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ksg5000

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Posted: 08/30/19 09:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always empty my Black/Gray tanks whenever possible - I don't want the weight and over the years I have had to repair broken tank straps. I recommend everyone check the straps annually - they can break and sometimes the break is hard to notice.


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Posted: 08/30/19 10:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have personally lost the fresh water tank, seen a blown tire take out the sewer gate valves, and every trip to the desert you see trailers draining fresh and grey water as they go down the highway (I don't like this and am hoping it is just water).

I travel with full tanks. This includes fresh, grey, black and fuel. Of course if possible I will drain the grey and black rather than travel with them full.

Hopefully it was at the end of their trip and I must say they are much more observant than me. I not sure I would even notice a tank leaking while I was driving down the road. Heck I didn't even realize my fresh water tank fell out of our FW until we got to camp and had no water to the faucet.

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FlatBroke wrote:

Guess I just gotta say, they should be built to hold a full tank whether you travel with them full or empty.


Sometimes that doesn't matter.

years ago we were following a travel trailer that ran over a piece of road gator, managed to come up and knock the drain valve off the fresh water tank. What can you do,? If Murphy wants you he gets you.


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I often wonder..with all of the things people won't do..or carry...or places they won't go...how they even get out of the house.

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Posted: 08/30/19 10:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I prefer to travel with empty tanks of course, but it's not always possible. The design of the tank mounting ought to be able to handle full tanks. If it's not, make it so it is! And inspect often. Doesn't take long to crawl under the rig for a quick visual. Check the straps, make sure wires aren't hanging loose, look for busted exhaust hangers, stuff like that. Just a part of keeping a rig on the road.

And sometimes things just break. **** happens.


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Posted: 08/30/19 11:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"It was right then and there I decided to never travel with full tanks again. And I haven't."

You'll be unable to stay a lots of beautiful Western campgrounds that don't have water if you travel with the fresh tank empty or even a 1/4 full.


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BarabooBob wrote:

Why carry all of that weight around anyway. I get water near where I am going and leave the waste at the closest available dump station. While traveling, I keep about 10 gallons of fresh water to be able to use the toilet on the road. I am more than happy to leave black and grey water at the dump station.

The 240 pounds of a full 30 gallon tank is so small compared to the 7500 pound weight of my trailer that it really is completely insignificant. I'll travel full or empty as it happens; won't give a second thought to the weight.

Yes they can break but so can a lot of things. Hasn't happened yet to my 15 year old Prowler. I'm not going to "what if" this decision; if it happens that sucks but "**** happens".

Oh and one more thing: I'd rather drink my water from home than some unknown source on the road, some of which are quite bad. I will if I run out but I always start with my home water.


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belairbrian wrote:



years ago we were following a travel trailer that ran over a piece of road gator, managed to come up and knock the drain valve off the fresh water tank. What can you do,? If Murphy wants you he gets you.


Never thought about that, you may have a good point here.

This TT was near new, and the tank was pouring from the bottom center. There is always debris on this highway, especially road gators. Everything from lumber to metal objects to hammers, wrenches and a huge variety of other stuff.

Fairly new TT, should not have had an age related failure.
Possibly he ran over something that came up and poked a hole. He would have heard the noise so possibly stopped to check it out.
All speculation of course.

Heck, I ran over something coming home from vacation a few days ago. Within a couple miles of where I saw this, on the same piece of highway. Something under me made a heckuva clattering bang. I pulled over fast and now, did a visual on truck and trailer, saw nothing. I have no idea what I hit. Never saw a thing.


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If you want to boondock for any length of time, you pretty much need to travel at least some distance with the tanks full. What the hell good is an rv if you have to travel with all the tanks empty.

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I'm thinking on the same lines as Bellairbrian. Road debris, gator or something else. Sounds like the tank was still attached to the trailer.

I usually start the trip with a full fresh water tank, approx. 35 gal. 300 lbs is only. that is only about 2.5% of my total vehicle weight. The grey/black tanks get filled, by use, from the fresh water, so only minimal extra weight.

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