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Post By: Goosehunter82      Posted: 7/8/2019 9:36:30 PM     Points: 48296    
Quick question. I finally got a new travel trailer a few weeks ago after almost years of looking. To save on weight while towing i'de rather fill up the tanks at the lake. Does anyone know if the water hookups at the state parks are potable or not? BTW. I'll be using the water to clean my fish making this post fishing related.... Thanks in advance!

There's an fxr bumper sticker on the back. If I ever find time to use it and you see me out stop by and say hi!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jul. 8, 9:55:23 PM     Points: 5989    
I'm under the impression the parks have a station you pull into and you can fill your fresh water tank and dump your waste tank.Its in the campgrounds or close by the campgrounds.Give the campgrounds at C.C. a call,they will know the answer.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jul. 9, 5:52:45 AM     Points: 51305    
Say hi? I'm moving in!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jul. 9, 6:04:42 AM     Points: 30334    
St. Vrain has a dump/refill station by Sandpiper. I think it's dependent on each park and I would make a phone call prior to camping there. BCL has those amenities.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: Jul. 9, 7:12:17 AM     Points: 1663    
I quit hauling water to our camp spots due to gvwr. Trailer axles are cheap and flimsy causing uneven tire wear. Most all parks have potable water hookups. Get a dedicated hose at least 50' long.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jul. 9, 8:14:04 AM     Points: 27118    
Every one Iíve been to the water is potable. Nice lookin trailer!

Hope that flag pole is stout!!
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: Jul. 9, 8:27:55 AM     Points: 26    
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: Jul. 9, 10:26:16 AM     Points: 62833    
If you go to John Martin be sure to not use their water it will screw up your whole system. It has sand and iron so bad it will rust your water heater and also makes your fish taste like crap. Thatís my experience anyway. I usually fill up at the gas station in Ordway or las animas. Nice camper.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jul. 9, 10:46:45 AM     Points: 27118    
Side note to Cookster's comment if you don't know from previous experience. If you are actually hooking up to water vs filling the camper tank and using the pump.. Be sure to have a water filter and pressure regulator between the hook up and your trailer. I installed a filter and expansion tank in my system which helped a lot.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jul. 9, 12:42:45 PM     Points: 48296    
Thanks for all the replies,

Dan and Curtis I've seen those stations, I just didn't know if they were good water or not. Ill be making a call today.

Jim I have a room in there for you. We even have power for our Cpaps!

RogBow your thoughts make good sense to me, that's kind of why im asking and to save a little gas. I did 2 25ft white water hoses!

Ajax and Cookester great points, I did get a pressure regulator and now I just ordered an inline water filter. Info on JM defiantly helpful.

A10 thanks, Ive been looking for a while. So far very happy with my purchase.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Jul. 9, 3:54:16 PM     Points: 5735    
Man that is a sweet rig. Can you pull the boat behind that thing? My uncle had one like that. They loved it. Might suggest a sway bar kit. Makes a lot of difference.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jul. 9, 4:13:51 PM     Points: 48296    
I have a sway bar on it and also on my little 14ft boat. My big boat is too heavy imo to haul behind it. I put a hitch on it this last weekend. Also built up the frame in the back. It also has a 12x12 enclosed toy hauler in the front. Pic if the hitch.
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: Jul. 9, 5:05:46 PM     Points: 26    
12X12, that's a big toy hauler!!
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jul. 9, 5:18:40 PM     Points: 48296    
Better picture of the hitch. Spent all day Saturday reenforcing the back of the frame for the extra weight. The beams holding the bumper on look factory but are actually about twice as thick and also twice as lone extending a couple of feet forward on the frame.

Toy hauler is definitely big enough for our 3 wheelers and a couple of ice fishing sleds. That's why I have always liked this model.
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: Jul. 9, 8:58:35 PM     Points: 3843    
Awesome rig , congrats!!! Very cool to see and learn from all the reply's.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jul. 10, 6:38:27 AM     Points: 5989    
Goose . . . .you got the metal part right! Heavy is better !
Very nice rig and job well done on the hitch/reinforcement of the frame for towing.
Dad always said "why do half the job,when you can do the whole job right" I never got it till I was older . . . .
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jul. 10, 11:26:41 AM     Points: 9077    
Very nice, you will have many good times with the family in your home away from home.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jul. 10, 8:17:33 PM     Points: 48296    
OK. Last picture. I pulled it around town tonight. Pulled pretty nice.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jul. 10, 8:21:51 PM     Points: 51305    
Dang Cisco you look like your own caravan! lol But have to say, if you're pulling tandem like that.. that's impressive and isn't easy.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jul. 10, 8:52:08 PM     Points: 5989    
Q : When you pull both the camper and boat,do you drop the boat out of the way,then unhook the camper,go back to the boat and go fish?
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jul. 10, 8:55:01 PM     Points: 48296    
Hp yes. It's almost impossible to back more than a couple of feet before you get all sorts of crooked. I thought taking right hand truns would be tough but you really don't have to swing any more than you normally would with the camper.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Jul. 10, 10:09:28 PM     Points: 27118    
The part that is hard to get used to... is not seeing the tandem trailer at all. Just have to have faith (and insurance) that itís still back there.

If it ever hails when you are driving. Just pull over and stop. Trust me
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: Jul. 11, 9:55:27 AM     Points: 2230    
Have you tried pulling it up the hill yet? I'm curious how it does.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jul. 11, 5:34:29 PM     Points: 48296    
Not yet. Just got the hitch done last weekend. I can pull my 3200lb boat like it's not even there. This is double the weight.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Sep. 2, 6:44:54 PM     Points: 48296    
Update. Double pulled from Brighton to north sterling this weekend. The trailers both did great. I kept it between 67-69 mph out and back. I put a camera on the back on the travel trailer so I can see the boat in tow. Worked pretty slick.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Sep. 2, 8:47:05 PM     Points: 5735    
Man thatís a good idea with the camera. Glad the trip went well.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Sep. 3, 9:49:09 AM     Points: 51305    
congratulations Cisco
 Reply by: oneeye      Posted: Sep. 3, 1:28:39 PM     Points: 1146    
You asked about water all the campgrounds I have visited have had good water. So fill my tanks their, or do a direct hook up.. JM has good water. Even when I hunt I fill at a town close to were I will hunt. If you need to know just call the city number. Everyone always helpful as they like you coming to the area.
As far as towing a double I have done it for years with very few problems. I had lot of people look under my trailers to see how the hitch was put on. People are worried the boat will leave, while towing. You hitch it up right and it will not go any were.
If people can't do their own hitch there are a few shop that still will put a hitch on for them
 Reply by: fishman1      Posted: Sep. 4, 7:49:15 PM     Points: 20156    
I used to pull a 12 ft. aluminum behind my camper. Once you get used to the wider turns it's ok. My wife once asked me as we were going down the road with it, " How do you know the boat is ok?" I told her, " As long as I can't see it it's ok!" lol

 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Sep. 6, 8:13:04 PM     Points: 48296    
That's pretty funny Bill. My neighbor put the hitch on for me. He welds for a living on semi frames so I know it was done better than i'de find at most shops. He laughed when we were putting it on and said if the boats goes past me on the highway I've got bigger problems than the hitch. Heres a cool picture from sterling reservoir that my buddy took with his drone.
 Reply by: 80403Rainbow      Posted: Sep. 7, 8:23:36 AM     Points: 0    
If you fill tanks with various water sources like that, they are likely to be well water, and not chlorinated city water. Seeing that water sits in camper tanks and gets warm, we add a small amount of bleach at every fill. This will keep nasties from growing in there and, if it has that sulfur taste, it'll get rid of that as well.

Just a tiny bit of bleach works well - about 1/8 capful for 10 gallons.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: Sep. 7, 11:32:33 AM     Points: 1663    
What is tongue weight of the boat?
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Sep. 7, 12:40:42 PM     Points: 48296    
Hey rainbow thanks for the tip. So far we have only used the water for dishes and showers and such. We just bring bottles for drinking. Wask when we fill the tank we have an inline Charcoal filter Sonim hopeful that's helping but I think a little bleach can't hurt anything.

The toung weight on the little boat is right around 100lbs depending on whats it in and where the stuff is placed. The hitch I put on is rated for 350 tw and 3500 tow. Total weight of the little boat loaded down is around 500lbs. I have an anti sway on both trailers. I don't tighten the boat down too much. Just place a little tension on it for extra safety.

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