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Old 04-26-2015, 12:00 PM   #1
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Traveling with a full tank of fresh water?

We have a (new to us) 2009 Flying Cloud. Is it OK to travel with a full water tank?

We previously had another brand of trailer (toy hauler) and when we traveled with a full tank it actually bent the bracing under the trailer. Granted the tank on the toy hauler was enormous, but we need to be sure on the Airstream.

I searched for this question in other Forum posts and could not find the answer. Everyone has such great information to share. Thank you so much for your helpful input.

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Old 04-26-2015, 12:23 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!!

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Old 04-26-2015, 12:32 PM   #3
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Yes, a good idea. It helps lower the center of gravity too

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Old 04-26-2015, 12:41 PM   #4
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:41 PM   #5
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We always travel with a full tank. Congratulations on your "new" trailer.
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:59 PM   #6
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If we are going to boondock, we fill up but if we are just going from full service to full service campgrounds, we will keep between 25% and 50% for "casual" use on the road and in case of an emergency.
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Old 04-26-2015, 02:08 PM   #7
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I always do. Have not bent or broke anything because of it.

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Old 04-26-2015, 02:11 PM   #8
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fill 'er up

I had a dealer once tell me that I should drain it for "fuel economy" (or leave the dog behind ?)

about 8lbs per gallon, if your set up is that close then water isn't the problem
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Old 04-26-2015, 02:36 PM   #9
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The Airstream was designed to carry a full tank of water.
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Old 04-26-2015, 02:44 PM   #10
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Thank you all for your response! We feel confident that we can travel with a full water tank and not have any problems. Everyone has so much Airstream knowledge that they are willing to share. It is so much appreciated.
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Old 04-27-2015, 11:56 AM   #11
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The trailer rides much smoother with a full water tank. I need to fill my water tank now. I drained it for the winter and have not refilled it.
It is good to have on board water so you can flush the toilet anytime while traveling and not hooked up to city water. It is also good to have water on board in case you are leaving camp before daylight and want to be road ready before dark the day before. You can be totally ready to roll, not hooked to city water, and still take a bath and use the bathroom.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:59 PM   #12
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We always travel with a full tank, 10s of thousands
Of miles and no problem
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Old 04-27-2015, 10:12 PM   #13
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Another good reason to have water on board

Recently in a Navy (govt owned) CG, we were greeted on Friday morning with flyers all over the CG saying the CG water is unsafe. NOT use it w/o. boiling it. CG & public works didn"t say water was OK until Monday PM.

We used our on board water which was good water. Almost everyone else in CG had enough onboard water & did the same.

The people who work @ this Navy. CG know nothing about RVs or RVers.

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Old 04-27-2015, 10:16 PM   #14
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Where is the fresh water tank located? I know from the parts diagram that the black water and grey water tanks are nearly above the drains. Is the fresh water tank on the road side of the trailer where it helps to offset the weight of the kitchen and contents of kitchen cabinets?
I have been told that due the way roads are crowned, it is important to load cargo trailers (in general) with more weight on the road side, or at least to avoid overloading the edge of road side. Thoughts?

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