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SUMRX4

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Posted: 10/06/21 05:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess everyone is different LOL. I have never stayed at a CG that didn’t have water available. Not that I’m against it, just none that I’m aware of around me for boondocking. As far as traveling we usually camp within a couple hours of the house so no need for stopping along the way. And if we do I just always pulled I to a convenience store or fast food joint.
So the tank on the new rig was filled for the PDI. If I use that and drain it, then say two years down the road i need it, I can just rinse, sanitize, and I’m good to go?

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We also use ours for a "bug out trailer" since we live in a high fire danger area. Full water, fuel, batteries on charge, everything ready to go if we have to evac. Once fire season is over, I'll drain for the winter, and move freezable stuff into the house.


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I like to use water from the fresh tank and top it up as needed, which is usually about every third day. That means that water in the fresh tank is always quite fresh.

If the RV has been sitting in storage for a few weeks, then at the first campsite I drain the fresh tank (hooking to camp water while it drains) and refill it. (This assumes that the first campsite is in an area where there is an ample supply of water.)

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All of the reasons above, plus if we need to use the “rest” room and there are no facilities we can use our own. I don’t like to fill it before leaving since 40 gallons of fresh water weighs almost 300 lbs. Most campgrounds without water have a fresh water fill station unless they have been shut down for winter.

I also try to find out in advance if the campsite includes water hookup.


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If "camping" involves parking one's rig on asphalt with full services (including wifi), then "why should I use the fresh water tank" is a valid question.

If "camping" involves parking one's rig far away from a water source, then....

My Nash's water tank is under the gaucho bed located at the very front of the TT, and when I run empty, the tongue weight falls below 15%, but increases to around 15% when tank is full.

To each is own, I listen to jazz (Artie Shaw), you may listen to Kenny G. Who is wrong? (nobody).

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valhalla360 wrote:

As mentioned, if you never plan to use it...who cares.

That said, we use the tank and pump even on full hookup. Had an experience on our boat many years ago, heard a slight hissing sound late at night. Searched it out and found the city water had sprung a pinhole leak. If it hadn't been dead silent, it would have continued for hours or days without us noticing.

Running off the water tank with the pump, if there is a small leak, we will hear the pump kick over periodically alerting us that there is an issue. The RV may not sink but the floors can certainly rot out.


Boats sink when they fill up with water, rv's just get totaled.

Co-worker took his neice/nephew (don't remember the exact details of who they were) with him camping. they used the shower while on city water, shut off the water at the shower head, which leaves it dribbling by design to keep hot water flowing, and to alert you the faucets are on. Well, he failed to follow after them and check that all was properly turned off, and they went to bed only to wake up to an RV standing in water inside. The gray tank had overfilled and the shower pan filled up and overflowed. insurance totaled the trailer.

I do not hook up to city water, I fill the tank and use the pump, and turn the pump off when not using it. I turn the water heater off when not using it, also.

I too listen for the pump cycling when it should not, and that is the clue I should go investigating for a leak or a leaking check valve in the pump.

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Timmo! wrote:



To each is own, I listen to jazz (Artie Shaw), you may listen to Kenny G. Who is wrong? (nobody).


Obviously the one listening to Kenny G.


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SAR Tracker wrote:

We also use ours for a "bug out trailer" since we live in a high fire danger area. Full water, fuel, batteries on charge, everything ready to go if we have to evac. Once fire season is over, I'll drain for the winter, and move freezable stuff into the house.


Same here. If fires or earthquakes kill our home services, we'll turn to the RV as our Plan B. The fresh water is filled and the batteries are charging with solar.


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All I can say is: If you don't put water in the Fresh Water Tank, you won't be camping at some of the Beautiful State Park CGs that we visit, as may State Parks in numerous Cities don't have Full Hook-ups.


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Michelle.S wrote:

All I can say is: If you don't put water in the Fresh Water Tank, you won't be camping at some of the Beautiful State Park CGs that we visit, as may State Parks in numerous Cities don't have Full Hook-ups.

That sort of my point. But if your happy with what your doing and FHU is what you seek. There is nothing wrong with that.
The main reason to use your tank is that all parks do not have running water at the site.
There are lots of fantastic sites with no running water.


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