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Old 04-24-2011, 04:17 AM   #1
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Is it generally advisable to travel with empty tanks? Should I wait until I have arrived at my final destination to fill up with potable water? It would seem that "some" potable water should be carried in case you need to use the camper before arrival, true? I assume that black water and grey water tanks should be as empty as practical?

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Old 04-24-2011, 04:31 AM   #2
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I would recommend some water in the event you need to use the toilet or sink. You also want to keep some water in the black tank in case you need to use it. Seems like some people empty the tank at the end of a trip and then put in some water (2 gallons of so) and the chemicals so it's all ready for the next trip. With my current camper, I always have water in thetank since we are more likely to use the toilet and sinks since they are so accessible.
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:42 AM   #3
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I travel with about 10 gal in the fresh water tank. Other tanks basically empty, just a little water to cover the valve seals.
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:44 AM   #4
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Usually we have a full tank of fresh, and the rest of the tanks empty.
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:29 PM   #5
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Full fresh,about 5 gallons of pre-mixed chem in the black tank.

But if you are at the max for your TV lighter is better as you could fill water at CG and dump on the way out.Edited by: we-canoe
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:39 PM   #6
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We tow with about 10-15 gals in the FW tank for traveling and emergencies. The black and grey tanks empty. If your rig is set up like mine, the FW tank is all the wayto the rear. I don't want all the weight of a full tank shifting weight to my rear axle and off my pin. It can adverslyaffect handling.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:40 PM   #7
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I usually travel with a full tank of water, as the campground we frequent the most has some nasty water. In addition, when taking longer trips you don't know about the quality of the water, or ease of accessibility. If I am by myself, I can make the tank last all week, but if the wife is with me...well it drops to about 3-4 days. Something about having to shower every day.....


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Old 04-26-2011, 11:41 PM   #8
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I always fill my fresh water tank at home with soft water. But I also do not get to far from home so I'm not pulling the extra weight around the country. After I dump the tanks for the trip home I put a few gallons of water and some kind of soap down the toilet. Helps keep the black tank clean. If you are not familiar with the GEO method do a search, there have been lots and lots of discussions about it.

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Old 04-27-2011, 02:53 AM   #9
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We only travel with about 5 gallons of FW and a couple of gallons with chemicals in the BW tank, nothing in the GW tank. We carry a gallon jug of fresh water for drinking, cooking and making coffee. Since we never know what the water at any given campground might be like the jug water from a grocery store works great!
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:11 PM   #10
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We travel with about 5 gallons of fresh water and a couple of gallons in the Black Tank We like being able to use or john while traveling. After all we know where it has been

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