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Old 03-22-2012, 10:02 AM   #1
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Water Capacity Sierra 365 SAQ

I am sure a few of you will think I am crazy, but is anyone disappointed with the 55 gallon capacity of the new 365 SAQ? I traded a Montana in last fall for this 2012 365 SAQ and my Montana was a 36’ unit that slept four and had a 60 gallon water capacity (plus 10 in the hot water tank). This new unit had only 55 gallons (plus 10 in the hot water tank). I would have expected there would have been more water capacity especially with two bathrooms. I often wonder if the weight is more restricted by the 4 tires and the hitch weight (which seems to max out the 14,060. If they would have done 3 axles on this unit, I wonder if we would all have more cargo carrying capability and also the possibility of a larger water tank. Has anyone thought about upgrading the tank anyway, tanking away from the cargo carrying but giving more water when you are camping at parks with only electric hookups? I have seen a few 30 gallon and 42 gallon fresh water tanks and had several thoughts on adding an auxiliary tank either placing it in the bed of the truck, or putting it in the front cargo storage and using a 12v pump to pump the water into the main tank when that tank is running low. I am sure I could get more sophisticated and bridge the tanks together, but at the end of the day, if I put the tank in the front cargo storage, I would want the ability to remove it for long trips where we will have full hook-ups and the cargo space means more then having a stupid water tank in there. Any ideas? Tanks can be bought for well under 100.00 and a small pump sets you back about 30.00 The size of the 30 gallon is 12” X 18” X 34” so not really that big and 30 gallons would close the gap on a 4-5 day weekend where only electric is available. Of course you always have the option of pulling in all slides, putting enough crap away to hook up, and go to the dump station and fill up with the fresh potable water that is available, but with over 100 gallons of Black and an additional 100 gallons of gray storage, all a family needs is a little more fresh to make it through the longer weekends.

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Old 03-22-2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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I think you're looking for a complicated solution to your lack of water capacity. If you were to camp 7 days, even the additional FW tank would be insufficient. You should look at a portable means to re-fill the camper's FW tank.

I use 6 gal jerry cans, but am starting to find that lifting that weight of 50 lbs a little taxing. There's lots of types of portable tanks to use in the back of your truck and use a 12V pump to transfer. Forget about adding an additional tank to the camper.


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