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Old 04-04-2013, 01:41 PM   #15
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We carry a minimal amount of water when traveling. Enough for Patty to be able to use the toilet at rest or food stops. If are staying at a campground without water hookups at the site, I'll generally fill at a common spigot there unless we know that the water is skanky or has sediment.

I don't believe in carrying any more weight than necessary. A full freshwater tank on my Classic is near 500 lbs.

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:00 PM   #16
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We travel with some water in the tank. Sometimes full, sometimes less then full. If we are leaving in winter we refrain from charging the system until far enough south to avoid freezing. ( Don't ask ). Nice to have some water on board just in case. After our final night along the road I try to a very good clean \drain of the grey and black tanks. Upon returning home I always drain the fresh water tank. I don't want to leave water in the tank between trips. I do a periodic disinfecting of the fresh tank with bleach and I do drink the water except for the places where it has the "off taste". We usually carry a couple of gallons of bottled water for those times to drink and make ice. We've never had a problem with drinking the onboard water other than the occasions where it had an off taste. I usually taste the water if I can before I use it to fill the tank but sometimes you use what you have access to.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:39 PM   #17
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The difference in fuel mileage is extremely small, even going cross country between a full and empty water tank.

When the tank is "FULL" your carrying a little extra insurance should you be out in the boonies and the tow vehicle decides to bust a radiator hose. Guess wher you can quickly get some water.

And then, the full tank also lowers the center of gravity so that the trailer tracks a little better.

And when mother nature calls, guess where you can find a quick potty?

And finally, should you decide that you have had enough for the day, spending time at a rest area is always nicer, when you have your own water, for cooking, showering, and just living.

Carrying full water is "NEVER" a liability, but the lack of it can become rather serious.

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After "dumping", I add 4 toilet bowels of water and 1 packet of chemical. That way the toilet is always ready. The fresh, I have the separate filter for drinking. If I know that I will not be using the trailer for awhile, I drain it on the way home and refill just before the next trip. The Gray tank I add the cleaner 2-3 times a season. Soooo far no problems. This method was suggested by service department.
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After "dumping", I add 4 toilet bowels of water and 1 packet of chemical. That way the toilet is always ready. The fresh, I have the separate filter for drinking. If I know that I will not be using the trailer for awhile, I drain it on the way home and refill just before the next trip. The Gray tank I add the cleaner 2-3 times a season. Soooo far no problems. This method was suggested by service department.
I've always like to know that my first tank of water is from my Culligan water softener.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:57 PM   #20
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We always travel with the fresh water tank full -- You never know when you'll find a great boondocking spot!

Also, water makes a big difference if you break down in the desert. Even when we aren't towing, we carry extra water in a seven-gallon portable tank in the bed of our pickup.
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