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Old 08-01-2019, 01:49 PM   #1
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Should we fill our fresh water tank (full) prior to going on a Boon Docking camping trip?

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Old 08-01-2019, 02:05 PM   #2
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It depends on a couple of things.
How close are you on weight limits? Water weighs 8.3 pounds per gallon.
Is water available at or near your destination?

If you have the weight capacity/ratings and water is not readily available at or near your destination then fill'er up at home.

If you are close or over on weight capacity and water is available then put enough FW in for pit stops on the road (10 gal) or so and leave it at that.

If you are close or over on weight capacity and water is NOT available then put enough FW in for pit stops on the road (10 gal or so) and do your homework on the closest place to your final destination that you can get water. Many small towns have low priced dump and water as they want your tourist dollars. Leadville for sure does. I use the dump station there before heading home. If going up Poudre Canyon (Highway 14) I don't know of any water available up there.

You have to balance availability, capability and convenience.

All that being said. I usually haul the water from home.


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Old 08-01-2019, 02:06 PM   #3
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Old 08-01-2019, 03:53 PM   #4
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Building on what KimNTerry said, it depends on how close you are to your weight limits. My problem isn't the GVWR of the truck, it's my hitch weight limit. My fresh water tank is in front of the axles and 300# plus would put me way over my rated hitch weight. But I boondock almost exclusively. SO, I put 12 gallons in the fresh water tank and open a hot water faucet to fill the hot water tank behind the axles. 6 gallons in front of the axles and 6 gallons behind balance each other out. Then I fill four 6 gallon water containers which conveniently fit in the dinette bench storage right over the axles. I now have 36 gallons of water, about 2/3 my tank capacity and four containers to get more and haven't added any weight to my hitch.

Aside from the usual water sources on the road I've found Tractor Supply will let me use their outside hose if I'm buying something (propane). I've also been able to have one or two containers filled at McDonalds free of charge when I bought something.

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