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Towing w/ Full Fresh Water Tank (14DBS)

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DavidM:
My 2013 16 TBS has three 1/4" x 2" aluminum straps that support the weight of the water tank. They really just support at the outside bottom corners of the tank as that aluminum won't support any weight in its middle. But the tank looks strong enough itself to carry the load and if the straps themselves are attached securely at the frame, I think it will be ok full of water.

But towing with 1/4 full is safer.

David

ADR:
Towing with no water is safer still ;)
BUT- we have been in several areas in the US west where you better have a full tank as many campgrounds have NO water.  Some have water at a hand pump not near the roads so that is tedious to refill a bucket and a decent walk back to where you could get a camper.   I remember one in particular that took a dozen long strokes on a 4ft handle to even start getting water, and if you quit pumping for 5 seconds you had to start all over- WHEW!

Curious does your tank have a flat bottom- the tank in my 16TBS is designed to be suspended by the perimeter lips and that is NOT how LL mounted it. 
The tank has a molded in trough on the bottom that they crushed by using under supports >:(

Gonna start a thread about that over on  aluminumcamperforum.com

whipfinisher:
The tank supports are a design weakness. especially if the supports were not welded or installed carefully.    On my 14DB, the supports are not bent and are attached firmly to the trailer frame with three screws on each side of the support.  However, I have seen pictures on forum posts where the welds are bad or the supports are not firmly attached.  On some of the platinum camplites with the enclosed bottom, they only attached the supports with two screws on each side.   Because my supports look solid, I regularly tow long distances on unpaved roads with a full tank of water and have not had any major issues. The large tank was one of the reasons I bought a camplite.     

Just to be safe,  I check the supports after each trip just to make sure they look good and drive gingerly over cattle guards, potholes, and curb cuts.  Once, I noticed a screw was a little loose, so I taped a new hole to add a stronger bolt and lock washer. 

Chuck Pgh:
Upgrading my 2013 7x18 to stiffen the center fresh water support i removed.  Although the screws were tight for all 3 straps, the center support sagged in the middle more than 2 inches with just 1/4 tank.  So i removed it and installed a 36 inch long set of parallel support bars across tank width to support the entire tank bottom between the other 2 supports that didnt sag much being near the tank ends.  Also ordered a 2-5/8th inch dexter lift kit for both axles that ill put on next week to give me more offroad clearance since i boondock when atv riding.   I also built a 15 gal fresh water ABS pipe loop for the roofrack on my 4Runner for warm showers when i boondock.

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