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Old 07-13-2019, 04:44 PM   #1
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Fresh water tank

Hello all

I live in California and we had a decent sized earthquake recently. Thinking about filling the fresh water tank for storage in case the big one hits. How often should I drain the fresh water so it doesn’t got bad? Is there something I could add to water to prolong this time?

On a related note, any issues with traveling with a full freshwater tank? I am going dry camping soon.


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Old 07-13-2019, 05:37 PM   #2
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What are you filling it with? If you fill it with potable tap water it is chlorinated, in most civilized areas of the world It would be good for several days minimum. As for traveling - I never travel with full water tanks, Pods have known axle and weight issues. Personally even that 300 lbs to me is a risk. Just me. Too many sources of potable water when traveling. I own a 178 and a full water tank (tank in rear) definitely adds to sway. IMHO. Happy trails.

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Old 07-14-2019, 04:50 PM   #3
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Let me offer some facts. RPods have had issues with bent axles, tank supporting rails pulling away from the main frame rails and stock C rated tire failures. To alleviate this I never overload or pull a heavy trailer, I bolted my tank cross rails to the main frame rails and I upgraded to D rated tires..

Using my 2015 178 as an example it came with 14" C rated tires. As with the majority of RPods it has a 3500# Dexter or Lippert axle. The dry weight is 2648, cargo carrying capacity is 1092. It comes with a warning to include you water tank levels in that weight. I never travel with contents in black or gray tanks and I keep FW tank level to minimum to use while traveling. A full load of FW (tank and water heater) is 36 gals, that's 300 pounds. A third of your total capacity in my case. Personally I can think of many things I would rather haul than water. I truly believe that monitoring your weights, not hauling heavy and the right tire ratings have led to NO significant towing issues.
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