. I don't take the chance or want the extra weight.
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It is fine to travel with a full tank. That is what they are made for, and are designed to do it. 95% of my camping is boondocking, so I have to carry a full tank. It's never been a problem. Do a search on all the different RV forums and see how many people have had a problem caused by a full tank. Good luck, because you won't find many actual problems from it. Just lots of people who are afraid and don't think you should, with nothing to back up those fears. There is a lot of engineering that goes into the size and placement of these tanks, as well as how they are mounted. Fill it up and fear not.
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Sometimes when we head out for the weekend, we don't always know where we'll end up. Most cg's in my area are first come first serve. So I fill the tank in case we end up in a site that does not have water. I have 80 gallons of fresh water. I notice a difference when towing, but i think they are designed to carry the weight.

If i don't need the water, i drain it before the ride home.
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Thank you everyone for your input.

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