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Old 01-27-2016, 09:00 AM   #31
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Depends on campground for us. Going 200 miles to Lake Superior north shore (Grand Marais City Park) we travel w/o FW as the site we always reserve has decent water. But going to many Wisconsin state parks we fill up before leaving home, as seems to take a long time to fill at the dump stations where the potable water is & sometimes cannot get in there easily due to others dumping or filling.
Also several times a year I check straps holding FW tank and so far no indication of any issues there.

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Old 01-31-2016, 04:39 PM   #32
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Full freshwater travel

My dealer filled mine before I left the lot. I didnt question him... Is it ok??
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:06 PM   #33
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When mine was new the dealer filled it up for the pdi. I didn't realize it until I got home.
We don't need to carry water except for a flush or three during a rest stop so that's all I carry.
A full tank of water only adds to the fuel cost especially if you don't need it.
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We carry enough to flush and wash hands while on the road. We're not boondockers so we don't need the water. Before deciding yes/no, I'd suggest a visit to the CAT Scale with full tanks to see what it does to your weight. Water's pretty heavy and you could be over the 5th's GVWR or over your TV's Rear GAWR.
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:49 PM   #35
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Water weighs about 83 lbs per 10 gallons. Travel trailers carrying 40 gallons will carry over 330lbs.
I am interested in the sloshing of a partially filled tank. Sounds like either fill it or keep it empty.
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:49 PM   #36
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My tanks are empty during travel. Definitely not lugging an extra 650lbs down the road. During travel, we use the facilities when we refuel or at a rest stop. The only thing I don't like about my F-250 is the 26 gallon fuel tank and @12 mpg towing, the range is only about 220 miles before it's screaming at me to give it some fuel. Even I can go 3.3 hours before I have to pee. Unless I forgot to go at the previous stop.
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:57 PM   #37
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My dealer filled mine before I left the lot. I didnt question him... Is it ok??
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My fresh water tanks are full about 1/2 the time: When headed to a boondocking site FW are full (but my black and grey tanks are empty); leaving a boondocking site FW are close to empty (but my black and grey are close to full).
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:22 PM   #38
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Since the OP asked this question back in June of 2015, I assume he's made his decision on whether to travel with full tanks or not.

Based on the answers, it appears there is no harm in hauling with FW tanks full. Some claim a better smoother ride, others claim it wastes gasoline pulling that extra weight. Looks like anyone can do either and be happy.

About a page ago, this thread got resurrected for some reason.
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:51 AM   #39
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I only do it for short distances. I research the nearest potable water to a potential dry camp- fill n travel the 5-10-15 miles full. Have never on a freeway. I'm towing 5K w a half/ton so I'm always worried bout weight.
With all the phone apps these days (Allstays/sanidumps etc) you can always find potable water a few miles from your destination- means driving long distance fully loaded kinda silly.
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