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Old 08-19-2014, 06:32 PM   #1
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Traveling with full tanks

We pick up our new 19 this Friday from the factory, driving back to Utah, we only have 3 days and the first night will be dry camping near Leavenworth WA
Left it a bit late to book a site with hook ups, so may have to get ETI to fill our tank before we leave it will be a 4 hour drive from Sumas.
Any problems traveling with a full tank of water, apart from the obvious weight?
Any tips on where to fill up other than truck stops. We'll be traveling down 5 then across on Hwy 2 east.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:41 PM   #2
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If you are in an actual camp ground, there should be water available there. I would think they have a sani-dump and potable water for those not on hookups.
There is a free rest area at Nason Creek (which must be near by ).
Download the free app Sanidumps.com
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The problem could be your tongue weight too light possibly with fresh water full back there. You might want to find the nearest truck scale and weigh TV and Escape, then drop Escape a few feet away and weigh TV only. That will get you tongue weight. There are people who have had problems getting home with unbalanced loads. You could be okay if you have plenty of weight up front. Do you have a front box to load? You can put more weight inside up front on floor or inside benches.
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Aren't RVs designed to be towed with a full fresh-water tank? What is the point otherwise? BCdonaher states the first night is dry camping--no mention of available water and many, many campgrounds don't have potable water available.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:51 PM   #5
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Just bring a small water hose . Keep it handy and fill what you need at the camp site. 1/3 full fresh water should be all you'd need for an over nighter .
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I have towed our 19 with full , empty and most levels in between and can never feel a difference. I would just fill it at Eti and not worry about it. Altough those that make a olympic event of weighing tounge weight will probably disagree
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Just bring a small water hose . Keep it handy and fill what you need at the camp site. 1/3 full fresh water should be all you'd need for an over nighter .
I was going to agree with that -- only needing one third but that depends on whether you take showers. New people, especially, have been known to quickly empty their tanks.

No, the trailers are not meant to be towed with fresh tank full. In fact, they are meant to be towed with fresh tank empty. A full tank has been a real problem.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:56 PM   #8
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Water weighs 10 pounds+- per gallon . A full tank is only 200 pounds+-. Shouldn't be a problem weight wise.
If it is , drain some out .
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Full water tanks have been a problem. It was once related that that had much to do with Reace making the front boxes. Don't know if that is correct. What I do know is that people were showing up at rallies very unbalanced (dangerous situation) and it was said to be due to that.
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We usually travel with our fresh tanks 1/3 full and our two 5 gallon jugs full in the back of the truck. Gives us options if fresh water fill in hard to find at the site when we arrive.

Grey and black tanks can sometimes be a problem in places with no dump. That app that Glenn posted above looks great - more complete than any other site of app I have seen so far.

But like Dave just said -- our 17B seems to handle excellently with any sort of fill levels. Heck it even handled well with an exploded tire!
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