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Old 06-25-2015, 08:33 PM   #11
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We used to run with full tanks. The extra fuel needed was annoying. This year we secured a water source near our campsite. No more hauling water 250 miles for us.
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:04 PM   #12
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Smaller trailers with less cargo capacity have a harder time doing this. My Baja has a 35g fw tank - with the 6g in the water heater that's 41g. If I fill it full that is almost 1/2 of my cargo capacity. Even though we tend to pack on the light side I think I'd be pushing the GVWR of the trailer if I ran with it full. So we currently run with about 10g in the tank so we have a reasonable amount to use while traveling between destinations.
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:18 PM   #13
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We frequently travel with a full tank (80 gallons). Water quality at many parks has a bad taste or smell, so we take our home supply with us. I have added shut off valves on the overflow tubes, and have added additional 2 inch steel strapping reinforcements on each of the two water tanks.

As some others have mentioned, my trailer hauls with more stability when it is loaded, and my gas mileage difference is pretty minimal. If you have lots of stop and go, it might affect gas mileage more. But once you get that additional 600+ pounds moving at highway speeds, it doesn't take that much to keep it going.
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:21 PM   #14
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I do not carry a full tank of water, there are just to many hills to go up and down out here. Do not need the extra weight

Camp fire band is coming in on Saturday at noon,
Why wait 3 days do it now.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:48 PM   #15
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that's 350+ lbs of extra weight...our tank is directly over the axels so im not worried about sway,,,just the added weight

Are the braces that hold the tank to the frame rated for full tank load?? just wondering

Ive been on 2 trips this year...neither had pressurized water
first trip I filled fresh tank at dump station
second trip I used a bucket, a jug, and a small submersible water pump with hose to fill it manually (this was actually quicker than the first)

next two trips we have full hook up (my preferred site)

last trip again we will need the pump and bucket, do it manually...took me 20 minutes last time...not bad
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I do when I have to. Not to worried about it. I also do #2 inside, watch TV and cook inside but I may not be right in the head.
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Old 06-26-2015, 02:05 PM   #17
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I do when I have to. Not to worried about it. I also do #2 inside, watch TV and cook inside but I may not be right in the head.
And just what is improper, anti-social, illegal or just plain wrong with using our RV's to their full potential?

Cook! TV! Use the head! Shower! Wash Dishes!

And Heaven Forbid, hold a conversation over the dinette table?

There must be a whole lot wrong with me! [No comments from the peanut gallery, TWP]
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I'll fill at home also if I need to and have noticed the extra stability from the extra weight. I'll usually have the tank 1/4 full though just to have water on the road or full if we aren't getting water hookups at our destination.

Certainly a lot easier to do if your TV is up for the extra weight though. I avoided a full tank with the old half ton if at all possible.
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I do when I have to. Not to worried about it. I also do #2 inside, watch TV and cook inside but I may not be right in the head.
And all of that is possible now with the addition of the Fantastic fan!
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Always travel With my fresh water tank full.I only boondock and refuse to fill my fw tank with water from a dump station.Nasty black waster residue all over those water spigots,no thanks!!!!
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