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Old 10-04-2016, 09:39 AM   #1
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Portable Waste Tote

Recently we have been camping in areas with no sewer hookups only dump stations. Who out there uses a portable waste tote? What kind do you have, how large is it, and where do you store it when you travel? Any suggestions about them?

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Old 10-04-2016, 10:11 AM   #2
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All great questions. We considered buying a 'Turd Hearse' as well but haven't and prolly will never. If you do, take into consideration there are trade offs. For instance, weight of a full load of crap -vs- size of tote. The smaller totes are more manageable but hold less=more trips to the dump station.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:13 AM   #3
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I have a Thetford Smart tote 2LX I keep it in the pickup truck bed. It's 27 gal, as I recall. I've only used it once, but it worked OK. Only issue was that it doesn't seem like you can fully drain it, but maybe I just haven't figured it out yet.

You've probably started a big debate on which tank is best.

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Old 10-04-2016, 10:45 AM   #4
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Certain models have advantageous features ... note at 3:07 in this video, what could happen with "other" brands ... "something bad" ...
Stumbled across this when doing previous shopping/research ...
In seriousness, we are still considering some such purchase for future dry camping ... we are looking at putting in a small "two-barrel" septic system at our site and would have to move material from campsite to the septic site.

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Old 10-04-2016, 10:50 AM   #5
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I have a 2 wheeled Barker 22 gal. I don't usually carry it unless we're out for 4 days or better. Have only used for gray water. Longer stays have merited FHU sites for the obvious reason
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:05 AM   #6
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We bought a 98L (26 gal) Tote-n-Stor last year and are taking it with us for the first time on a 4-nighter this coming weekend. I don't know if we'll need it, but it's nice to have.

We considered a larger model like the 121L (32 gal), but water weighs 1kg/L (8.3 lbs/gal) so even our small one, full, will weigh 98 kg (216 lbs). Not a problem on a paved surface, but where we camp the area near the waste drains is usually not paved... so we (read: I) will have to drag it to the truck to tow it to the dump station.
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:47 AM   #7
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I have a big blue Barker. It holds 42 gallons which is slightly more than any of my black or gray tanks size. This means I can empty a full tank in one shot.

It has pneumatic rubber tires with tubes, so it rolls across a gravel road fairly easily.

Fits in the back of my pickup with everything else, like air compressor, jacks, etc.
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Old 10-04-2016, 12:11 PM   #8
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This is the one we have.

It has 4 pneumatic wheels that make it easier to tow. You just have to figure out a way to secure the handle onto the hitch ball.

You can buy a smaller tote and empty it daily or every other day, or buy one large enough to take the full volume of your tank. We only use it for the grey tank. The blank tank doesn't fill nearly as fast.
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We have a 15 gallon thetford smart tote. I bought the 15 gallon 2-wheel model thinking it would be small enough to pull by hand. However, in reality, its hard to get a hold of it and pull it very far by hand. I still end up towing it to the dump station with the truck. Had I known that, I would have gone a little bigger and gotten a 4 wheel model. And the hose that came with it was useless - too short to dump without spilling. That's an easy fix with a $5 camco hose that's a little longer.

I only use it for grey water, but we use it all the time. Saves us a lot of $$ over getting a sewer site (our favorite spot has limited sewer hookups, so they get an extra $9 a night for sewer). And we spend a lot of time at state parks where full hookups are not an option. I just carry it the bed of the truck. Has worked out great as far as saving some money and keeping the peace - I'm not bugging DW about how much water she is using any more...

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I wanted and priced several a while back... I never got one and really never found I never needed one. Our trips are generally short... we gotta work... plus I have a short bed truck with a slider and had limited storage in 5er.

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