Water tank level whilst driving.

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  1. CamR

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    My Hymer manual suggests dumping all but 20L when travelling but also suggests not to exceed the maximum vehicle weight when filling the tank. I can see that if you are going on to a site where you can get water dumping the excess makes sense but what if you are wild camping ?

    The dealership suggests it is OK to drive with a full tank.

    What do people on here do in practice ?
     
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    I always travel with a full water tank and do not use all my payload. Always empty grey water tank before travelling.
     
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    never use campsites so fill when you can . mind be hard to go overweight in mine .
    but remember water does splash around . i have seen some in underseat cupboards with very poor lids on the top. hymer are one of the culprits . if the lid doesnt fit well you could have water all over the place.
     
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    We just spent last night away, I put 30 litres in before leaving home and another 5 litres in a bottle for kettle and cooking. That's what we always do regardless of how long we are going to be away. Water is plentiful in this country.
     
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    Depends where we are going but sometimes travel at about 20% other times full 160 litres.

    You need the payload for it though.

    Martin
     
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    I normally travel full and then refill at every opportunity - but then we use camper-stops (aires) abroad. Make sure you have the payload to carry a full tank though by loading up with everything you need, full water, gas and diesel, then go to a weighbridge.
     
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  7. CamR

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    Thanks everyone, it looks like the 20L is a recommendation rather than a rule.
     
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    aways travel full here, apart from coming home from France then its water out wine in, i dont mean fill the water tank with it :)
     
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    better keep that tank for vodka or gin . possibly white rum . ha ha .
     
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    It is a recommendation because that's the only way a lot of the converters can achieve the payload figures they claim.

    1 litre of water weighs 1kg so by telling you to travel with 20% rather than full up they can add about 80kg (minimum, based on a 120l tank) back into their fantasy payload figures.

    That's about 12 and a half stone so an adult passenger.

    If you choose to travel full and are found to be overweight they can say "not our problem, you ignored the recommendation"
     
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    I usually travel 50% or less but here in France I've been traveling full between Aires and I can tell I'm full on hills.
     
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    We always drive with full fresh as we do mainly wild camp.
     
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    Topping up for the return journey .....

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    Always travel full and fill at every opportunity and empty grey and black at every opportunity.
    Never a wrong time to fill or empty.:)(y)
     
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    We never travel full unless we have a pretty good idea that we won't be able to get water wherever we're going.
     
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    We always travel in our Exsis with a full tank when travelling South to Spain in December as a lot of the Aires have turned their water off and you never know where you will find a working tap.
     
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    We never carry any more than half a tank - often less. In 5 years of almost entirely wild camping we have never run out of water.
    There is water available all over the place - if you look.

    Also the fact that people carry gallons (160 KG +?) of water to a camp site and then worry about being overweight amazes me.:Eeek:
     
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    This makes absolute sense. Thanks.
     
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    Depends on destination..

    if I know that water will be available at site or aire.. 1/2 tank is plenty 'for the road'

    otherwise.. full... which is most of the time..
     
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    One of life's great pleasures is driving with full fresh water and fuel, empty grey and black and a fridge/freezer full of good food ........ and a clear diary for weeks ahead.
    You'll never tek ma freeeeedom!!!!!
     
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