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Old 02-18-2012, 03:37 PM   #11
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Thanks guys. What's this world coming to when I cannot trust a commission salesperson.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:59 PM   #12
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i always carry at least 1/4 tank. i use to run dry but got cured of that when i pulled into a campground in Nebraska that lost the well shortly after i got set up. i also use water to flush with when i am on the road.
i won't argue with the bouncing but if it is fuel economy, u may be able to calculate it but u will never see it.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:55 PM   #13
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i always carry at least 1/4 tank. i use to run dry but got cured of that when i pulled into a campground in Nebraska that lost the well shortly after i got set up. i also use water to flush with when i am on the road.
i won't argue with the bouncing but if it is fuel economy, u may be able to calculate it but u will never see it.
Main reason I run dry isn't because of fuel economy. It's to reduce tongue weight. I fell the sloshing of a 1/4 tank is worse than a full tank. Less weight movement
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:01 AM   #14
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good point. never noticed any problems with the 5th wheel.
i've pulled with full black and gray tanks a couple times...but that was because i didn't have a place to dump. i like to keep those dry.
for years i pulled dry but that one incident still sticks in the back of my mind.
what happened is we hooked up then went to eat. when we got back, they had burnt up the well pump. it was the first and only time i have ever camped with all the services except water. bathhouse didn't have water either.
when i saw the aliens on the water tank, i should have been suspicious.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:52 PM   #15
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i don't feel any difference towing with or without water.
but, then, i'm no where near my tow max.

i specifically made sure i had a tow vehicle that could easily tow my trailer's GVWR. an extra 250lbs. of water doesn't make any difference.
we don't have the luxury of water hookups, where we camp, so carrying water is very important.

i think those that have iffy towing numbers, will have issues carrying water.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:51 PM   #16
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Well, I guessed it and got lucky.

I bought the trailer specifically for boondocking. The first trip out I filled the tank until water spilled out of the tank vent. It was about about 100 gallons, about 800+lbs. Towing fully loaded with the 1/2 ton wasn't much fun. And, we ended up filling both grey and black tanks over a long weekend. I dumped what fresh water was left in the tank and headed home.

This time I filled the tank until the 2/3 light came on.

That trailer was so much easier to drag around. And, we didn't run out of water until doing the last of the dishes while breaking camp to head home. And I love my showers out in the desert.

Anyways, great weekend until we had a flat. Just about lost it at the bottom of a hill, on a steep corner.
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