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Old 08-05-2015, 11:25 PM   #41
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Although baffles in tanks make sense, they wouldn't work very well in waste tanks, and I've never heard of baffles in a landlocked RV tank - even the freshwater. It might be done, but I wouldn't expect it.

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Old 08-05-2015, 11:27 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Ron in BC View Post
I just find that advice totally impractical, it doesn't relate to real life at all. There might be some cases where I might drain off some water if I was heading for a high pass because my truck isn't exactly over powered but to drain the water to empty because I didn't want the water to shift, never.

If it's impractical maybe ETI can explain to you why they put it in the manual. What is said in the manual pertains to avoiding side-to-side sloshing. We find the tow to be noticeably lighter and prefer the handling without the extra 250 pounds over the rear axle when traveling any significant distance. Instead we leave just enough so the pump won't suck air and keep a 6 gal jug in the TV and a 3 gal jug at the rear of the bed.

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Old 08-06-2015, 07:20 AM   #43
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I don't notice any difference in towing the 17b empty or full with the Anderson hitch. I suspect that is a huge variable. TUG is RAV4.
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:17 AM   #44
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I regularity tow with the tank about 1/4 full when headed to a campsite. Never had a problem.

Most of the time heading camping, I have a full tank and just tow back what I don't use to be topped up later.

For me, the fresh water tank level is not a concern.
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Old 08-06-2015, 11:21 AM   #45
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If you live on the west coast of North America, or any other earthquake zone, you might want to keep your water tanks full and drain and replace periodically. Water will be handy in the event of an 8.9

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