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Dutch_12078

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Posted: 05/11/21 07:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We stick mainly to state and national parks, most without sewer hookups. Our four wheel 27 gallon Thetford portable waste tank gets a workout, but I don't mind using it to empty both tanks since it makes our stays more enjoyable. The longest dump run I've made so far is about 1.75 miles.


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Posted: 05/11/21 08:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Where are you? I have two new ones to get rid of.
Everyone is freely spending your money. $20 once is not a big deal, but $20/week for months on end is.
Yes, get a Blueboy and dump the black for free. Don't let gray water go in since you can drain that for free at your site. Hold the gray until the black is unhooked and then drain the gray. Sounds like you need two waste spigots...
You will get in the habit of dumping and it is not a big deal, just a chore to add to the honeydo list.

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I have gone a month without dumping by very judicious use of the black tank. [emoticon]

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If I understand correctly you will be there for 5 months.
$20 a week = $80 a month = $400.00 for 5 months.
You can buy a 42 gallon Barker Tote for $350.00 or so.
If you do a lot of state park camping. A portable tote is a good weapon to have in your arsenal.


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I used to have a tote. After I bought it I realized that where we normally camp the nearest dump station is likely to be 10 (or more) miles away. Most Forest Service campgrounds in this state have no dump stations, and dumping RV tanks into a vault toilet is against the rules.
The tote sat under the workbench in the shop for about 15 years, then I sold it for less than $20 in a garage sale.
Think about it before buying one. Will you have a place to dump it at the remote campground you like?


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mowermech wrote:

I used to have a tote. After I bought it I realized that where we normally camp the nearest dump station is likely to be 10 (or more) miles away. Most Forest Service campgrounds in this state have no dump stations, and dumping RV tanks into a vault toilet is against the rules.
The tote sat under the workbench in the shop for about 15 years, then I sold it for less than $20 in a garage sale.
Think about it before buying one. Will you have a place to dump it at the remote campground you like?


Similar situation. I used it a couple of times where we camped in the same spot more than a few days. Since then we've developed better water conservation habits and only stay in the same place about 3 or 4 days at a time. Which is perfect timing for our tank capacity. Now i have this tote thats always in the way lol.

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I had a tote for years and it seemed like I used it more when we were rookies. But when we needed it, we REALLY needed it.

It was a disgusting hassle though. I'm not squeamish at all about dumping the tanks, but that tote was miserable. I remember having to take a Silkwood shower every time I used it, which kind of defeats the purpose of the tote.

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I think we got rid of the tote after about five years of RVing and I've never missed it.


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Posted: 05/13/21 05:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We're full timers, 5 months a year we cruise the SPs. Been thinking about getting a tote a dooty for a few years now, still thinking...


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dedmiston wrote:

I had a tote for years and it seemed like I used it more when we were rookies. But when we needed it, we REALLY needed it.

It was a disgusting hassle though. I'm not squeamish at all about dumping the tanks, but that tote was miserable. I remember having to take a Silkwood shower every time I used it, which kind of defeats the purpose of the tote.

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I think we got rid of the tote after about five years of RVing and I've never missed it.


While I understand the larger totes can be more difficult to handle.
I think they make less mess. I finally graduated to a 42 gallon to transport the contents of my 40 gallon grey tank.
Knowing the tote will contain the entire contents of the tank is a game changer as it pertains to keeping the mess down and your hands clean ...and dry! [emoticon]
I kind of agree the Tote was a rookie era thing.
But my RV is now has bigger tanks. I have also become proficient in allowing the grey tank to back fill into the black tank.
Lately I seldom use my 42 gallon blue tote..

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I have a 20 gallon blue tote tank that I use for grey water. I attach it to my hitch ball and it follows behind the TV to the dump station. You could use a tote tank for your gray tank and have the black and gray tank dumped every 2 weeks.


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