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Posted: 01/11/19 05:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Always travel with full water tank, rig holds 150 gallons


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Posted: 01/11/19 05:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nope. Class C's are so close or over ccc that I am not going to run with all the tanks filled. Wastes gas too.

Fill it just enough for toilet use while on the road. Fill up when close to destination. There is always a place to find water.


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Posted: 01/11/19 06:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the weight difference of water in a jug you purchased or the same amount of water in your fresh water tank? Time is up.....nothing!!!!

You are missing a great deal of functionality of your RV by not using the fresh water tank. Fill the tank (maybe not completely full if you are watching weights) then you can flush the toilet and take showers!

Staying at a truck stop? Why? There are so many better choices; even the Walmart parking lot will be better! Find nice city and state parks, choice boon docking locations, and even commercial campgrounds.

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full clean tank ,and we carry couple cases of drink water, we do drink from our tank some times ,try not to drink strange water, some times can upset your body system. if you know your tanks clean ,theres nothing wrong with drinking from it.p.s use cracker barrel or wal mart or a church for over night . church lots are great.three times I,ve been approached by the church and they insisted on running a electric cord out.

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With our 30 ft. MH I run with a full or nearly full tank. Reasons- Once went to a state park(in winter) indicated as "open". Well, it was but bathrooms locked, and no water at the site and dump station closed. Walmart worked but short on water. Also, sometimes we use the bathroom a lot on the road. Thirdly, I don't have to fill the tank before setting up at a campground without water on site. Weight but worth it.


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Posted: 01/11/19 10:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some class C's have weight issues when towing - if your rig is one of them then I would carry less water. Just remember to choose camping sites where water is available.


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sltrawick wrote:

Have never filled up the fresh water tank, so it’s never been used.
So you've never used the toilet in your RV? Never used the sink to wash dishes? Wash your hands/face?

I've never quite understood buying an RV and not using half of it.


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Thanks for replying. A lot of good information. I appreciate it.

We do use the toilet and sinks, etc. we just use jug water for it. We don’t carry that much with us when we do. But we are reconsidering that now from all your suggestions.
Also, We don’t always stay in truck stops, sometimes Cracker Barrel, etc. ????

Again, thanks everyone !


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We consider all RV trips as somewhat of a "mini-expedition", and as such leave home with all tanks full that should be full and all tanks empty that should be empty.

We never know what situations can occur out on the open road and often don't know where we might be camping day by day. We leave home in our Class C with: 45 gallons of fresh water, 60 lbs. of propane (15 gallons in an 18 gallon tank), 55 gallons of main engine gas, extra gas for a portable generator, extra propane for a portable firepit, an empty 29 gallon grey tank, and an empty 39 gallon black tank. Plus we usually start out with at least 48 bottles of drinking water. We of course sometimes travel between campsites with all tanks full that should be full and all tanks that should be empty not empty (partially full but not yet emptied.). All of this is in addition to a whole of bunch of gear in internal and external storage areas.

However we did anticipate this RV'ing style when we bought our Class C. It's a small 24 footer, but built on the optional-at-the-time E450 chassis. We probably have at least 1500 lbs. of additional load carrying capacity when we leave home. I've not noticed any negative affects in handling of the RV whenever it's loaded like we do - but still well below it's design maximum. In fact, it rides better with this much weight loaded on it.

The freedom that a high margin of weight carrying capacity gives is what comes from what I call having a motorhome built with "chassis overkill".

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If all you ever do is go from FHU site to FHU site in good weather and well known roads then traveling without water onboard is not that bad.

That is not what we do. At departure, the potable is full, the black is empty and we will be a full fuel before the end of the first hundred miles.

Between October and April, we will always be provisioned for three days. We have often been held up for a day for weather in the off season. On one memorable occasion, that became two days. So, we sat in the parking lot in the nice warm coach and watch other people struggle to get somewhere.

We have often been held up for weather or road issues and the places we go often only barely have GPS coverage. If we could not run completely self-contained, it would be a sincere cramp for our style of traveling.

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