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I'm new to TT camping, having camped in a class B for the last 4 years or so. So far we've stayed in parks with restroom/shower facilities, so water hookups and tankage was never an issue. If you are going to a location where you know there are no hookups, where/how do you fill water tanks before arriving. I'm not too keen on the idea of filling at home and adding another 300 lbs to my tow weight, not to mention the mechanical stress of 37 gallons of water sloshing around while towing. Obviously being stuck without water is an issue. This is the case with most of the NP campgrounds. We always carry bottle/jug water for drinking and cooking, but that doesn't cover washing, bathing, etc..


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Hi,

*smiles* fill the tank at home. I've not had any problems doing so. The additional weight won't be much noticed unless you are over the proper limit for your tow weight, and you will not see a difference in your fuel mileage either.


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I always fill the fresh water tank at home before I go. It has never been an issue for me. I also empty my holding tanks when I get home. My storage facility provides a free dump station, something that is becoming rare at campgrounds around here - if they have one at all.


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For local trips i fill up at home. Have never been anywhere that water was not avaible somewhere. For longer trips i carry maybe 1/4 tank and fill up before setting up=if it's a longer stay w/o hookups i have a 32gal barker tote and a 40 gal poly bag for fresh. Have stayed ar some remote places(energy lake-LBL Ky.) where i have hooked up and drove to dump/fill up(why i got the tote/bag)
Also invested in a good filter(ceremac/charcoal) for places with questionable water. Local i(and critters) drink out of the tank(DW dies not)on farther trips we all drink bottled water(cheap aldi stuff usually)


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Fill at home.... you will never notice the difference.... every national park that I've been to has potable water somewhere.


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I suppose a couple of collapsable 5 gal containers might be a good investment. I may even have one left over from my van camping days. I also plan to get a Barker Tote, not for hauling drinking water, but to dump tanks without having to move in the places that do not have a sewer connection.

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I always fill at home and keep water in the tank when on the road. Water definitely is needed for toilet flushing and other uses on the road. No point in getting the hose out just for overnight. Even in a park with full hookups and staying long term, I keep water in the tank in case of nighttime hose freeze. With a 40 gallon tank full, you're talking a little over 320 pounds. A pittance when compared to a trailer weight of 7000-8000 lbs. Also, a full or nearly full tank doesn't slosh around much at all.


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When I was towing with my 1/2 ton gasser the weight made a lot of difference, my tank weighed 500lbs full. I went empty a lot and filled up at the campground. I filled up with a 5 gallon tank and after getting sick of holding it up while it drained into the trailer I bought a utility pump from Home Depot, it emptied that 5 gallon bucket in about a minute!

Now that I have my diesel the 500lbs of water isn't a problem and I can now enjoy the water I am used too.

I strongly recomend you get a filter and a pressure regulator if you decide to use campground hookups BTW, the water can be pretty nasty and full of sediment.


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Your trailer weight has already taken into account your filled weight - water, propane, etc..

Fill-up at home...

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Truck stops are a good place as are some gas stations. You might want to consider carrying at least 75 feet of hose and a "water thief". I have also gotten water from dump stations using my hose from the "not drinking water" faucet. Once you get to an area you can ask established campers where they get water. I carry 3-4 7 gallon jugs to supplement my tank. Some boondockers will of course pump water straight from a creek or river into their tanks. Typically they will have a fairly decent filtration set up and may use bottled water for drinking.

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