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Old 01-30-2018, 03:02 PM   #1
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Towing (TT or 5th) with water

Lots of people say they do or they don't. Several threads go off talking about the negatives. Some of the those being weight, poor design/construction, mpg........

I would like to only see responses from those that do tow with water. Please don't post that you don't or why you don't. If you do, then please list the trailer and model that you do or have done this with.

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Old 01-30-2018, 03:16 PM   #2
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Always go with water
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In the Flagstaff I can't see the tanks which concerns me a little with the tank dropping reports although I have only seen smaller and lower end units with it reported
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:27 PM   #3
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2012 Wildcat Sterling 32rl. Towed thousands of miles with full water tank. Hundreds of those miles over semi-maintained dirt roads. If you can't tow with full tanks, trade in whatever piece of junk it is for something that can.
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:01 PM   #4
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Have ALWAYS towed with water.
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:12 PM   #5
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Towing (TT or 5th) with water

Have with
2014 Coleman 314ctsbhs tt tank fell out luckily as we were pulling into campground.
Have not with 2017 heritage glen 368rlbhk fw
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:57 PM   #6
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:00 PM   #7
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Yes - travel with water. 2014 Micro-Lite 19fd with modified FW tank supports.
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:06 PM   #8
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Many times with the following (over the years), all with stock supports. Almost always right about half full.
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I have towed the 315RST with a full tank only twice. I keep water in it, ready to go in case of emergencies and change it out every 4-6 weeks. We have had to use our own water, even at a FHU campground. We showed up and the town had a water main break. Almost 12 hours without city water. If we hadn't shown up with our own water, we would have been SOL. It is always better to be prepared, than to assume everything will be peachy.
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:34 PM   #9
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I always tow with a full load of water (48 gallons) in my Lacrosse 327RES. Only adverse incident I had was one end of a metal safety strap become dislodged. Not sure when it occurred but noticed it while I was checking the underbelly for some other project this past November.
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:41 PM   #10
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Our 5er tows better with water in the tank. We tow at least 1/2 full for that reason and for "rest stops".

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Old 01-30-2018, 07:07 PM   #11
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:11 PM   #12
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Always tow with a full tank.

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Old 01-30-2018, 07:19 PM   #13
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First thing Forest River asks is "do you tow with water in your tanks," when you have a problem with your tanks.
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:21 PM   #14
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First thing Forest River asks is "do you tow with water in your tanks," when you have a problem with your tanks.


Then they need to step their game up and quit providing shoddy work with cheap equipment!
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:33 PM   #15
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We have done both empty and full. We find we get better fuel economy when the water tank is empty. Also I find if the water tank is half full I can feel the water shift in the tank while cornering making me think the tank is not baffled.
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:42 PM   #16
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The tanks in these rigs are not baffled that I know of
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Old 01-31-2018, 01:55 PM   #17
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Thread drift already!
The OP asked you to post ONLY if you tow with water.
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I would like to only see responses from those that do tow with water.
I do!
Full most of the time except when returning home and we've used it all.
Have done so for many years with previous rigs.
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We tow both empty and full; it was full when we went down to Oregon for the eclipse and dry camped. On our FR251rks, the tank is forward, so I do feel the extra weight on the bumper.
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We showed up and the town had a water main break. Almost 12 hours without city water. If we hadn't shown up with our own water, we would have been SOL. It is always better to be prepared, than to assume everything will be peachy.
2 or 3 campgrounds ago, the campground literally lost water while I was mid-shower. I was soaped up and ready to rinse and the water fell to a trickle. I had to call for my wife to turn the pump on!

I always have some water in the tank- usually 1/3 to full (42 gallons supposedly). 2013 Sabre 36QBOK.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:35 PM   #20
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In 43 years I've always towed with a full tank of fw. The last two 5ers with 60 gallons. Never a problem but my last FR was 14 years ago. Like the Boy Scouts say--- be prepared.
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