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Old 06-07-2014, 12:25 PM   #11
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I only keep about 5 gallons in my tank just enough so we can use the bathroom if we need to.

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Old 06-07-2014, 03:06 PM   #12
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So if you dry camp and leave home with empty fresh tanks , where do you get your fresh when you reach the camping spot ????

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Old 06-07-2014, 04:12 PM   #13
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That may be true, however if the tank were to break loose and someone following your rig hit it and killed themselves or others, guess who'd be named in the lawsuit? Sadly that's the world we live in. It would probably fall under the 'unsecured cargo' clause of the law. (no pun intended!)
You might very well be named in the lawsuit, but you won't be found guilty of anything and your insurance will defend you and supply a team of lawyers. In your example of the tank breaking loose and killing some one -- which is not likely to happen, and to my knowledge has never happened -- you may be named but Jayco would quickly become the defendant not you. Even the most frivolous lawsuit goes after the deepest pockets and I doubt that is the driver.

@ McFarmall I am not picking on you, and in general I think you contribute very good information; but these type of unsubstantiated claims of lawsuits, death and destruction have no place in these forums. If you personally had that experience then by all means share it, but to simply scare someone into not using their RV in a manner its designed to be used because "you" don't think its built well enough is shameful. This question isn't from someone trying to exceed mfg published specs, or use something in a manner that it wasn't intended -- he is asking about using the TT in a manner it was designed to be used and in turn you warn he may kill someone and be sued.

OP, on several occasions I have towed my travel trailer with full 80+ gallons of fresh water on 200+ mile trips and had no issues. I regularly pull home with both the Grey and Black tanks full.

I personally would rather tow my trailer with 100% full tanks or 100% empty tanks opposed to partially full tanks. Having a "slack tank" allows that water weight to constantly be shifting which puts more force, especially lateral force, on the tanks and mounts than a full tank.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:27 PM   #14
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Clubhouse, no offense taken. It's just that after watching the news for so many years and seeing the ridiculous things that people get raked over the coals for, it kind of makes you think of the worst case scenario for everything... Maybe it would be a different case if Jayco had stated in their manual not to haul water in the tanks and you defied the warning.

However, Jayco nor any other manufacturer to my knowledge has ever issued any type of warning about full tanks.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:47 PM   #15
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To the OP: Don't know what trailer you have or are considering. The owners' manual for our WhiteHawk (in the plumbing section) expressly states not to travel with full waste tanks. I leave a couple gals. of water in the black tank after flushing to so I can add in tank chemical, some Calgon, and Dawn dish detergent. Was told by experienced RV'ers that do this it helps prevent or limit 'pyramid formation' and aids in keeping the tank level sensor free of......................accumulations.

As for traveling with a full FW tank, I have without problem, but generally don't because most of our camping is done with full hookups. I do share the concern some expressed regarding how well the tanks are installed, not to mention they are a blow molded polyethylene not a lot thicker than a gallon milk jug.
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:46 AM   #16
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If the destination has good water, we don't fill up at home. If they don't have water or if we don't know if they have water, we fill the FW before leaving the house. Never been an issue. The Black & Grey we dump before getting back to the house.

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Old 06-08-2014, 02:18 AM   #17
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I will fill the tank, before I get to the campsite. I live outside Vancouver, And all the camping I do Is in the interior of the province. I do not want to carry the water up the hills. We have lots of places to fill and dump.
I will leave some water in the black holding tank after I dump, after I put the chemical in.
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:35 AM   #18
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I always leave with full fresh water from home it is goes through the water softener and is better for the water heater and fixtures. A lot of the state parks are well water and could have lots of calcium or lime in the water. It is a white hawk but I have done this with a designer 5r eagle tt and a jay flight never lost a tank and have never noticed a huge gas mileage difference. And when traveling it is much easer to use your own bathroom verses a dirty service station or Micky ds.
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:09 PM   #19
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I am pulling up some very long hills, at best I can get the truck up to 50k and that is if I can get a good run at the hill. And that I am not stuck behind a commercial vehicle. Then I am down into 2nd gear.
So I do not want the extra weight behind me
We have a good rest area on the way to the interior. So going to washroom is ok, and it is a good stop to get the dog out. You can even stay the night, I have done it.
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:08 PM   #20
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We always have some fresh water with when in travel mode... Has not been an issue finding fresh water before we get to our off-road destination.

Start looking an hour or so before arriving.

We do alot of the Natl Forest areas and can usually find fresh water pretty easy somewhere along the main road going in.

I carry a 25-foot water hose with hand spigot which makes it easy to fill my fresh water tank.

I did it once from a McDonalds one time (with permission of course)...

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