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Old 08-12-2012, 01:14 PM   #1
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Barker totes ?

Hi All

We are going to a campground that does not have a waste water hookup, Iím looking to buy a tote. I am looking at the Barker totes, they have two wheel and four wheel models. Our tt has a 30gal. Black and a 30gal. Gray waste tank.

What do the most of you buy? The two wheel or the four wheel model? And what size? 25, 32 or 42gal.

Thanks very much!

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Old 08-12-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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I suggest you consider how you intend to use it. Water is about eight pounds per gallon, so how much can you pull, also where would you store the tank while traveling since some of these get pretty big?

I purchased an 18g Thetford with a looped handle to tow slowly behind the toad to the dump site. That was all the larger a unit that would fit in my available storage. Anything larger and I would also have trouble muscling it around a dirt or gravel CG pad or road. My intended use would be for gray water since it is our most restrictive capacity, and I would expect to dump it daily if showers are taken.

Care must be taken if you pull the tank with a vehicle since most do not have bearings and any speed much above a fast walk will melt components.

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Old 08-15-2012, 11:08 PM   #3
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In doing the research when I bought mine I was convinced I wanted the 4-wheel 32 gal Barker Tote-Along...we have a 32 gal black and grey tank.

Turns out I found a guy selling a seldom used 2-wheel 22 gal Tote-Along on Craigslist. Initially I was creeped out buying a waste tank that held someone else's waste. When I spoke with him, he convinced me it really only was used a handful of times for grey water only. Basically he decided that was it was just getting to heavy for him as he got older, and 90% of their nights are at full hookup sites these days.

I paid $50 for it and I came with the detachable tow handle. We have been using it all summer for gray water and it has been great. Basically I'd dump ~20 gal of grey every morning an it provided plenty of capacity to function just like we had a sewer hookup; showers, dish washing, hand washing, etc. Haven't had to use it for black yet, our back tank is 32 gal and so far that has been sufficient for us for up to a week.

In a nut shell if you roll a heavy wheel barrel, you can move a 2 wheel tote the 20-50 feet to your TV and then drag it t the dump station with the TV hitch.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #4
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4 wheels are easier than 2 wheels no lifting. We have the Barker 4 wheel 32 gal now. We used to have a 10 gal 2 wheel tote it was heavy.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:05 PM   #5
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We had a two wheel tote... 32 gallons to empty 30 gallon tanks. Obviously, if you can lift one end, it makes a great deal of sense to have a tote just a bit larger than the tank you're emptying. Use the hitch bracket and, as stated above, keep it to a walking speed even though you're driving.

As for two wheel versus four wheel... as I understand the four wheel, the two front wheels are close together so, in theory, turning a corner or going sideways on a grade can tilt it one way or the other. With the two wheel model we had, the two wheels in the back and the single handle up front keep it stable. By the way, it's my understanding that, with the four wheel, you still have to lift it to dump.

PS: It worked great... it went when we sold the trailer. Just figured I should explain why the above is past tense.
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