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mowermech

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Posted: 07/25/20 10:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For those advocating the use of a "water thief", keep in mind that many USFS and State Park campgrounds have water hand pump or faucets that such a gadget can not be used on. They are specifically designed to prevent that.
I tried the "1/4 tank of fresh water for the trip, fill at destination" scenario once years ago. I found no benefit from doing so; the handling over the mountain pass wasn't any better, the fuel economy didn't show a significant improvement, and the hassle of filling the water tank at the destination wasn't worth the trouble, IMO
Of course, YMMV. We each have to do what makes us happy.
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Back to the original question, there are several places if no flying j or something is available. We travel for months at a time and sometimes boondock in one spot for weeks. I carry 4
Jerry cans and have a pump mounted in my storage bin. When we go to some store I ask at the register if I can have 20 gal of water. Rarely am I denied. Same with mom and pop gas stations. Churches are a great place to ask if some one is on the premises. Moral of the story,
people are usually really nice and will do their best to accommodate you if you just ask.

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Posted: 07/26/20 09:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bacabunch wrote:

Hey guys,

I really would not like to pull anymore weight than I need to, but who does! Is there a way to know if you can fill up close to your destination? There must be way to find out before you get there?

Thanks,
Ben


The “only” negative with carrying your fresh tank full.....is the “slight” increase in braking distance! The additional weight will have little to no effect on fuel mileage. Having water onboard when traveling has many more benefits than negatives!

I see several posts indicating that only the rich can afford an RV with greater CCC! To many of those folks I suggest that a quality used RV, is often far less money than a low quality low CCC “new” unit! We’ve owned / used RV’s far above our “pay grade” for over 30+ years.....because we bought used (preowned)! It simple “boils down” to do I prefer “new” over quality! I just wish our kids would listen to and follow that advice....they would be owning much nicer units and not be taking the huge depreciation losses on their “new” purchases! Our present 5th wheel “new” would have set us back $160 K....we purchased it 8 years old for under $35K. Hey.....it’s only money! memtb

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I was talking to the campground owner at our KOA this week and he said that many boondockers come in the middle of the night to steal water. He lets non camp people fill for $12 but most want to steal it. They have had to put locks on all their hose bibbs.


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The cost of providing safe drinking water is a few pennies per gallon, city or private . . . Initial cost of drilling wells, coupled with power , EPA quality testing, and other costs amortized over 20 years works out to a very minor cost.
The cost comes in the disposal of the wastewater and refuse. Wheather city or private waste treatment and disposal by far exceeds the cost of quality water production.
OP asked a valid question to which they have recieved many valid answers, however the topic does not address the larger issue of wastewater disposal.
Filling fresh water is limited in many places due to the fewer places to dispose of the wastewater.
Consider Custer State Park SD . 5 camps scattered over 20 miles each with a entry water fill tap power but 0nly 1 wastewater dumpstation , 450 sites total There is 1 dump station at the Game Lodge camp ground. This is by design and necessity as other Black Hills soils are difficult to absorption.
Its a simple question to ask about quality drinking water. A much more costly and difficult one to consider the waste treatment.
Educate yourselves about the transport and proper disposal of waste. Theres the cost and difficulty.

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