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Old 05-20-2014, 10:59 PM   #1
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17Z Fresh Water Tanks. Full or Empty?

hi all,
I just picked up my new-to-me 2012 Jayco 17z tonight.



I'm just wondering what everyone does, when it comes to the fresh water tank on the 17z when they camp.

I typically camp WITHOUT water hookups at my State Park campsites. But, I'd still like to be able to use water to wash hands, rinse dishes, shower, brush teeth, use the toilet, etc. I'm OK with drinking bottled water, and not the tap water.

My buddy, and former owner of my 17Z, never filled the fresh water tank, since they only camped at campsites with water/hose hookup.

What do you do with the fresh water tanks, if you don't camp with water hookups?
1. Fill up at home, and haul the water.(aka: added weight) (even though you might exceed weight rating)
2. Fill up at the campsite. (I don't know how this works. Where do you get the water from? Sit in line and wait to fill up somewhere?)

3. Other??

Thanks in advance for the feedback to a newbie.
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:50 PM   #2
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You don't want all that extra weight going down the road.
Normally in the dump station area in the campground is a fresh water hydrant off to the side to fill up your tanks, but don't use the one next to the crapper hole it's to wash out your black water tank. Or in the campground in between the camp sites you will find a hydrant that you can use, you will need a long filler hose or stop on the road by it. But they have the auto off handles so it takes two people one to hold it open and one at the camper to hit the hole
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:10 AM   #3
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You don't want all that extra weight going down the road.
Normally in the dump station area in the campground is a fresh water hydrant off to the side to fill up your tanks, but don't use the one next to the crapper hole it's to wash out your black water tank. Or in the campground in between the camp sites you will find a hydrant that you can use, you will need a long filler hose or stop on the road by it. But they have the auto off handles so it takes two people one to hold it open and one at the camper to hit the hole
X2. Make sure you sanitize and rinse your tank & water lines several times before you fill them. Several threads on here about doing that. Always use a potable water hose (not a garden hose) for filling your tank. I use a blue hose-end filter on the end of the hose when filling and water tastes great. I keep it in the refrigerator between fill ups, to help retard the growth of bacteria. At most State Parks, etc., the green water hydrant is the fresh (drinking) water, and the red hydrant is for flushing your black tank. The dirty little secret is, they both come from the same well, and both have back-flow preventers. You just don't want to insert a hose into your fresh water system that's been used for black tank flushing.

As for hauling water, I generally haul with a few gallons in the FW tank, just for flushing the toilet & washing hands during travel. It's also come in handy a couple of times when the CG fill station was either down, or too busy. I was able to overnight with what I was carrying. To be honest, a full tank of water in your unit would only weigh about 120 lbs. (about the weight of an extra person). It won't affect your gas mileage much (if at all), but with your limited CCC, I can understand your not wanting to travel with a full tank.

A ton of people here on The Forum have X17Z's. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. Someone's sure to come up with an answer.

Enjoy your camping adventures!
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:16 PM   #4
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I've pull it with the fresh water tank empty and tank full; didn't see any difference in how it towed, gas mileage, etc. The 17Z can hold 28.5 gal of water (including 6 gal in the water heater). 28.5 x 8.33lb/gal = 237.4 lbs, so it does cut into your CCC. Generally I fill the tank to about 1/2 for restroom stops when travelling.
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I typically carry 1/3 tank of fresh water when travelling and have carried up to 1/2 tank and sanitize it before each trip. I never, ever put water from an unknown source into the tank. I only fill it from home.
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We don't carry water on the road. We fill up at the campground. It only takes a few moments and it saves carrying the extra weight.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:43 PM   #7
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next stupid question...

how do you fill the fresh water tank?
Stick in the white hose into fresh water tank, and turn on water spigot?
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next stupid question...

how do you fill the fresh water tank?
Stick in the white hose into fresh water tank, and turn on water spigot?
Yes, put hose in fresh water hole and fill until water comes out. Just don't hook up to city water connection.
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Yes, get one of these, works great...http://valterra.com/product/quick-fi.../?pcat_id=1227
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We have a well on our home property that has great tasting water. So if we are traveling under 4 hours or so, we'll top off the fresh water with our well water. That said, on a long weekend, we'll also end up re-filling with the CG water, as we will this Memorial Day weekend. We tote along several empty 7 gallon water jugs and using a electric water pump we refill the 46 gallon fresh water tank. We never hesitate to take showers and use our fresh water tank to drink from.
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