Traveling With a Full Fresh Water Tank

Ad for Best RV Tips Book

Last updated on April 27th, 2009 at 06:45 pm

Few people will argue the more weight you carry the the worse your fuel milage will be. However some RVers say they can’t see any difference in fuel milage with a full or empty tank.

For Fran and I, the way we travel, it doesn’t make much sense to have a full fresh water tank. Our travel days are usually less that 6 hours and we almost always spend the night in an RV park with hookups. I try to keep a few gallons in the tank so we can use the toilet or if we stop for lunch we can wash up.

Even when a campground doesn’t have water at the campsite there is usually water available and it’s easy enough the fill the tank when arriving at the campground before setting up.

If I know we will be spending the night somewhere that doesn’t have water I will fill the fresh water tank, or at least add more than usual, before we head out.

Of course, if we were going to traveling the loneliest road in America out across the desert I would probably fill the water tank.

At about 8 pounds per gallon a full 45 gallon fresh water tank will weigh in at around 360 pounds. Whether or not that additional weight of a full fresh water tank makes a difference to you depends on the carrying capacity of your rig and how close you are to the maximum as well as how big your engine is. And how you feel about ‘always being prepared’.
Click Here to Join the Good Sam Club

CSP is a mechanical breakdown plan for your Motorhome, Travel Trailer, and Tow Vehicle! For a FREE Quote Click Here

Are you paying too much for your RV Insurance? Click here for a free quote from Good Sam VIP

Protect your RV and your family while on the road: Join Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service Today and save!


Ad for Best RV Tips Book

Share This Post

Post Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.