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Old 08-25-2005, 06:03 PM   #15
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Hi RR,
With over 210 cubic feet of basement storage, we don't have to tow. I am looking into adding additional fresh water capacity though. Having installed remote readout water meters I now know that the fresh water tank is a little under spec. and the waste tanks are over. 72 gallons fresh, 60 gallons black and 65 gallons gray. Another 35 gallons or so should do it. Now if I could only have 200 gallons of fuel for a range of 1700+ miles. And we would still be under max. gross weight! Got to love that Evolution Chassis.
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A couple of suggestions for things I didn't see mentioned earlier...

Unless you can guarantee you will always get fresh, clearn fuel then you should carry a spare fuel filter, fuel/water separator element and a gallon of fresh, clean diesel. CAT RV engines come with only one fuel filter (CAT commercial engines have two). All it takes is one bad batch of fuel and cough, knock, wheeze, your stuck in the middle of nowhere. The filter is not self-priming and you have to manually fill it with fuel when replacing it.

A nice-to-have item is an unmounted tire of the same make/size already on the coach. If you lose a tire for some reason then even with emergency roadside service you'll be faced with the likelihood the truck tire dealer does not carry your make/model/size. You'll end up to buying at least a second tire if you lost a front (they really have to match or you'll have big problems) and same or worse for the rear.. This precaution is strongly advised if you're making long treks along unpopulated routes (e.g. to the Southwest, Mexico or Alaska).

Me, I have not yet figured out where to carry an unmounted spare tire on my Journey 34H. You can't put cargo on the roof of a Winnie DP. The basement holds are too small. There is a place underneath between the frame rails forward of the fresh water tank and aft of the fuel tank which is wide open (you'd think they'd have put a bigger fuel tank in or something as the front axle isn't even close to capacity). I haven't taken a hard look yet to see if you could hang/wedge a spare tire there. Anyone else have any ideas?
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