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Old 09-22-2019, 08:07 PM   #1
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My black tank outlet is 10 inches high. I can't find a portable dump that is lower than 11 1/2 inches.

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Old 09-22-2019, 08:34 PM   #2
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While the outlet is at 10.5" the actual black tank is likely higher (as is the liquid contents) so gravity will still fill the tote tank.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:50 AM   #3
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While the outlet is at 10.5" the actual black tank is likely higher (as is the liquid contents) so gravity will still fill the tote tank.
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Make sure you get one with pneumatic tires. I've seen the plastic wheels break and spread everything everywhere!
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Get one of these and put a collapsible tank in the back of your truck, takes up no space at all.
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:27 AM   #6
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While the outlet is at 10.5" the actual black tank is likely higher (as is the liquid contents) so gravity will still fill the tote tank.
But it might leave some on the hose you need to deal with very carefully... from experience.

If you're on a slope at all, you should put the tote as far down the slope as you can.
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The bottom of my Mini Lite's sewer connection is 9". I've used my Theford SmartTote2 27 gal with no real problem. Higher would be better, but it works.
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Get one of these and put a collapsible tank in the back of your truck, takes up no space at all.
This. By far, this. I absolutely love my sewer bladder. Just used it last week for a week of camping without sewer in Palo Duro Canyon. We still ran the washer/dryer and still showered like normal (no navy showers if we have water hookups).

https://learntorv.com/sewer-bladder/
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Get one of these and put a collapsible tank in the back of your truck, takes up no space at all.
We likely will get a macerator pump at some point, but the budget is slim at the moment. Never heard of the collapsible tank, other than the ones for water - same thing?

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But it might leave some on the hose you need to deal with very carefully... from experience.

If you're on a slope at all, you should put the tote as far down the slope as you can.
That was actually part of the issue, as we're going to be on a lakeshore and I suspect the back of the trailer will be on the high side...obviously, we'll want the front facing the lake. We'll figure it out.

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The bottom of my Mini Lite's sewer connection is 9". I've used my Theford SmartTote2 27 gal with no real problem. Higher would be better, but it works.
We ended up ordering this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's only 21 gallon, and we have 30 gallon tanks, but we realized we don't need to empty the tanks, just make some space...and it has really good reviews.

Took me a minute to realize that fluids will find their own level, so it'll likely be fine - we will definitely make this a 2-person job, with one manning the shut off valve!

If it works really well and we decide against a macerator we might get a larger one later.

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We ended up ordering this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's only 21 gallon, and we have 30 gallon tanks, but we realized we don't need to empty the tanks, just make some space...and it has really good reviews.

Took me a minute to realize that fluids will find their own level, so it'll likely be fine - we will definitely make this a 2-person job, with one manning the shut off valve!

If it works really well and we decide against a macerator we might get a larger one later.

Thanks all!
Correct... no need to fill your 30 gallon on board waste tank(s) and then try to cram that into a 21 gallon tote. Simply dump 15 or so gallons into the tote and close the blade valve. The hose will drain just fine and you'll have enough room to continue on for a few more days.

Granted, the maceration pump is a great way to move waste but if only doing this a time or two, simple gravity feed into a tote tank will get the job done.
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Just thought I'd pop back on and say we never used the portable dump at all! We were getting rather full (according to sensors - but they lie) in the black tank and about half on the gray, but we still had fresh water when we left. Four days, five nights - but we showered in the camp bathhouse and all was good. I mean - they were kinda gross...but kept us conserving water. Our site was such that, had we needed to use it, we'd have been just fine getting it below the level of the trailer.


So...I guess we have one for next time! Thanks folks!
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:27 PM   #12
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Well there you go!
Thanks for reporting back.
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Just thought I'd pop back on and say we never used the portable dump at all! We were getting rather full (according to sensors - but they lie) in the black tank and about half on the gray, but we still had fresh water when we left. Four days, five nights - but we showered in the camp bathhouse and all was good. I mean - they were kinda gross...but kept us conserving water. Our site was such that, had we needed to use it, we'd have been just fine getting it below the level of the trailer.


So...I guess we have one for next time! Thanks folks!
Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!
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Yeah, what he said ^^^^^^
I think I have used mine once in 10 years. But, it's there if/when I need it.
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Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!

Yep, had one through three trailers and 15 years, taken it with me twice, used it when it was brand new to fill fresh water once while dry camping, never used it for grey or black. We dry camped for seven days and did not run out of fresh water or have completely full tanks. showered a few times, did dishes (we pile them up so only once a day and use a lot of paper). Hauled the tote on the back bumper but did not use it. When we got to our destination we found out they have pump out and refill service available so should have left it home, still did not need it. We use bottled water for drinking, coffee and cooking, I suppose that helped but I was still surprised.
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