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Old 02-11-2016, 05:23 PM   #1
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Extra water tank

Has anyone installed an extra water tank in their trailer? We have a 19, and frequently camp in areas with no water or power. I have considered installing a supplemental 10 to 20 gallon water tank. At the least, would help with my wifes showers and trying to wash her hair. Thanks
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Old 02-11-2016, 05:31 PM   #2
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If you add a 20 gal. tank ( at 8.34 lbs. per gallon ), you would be adding 166.8 lbs. I'm not sure where you could add that weight without affecting handling.
I would just get a couple 5 gal containers and use those out at the picnic table, reserving the existing on board tank for showers.
And, I'd take fewer showers.
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and bring along more perfume and after shave......
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Old 02-11-2016, 05:54 PM   #4
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I have a 50 gal. potable water tank mounted directly behind the cab of the truck. I use it mainly to haul water without the trailer being hooked up but the one time I had both, I really didn't notice that much difference. But with that combo, I'll stick to the flat lands. To transfer water, I use a small battery powered pump. It doesn't take but a few minutes to fill the trailer tank. Loren
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Old 02-11-2016, 07:13 PM   #5
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Ditto the comments about just carrying extra water in your TV or trailer. I think I'd rather fill the standard tank from a portable source than attempt to plumb in another tank into the existing system. With portable containers you can also balance you load more easily.
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Old 02-11-2016, 10:19 PM   #6
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To add substantial mass to the trailer without adversely affecting handling, put it under the floor near the axles. The fresh and grey tanks are already down there, but I suspect there's enough room for quite a bit more capacity, although that may involve shifting what is already under the floor. A freshwater tank is a lot less complicated to move than a waste tank, due to plumbing connections.

An alternative to adding a tank is replacing the existing tank with a larger one, presumably located further forward. Details vary, but the stock freshwater tank in any Escape is further rearward than ideal, and any capacity added ahead of that but not significantly ahead of the axles will actually improve stability.

If I were going to do this, I would start by mapping out exactly what is where under the floor.

Portable tanks are great if you are willing to carry them and to secure them, and if you have the load capacity to spare. Some people haven't weighed their rigs when fully loaded for travel so they don't realize they may not have much spare capacity in their tow vehicle.
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Portable tanks are great if you are willing to carry them and to secure them
True. Easier to toss in the back seat so you can pick up water while you are in town buying steaks and picking up some more beer ( another way to save water ).
Don't forget to return the empties.
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... you can pick up water while you are in town ...
Good point - that's an advantage of portables. Since it is a pain to pour from a substantial container into the fill port, a transfer pump (manual or electric - presumably 12 volt for boondockers) is a good addition to the system.
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Good point - that's an advantage of portables. Since it is a pain to pour from a substantial container into the fill port, a transfer pump (manual or electric - presumably 12 volt for boondockers) is a good addition to the system.

We carry two, three of those collapsible 5 gallon containers with one of those shaker suction tubes. Oh, and a water thief to help fill the containers. Scott

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If I were going to do this, I would start by mapping out exactly what is where under the floor.
I've sort of done that already. If you go to my post under mods. "Adding underfloor insulation" you can see there's an area just ahead of the grey water tank where there's lot's of room for an additional tank. There's also a similar area behind it. However both are either ahead or behind the axles so balance would be affected.

Personally I like portable containers for extra water. Easier to take and fill at a water source if the trailer is set up for a few days.

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