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Old 06-19-2015, 02:43 PM   #11
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First of all, we don't use our fresh water tank, so I don't know much about this. But I'm wondering, and hoping to learn something here as we are planning a 2-night dry camp, why you wouldn't want to fill at home with water quality you can be sure of. If the additional 400# or so are within your TV's tow capacity what difference would it make? Gas mileage difference would be negligible I think, the wind drag of the trailer being the primary factor there.
The gas mileage impact is quite severe. 400 extra pounds that has to be accelerated and dragged up every single hill! Then the inertia has to be burned off using the brakes. The extra 45-50# of tongue weight has to be accounted for as well.


Throw in the fact that the sloshing water will exit the overflow tube. So you spend the extra gas to haul 50 gallons up the hill. Seven to ten of it spills out as you brake going down the opposite side.

Those day are officially over for us.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:49 PM   #12
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Okay, thanks for the responses. We're off to a local state park in a few days.
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:45 PM   #13
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I have an 80 gallon fresh water tank. The fuel mileage difference with a diesel is 1 mpg. I would expect a gaser to suffer a bit more. One option that has worked well for me is flying j fuel stations. Many of them have RV dump stations with fresh water fills. I purchased the good Sam membership with which you can get a discount at flying j. It's only $5 to dump and/or fill water.
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I have an 80 gallon fresh water tank.
That tank of water weighs 668 pounds, more than a quarter ton of extra weight.
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That tank of water weighs 668 pounds, more than a quarter ton of extra weight.
On the other hand, if you plan to boondock and are unsure of where you can get water along the way, maybe it is more like 668 pounds of necessary supplies.
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My sticker say 711# added, don't forget the 6 gallons of water in the HW.
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We have yet to encounter a State Park that did not have a FRESH WATER SPICKET. We use the Camco slip on hose connector. Works great! You can get them on Amazon.

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We have yet to encounter a State Park that did not have a FRESH WATER SPICKET. We use the Camco slip on hose connector. Works great! You can get them on Amazon.
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Have one in the 'just in case' storage tub.

Our tentative plans for July include a few weeks in CO. Generally, we plan to alternately pay (dump tanks, fill FW, & charge batteries) for a night and then boondock for 3 or 4.

BTW, CO gets $7 daily fee to enter a state park (to dump or take on water requires camping), $10 reservation fee (July is peak season), plus $20 & up camping fee; bottom line ~$37 & up for one night in a state park.
Hauling the water along between boondocking sites will be cheaper for us, even in the mountains of CO.
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Thanks Everyone

I did call the state park and they do have a place to fill the tank with fresh water. We never cook with or drink the water (we use bottled water for that) but I was concerned about having water for the bathroom and maybe to wash dishes. This will be our first trip through mountains with anything heavier than a pop up and since our fresh water would weigh 400 lbs we don't want to have that much extra weight. We will be able to dump at the park also so hopefully it will all work out 😀
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Have one in the 'just in case' storage tub.

Our tentative plans for July include a few weeks in CO. Generally, we plan to alternately pay (dump tanks, fill FW, & charge batteries) for a night and then boondock for 3 or 4.

BTW, CO gets $7 daily fee to enter a state park (to dump or take on water requires camping), $10 reservation fee (July is peak season), plus $20 & up camping fee; bottom line ~$37 & up for one night in a state park.
Hauling the water along between boondocking sites will be cheaper for us, even in the mountains of CO.
yes, we travel quite a bit and know when we are back in Colorado by the tourist trap prices both for public lands and private businesses. Colorado takes tourists granted.
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