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Old 09-14-2015, 10:05 PM   #1
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portable waste tank

Anyone have any insight to portable waste tanks? We go to quite a few campgrounds that do not have direct hook ups. While we typically do not fill our black tank, I have been known to fill the gray tank. Yes, I do enjoy a daily shower!

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Old 09-14-2015, 10:10 PM   #2
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We use a blue tank that hooks onto the ball of truck. Works well. Amazon, camping world etc sells them. They come in several different sizes. Ours is 50 gallon I believe
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:36 PM   #3
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We're dedicated dry campers, so a tote tank is a must.
We have a Barker 15 gallon tank, since it's normally just the two of us.
ONLY use it for the gray tank.
Also have 6 gallon FW jug, Honda 2000, 400w inverter for tv, dvd and recharging electronic devices.
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:38 PM   #4
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I usually never fill my black water tank, but have the same situation you do on the grey water. I'll probably stir up the hornets nest on this thread.... I take extremely good care of my tanks. I treat my grey water tank with calgon and laundry detergent constantly. I put nothing down the grey water drains, but soapy water (no cooking oil or food that would be disgusting). When I dump my grey water it smells like you're doing your laundry. I will say that I've dumped my grey water in my yard several times using one of these and a garden hose Camco RV Sewer Cap with Hose Connection - Walmart.com (make your own conclusion on that statement).
I also have a Barker Tote like this one.
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Old 09-15-2015, 07:54 AM   #5
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We bought a 22gal Barker tote and used it for the first time on Labor Day weekend. The capacity is good but it is very heavy when full.
The dump station at the state park we were visiting was outside the campground and about a mile down the road. I didn't want to tow the tank down the road at 5mph since traffic would be going at 35mph so I tried to lift it into the back of the Expedition. Needed help to get it lifted when full. I think most CGs will have the dump station close enough to tow it so it probably won't be an issue but do keep the weight in mind if you will have to lift the filled tank.


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We bought a 22gal Barker tote and used it for the first time on Labor Day weekend. The capacity is good but it is very heavy when full.
The dump station at the state park we were visiting was outside the campground and about a mile down the road. I didn't want to tow the tank down the road at 5mph since traffic would be going at 35mph so I tried to lift it into the back of the Expedition. Needed help to get it lifted when full. I think most CGs will have the dump station close enough to tow it so it probably won't be an issue but do keep the weight in mind if you will have to lift the filled tank.
This is why I want a macerator pump- so that I can put the tank in the back of my truck and pump the "stuff" up hill to it. No speed limit due to towing a tank slowly.
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We bought a 22gal Barker tote and used it for the first time on Labor Day weekend. The capacity is good but it is very heavy when full.
The dump station at the state park we were visiting was outside the campground and about a mile down the road. I didn't want to tow the tank down the road at 5mph since traffic would be going at 35mph so I tried to lift it into the back of the Expedition. Needed help to get it lifted when full. I think most CGs will have the dump station close enough to tow it so it probably won't be an issue but do keep the weight in mind if you will have to lift the filled tank.


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I have only used mine a couple times since we try to get FHU sites(when possible). Or we limit water usage and use the bathhouse for showers. Wrestling that thing when full is not a fun project. I doubt the wheel assembly would hold up if you were to tow it on gravel roads.

But I do take it with us if I'm not sure of the hookup situation of our destination.
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I also have a Barker Tote like this one.
BTW, he talks funny.

I didn't understand a thing he said.
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I have a 15 gallon and find the size perfect. I can still toss it in the pickup when pretty full.

My biggest problem, and this might be because my DK is pretty low to the ground, is that I can barely fill it because it is almost level with the drains. I have to open the valve and then sort of manually tip the hose to move the waste along if that makes sense. Repeat, repeat, repeat. It is nice because it is very slow and no risk of overflowing but it is a much longer process than I would like.
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Old 09-15-2015, 01:41 PM   #10
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Hauling Grey Water

I carry two 5 gal buckets with lids for transporting grey water. I bought
a sewer cap w/ garden hose connection from Camping World and use a
very short piece of garden hose to fill the buckets.

The buckets are very easy to deal with, and do not take up as much room
as a portable tank, to bring along.
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