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Old 02-23-2018, 10:31 AM   #1
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4 wheel tank tote

Hello All, I am continuing my inventory to do some Dry Camping.
I am looking into buying a tank tote for my waste.
My FW & Grey water tanks are both 39 gallons each.
I've read it's better to get a tank that is bigger than campers tank to prevent a mess on ground, shoes, etc
I only see 2 large tanks: Thetford 35 gal & Barker 42 gal
Does anyone have any advice or feedback on these models, good or bad?
I read the 1 & 2 star reviews on both models and that kinda scarred me.
Has anyone used these or made their own? Would love to see any pics of homemade tank totes.
Appreciate any feedback
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For me, those are very heavy and to big to store.....my 18 gal Thetford brand has a gauge made into it and, according to it's instructions, can't overflow......to check that, use clean water the first time!!.....lol.......only problem with this one is you have to keep the middle of the hose high while putting the open end into the sewer.....no gate on the hose.....and if you get one, check any hose clamps for being tight.....
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There's no good 'reason' to feel like you have to purchase a tank LARGER than your own onboard tank... that's a little ridiculous, but some think of it as a precaution to 'overfilling' the portable tank. But, that's not a real concern, since you're not relegated to waiting til your onboard tank is absolutely FULL before you empty it.

I dare say that most folks can't even FIND a tank larger than their own onboard tank, to begin with.

We purchased a smaller 15gal with 2 wheels and a pull bar, and emptied our black tank about every day or so. We never overfilled it, and there are 4 of us. Besides, you don't HAVE to empty both Black and Gray at the same time. You can empty one, take the portable to the dump station, come back and do the other... etc.
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Exactly....
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Yep.....fittings on hoses also fit right in!!!.....Wrong thread, but the delete isn't deleting...
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One other thing one might run into using a tote......when mine gets almost full and I shut the valve, even with the black tank higher then the tote, this one forms a vacuum between the valve and the tote not letting the tote hose too empty.......so I drilled a hole and tapped the clear elbow and now use an 1/8" push style pressure relief valve....and no messes now!
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Although we haven't dry camped we have spent a great deal of time in Corp Parks with no sewers. With our 5th wheel we NEVER filled the black tank in a two week stay so the only tank I was dumping was the grey tank, usually every time my wife ran the washing machine. If I happened to spill a little grey water I just hosed it off, it was basically clean water anyway, much cleaner than the tenters were flinging in the woods every time they washed dishes and pans.
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I went with the 25 gallon Barker. If you get it on Amazon pay attention to the other items people buy- especially the Thetford 40540 adapter. The experience using one is not pleasant- I read and now understand the limitations. As the tote fills you need an air release to allow it to fill. The only release is removing the gauge which defeats the purpose of the gauge. Other people modified theirs and drilled in an air release. The bungee on the trailer hitch is also a good recommendation.

I toyed with the idea of an eviscerater (SP?) to a tank in the back of the truck, but that was far too permanent for me. I have only used it once in about ten months. Had I to do it again, I would have looked at how big a 25 gallon was even though my tanks are about 40 gallons size. Dang thing takes up alot of space in the back of the truck. You can find them on Craigslist alot.


Either way, the first time you use it make sure you do the grey water tank first, PERIOD.
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One other thing one might run into using a tote......when mine gets almost full and I shut the valve, even with the black tank higher then the tote, this one forms a vacuum between the valve and the tote not letting the tote hose too empty.......so I drilled a hole and tapped the clear elbow and now use an 1/8" push style pressure relief valve....and no messes now!
Thanks for everyones reply, look forward to getting everything I need.
Since my truck bed is 8' long I will probably get the 42 gal Barker and also the macerator pump so I can put the tote into my truck bed before I hookup and tote it away.
This isn't for only dry-camping but also for those State Parks etc., that have electric but no sewer hook-ups

Mr Bob Caldwell, is there any possibility of taking a picture of the set-up you described?
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