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Old 06-25-2015, 04:24 PM   #1
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Safe to travel with full fresh water tank?

So I've heard some people tell me it's a bad idea to travel with a full fresh water tank due to extra stress while moving down the highway/over large bumps etc. Does anyone regularly travel with a full tank? Has anyone had any issue doing so? I have a 15' 26BHS.

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Old 06-25-2015, 04:29 PM   #2
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So I've heard some people tell me it's a bad idea to travel with a full fresh water tank due to extra stress while moving down the highway/over large bumps etc. Does anyone regularly travel with a full tank? Has anyone had any issue doing so? I have a 15' 26BHS.

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We never travel with a full tank. No reason to carry the extra weight. Unless you cap the tank overflow tubes you will probably only have a 1/2 tank when you get to your destination.
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We never travel with a full tank. No reason to carry the extra weight. Unless you cap the tank overflow tubes you will probably only have a 1/2 tank when you get to your destination.
We don't usually either, but we're heading to a place with hand pumps wells only....
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I travel with full FW tank all the time. Never had an issue at all. (Other than a siphoning problem that has been addressed).
I prefer to travel with my own water as you don't always know the water quality where you are headed. TV is capable of the extra weight, and nobody gets to have excellent fuel economy when towing.
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Personally, I do not travel with a full fresh water tank as I don't need the extra weight and I do not trust the tank strap construction. I have read a couple of posts here that people have had issues traveling with a full fresh water tank.

I never had any problem filling the tank once arriving at my destination.
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We have always traveled with our FW tank full. (Since 1976) We have never had any problem at all, no matter what brand and never any siphoning. You never know how the water taste across the country. Plus we notice no measurable different in truck fuel mileage whether the FW tank is full or empty. We have have plenty of truck so pretty much I don't care about the extra weight.
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I travel with mine full and have never had an issue. I did put shutoff valves on the overflow tubes to stop water from sloshing out of the tanks. We like the convenience of having water all the time and we use it when travelling. Washing up, using the toilet, I even take showers when needed. I've never had a problem doing this although I have read where others have. Don't notice the extra weight at all. Just make sure you drain the tanks for the winter and sanitize before filling in the Spring.
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I travel with full tanks about 50% of the time, basically if we are going somewhere that I am not 100% confident of the water source. Have not had an issue with the tanks, nor can I detect any change in towing characteristics of fuel economy.

The flimsy straps on the bottom of the FW tank were to hold in place while the top brackets were installed. Those brackets are designed to support the full tank in motion. However I still replaced the straps with heavy gauge steel supports, just in case.
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You could always run a piece of 2x2" angle iron across the underside of the tank and bolt it to the lower flange on the frame.


JMO but if the fresh water tank can't hold a full load while traveling then what does that tell you about the rest of the trailer?
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:28 PM   #10
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I just traveled this past weekend for the first time with full (80gal) FW tanks, and honestly, it never towed better! The extra tongue weight seemed to make it much more stable. I think I am going to keep some water in the tanks from now on.
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