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Old 04-15-2011, 10:16 AM   #1
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Portable waste tank

Hi all,

Does anyone have any thoughts (size, number of wheels, brand) on the portable waste tanks?
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:24 AM   #2
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I was looking at them from Camping world - wow they are kinda pricey

it is going to be determined by how big your holding tanks are, how many times you want to keep dumping it and last but not least how much $$ you want to spend.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:57 AM   #3
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After two years of toting the "Blue Boy" around I have learned this:

1) Not worth the hassle unless you dry camp more than a long weekend. Even if you dry camp longer, you might be able to borrow your neighbor's occasionally. This gets old after a while so if you do this a lot suck it up and buy one.

2) You dump gray water twice as often than black.

3) Get it a couple of gallons BIGGER than your black tank. You want to be able to dump your black tank and have enough room for a couple of gallons of gray water to clean the hose so you can disconnect. TRUST ME you do NOT want to see Black water in the clear elbow with the Blue Boy Full. Ugh!

4) Buy a float gauge and have several spares! They get lost often. See above.

5) Replace the plastic rear wheels with pneumatic ones. They are noisy as can be going down the road. (and easier to pull if you don't hook it to your trailer hitch ball.)

6) Buy one with TOP fill; but SIDE discharge with valve. Unless you get a charge out of lifting a full Blue Boy up on one end to dump it. I see folks pull the dump hose out of the sewer pipe while lifting more often than you can imagine. Ugh again!

7) Make a short (6 inches or so) sewer hose with two female connectors. With the clear elbow on there is precious little room under the camper to dump.

8) You must never open the rear vent when dumping the black tank (gray one either - PU). The Blue Boy will fill will vent through the holding tank stack. No smell at the side of the camper.

9) Figure out where you will carry the Blue Boy before you buy it. Getting a huge Blue Boy and then find out it won't fit in the bed of the truck with your hitch installed is a bummer.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:57 AM   #4
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our campground has yet to install sewer lines to all the spots and everyone seems to have one. Pricey? Yeah, I think so too but then I watched many tow them behind the tv's down the gravel road to the dump station (loaded of course) and back again - this has to be hard on them so they must be pricey to pay for that durability.

We're planning to ask around this season since we'll likely need one too.
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:23 AM   #5
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After two years of toting the "Blue Boy" around I have learned this:

1) Not worth the hassle unless you dry camp more than a long weekend. Even if you dry camp longer, you might be able to borrow your neighbor's occasionally. This gets old after a while so if you do this a lot suck it up and buy one.

2) You dump gray water twice as often than black.

3) Get it a couple of gallons BIGGER than your black tank. You want to be able to dump your black tank and have enough room for a couple of gallons of gray water to clean the hose so you can disconnect. TRUST ME you do NOT want to see Black water in the clear elbow with the Blue Boy Full. Ugh!

4) Buy a float gauge and have several spares! They get lost often. See above.

5) Replace the plastic rear wheels with pneumatic ones. They are noisy as can be going down the road. (and easier to pull if you don't hook it to your trailer hitch ball.)

6) Buy one with TOP fill; but SIDE discharge with valve. Unless you get a charge out of lifting a full Blue Boy up on one end to dump it. I see folks pull the dump hose out of the sewer pipe while lifting more often than you can imagine. Ugh again!

7) Make a short (6 inches or so) sewer hose with two female connectors. With the clear elbow on there is precious little room under the camper to dump.

8) You must never open the rear vent when dumping the black tank (gray one either - PU). The Blue Boy will fill will vent through the holding tank stack. No smell at the side of the camper.

9) Figure out where you will carry the Blue Boy before you buy it. Getting a huge Blue Boy and then find out it won't fit in the bed of the truck with your hitch installed is a bummer.
ALOT of GREAT info here - never thought it would be so involved to have one of these
Good idea on the top fill and side dump - its the little things that make a diffrence
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:11 PM   #6
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Keep in mind that bigger is not always better - Bigger means more weight.

We have a 35 gallon tote and that things is a bear to move on soft ground. 35 gallons x 8.35 (weight of a gallon of water) = 292.25 pounds.

I do agree a side discharge is the way to go.
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it does not need to be as big as your tanks are. remeber you can dump a half full tank so no real need to buy a bigger one.
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The very first time we ever camped we didn't know enough to make sure we had full hook ups. The place we picked didn't. Right after that trip we bought a tank......that was 4 years ago and we've never really needed one since....LOL! I did use it once to dump the tanks at home. I dumped into the tank then emptied it into the clean out for my home sewer. We can get 3-4 days without dumping black water (30 gallons) but we usually need to dump grey daily. That's with 2 adults and 2-3 kids. Our blue tank is 36 gallons I think.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:09 PM   #9
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This is all personal choice so no one answer is better than another.

Personally, I would rather drag a full 40 gallon tank once, than a 20 gallon tank 3 times. Why three? There is no way to gauge 1/2 a tank when dumping. If you try for a "full" Blue Boy, I guarantee you will miss (over) once or twice. Well once anyway. I don't know about you, but there would never again be a twice. There is no "nice" way to disconnect without a mess when the dump mast and hose are full of poo.

The pneumatic tires make pulling on soft ground easier as well. No doubt about it, dumping is a chore I hate and want it over as quickly as possible. That cold beer afterwards can't come soon enough for me.
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Lou, besides the hassle you would think that it could pay for itself but not using full hook ups. I just wish there was a cheap alternative. I use to work for a company making tanks... These tanks plastic alone is probably 30-40 bucks for the big tanks.
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