RV question - drive w/full water tanks or no?

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RV question - drive w/full water tanks or no?

Post by djplusone » Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:46 pm

this year we're renting an RV and driving up from la. i'm wondering if anyone can offer thoughts or experience on traveling with full water tanks vs. filling up in reno. my internal debate has to do with the potential gas savings of traveling over the grapevine, sierras and just the drive itself with empty water tanks vs. the potential hastle and cost of filling up in reno. we're planning on driving through the night on mon from la and arriving into reno early tues am. we'll be stopping for groceries, but may (hopefully) be on the road to the playa before the water place i've heard about (simply water) opens at 9am. i'd like to get to the play as early as possible on tues am to avoid setting up camp in the heat of the day. any thoughts? thanks in advance.
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Post by phil » Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:25 pm

I've never done this, so I can't give personal advice. Drop by
http://civilizedexplorer.pbwiki.com/renoSupplies
and search for water. Louise has a list of a few places that will fill your water tanks for a fee, but I don't know the hours of operation. She lists phone numbers (area code 775, as mentioned at the top of the page), so you can call for information. If their hours don't suit your needs, ask them who would.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:39 pm

If you're doing I5 to I80, you can fill up at the highway rest stop on Donner Summit. well, you may have to bring a hose, but that's how my husband and I used to fill our jugs.
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Post by djplusone » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:44 pm

thanks for the responses so far. i've been searching the archives for info as well, haven't found much yet.
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Post by safetythird » Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:05 am

Drive up with your tanks empty. Fill up in Reno before and dump in Reno afterward. For me it's worth the extra hassle of finding a place to do both. Our RV doesn't like the grades loaded with BM stuff and hauling extra water around just pisses it off.

Gas mileage will be greatly increased. Surely enough to offset any fill/dump fees. We fill the fresh water for free at a truck stop in Reno and pay the small dump fee at the same place on the way back, buying gas each visit. We also learned to stock up on water and beer on the way instead of hauling it all over CA.

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Post by djplusone » Tue Aug 22, 2006 10:04 am

[quote="safetythird"]Drive up with your tanks empty. Fill up in Reno before and dump in Reno afterward. For me it's worth the extra hassle of finding a place to do both. Our RV doesn't like the grades loaded with BM stuff and hauling extra water around just pisses it off.

Gas mileage will be greatly increased. Surely enough to offset any fill/dump fees. We fill the fresh water for free at a truck stop in Reno and pay the small dump fee at the same place on the way back, buying gas each visit. We also learned to stock up on water and beer on the way instead of hauling it all over CA.

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awesome! thanks! exactly what i figured! yeah we're buying groceries in reno. do you go to the same truck stop every year? if so, do you remember which one? are they open at the crack 'o dawn? we should be in reno around first light (typing is a bit more difficult with crossed fingers). do they have drinking water as well as non-potable water?
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Post by djplusone » Tue Aug 22, 2006 10:52 am

a-ha! would it be the grand pavillion at baldini's sports casino in sparks? the rock exit off the 80? $5 water fill up and/or dump? open 24 hours?

woo hoo!

thanks again!
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Post by travelinjul » Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:52 pm

maybe a little late, but simply water i think is opening up around 8am and also has tap water for 5 bucks.

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