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Old 05-28-2015, 03:52 PM   #1
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Will Towing with Full Tanks Damage my Axles?

I was told recently by a travel trailer restorer that I should avoid towing with the tanks full on my 2014 23D. He said that I could damage my axles and that Airstream warns owners about the potential.

I find the need to travel with a full water tank when dry camping and a partially filled water and full waste tanks until we reach a dump station.

Is there any truth to this concern? What have you experienced?
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:54 PM   #2
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Not really, imo. Assuming a healthy frame and healthy properly rated axles.
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:59 PM   #3
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Many (myself included) believe that they tow better with full tanks.

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Absolutely not. I would find another source of information.
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:01 PM   #5
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It should not be any problem to ever be concerned about.
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:11 PM   #6
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I have never heard that from anyone, nor read it here.

If it were a legitimate issue, it surely would have shown up.


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If you can't use the tanks what the heck is the point? Might as well buy a park model trailer.

We always try to travel with a full tank of water since we never know where we might end up or having questionable water sources.

I hope this is not someone at an Airstream dealer.
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:27 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. I suspected that it was not the case but wanted to make sure.

He is a local vintage travel trailer restorer, not a dealer's service guy.
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Old 05-28-2015, 05:52 PM   #9
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According to Inland RV Andy, older ASs are designed to be more stable with a full fresh water tank. I can't imagine Airstream (or anyone else)designing trailers that can't be towed with full tanks. The axles should be plenty strong enough to deal with the weight of the tanks. Your owners manual should tell you what is recommended.

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I Googled "traveling with full tanks in Airstream" and got this old Airforums thread.

Note Inland RV Andy's response about a full tanks effect on the center of gravity....will corner better.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f443...-ok-95733.html
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:29 PM   #11
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I have always pulled with at least a full fresh water tank, and on occasion with full gray and black tanks.

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The concern is the waste tanks. Not good for handling, braking when full. And that it stresses the frame.

The fresh water tank is not at all a concern. The trailer is designed to be pulled this way. Better, in fact, than without (with some model and year exceptions from years back).
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Short answer: No.
Longer answer: A full fresh water tank is a good thing. You can use the bathroom or fix a meal while traveling/not in a campground and the rig rides smoother. You won't have to travel with full gray or black tanks very often, as they are usually emptied at a campground or dump station. I have come home with full gray and black tanks and dumped at the house.
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I always leave with full fresh water tank and dump gray and black at home unless extended trip, as stated pulls much better w/full fresh and rides better. Never have had trouble in over 50 yrs. towing AS.
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