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Old 06-24-2017, 07:24 AM   #1
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Towing with full fresh water tank

Anyone with a 243RBS traveled with the fresh water tank full? We are about to go camping in a National Park with no hook-ups, and I am debating whether or not to fill the FR tank before leaving. I've read horror stories of the supports not being adequate to travel with a full tank. There is a fill station at the park where we can fill up the FR tank upon arrival, but it might be nice to not have to do that. Takes a bit of time to fill a 40 gallon tank.

Any thoughts?
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Old 06-24-2017, 08:00 AM   #2
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With a decent length of hose, and a water bandit or thief it shouldn't take more than a few minutes to fill a 40 gallon tank. Take your mind off of traveling with an extra 320 lbs of weight and stress on the tank brackets. Put 5 or 10 gallons in to use on your trip if you want. Enjoy.
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Old 06-24-2017, 08:23 AM   #3
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With a decent length of hose, and a water bandit or thief it shouldn't take more than a few minutes to fill a 40 gallon tank. Take your mind off of traveling with an extra 320 lbs of weight and stress on the tank brackets. Put 5 or 10 gallons in to use on your trip if you want. Enjoy.
X'2 I agree you can even stop at a travel plaza like loves and fill your tank before you enter. I also only travel with 5 gals of water....
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I also only travel with 5 gals of water....
That's about what we do, a couple if one gallon bottles will last all day. 8 pounds per gallon is expensive fuel wise.
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Old 06-24-2017, 08:36 AM   #5
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If it's a short run, I'll fill my tank. Longer runs...I also throw in a few gallons and call it good, then fill completely at the park.
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Take your mind off of traveling with an extra 320 lbs of weight and stress on the tank brackets.
Interesting ... I've only done this once with my fresh water tank, but will do it 3-4 times per year with my black water tank. I'll leave it about half full so that the tank will get a good agitation to help clean it out and keep the level sensors clean and working reliably.

I wonder what FR says about their design, regarding whether they are intended to handle the weight while the camper is in motion?
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That's about what we do, a couple if one gallon bottles will last all day. 8 pounds per gallon is expensive fuel wise.
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Old 06-24-2017, 08:42 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies... I think I will just go empty and fill when I get there. I'll only be on the road for about 6 hours, so probably will not have to make any stops other than gas.
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Old 06-24-2017, 08:45 AM   #9
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Anyone with a 243RBS traveled with the fresh water tank full? We are about to go camping in a National Park with no hook-ups, and I am debating whether or not to fill the FR tank before leaving. I've read horror stories of the supports not being adequate to travel with a full tank. There is a fill station at the park where we can fill up the FR tank upon arrival, but it might be nice to not have to do that. Takes a bit of time to fill a 40 gallon tank.

Any thoughts?
If I were you, this is how I would consider:

1 - The manufacturer design the support for the tank, must have some additional safety factor. If my tank is 40 gallons = 320#, the support should be at least at 500#. You could look at the frame and determine that. The brace to support 500# does not have to be very extreme.

2 - If I will be driven on a hilly and steep grade, I would not add more weight to my coach. Maybe I will have 10 gallons which are only 80#, enough to survive conservatively. I the road is hilly but not a very steep grade, then I may burn some extra fuel to carry enough water for my need.

3 - If I can fill at the park, then I do not need to carry any. To fill a 40 gallons tank, it does not take very long, between 5 to 10 minutes is the most may be sooner depending on how much pressure would you get from the source. If someone has to wait, he or she has to wait and they will understand. 5 to 10 minutes is not the end of the world. Now, if you can not wait for 5 to 10 minutes, then that would be another topic that we could talk about.

I have a 60 gallons fresh water tank, 40 gallons of gray and 40 gallons of black.

During travel, and before departure, this is my normal procedure:

1 - Empty the gray water tank completely. There is no use for having any water in this tank during travel.

2 - I emptied my gray water tank completely, fill up my black tank and empty it at least 3 to 5 times until I can see clear water come out at least 2 times. Since I have already paid for the water at the campground, I would not mind to use it. Then refill it back up about 3 gallons (estimated), to ensure that the solid waste does not sit in the tank too long between stops.

3 - Fill about 1/3 of my fresh water tank. For use during days that I have to boondock between locations.

I have done this for the last trip which is about 4000 miles in two months. Just got home yesterday, and I went through some of the tough steep grades of 7% to 9%, the coach doing just fine.

Hope that you could draw some conclusion from my experience on the long trip that I just did.
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If I could not travel with a full tank of fresh water in my RV, I would trade it in for one that could. We frequently go places where water is not closely available.

Aren't RVs made to be self contained? We always travel with fresh water......
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