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Old 09-16-2006, 01:30 PM   #1
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Any thoughts or recommendations as to whether you should store your AS with the fresh water tank full, partial or empty? Not for winter storage (I'll drain obviously), but when storing for a month or two...
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Old 09-16-2006, 01:41 PM   #2
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Empty for me

I always empty the fresh water tank at the end of a trip. Stored water can get nasty with the extream heat where I live. I open the drain valve at the dump station after I dump my tanks. The rocking and rolling on the way home ensures that the tank is empty.

BTW, is the Big Chicken still standing?
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Old 09-16-2006, 02:04 PM   #3
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Thanks!

Kind of as I thought, but wasn't sure.

And yes, the Big Chicken is still standing tall and proud (or something like that!). There is a 10K run up Cobb Parkway on Labor Day (10K Classic), so back when I was running a bit more I would at least go by the Big Chicken - about as close as I have come.
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Old 09-16-2006, 02:50 PM   #4
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Ditto on Richard's recommendation. I find mine drains best if I have a bathroom cold spigot opened to let air enter the system freely (pump off of course). For some reason my kitchen sink lever tends to rattle closed if I use it.
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Old 09-16-2006, 10:17 PM   #5
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Hello,

We have had trailers, a motorhome, etc. Some have had plastic type fresh water tanks, one galvanized ~ had one plastic type in a sailboat. In the trailers we always empty the freshwater tanks at the end of a trip (or shortly thereafter) and sort of let them air out. Otherwise you get icky tasting water! On our boat it was much more difficult to find fresh water when out at sea.... the marine stores sell a product called "Sweet Water" and it helps to keep the water tasting fresh. But we aren't talking about weeks and weeks here...

Besides, the inevitable leak will appear sometime in the water tank. If it is filled with water it can slowly wick into whatever is nearby without your knowledge until you step on the floor and it is squishy. If you fill and empty you might spot a leak quicker. (Maybe only wishful thinking!)

Good luck! Have fun, and go camping!

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