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Old 02-24-2011, 08:57 AM   #11
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Our TV is a late 2007 Silverado 1500 with the 4.8L engine, HD suspension, trailer towing package and 3.42 axle. Mostly we will be towing in flat territory, maybe some small rolling hills. The elevation is about 1000 ft above sea level. Southern Ontario, Michigan and NY State region.
Some of the camping we will do is at parks with electric hook-up but no water or sewer. They typically have a remote dumping station, and I'm not sure about potable fresh water filling station. For this reason, I thought we would fill up water at home, plus that way, you know what you're drinking. Then I started thinking about the weight and sloshing effects.....hmmm.

There are some State Parks here that have no water hookups at the site but have potable water spigots available in the park. What we do in that case would be to fill up the tank upon arrival, and bring our own drinking water. We always bring drinking water anyway, the DW won`t drink CG water. -Lee
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:54 AM   #12
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we are getting a 2011 23 fb which is the same layout as yours. i asked where the water tanks were in the trailer and the dealer said they are placed right over the axles.
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we are getting a 2011 23 fb which is the same layout as yours. i asked where the water tanks were in the trailer and the dealer said they are placed right over the axles.
Thanks - that would be a good location for the water tanks. I will check with the dealer here to see if our 22-FB has the same location.
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Welcome to the Jayco Owners FOrum David.... hope all your questions can be answered here.... post a pic when you can!
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:41 PM   #15
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Be aware that fresh water siphons out of some Jayco TT fresh water tanks. We had a 2007 and a 2010 that lost water during towing due to wind blowing across the overflow hoses on the fresh water tanks. Our dealer fixed this problem under warranty.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:37 PM   #16
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Be aware that fresh water siphons out of some Jayco TT fresh water tanks. We had a 2007 and a 2010 that lost water during towing due to wind blowing across the overflow hoses on the fresh water tanks. Our dealer fixed this problem under warranty.
Just curious. What did they do to fix the problem?

I was losing sometimes up to several gallons of water through the overflow due to sloshing of the water and/or tilting of the trailer just traveling from where I filled the tank to when I got it leveled in the campsite. I solved the problem by clamping the overflow hose with a pair of Lisle 23000 hose pinch-off pliers after I filled the tank. Then I remove the pliers once the trailer is set up.
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Most all trailers will loose a little water due to slosh. When you look at how much you loose compared to how much you carry is is a very small amount.
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Most all trailers will loose a little water due to slosh. When you look at how much you loose compared to how much you carry is is a very small amount.
That's true, but I was losing more than "a very small amount"- like a gallon or more. According to the Jayco brochure, our FWT holds 36 gallons and that's more than "a very small amount" in my opinion. In fact, there have been occasions where I lost so much water that after I parked, the guage would read 2/3 instead of full. The FWT is under our bed (See picture below). The entire tank is visible and I can easily view the amount of water it currently contains. When completely full, the water touches the top of the tank in places. I can also see where the water is in relation to the sensors inside the tank. There have been times when the water level was an inch or more below the top of the tank.



What aggravates the problem is an unlevel surface when you fill the tank. If the overflow tube is on the low side, You'll never get the tank to fill completely. Please note that my solution might not work if your overflow tube is loacted in an inaccessible or inconvenient location.

The Lisle 23000 Hose Pincher (see picture below) is effective in preventing precious water from escaping from the FWT when you're moving your RV. It retails for $10.95 and is an inexpensive solution to an annoying problem- and, no, I'm not associated with Lisle in any way. There are similar tools available from other manufacturers. It's just that this is what I bought... and it works. Please note that my solution might not work if your overvlow tube is in an inaccessible or inconvenient location.

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Plenty of good info from everyone. Thanks, it all helps.

I have confirmed that one park we have booked into, has no fill station. So either we take water in the FWT, or take our chances that we can fill there from a spigot meant for tenters. The question will be if the water hose will attach to the spigot. I think my plan will be to try towing there with water in the FWT, and I will take precautions agains siphoning out the vent.

This brings another question; if the water taken on board happens to be "hard" water, could there be issues with lime build-up. My guess would be the water heater would be most vulnerable, with only minimal impact on the rest of the plumbing. Here at home, our city has a lake water supply, so is very "soft" water.
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Bad water is the reason that lots of people use a plug with a rod attached to prevent electrolosis. Just be sure to flush the hot water tank when you get home.
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