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Old 08-13-2015, 02:38 PM   #11
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We have a White Hawk DSRE and we travel with our fresh water tank full. There have been so many times that the water you get across the country is horrible to drink and there have been times it smelled worse than it taste. As far as the weight I can't tell any difference in handling or fuel mileage.
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Old 08-14-2015, 08:57 AM   #12
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I have towed with fresh tank full once or twice, but most of the spots we go have water available. When I am planning on towing with full fresh, I connect the two overflow hoses together with a smaller hose that fits inside the overflow hoses. This prevents siphoning while driving which can deplete your water in a big way. Just remember to remove the joiner before you start using the water or the tank may develop a negative pressure inside.
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Old 08-15-2015, 04:20 PM   #13
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Edd505, thanks, I will post when we get home, I am hoping that the visitors center water that is at the Sugarland visitors center at Elkmont will have fairly good water.. we usually carry enough drinking and coffee water with us using filtered water... My guess is that our water tanks will be mainly for washing the dish's, Hot water tank and the shower. With our TT, 82 gallons is alot, I guess we could fill it half way up but I don't really want to drive the trip with water on board if they have water at the vistors center.

What about when you leave and have a lot of fresh water on board, what is the etiquette in dumping the water from your tanks before leaving? I'm not sure about dumping 50 gallons of water at the campsite.. or even at the dump station using the low point drains.. I also don't think dumping as you drive along the road is a good idea.... so, what do you suggest?

I'm probably being more paranoid than I need to be, were only boon docking for 3 nights 4 days.... LOL
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Old 08-15-2015, 04:25 PM   #14
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David, maybe I misunderstood you, did you say you haven't filled your tanks in 3 years? If that's the case and maybe someone already said it, before your trip, you should probably sanitize the water tanks.
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:00 PM   #15
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We have a White Hawk DSRE and we travel with our fresh water tank full. There have been so many times that the water you get across the country is horrible to drink and there have been times it smelled worse than it taste. As far as the weight I can't tell any difference in handling or fuel mileage.
Daveki this is correct some waters terrible I carry 3 gallon refillable to drink and there's always a water fill stations, Wal-mart. I keep a small amount in the tanks 1/4 -1/3 for flushing and washing to my destination. Have a great trip.
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Camping Couple, We plan to fill the tanks on Monday and sanitize it.. One suggestion was to pour in a half a gallon of clorex and then flush it.. we will have the time to do that before we go.... but I do plan to run empty (or pretty much empty). I do have a bottle of camco water fresh that they use 1 oz per 20 gallons so, I"ll use 4 or 5 oz when we fill it.

Edd, 505, I have a 2 1/2 gallon table top water jug with spout which I will fill, I have 6ea 3/4 gallon filtered water jugs and another 4or 5 gallon jugs we will carry... that will be for cooking and coffee.

Needless to say I think we should be fine, I am really interested on how the 2 new Trojan 105 golf cart batteries will hold up.. I believe it should more than fine for our use... from the look of the weather we will not be turning on any heat this trip unless I cook a pan of brownies :-).
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Half gallon of Clorox bleach is quite a bit. I've heard 1/4 cup for every 15 gallons of fresh water. It will take quite a while to flush that much chlorine bleach out of the system.
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Half gallon of Clorox bleach is quite a bit. I've heard 1/4 cup for every 15 gallons of fresh water. It will take quite a while to flush that much chlorine bleach out of the system.
X2 on what he said. 1/4 c. per 15 gals H2O is the standard.
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David... best to sanitize the system the day before you plan to leave. it does take several hours for the chlorine to do its job, and then you have to drain, re-fill and flush lines. then drain again. n it is a time consuming process. i always travel with full fresh tanks as you never know the quality of water at your destination. Also, just because the water at the destination (even if perfectly fine to the locals) may have different "bugs" than your home water, you may still get the dreaded "2 step". (cant get 2 steps from the potty).
as for the overflows, put a shutoff valve on them to stop the siphoning issue.
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Ok, now that sounds better... 1/4 cup per 15 gallons, so 80 gallons would be just a one and a quarter cups....... perhaps I had read something wrong or the other person was trying to get something out .... but I'll go with the 1/4 cup per 15 gallon rate...

Northern Jay, we leave Tuesday morning, we will probably fill the tank with the chlorine today at some point and let it sit all day, then flush the system and I do realize it's going to take time.. our gray tanks are pretty clean and empty. so I can always run the pump in the trailer and let some of it run in to the gray tanks (can't hurt). WE have 2 low point drains which will speed up the dumping process and we live out on a farm and won't have a problem dumping the fresh water even with the little bit of chlorine it won't hurt anything.

Again, at the campground just out of Gatlinburg the visitors center has the dump and water fill, I can dump the gray tank while filing the fresh water tanks.. Again, I don't plan on driing the water in the fresh water tanks.... I'd just rather not tow with the tanks full if I don't have to.

Thanks folks for all the help I sure do appreciate it... were looking forward to the first boondocking experience... it should be fun...
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