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Old 03-27-2012, 09:56 AM   #31
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We're probably spoiled in our neck of the woods. We have great water in Wisconsin at 99% of the campgrounds we use. So we fill up when we get to the campground. We were told during our PDI not to travel with a full water tank as the straps, etc. are not designed to take the weight while traveling. The sloshing around of the water can put an awful lot of stress on whatever is holding your tank up. There have been a few people on these forums who have experienced the failure of the straps and/or bolts holding their tanks in place. I agree, sometimes you have to take the chance. But if water is available at your destination, I'd go that route every time.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:01 AM   #32
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So, help me understand.

You guys have 40, 60, 80, 100 gallon tanks on your trailers and instead of filling them at home with a hose... for a few dollars... with known, good water... while you load your rigs up...

You'd rather mess around with 5 gallon jugs and transfer barrels? I mean I'm right at the limits for my truck weight wise, but I'd rather tow the extra 800lbs of water over Palomar Mountain and then enjoy more of my camping time instead of humping water jugs all over a campsite.
I cant speak for everyone here but i'll give "helping you understand" a shot. In "my" situation (everyone has a different one including yourself wich you informed us of) my 40 gallon freshtank will not support nearly the water used on a one week trip on the beach in the middle of summer. It's a simple reality: I am going to RUN OUT OF FRESHWATER as sure as the sun and tide will rise. I dont enjoy eight trips on and off the beach to fill the tank with 5 gallon jugs like I was doing last year so I will now do it in one. Also as stated by others I keep my eye on every pound as my 1/2 ton is already being asked to do ALOT, I try to make things as easy as possible on it. For local trips like the one this upcoming weekend I will travel a whopping 2 miles , we are only staying two nights and the campgrounds dont turn the city water on until April 1st so yes filling the tank in my driveway is the logical move for me in this situation.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:37 AM   #33
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If I am going far only enough water for while I am on the road. Most of the places I go have a fillup station if needed. If I know they won't, I fill up at the last RV park I stay at before I get to that destination.

On short trips I put a lot of water on board so I don't have to worry about hooking up when I get to the location. With a 100 gallon tank that will easily last even with pardette for several days. I have a bunch of 6 gallon cans I needed with the old trailer. They are still handy though.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:50 AM   #34
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We're probably spoiled in our neck of the woods. We have great water in Wisconsin at 99% of the campgrounds we use. So we fill up when we get to the campground. We were told during our PDI not to travel with a full water tank as the straps, etc. are not designed to take the weight while traveling. The sloshing around of the water can put an awful lot of stress on whatever is holding your tank up. There have been a few people on these forums who have experienced the failure of the straps and/or bolts holding their tanks in place. I agree, sometimes you have to take the chance. But if water is available at your destination, I'd go that route every time.
I think it was you who posted pics, or links to a thread a while back where the guy lost his tank. That also had me worried, so I crawled under mine to see what that was all about. I was pleasantly suprised to find that all of my tanks are fully supported from one frame rail to the other with angle iron. It would take a lot of effort for a tank to come out.
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"all of my tanks are fully supported from one frame rail to the other with angle iron"
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More like angle "tin" than angle "iron"!
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"all of my tanks are fully supported from one frame rail to the other with angle iron"
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More like angle "tin" than angle "iron"!
1.5 inch x .125 wall and generally composed of a ferrous material... Also, pretty much the same material I built the car ramps for my car trailer out of.

I can assure you, its not roof flashing or sheetmetal. And its certainly not a couple of pipe straps and drywall screws into the wooden floor.
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It is not an issue of water quality. There is none. My house is the closest place to where I camp 50 miles away. Nothing at all between my camp spot and my house. When I boondock, I boondock! LOL
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It is not an issue of water quality. There is none. My house is the closest place to where I camp 50 miles away. Nothing at all between my camp spot and my house. When I boondock, I boondock! LOL

Do you have a place where you can dump grey or blackwater from your blueboy where you camp? I was wondering because if not your kinda limited anyway as you have a 50 gal fresh tank and a 31 grey and 31 black so theres only 12 more gallons left between the two holding tanks after going thru a full freshwater tank. Unless you fill a blueboy for extra capacity and dump it where you dump the trailer eventually.
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