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Old 01-18-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
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Between campgrounds - water in FW tank

Though we're fairly new to being RV owners, I'd like to pass along a tip. Carry at least a few gallons of water in your fresh water tank when traveling. It will come in handy for flushing as well as hand washing at road side rests, or wherever a safe place is found to stop.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:57 AM   #2
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We travel with water in the tank too
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:08 AM   #3
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We too, always carry water in the tank.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:41 AM   #4
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A little fresh water is always helpful. We tend to drain the FW tank and water heater between trips if we have more than a few weeks between trips but then fill up the HWH and add a few gallons to the FW tank for the reasons you gave.

One more water tip is to always have 3-5 gallons in your BW tank.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:44 AM   #5
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I never leave home without it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:11 AM   #6
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As boondockers, we have to travel with a full tank because we don't expect to find water where we camp.

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Old 01-20-2013, 07:40 AM   #7
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90 percent of my camping is dry camping, so my water tank is normally full. If I am going from rv park to rv park I will always have several gallons. Its a lighter load, 100 gallons of F/W is pritty heavy.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:56 AM   #8
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i always ran dry until i pulled into a campground w/full hookups. got settled in, went out to eat. when we returned, the campground had lost a well.
now i run with a few gals abt half full or so. haven't seen any difference in fuel economy or towing from the extra weight.
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Most of our trips are fairly short, and when we're hooked up at CGs, we'll use the city water if it's palatable. Since Anacortes rates in the top 2% of cities for its water quality, we always leave home with the FW tank pretty much full (80 gallons) and we use it whenever the local stuff is unpleasant. In a 22000 lb rated rig 640 pounds if water isn't going to make much difference to fuel burn.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:03 PM   #10
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Always 1/2 to full for us- I've been known not to hook up water when we get to a campground until later in the day or the next day just out of convenience (especially those hot summer days!).
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:50 PM   #11
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between campgrounds -water in FW tanks

I don't carry water its adds to the weight its bad enough I carry my wood with me that's heady enough. Where I do most of my camping I had a 3 mile to climb
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