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Old 10-09-2017, 05:26 PM   #1
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Travel with fresh water.

We are new to trailering. During the walk around with the dealer, he said we shouldn't drive with the fresh water tank more than2/3 full. That it can damage the tank. I can't find this warning anywhere in the manual, and it doesn't make sense either.

Anyone had a problem with this? Or even heard of it?

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Old 10-09-2017, 05:52 PM   #2
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We are new to trailering. During the walk around with the dealer, he said we shouldn't drive with the fresh water tank more than2/3 full. That it can damage the tank. I can't find this warning anywhere in the manual, and it doesn't make sense either.

Anyone had a problem with this? Or even heard of it?

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Water weighs about 7.5 pounds per gallon. I don't know how big your tank is, but do the math. that's a lot of weight to be bouncing down the road. I generally don't travel with any fresh water on board. If I'm going someplace where I don't have water at the site, I wait until I'm at or almost at the campground to fill up.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:02 PM   #3
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Water weighs about 7.5 pounds per gallon.
8.35 lbs/gallon
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:06 PM   #4
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Your rig was designed with the ability to hold X amount of water. Not X amount for camping and X amount for travel. If it can't run down the road with a full load take it back to the dealer and get one that will, with that said water is weight, and weight takes fuel to haul. When I leave for boon docking I take a full load, when traveling for CG to CG only enough to flush with.

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Old 10-09-2017, 06:08 PM   #5
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Water weighs about 7.5 pounds per gallon. I don't know how big your tank is, but do the math. that's a lot of weight to be bouncing down the road. I generally don't travel with any fresh water on board. If I'm going someplace where I don't have water at the site, I wait until I'm at or almost at the campground to fill up.
I've heard this a couple times. Where does one fill up?
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:15 PM   #6
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In 25 years of owning various trailers, we always traveled with a full FW tank, since we normally dry camp.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:25 PM   #7
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There are a number of threads here where folks FW tank supports have failed when travelling with full tanks.

You don't say what kind of TT you have. The issue seems to affect Roo/Shamrocks and Mini/Micro-Lites the most.

Here's just one thread of many:

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Old 10-09-2017, 06:50 PM   #8
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We never thought about this much with our old TT because it only held 25+ gallons and half the time we are boondocking so we needed the water. Are new Cruise Lite holds 56 (I assume 6 is in the water heater) so when I started reading about this issue I checked out our tanks supports and as is mentioned in some of the threads referenced earlier, the "angle iron" is really just bent sheet metal.

Our's has 3 supports - one on each side and one down the middle so I think it will do OK for now but at some point I am going to replace the center support with a real piece of angle iron. That may not be the perfect solution but when we go out to some of the sites down 20 miles of bad road, I want something more than sheet metal holding up that 400 pounds.
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:03 PM   #9
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What kind of camper do you have?

How many gallons does it hold?

a number of people have reported failed water tank supports, and your dealer may have said this to prevent that problem...

SInce this is your first post, I will tell you that all trailer mfg cut corners/weight/expense wherever they can... FW tank supports is probably one of those areas. Engineers/bean counters probably said that an X-thickness piece of metal will support Y amount of pounds... without figuring the dynamics of that weight bouncing down the hiway... but heck they save fifty cents so they did it...

Welcome to the world of camper owners fixing factory work...
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It would seem to me that if there was a limit on how full a FW tank can be for a particular trailer while underway, there should be a placard by the fill port warning of such a limitation. I mean, there's a sticker for everything else!
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