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Old 05-05-2016, 07:23 PM   #1
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fresh water tank too small, I want to upgrade.

I recently purchase a Palomini 181fbs off-road. One would think that the off-road version would be equipped for dry camping, but with a 19-gallon tank.... not so much. The tank is located in the front 1/3 of the trailer under the bed. the space it occupies is actually quite large. I have located a 42-gallon tank that would fit easily, but I worry that they made the tank so small for a reason. Obviously, there is the weight issue, but I usually wait until the last possible chance before I fill the tank to go dry camping. how do I
figure out if that is too much load for the frame?

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Old 05-05-2016, 07:37 PM   #2
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Downside is, your adding another 184#'s forward of the trailer axle. I'm guessing that was another consideration during design, thus limiting it to the 19 gals. you currently have.

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Old 05-06-2016, 10:16 PM   #3
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I have the 180 FB. Which looks to be the same as yours without the slide. It has 30 gallon fresh water tank. You might call Palomino and ask. Hope you enjoy your camper as much as we have ours.
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Old 05-10-2016, 04:42 PM   #4
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My 180FB has a 19gal fresh tank.

It would be easier to get some portable tanks and 12v pumps to transfer.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:10 PM   #5
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I highly doubt 184# would make any kind of difference. You're telling me that 184# man shouldn't stand on the front of the TT tongue? If it's that close in quality then I would hate to see it down the road in a few years.
As far as adding more water. Why not just get a 20 gal fresh water tank like this
20 Gallon Polyethylene Rv Water Tank - RVB556
and place it under the bed.
Run a water line under the TT to the pump with a valve. That way you could switch between the two tanks.
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:06 PM   #6
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I think there were a couple of factors as to why they selected 19 gallons. One is not wanting to take too much away from the already low cargo weight capacity. The other was to keep some storage room available underneath the bed. If your tank lays on its side like mine doubling the tank size would significantly decrease the basement area. I don't think you would have any problems increasing the tank size as long as you are aware of its impact on your storage room and cargo capacity.

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