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Old 08-18-2013, 10:14 PM   #31
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An empty fresh water tank helps reduce weight if you're going to camp at a serviced site, but all my favourite spots either have no water or maybe a hand pump.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:40 PM   #32
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Hi: All...It sounds to me like you all need to step back and enjoy an ice cold bottle of "Slim Fast"!!! Alf
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:18 AM   #33
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An empty fresh water tank helps reduce weight if you're going to camp at a serviced site, but all my favourite spots either have no water or maybe a hand pump.
I've never camped with a RV where I haven't had access to potable water.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:12 AM   #34
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I've never camped with a RV where I haven't had access to potable water.
Many places where we like to boondock may have a river or creek nearby, and no other sources of water. You could take drinking water from these creeks or rivers (and we sometimes have), but without filtering/purifying you are taking a bit of a chance of catching giardia or some other nasty.

Depending on your style of camping, traveling with your freshwater tanks empty may not be a real option for "losing weight."
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:16 AM   #35
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I always carry potable water from home, but keep 10 gal in the fresh tank for toilet and grey water use, not drinking, does anyone fill their tank with creek water for same, flushing the toilet?
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:50 AM   #36
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I always carry potable water from home, but keep 10 gal in the fresh tank for toilet and grey water use, not drinking, does anyone fill their tank with creek water for same, flushing the toilet?
Same here.. I never drink the water from the fresh water tank irregardless of how it got filled. Was camping at my uncles place in Nova Scotia this summer and followed his practice, fresh water tank filled and replenished from the lake. Drinking water hand dipped from the dug well as required.

The issue is trying to avoid moving unnecessary mass, figure 1-3% more fuel required per 100lbs of mass moved. If draining the hot water tank was as easy as draining the fresh Id do that also. Save another 50lbs
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cpaharley, are you planning to tow your 21 with the FJ?
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Yes, the 21 is still within the capacities of the FJ, will get me another Andersen Hitch though.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:15 PM   #39
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Same here.. I never drink the water from the fresh water tank irregardless of how it got filled. Was camping at my uncles place in Nova Scotia this summer and followed his practice, fresh water tank filled and replenished from the lake. Drinking water hand dipped from the dug well as required.

The issue is trying to avoid moving unnecessary mass, figure 1-3% more fuel required per 100lbs of mass moved. If draining the hot water tank was as easy as draining the fresh Id do that also. Save another 50lbs
Too bad Escape doesn't use the Atwood water heater (or maybe it is Suburban, I get them confused) but the point is the other brand does not use the anode rod and you have a plastic nut which can be replaced with a spigot, thus emptying would be easier. HHmm, maybe I should ask the factory if it can be switched.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:24 PM   #40
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I'd be interested to know how well the 21 tows with the FJ. I have a Frontier and am considering the 21, actually considering all of the Escapes excluding the 15 and 17. I also will be interested to learn how the 21 owners feel about the bed.
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