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Old 02-26-2006, 08:05 PM   #1
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Is it safe to travel with a full tank of fresh water ? the weight is not a issue for the TV , I dont want to cause any damage to the trailer tank or straps that hold it up and what about the gray and black tank ? are there weight issuses there also ?
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It is better to tow your coach with the fresh water tank full, as it will tend to lower the center of gravity slightly, as well as reduce the "slosh effect" of having a partially full tank of water going to and fro while driving down the road.
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What about the weight issue of the bouncing and dips on the road ?
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How much does your Caravanner weigh without the water? And how large is your fresh water tank? Also, the full tank will be better for dips and bumps, also. The "slosh effect" works up and down, as well as side to side.
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There will be zero slosh effect if the tank is completely full. However water weighs in at around 8 pounds a gallon. If you are packing 20 gallons, that is like having a deaf mute friend riding around. Not much for conversations, and will never need to stop cause he/she can't hold it any longer. And there is a MPG impact.

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There will be zero slosh effect if the tank is completely full.
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However water weighs in at around 8 pounds a gallon. If you are packing 20 gallons, that is like having a deaf mute friend riding around. Not much for conversations, and will never need to stop cause he/she can't hold it any longer. >>>>>>>>>>>>Action
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Old 02-27-2006, 05:48 PM   #7
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Just for kicks and giggles.

http://www.cabq.gov/water/trivia.html

Cause I needed to know. (Thank you the city of Albuquerque)(Man that is a tough wordd to spell)

8.33x20=166.60 hmmm maybe a water diet is needed?

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I just dont want my fresh water tank to fall out the bottom of the trailer when I hit a dip at 60 MPH !!!!!
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We travel with enough water to use our own toilet when stopping for a rest break. Somehow, I feel that after all these years on the road, Airstream has designed the system well enough to hold up on our modern highways. Back road travel may be another matter. It's certainly nice to pull off the main road and relax for a bit in our own home.
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I just dont want my fresh water tank to fall out the bottom of the trailer when I hit a dip at 60 MPH !!!!!
I tow with the fresh water tank full (50 gallons) and have not had a problem. It is surrounded by a pan which is bolted to the frame. Are you concerned that the bolts are corroded?

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Or if the floor is rotted you may have issues otherwise you hould be good to go.

And personally I empty everything I can. I go to Mexico a lot. And my personal philosophy is .... I ain't buying fuel to haul crap to another country.

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What's the point of travelling down the road in your Airstream if you can't use your own facilities. The trailer is designed to hold the water all 400 lbs of it filled and I do fill it because I know I have clean water I can trust. Can you imagine the following. "Sorry dear, we have to find a gas station so you can go to the bathroom" Why can't I use the trailer?" I didn't want to put water in it because the tank might fall out from the weight of the water and anyways, I get better gas mileage without all that water". Doesn't make sense to me but that's just my opinion. If it's a very old trailer, I would probably have the tanks checked to make sure the tanks are up to spec. Can you imagine a 10 car pile up caused by a black tank rolling down the road. Pun intended.
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No my line is ....... sorry dear, you know that we don't stop untill we get to Ajo AZ. - And I am not concerned about the weight on the flooring.

I'll be stopping for fuel anyway every two or 300 miles. Why tow with a full black/gray water tank? It's waste! I don't need to be towing waste to other countries. Or even other counties! Those other places have enough as it is. As far as fresh water. I suppose I carry enough to use the head or wash my hands after changing a flat. I just don't need to carry enough to take a shower, cause I don't plan on being on the side of the road that long.

Lastly, the number of things that I allow my wife and daughters to bring kinda blocks out the passage to the head. So it's a gymnastics event that they have to score a 8.750 or better to make it back there if they want to use the back end of the bullet!

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Almost always start out with a full fresh water tank , I like knowing where it came from. If you have water , propane and a good battery , you're pretty independant . I don't think I have ever even heard of a water tank falling out on an AS or an SOB . Just my .02
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