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Old 01-20-2014, 10:27 AM   #1
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Portable waste tote tank recommendations

I am looking to buy online my first portable waste tote tank for the TT. Looking for one that will hook up with my current standard hose and fitting to fill, hook up to the truck hitch ball without coming off as I pull it to the dump station and easy to empty. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.
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Barker makes a good one that lots of Rv'ers use. It tows easy, and empties completely. Great customer service.

The four wheeler fits over the ball hitch but use a bungy cord to keep it on when going downhill. It can come off and pass you! (Don't ask how I know!)

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Buy the biggest tank you can store comfortably. The Barker now has balloon tires on some models, they tow smoother and quieter. Too small a tank means more trips and that gets old......
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SmartTote Portable Tanks

I am using a 27 gallon tank from Thetford and I am very satisfied. It meets the requirements you state and is sturdy and easy to fill (reasonable caution required) and empty. The handle has provision for towing over a ball hitch however it would require some additional strapping to keep it from coming off.

In my situation I have to travel many miles to dump so mine is mounted on a small trailer to accommodate my needs.

If the Barker has inflatable tires that is a plus, this one does not at least the 27 gallon type.
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One other comment; The Barker has a valve for the drain release, the Smarttote drain just tilts down for emptying, you tilt it pours. It took a little practice for me to get the technique down to avoid spilling. Still the Smarttote is getting the job done and is easy to operate.
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From my person experience I would go Barker. I have a Thetford and it won't drain completely. I am assuming the Barker does cause no one ever complains about it not completely draining.
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I recommend Barker over Thetford - I have owned both.
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Another option is a pillow tank. Not sure if you need a macerator pump for one. Neat idea because you can collapse it for storage. If we were to need a portable tank often enough, I'd try one of these. Don't know how well they work but forum member HD4Mark bought one last year and was going to report on it. Discussion here: Black/Grey Water Disposing while camping

Pillow tanks here: Portable Tanks

We have a SmartTote. Have only used it once. No problems using it.

Have read about some replacing the wheels with air-filled tires .

Some campgrounds have a honey wagon and you won't always need the portable tank. If you have a reservation at a cg and there's no hookups, enquire about a honey wagon because it may not be advertised that they have one. But, if they only come once a week that may not work.
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Thanks for everyone's input, I'm going with the Barker 42 gal 4 wheeler, might be a little over kill but I'll be sure I won't over fill it. Thanks again.
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We bought one and only used it once, and now don't need it. It's hard to sell a used blue tank, though!

x 2 on the honey wagon service. If we don't have full hookups, we ask about sewer service. Much easier than breaking camp to travel to the dump station.
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