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Old 04-21-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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Traveling with full holding tanks

I am new to travel trailers so this may sound like a dumb question. I was told by a guy at work that it is not good to fill the water tank at home and travel down the road with it? He told me to make sure I always fill the water tank when I get to the CG. He said that the weight and water sloshing around is not good for them. Is there any validity to this? I didn't think it would be a problem.

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Old 04-21-2013, 11:11 AM   #2
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I would say no problem travelling with full tanks. If they are full they don't slosh around anyways. I pull my low point drains when I leave. I don't want to give bad advise but I see no issue whatsoever travelling with water in your tanks. That is what they are for. I would prefer to get water from a water source I am confident with.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:13 AM   #3
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Joe,

The more important concern of towing with a tank filled is the effect it may have on the loaded TT tongue weight. If the TV/TT combination has been set-up (weights, WDH adjustment, etc.) based on empty tanks, then depending on the particular tank location (front/rear of TT axles) it may add/remove weight from the TT tongue weight thus possibly effecting TV handling characteristics of the TT.

Best way to confirm the effect is a visit to the local CAT scale: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...igh-Your-tt-tv

Traveling with a few gallons of water in the fresh water tank should be fine for those occasional stops along the way.

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Old 04-21-2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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Joe,

The more important concern of towing with a tank filled is the effect it may have on the loaded TT tongue weight. If the TV/TT combination has been set-up (weights, WDH adjustment, etc.) based on empty tanks, then depending on the particular tank location (front/rear of TT axles) it may add/remove weight from the TT tongue weight thus possibly effecting TV handling characteristics of the TT.

Best way to confirm the effect is a visit to the local CAT scale: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...igh-Your-tt-tv

Traveling with a few gallons of water in the fresh water tank should be fine for those occasional stops along the way.

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X2 i had to tow mine with full black tanka couple months ago. Set my wdh at the same settings as i always do and took off. When i hit the freeway i could feel the difference had to stop and readjust.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:04 PM   #5
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It depends on where you are camping, most of mine is boon-docking. I have to take my water with me and travel back with the black and grey partially filled. I don't notice any difference pulling with my F350 diesel. The advantage of traveling empty would be the pulling less weight.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:24 PM   #6
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I have a smaller TT....Fresh Water 16 gal + HW Heater 6 gal + Gray Water 15 gal + Black Water 9 gal = 46 gallon capacity x 8.34 lbs (per gallon) = 384lbs potential fluid weight (trailer load capacity 600lbs) / 85% of all water weight is on the drivers side of my TT. I avoid traveling with any excess / potentially shifting weightload at all cost.

My dealer didn't recommend it considering all the factors of my set-up / rig.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:27 PM   #7
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My Skylark is 3,000 lbs empty and dry. The GVW is 3,500 if I fill the tank before I go I would go over the weight limit.
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Lot of good advice here. If the tank(s) are FULL, the water will not slosh around and push you down and around the road. Partial tanks are your primary problem. For example my fresh water tank is between the axles and below the floor. I do not even notice a difference if they are full or empty. Now my parentís last TT, the tank was under their bed near the rear wall. If there was water in that tank, it was scary driving, as there was not enough tongue weight. Their trailer before that had the tank up front on the street side and again it did not matter if it was full or empty.

It may take some trial and errors and determinations if your WDH needs to be tuned for transporting full tanks, or if your TT will even allow it.

Personally if I can I avoid transporting any more water than necessary.
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Re: Traveling with full holding tanks

Great advice! Thank you all so much for taking the time to offer your valuable input.

What is WDH?
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WDH = Weight distributing hitch. I had water in mine when we took our vacation last summer from Kansas to California. Never noticed a difference either way.
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