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Old 07-02-2014, 12:30 AM   #1
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The fresh water system

I've had my camper for about 3 months now. We are always at an Rv park and will probably never dry camp. I have never put water in the fresh water tank nor have I ever turned on the water pump other than to make sure everything was working. The question is am I doing anything wrong? Can any damage occur other than something not working from lack of use.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:53 AM   #2
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In hot weather, they claim the plastic tanks can get brittle if they don't have liquid in them for a long period of time. But if you're using your unit this shouldn't be as much of a problem
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:20 AM   #3
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Haven't had water in ours since we took delivery 18 months ago, 5 years in previous SOB, so far no problems I'm aware of, right or wrong??
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:40 AM   #4
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We don't use ours either but I do keep some water in the FW tank and turn the pump on about once a month. I usually drain the tank about every 4-6 months then partially refill.

I know I should add something to eliminate any water borne critters/viruses but not sure what???
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:48 AM   #5
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We pull in and hook up city water, we obviously use the gray and black tanks just not the fresh water tank. We never did before either just thought it was a good question.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:11 PM   #6
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I guess we are the weird ones out. We use ours pretty regularly. We keep it at about 1/2 full for those campgrounds with little to no water pressure, for traveling to use the toilets or showers the next morning. I dump it often and keep it sanitized as well. We have to use it for winterizing as well.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:33 PM   #7
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X2 with radio flyer. We keep 25-30 gals in tank for traveling and the times when we camp at Wally World. Drain it and reflll periodically and also will use it at times in a campground if water pressure bad from campground.

Also need the pump system to winterize (is that a four letter word?)
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Also found that the RL tows much better with that amount or more in water tank.
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piper guy, you used a bad word in your post, going to ask Dave to ban you now :-)
It does seem to tow a little smoother as well.
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Also found that the RL tows much better with that amount or more in water tank.
Vaughn,

I also carry approx 20 gallons of fresh water, while we are in transit, for those cases where we might need to to use the bathroom. I haven't noticed the difference in towing, but that may be me just not making the connection to why the towing is different or better sometimes. I have generally thought that I just didn't have the Trail-Air pin box bladder set to the right pressure.

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I guess we are the weird ones out. We use ours pretty regularly. We keep it at about 1/2 full for those campgrounds with little to no water pressure, for traveling to use the toilets or showers the next morning. I dump it often and keep it sanitized as well. We have to use it for winterizing as well.
Like Piperguy and Radio_flyer, I use mine all the time. Just Monday night we pulled imto a rest area, turned on the generator and slept for about 6 hours there. When we got up, we took our showers and hit the road.

I usually carry 1/3 tank of fresh water. The trailer pulls well and the dually handles the weight without a problem. I figure this way I'm prepared for about anything.
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Now that I have the capacity to tow it, I run a full fresh water tank, even if going to a spot with full hookups. We use a little on the way, and never know what changes can happen when we get there.

I don't know how valid it is, but I try to either carry full or empty. Doesn't always work out that way, but I worry a bit about water hammer in the tanks if I travel with partial full tanks. They are not baffled, so I just avoid stress on the tank seams and fittings.
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We also travel with water in the tank, and keep some in there even when hooked up to park water. Have been in parks where they have low pressure, have had to shut off water for some reason, or its just not worth hooking up for a short period. It's nice to have water available, beside making sure the system works.
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Like Piperguy and Radio_flyer, I use mine all the time. Just Monday night we pulled imto a rest area, turned on the generator and slept for about 6 hours there. When we got up, we took our showers and hit the road.

I usually carry 1/3 tank of fresh water. The trailer pulls well and the dually handles the weight without a problem. I figure this way I'm prepared for about anything.
That's our plan as well ... Be prepared, and equipped!
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #15
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Even with full hookups we always use our freshwater tank as we have a full coach reverse osmosis system and need it for RO water storage.
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