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Old 06-18-2015, 07:46 PM   #1
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Dry Camping Question

Any tips for filling the fresh water tank at the site? We don't want to tow with water in the tank and we are not sure the state park will have water anywhere for us to fill it with. We know our site is electric only.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:50 PM   #2
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I would be very surprised for a state park not to have a water fill station; but to be sure there must be a park office you could call.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:54 PM   #3
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You've got too many problems.
1) Water source
2) transfer from an unknown supply into you FW tank.

Solve problem #1 first and foremost. Call the campground and ask if they have running water so you can fill up on the way in. If not, you will have to spend lots of fuel hauling your home's water the whole way.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:12 PM   #4
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Get one of these, it will make the job easier..
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:49 PM   #5
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I would highly suggest sanitizing your water system / tank before you venture out but then filtering the water you are putting in your tank. If it comes from a pressurized source, you can buy one of these Hydralife filters which mitigates some bad chemicals and bacteria that exist in water sources, particularity from unknown sources. I dry camp at Nascar races and see those cruddy water trucks driving around filling RV tanks, you don't know what was in those trucks before they were haulin water, just sayin. I'm definitely red neck but when it comes to water, never trust or take for granted its pure enough to drink or putting into my RV.


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Old 06-18-2015, 10:24 PM   #6
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Also if you use your toilet, be sure to use RV paper. When your not moving, and don't have access to water to flush your tank you are just asking for problems. I am hooked to sewer and water, and each time I dump I am amazed how long I have to leave the tank flush on to get clear water with no residual paper being flushed. I can only imagine getting pumped out or using a dump station with no way to use the black tank flush, as to how much residuals are left to harden in the tank. Sadly you won't know it for a long time, but when it clogs you will have major issues.


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Old 06-18-2015, 11:27 PM   #7
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Also if you use your toilet, be sure to use RV paper. When your not moving, and don't have access to water to flush your tank you are just asking for problems. I am hooked to sewer and water, and each time I dump I am amazed how long I have to leave the tank flush on to get clear water with no residual paper being flushed. I can only imagine getting pumped out or using a dump station with no way to use the black tank flush, as to how much residuals are left to harden in the tank. Sadly you won't know it for a long time, but when it clogs you will have major issues.


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When I dry camp and have no way to use my black tank flush, I will drain my black tank, then pump it with new water to 1/3 full(and add a deodorizer) and then when I drive home the water will slosh around and clean/ break down any leftovers in the tank..then dump it at the start of my next trip..
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:32 AM   #8
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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.
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Hilly terrain, stopping power, and questionable trailer tires are all reasons to keep the tank dry. I've towed mine with the tank full of water, but now that my tires are three years old and have a lot of idle time on them, I might talk myself into changing them again (had one separate in the sidewall previously) to be safer on the highway. I've got a single axle X17Z, so I worry about failed tires a lot.
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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.
You do notice the difference between empty and full water tanks. I always put some water in my tank at home for emergency bathroom use or a lunch stop at the side of the road.

My dad has about 200 feet of freshwater hose and multiple adapter to use a campgrounds to fill his tank. I purchased a 6gal plastic Gerry can and refill my tank 6 gals at a time. I have never had to add more than 24 gal for any trip we have been on. Depending on the length of the trip, I will fill before I leave.
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