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Old 07-12-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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Should I fill my fresh water tank if.....

I'm going to a RV site for 5 days with water hook up? 2 1/2 hours from home (130 miles). Thanks

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Old 07-12-2013, 05:54 PM   #2
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I always think its good to have water on board. Its does add weight but its marginal while towing.

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Old 07-12-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:10 PM   #4
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A gallon of water weighs 8 1/3 pounds. If you use city water, it will by pass the water tank anyway. Carrying the water will add 191 pounds to your weight., for a 23 gallon tank for example. I still have GYMs, so the weight issue is important.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:12 PM   #5
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The nice thing bout carrying your own water is that it is your own water.

Tastes like that at home, doesn't affect your coffee or tea.

I'd carry it that short distance.

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Old 07-12-2013, 06:24 PM   #6
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Water sloshes in your tanks, so carry very little (enough to flush the toilet a couple of times and make an emergency pot of coffee) or carry a full tank, especially if you're going to be traveling on unpaved surfaces, etc.

My home campground's water is bad tasting so I do carry bottles of water for food prep and drinking. Either buy bottled water - or just collect a few jugs, then refill when needed.

Most campground water is SAFE to drink, but if it has a high iron content I avoid doing laundry with it, because of the yellowing as well as not drinking it because of the taste.

Weight affects your gas mileage, so unless you plan to be without hookups why carry a lot of water?
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:32 PM   #7
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Weight is a big thing for me and with a 60 gallon tank we only carry significant water when we are camping at a site with no water hookups. The other thing is dependent upon how often you use your trailer, you have to be cognitive of things that can grow in a tank. If you are a frequent user and your community has chlorination, you probably are pretty safe. In my case it could be a month or more before I use my trailer and quite honestly that damp tank probably can grow a lot of stuff. We always sanitize the tank prior to carrying water for drinking. I also carry a good external filter that I connect to the campground water supply to make things taste better and keep sediment and other dissolved stuff out of the system.

I do carry probably 3-5 gallons of water for flushing purposes if we use the toilet on the road. In this instance I don't sanitize the tank since we will not drink from it. Upon arrival at home, I drain any water out of the tank.

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Old 07-12-2013, 07:56 PM   #8
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Here is the easy answer to your question. If you are worried about the weight, carry just enough for emergency purposes. That would apply to any distance you are planning on driving. If weight is not an issue with you, fill the tank and don't worry.

There are a lot of issues with water and everyone has a different take. Is the water safe where you are going? Is there a bad taste? Will the extra weight damage the trailer? What about all the sloshing going on? And so on, and so on until you can work yourself into a real tizzy.

I usually have "some" water on board. We like to stop for lunch along the way and use the facilities in the trailer. If we are going to a known hookup spot we might carry less that a half a tank. When we are heading out to the hinterlands, we fill the tank and not worry. I have not noticed any diminished mileage when doing so. Yeah, I know, 8 pounds per gallon and all that stuff.

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How good is the water at the campground?

We usually travel with some water in the tank so we can use OUR facilities along the road if necessary. On more than one occasion we have had problems with the campground water supply after we got there, low pressure, poor quality, broken pipes, etc. Having some water in the tank was a good thing.

I don't normally travel with the tank completely full.

We don't use the tank water for making coffee, I usually bring a couple of gallons of filtered water from home for that. Drinking water is usually carried in a 5 gallon igloo cooler.

We do routinely clean our AS water system but I am still wary of using for drinking and cooking. Showers, washing dishes and toilet use are fine.

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Old 07-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #10
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If you have not sanitized your tank you should before you fill. Nasty bugs can grow in the tank while the trailer is in storage.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:18 PM   #11
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I carry a full tank, always. And I drink it and use it just like my home water. Why have a self contained trailer if you are dependent on hookups?
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:18 PM   #12
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I've camped at lots of state and federal campgrounds in the western Us and BC. Never had bad water. Maybe an off taste, but that's it. Showering uses the most of the supply.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:45 PM   #13
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Water will not slosh in a full tank. A 30 gallon tank full of water weighs about 250 pounds. If your trailer weighs 5,000 pounds when ready to travel. The water is only 5% of the weight of the trailer.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:51 PM   #14
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Campground water

Bendstream - you're probably going somewhere in the Cascades where the campground water should be OK.
However, unlike kscherzi, I haven't found all my water hookups to be acceptable, and the worst was in your state of Oregon. At Goose Lake on the California border, I hooked up to the campground water, placing a filter between the hose and the tap. In a day, the water coming into the trailer had slowed to a trickle. I checked the filter and found it totally clogged with green gunk. I'm glad I wasn't washing with, much less drinking, that unfiltered slurry.
Keep a reasonable supply of "good" water in your tank, and use a filter on incoming outside water. To use your tank water, unhook the hose from the outside, turn on your pump and run a little water through your system to rinse it out.
It's probably easier to keep a couple gallons of spring water on hand, though, for coffee and teethbrushing.
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