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Old 03-14-2014, 06:06 PM   #11
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If you use the water at a dump site be real sure that the water is potable not all of it is.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:04 PM   #12
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I don't like to travel with the extra weight of the water.
you do realize that the water weight will only reduce your gas mileage by a only a fraction of mpg?
the trailer's frontal air resistance is the bigger factor in gas mileage, way more than the extra weight of the water.

the only thing that makes sense not to carry water, is if you're towing with a marginal tow vehicle, which doesn't appear to be your case.

a lot of people think that the extra 200lbs.+ of water will save them fuel, when it only affects a fraction of a mile per gallon.
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:14 AM   #13
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Drill pump I got from Harbor freight for around $3. Search results for: 'drill pump'

Carrying a large amount of water long distance may not affect the mpg much but it does mean that you could carry more of something else. Depending on where your water tank is you may have to adjust your hitch if the trailer.
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:02 AM   #14
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For $3 that's worthwhile adding to the 'just in case' box. Now to find a harbour freight.....
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:39 AM   #15
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you do realize that the water weight will only reduce your gas mileage by a only a fraction of mpg?
the trailer's frontal air resistance is the bigger factor in gas mileage, way more than the extra weight of the water.

the only thing that makes sense not to carry water, is if you're towing with a marginal tow vehicle, which doesn't appear to be your case.

a lot of people think that the extra 200lbs.+ of water will save them fuel, when it only affects a fraction of a mile per gallon.
I totally agree. It really doesn't cost that much to haul the water. Plus the wife and daughter can use the bathroom in the Fifth Wheel instead of those nasty bathrooms in the convenience stores.
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For $3 that's worthwhile adding to the 'just in case' box. Now to find a harbour freight.....

Lowe's also has the water pump you hook up to your cordless drill.
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:56 AM   #17
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I've been thinking along with many here, it's only a few hundred pounds of water at most. Just take it with you.

That said, gas stations, restaurants, truck stops, etc all have spigots. A brief conversation with the manager will usually get you fixed up especially if you buy something.

Good suggestion on checking to ensure it potable. It would make sense that it's the same source as the water fountain inside but it never hurts to ask!
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[QUOTE=SKnight;568054]I've been thinking along with many here, it's only a few hundred pounds of water at most. Just take it with you./QUOTE]

Yup -- "a pint's a pound the world around". So about 8 pounds per gallon. Roughly 320 pounds on a fully filled 40 gallon tank. Heck, I darn near weigh that much myself!

Also, most state parks (around here anyway) don't turn their water on until April 15th or later and shut it off around Nov 1. So if you're looking to squeak out every possible camping weekend like us, you might need to bring it with you anyway.
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