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Old 03-01-2020, 02:34 PM   #1
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Dry camping water fill

Hello all, we have a couple dry camping activities planned this year one near Staunton VA and one at Watkins Glen NY. I would like to make the 4 and 9 hour tow with a dry water tank. Any options?

We are new to dry camping and want to cover my bases.

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Old 03-01-2020, 03:07 PM   #2
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I would be reluctant to tow any distance with a full fresh water tank unless the factory tank supports have been reinforced. I have yet to do that and we try to fill as close as possible to where we are going to be. If that is not possible we have a few of those blue plastic barrels that hold around 15 or 20 apiece and are easy enough to siphon into the trailer along with about another 20 gallon in the 5 and 6 gallon cans we have.
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Old 03-01-2020, 04:38 PM   #3
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Thanks Tom I was also concerned about factory supports on the water tank
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Old 03-01-2020, 05:42 PM   #4
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I agree with Tom. The factory tank supports look pretty sketchy. I travel with about 10 gallons in the tank and fill when we get to the campground.

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Old 03-01-2020, 06:26 PM   #5
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I've also wanted to reinforce my fresh tank mount, but haven't done it yet. I've towed mine 160 miles with a full tank with no problems when I camped at Virginia International Raceway. Most of the trip is on smooth pavement, but the last mile or so is on a gravel, washboard, one lane road in the middle of the track to the camping area. No issues so far. I always open the fresh tank drain as I leave the track.

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Old 03-01-2020, 06:32 PM   #6
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Are there locations along I-81 that will allow rv’s to fill the water tank and dump sewage? I’m ok with paying not looking for free
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Old 03-01-2020, 07:14 PM   #7
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The wife is kinda picky about the water so we always have a full tank. That being said i bought a length of 1 1/2" heavy angle iron. It was enough for 3 pieces. I told the place what length i needed-from outside to outside on the frame - and got 3 pieces and a little left over. Drilled holes on each end thru it and the frame - my camper is a I beam - and bolted them on so if needed i can remove them.
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Old 03-01-2020, 07:28 PM   #8
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We usually have a full fresh water tank when we leave home. I reinforced the supports under the tank shortly after getting the cruiser.
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One thing if you don’t have, you need to get. A lot of people call it the water thief or water bandit. At some campgrounds and other places they will purposely mess up the threads on the water spigot or the threads might be messed up. It hooks to your hose and then you just push it up on the spigot.
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