Filling on board water tank

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  1. paul18

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    Going away first time for a week in a while, but wont arrive first night until after dark. Should we fill on board water tank before we leave, or wait until we get there? Disadvantages and advantages to both I guess, but what are they please?
     
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    it will

    Increase payload
    save time and hassle on arrival

    it might

    affect handling
    reduce mpg

    it wont

    matter whichever you do, payload excepted
     
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    Depends where you are going! Do you know what to expect at the other end? Just been to a CL and had to fill the whole tank with the watering can as the tap was way too far away to fill with the hose! Weight of water will add to weight of van for travel and increase fuel consumption. Perhaps part fill as a compromise so you can use the loo and make drinks on your journey and have some left at the other end to get you started.
     
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    If you can carry the weight---might as well fill up------if the weight is pushing a bit just put in 1/4 --1/2 a tank-----you only really need enough for the loo and food at night and TEA in the morning
    Nigel & Pamala
     
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    put 10>15ltres in tank befor leaving fill up next day in daylight all problems covered
     
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    If you are going somewhere where you know you can fill up, a site for example, then I would travel with a few litres, enough to fill the kettle a couple of times and do the washing up and then fill up properly when you get there, especially if you're arriving at night. Fill it in the morning after a brew (y) The only times we've ever travelled full up is when we've known there wouldn't be any available at the destination.
     
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    How much is it likely to effect handling?
     
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    I think just fill up, it will affect the mpg a little, and I don't think you'll notice a difference in the handling, remember that's why you have a tank...

    No worrying, no stress, no grief, just fill up .....

    Have a great trip.....
     
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    another important thought, it depends on what you use the water for

    we don't drink or cook with ours, but need it for toilet flush and washing (us and pots)

    we have plenty of payload so I drive with mine full from home, or when moving on from a site, only leaving empty when going home

    Handling, really cant say I have noticed anything, you might presume it would be worse if only half full, a lot will depend on how big your tank is and how heavy your MH is
     
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    Forgive my ignorance, but can you explain what you mean by if you can carry the eeight?
     
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    Convenience ,do it before you go you don't want to be pissing about in the dark when you arrive !
    Wherever we go I always run with full tanks even on long runs .The only problem I could see is if you are close to your weight limit before you fill up ,a full tank may tip you over.
    If anything goes wrong en route or you change your plans,a full tank means your self sufficient .A full tank won't make any difference to handling .The extra fuel used ain't worth worrying about,.unless your the type of person who drives at 50 ,won't use the aircon and travels in a lorries slipstream to save a few pennies!


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    A litre of water weighs 1kg. So a full tank is 100 - 120kg. On a lot of motorhomes that will be more than enough to tip you over your maximum permitted weight - 3500kg or whatever.
     
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    How do you know your permitted and actual weight without going to a weigh station?
     
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    A happy van has a full water tank and an empty shitter !
    For the amount you spent on the van, why bother with minutiae!
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    Your permitted will be on a weight plate on the vehicle somewhere, or failing that on your V5. For your actual weight you need to load up as you would if going away and go to a weigh bridge. Your manufactuer will quote a "mass in running order" figure but they all lie so it's worthless.
     
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    We use our water for every thing and depending on the size of the tank how full would you need ours is about 120 lts so 70%would do us for a week end
    Joe
     
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    I have looked for a weight plate, and can find nothing, also couldnt see it on V5. Used to caravans where its usually by door
     
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    the W is next to the E so eight should read weight:)
    We take just enough for emergencies only and take separate 20 ltrs fresh water for drinks/food.
     
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    on your V5 its "Revenue Weight" in section 4 about a third of the way down.
     
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    Revenue weight is blank on the V5
     
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