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Fresh water in back?

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Fresh water in back?
Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:07 pm


I have a 108 gallon (9.5"x40"x67") fresh water tank that I am considering placing in the back under the bed. As always this is one of multiple possibilities at the moment. I am thinking of having the bed all of the way against the back wall. I think I remember reading something about avoiding adding too much weight behind the axles because it can wear down the suspension faster. Am I going to cause myself problems "down the road", if I put this tank back there? My gray and black tanks will be between the bogies, where I am pulling the furnace/ac parts from.
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Re: Fresh water in back?
Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:33 pm


That's almost adding 900 lbs. to the rear section, that's a bunch. I've also heard of some doing that on some coaches, never heard the result though. I would re-think the location if at all possible, although it will never be totally full all the time anyway. I never fill mine unless we boon dock, and we haven't yet. I leave maybe 20 gallons or so for an emergency, no need to haul it around if you don't have to.

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Re: Fresh water in back?
Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:51 pm


That's what I was thinking. My plans have changed so many times I can't count :-) I am getting closer in most areas of my design, but still flexible with a lot. I had another thought and the idea doesn't sound safe to me but thought I would ask just in case I am wrong in the good way this time. would it be possible to stand that tank on its side within a wall above the rear axle? 40" high, 67" side to side 9.5" front to back, between a floor to ceiling wall? At 40" above floor level I think that might be a lot of weight.
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Re: Fresh water in back?
Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:54 pm


Debar,under the bed won't be a problem most of us add a lot more than 1000#when doing repowers and hitches on the Eagle and never have problems ever see a 60s DD, A 855 Cummins,a 3406 Cat or the 8v92 stuffed in there.

I am not a big fan of the idea but not because of the weight but about the tank leaking under the bed one good thing you will always have hot water LOL

Good luck
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Re: Fresh water in back?
Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:00 pm


Good point, hadn't though about that engine weight difference. Don't know the actual weight difference in them but based on the way everyone talks I should have thought of that and looked it up.
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Re: Fresh water in back?
Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:17 am


Another thing to think about if you place it under the bed is getting to the top of the engine for some repairs.
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Re: Fresh water in back?
Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:51 am


If you put the tank in a wall, you have to think about the weight distribution in your coach. Unless you install something on the opposite side that would counter balance the weight, you may have a problem with the weight and balance on your suspension adjustment.
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