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Old 03-11-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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Ok, I just received the Barker 42 Gal portable black water tank and have one question. It's sturdy and built well with the pneumatic tires. The only thing I don't like is the metal hammered on cap that holds the tires on. Has anyone heard of these things failing?Considering the weight (well over 300lbs when full) I'm concerned they will pop off. Thanks. Pic attached.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:20 PM   #2
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Mine is going on 8yrs old...so far no issues with wheel cap or anything else-great tank (I assume it gets used about 2 camping trips/yr as the other trips are full hookup)
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:14 PM   #3
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Thanks Cajun.
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:28 PM   #4
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You can always drill an 1/8 hole thru the axle (and maybe the cap at the same time) and run a cotter key or hair pin clip in it. I do it all the time on stuff like this!

-the pic is of my generator axle

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Old 03-11-2014, 10:00 PM   #5
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I had 25 gallon 4 wheel for many years and love it upgraded to 35 because of height of tote and love it. Have had 3-4 years and use it all the time for my camper and friends campers.
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:13 PM   #6
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I have the same tote(42 gallon) and made my mods to it before Barker started adding the pneumatic tires. I cut my axles and used the same caps as they do now from the Ace Hardware store. Haven't had any issues yet.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:57 AM   #7
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Thanks all.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:10 AM   #8
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This will put your mind at ease. Try to take the cup off yourself. I think you will be surprised at how difficult it will be.

I had a similar setup on a hand truck, and I wanted to replace the wheels. It took hammers and chisels and other implements of destruction to get them off.

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Thanks Cowracer. That does put my mind at ease. I started this thread cause I was wondering if I really needed to do the cotter pin mod. Truthfully, I didn't feel like doing it without checking other people's experience with them. From what you all said so far, the mod isn't necessary.
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Ok, I just received the Barker 42 Gal portable black water tank and have one question. It's sturdy and built well with the pneumatic tires. The only thing I don't like is the metal hammered on cap that holds the tires on. Has anyone heard of these things failing?Considering the weight (well over 300lbs when full) I'm concerned they will pop off. Thanks. Pic attached.
Mind never have. Had the wheel break, replaced both with metal wheels. Lowes has the push on holders if you want to pick up some extras.

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