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Old 07-30-2022, 03:17 PM   #1
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Travel with full fresh water?

(Currently towing an 8k 30' TT with a 2015 F-150 XLT 3.5L eco max tow)

So I just got a build date for my F-350 7.3L the other day, and anxious to take delivery. My question is for those who have ample payload, are you comfortable traveling with a full tank of fresh water? Is there a concern with the the support brackets? We normally tow dry for payload concerns.

I would rather fill up at home where we have lake Michigan water, and for long trips would like to carry as much fresh water as we safely can as we "Harvest Host", boondock stops between our destination.

Or even short trips where I don't have to worry about filling up at the campground as daylight begins to fade quickly in the fall when we leave on Friday after work and frequently have to setup at the last light of astronomical twilight, so every minute counts.

We store our camper at our rental property where we normally plug it in the night or two before to get prepped and let the fridge get cold for travel so being able to fill the fresh tank would be of great benefit.
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Old 07-30-2022, 04:52 PM   #2
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Well the simple answer is yes. But..... I'd make sure I'd have a supplemental support for the tank installed. Heard many stories about the tank falling down when filled.
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Old 07-30-2022, 07:00 PM   #3
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Most of our trips are with a full water tank, and sometimes I have roughly 35 gals. in the bed of the truck.
I put an extra support bar under the tank when it was new.
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Old 07-31-2022, 07:37 PM   #4
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We always have because we very seldom get full hookups. On our Cruiser I bought a stick of 1 1/2" heavy angle iron- 21' - it made 3 pieces that went across the frame with some leftover. On our Seville someone already added extra supports.
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The only time we do not travel with a full water tank is when we know there are hookups. We always haul 15 or 20 gallons in case of traffic or macanical troubles.
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I have always traveled with a full tank (30 gal.), going on seven years now. Probably 4-5 shorter trips within 60 miles and one longer trip 300 + miles.
I haven't added any extra support but you guys are making think I should.
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Old 08-05-2022, 09:26 AM   #7
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I never added support either. We haul 40 gal of water. It might make a difference what year it was built and who owned that company at the time.
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Old 08-05-2022, 11:22 AM   #8
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I never added support either. We haul 40 gal of water. It might make a difference what year it was built and who owned that company at the time.

It also makes a difference who at the factory installed the support. That applies to a lot of things in the camper e.g. wiring, plumbing.
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We usually half about 1/4 water in tank in case we need the bathroom during our trip.
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You have to wonder with the water sloshing around would be harder on a tank with a half tank or less is in there. I’ve always travelled with a full tank but have with less too on occasion.
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Not sure sloshing would be as bad as a full tank. They are usually pretty flat, but you may be correct.
IMHO, an added support is your best bet.
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