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Old 01-29-2017, 12:05 PM   #1
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Question don’t tow with partial tank fresh water? / sloshing

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if I recall correctly the Escape 2017 21’ manual suggests that it is best to NOT tow with a partially full fresh water tank. Tow with it either full, or empty, with the reason being that a partially full fresh water tank can lead to sloshing around, and some weight instability. (I’m paraphrasing)

The issue is that we generally tow with a little water in the fresh tank (maybe a 1/4 tank) to make toilet flushing and hand washing on the road possible.

Are folks here concerned with fresh water sloshing around?

FWIIW i dont tow with anything other than a little in the black and grey tanks…. generally.

The related issue is that when we are driving afternoon and evening on a Friday night from home to a remote boon docking site for the weekend, (or a long weekend) our options then become tow with fresh tank full, so hauling about 240 lbs of water (28 gallons with the tank full) to our weekend boon docking destination, or…. try to find fresh water somewhere along the way, hope it works, hope it didn’t close at 5 pm, or whatever…..

We travel light and pack carefully, so i’m not concerned about being over weight, overall, in any way…..

Just curious to know what people think about towing with 1/4 or 1/2 full fresh water tank, and the sloshing / weight issue.

vs hauling 240 lbs of water (a full fresh tank) for 2-5 hours of driving.

thanks.

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Old 01-29-2017, 12:12 PM   #2
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John, I have only my own experience, but with our 17B we almost always traveled with 1/3 to 1/2 full fresh tanks and experienced nary a hint of sway in many thousands of miles. Usually we would also have both of our 5 gallon Reliant water totes full in the back of the tow. In your situation going somewhere where I knew there would be no water, I'd travel with the fresh tank full and both 5 gallon totes full. Again, only my experiences and opinions - and you know what opinions are worth!
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Old 01-29-2017, 12:21 PM   #3
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Never been an issue here and have partial tank most of the time. Not sure if it would be any different on a 19
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John, I have only my own experience, but with our 17B we almost always traveled with 1/3 to 1/2 full fresh tanks and experienced nary a hint of sway in many thousands of miles. Usually we would also have both of our 5 gallon Reliant water totes full in the back of the tow. In your situation going somewhere where I knew there would be no water, I'd travel with the fresh tank full and both 5 gallon totes full. Again, only my experiences and opinions - and you know what opinions are worth!
Hi Eric:
That's exactly how I operate too except I have three 5 gallon jugs and decant with a zodi pump powered by my battery pack. Rita carries two and I carry one and a 12 oz bottle. ( For Priming).
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...12 oz bottle. ( For Priming).
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Yah I know what that 12 oz bottle is priming!
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I can't imagine that with two axles and four tires sloshing around water in either tank would cause any trailer instability.
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Old 01-29-2017, 01:09 PM   #7
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I have towed 3 Escapes with partially filled fresh tanks over 20,000 miles without incident. I always have 1/3-2/3 tank when traveling. Not sure what the manual was referring to.
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...Just curious to know what people think about towing with 1/4 or 1/2 full fresh water tank, and the sloshing / weight issue...


John
I've towed my 17B with 1/3 a tank of fresh water on every trip with no problems, and most of that was towing with a little RAV4.
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When I picked up Ten Forward at Sumas, the freshwater tank was about 1/3 full. If the "rules" are to tow empty or completely full, you'd think it would have been one or the other.
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I can't imagine that with two axles and four tires sloshing around water in either tank would cause any trailer instability.
I have done it hundreds of times with no ill effect. I often travel with a bit in reserve to handle water usage along the way, expecting to have water at the final destination.
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