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Old 08-11-2016, 01:16 PM   #11
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I got a used (unused) 35 gallon Thetford Smart Tote for $100 on craigslist. We haven't had to use it yet, but we will over Labor Day as we're camping without sewer. We're only using it for gray water. I'm converting the cheap plastic wheels to some pneumatic wheels I just bought off amazon. I hope everything fits properly.....
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Old 08-11-2016, 01:44 PM   #12
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Waste tank

We started off with a 12 G Thetford in 2008 that has had frequent use and the wheels have yet to fall off. Only problem is the small capacity so this year we upgraded to a 27 G Thetford when it went on sale at the local Camping World (Thetford is the only brand they sell so I can't compare to Barker).

Our new Thetford so far has survived about 10 towed trips to dumping stations along typical rough campground roads with no mishaps. I bought the cheaper 2 wheel model with built in hose. If I had to do it over again I would have gone with a 4 wheel model, but not for the 2 extra wheels (actually casters).
The 4 wheeler has a built in handle that attaches to the hitch ball. I had to purchase a strap to attach (I could have just attached a rope to the handle).
Mine has a large coupler to ease attachment to the waste outlet. However, this coupler is too large to enter the hole at the dump station so I had to add a section. I don't think this is a problem with the more expensive model.
There is a shut-off so you won't overfill, but 27 G is a lot of weight and at the limit I want to mess with (at age 66 why take a chance on a back problem?).
I carry 2 10' kayaks that fit in the back of my truck. The tote is the last thing loaded and strapped down and nests between/over the kayaks.
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Old 08-11-2016, 03:43 PM   #13
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Thanks to all of you. Lots of great ideas and suggestions to consider.
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Old 08-11-2016, 05:00 PM   #14
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This is what I have. Works great.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Tote-...-p/88-1147.htm
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:21 AM   #15
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I have the 42 gallon Barker because I know it will handle our 30 gallon gray tank plus some extra water in the bathtub/pipes without overflowing. Empty I can pick it up with one hand. I store it in the bathtub while traveling & then chain it under the TT when we arrive. It has the better air filled tires & can be hitched to our TV for a ride to the dumpsite.

I also have a 48 gallon freshwater bladder that I fill on the return trip. I place it on top of our Ram's fiberglass cap & then gravity feed through our exterior filter into our 48 gallon FW tank. When not in use it folds into about 1 cu ft. space. This combo allows us to camp at state parks without taking military showers.
Would love to see a pic of how you hang it under your tt
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:02 AM   #16
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I have a 42 gal Barker that I plan on using for the first time in a couple of weeks. I am interested in knowing exactly how to leave it in the back of my truck and filling it with a pump. Could someone explain what is involved with doing it this way. It would make it a lot easier to travel to the dump station. Thanks in advance for the instructions.
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Old 08-14-2016, 10:42 AM   #17
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I use a 12v Flojet macerator pump. You can use a garden hose to run to your tank in the truck bed. You will need to use stinky slinky to dump the Barker. As a side not I found two sections of 1" hose and an adapter made for waste. The hose is clear/ spiral wound so it is easy to see . I pump black then gray as normal.
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Old 08-14-2016, 11:41 AM   #18
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with 30 gal. black and 30gal. gray tanks, I chose the 42 gal. Barker, because I wanted one large enough I wouldn't have to monitor while filling it, thus not run the chance of spilling black waste,... I can hookup, open the valve and let it empty into the Barker w/out worry,.... with Barkers 32 gal., it is so close to the same size, that just a slight out of level that the Barker might be, could be enough to spill the the black goodies,...... 42gal. is a large tank, but I'd rather have it than a smaller one,..... now the inter-tube tires is another story,... they do roll better, but are a pain to keep them aired up,.......
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Old 08-17-2016, 03:55 PM   #19
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I have a 42 gal Barker that I plan on using for the first time in a couple of weeks. I am interested in knowing exactly how to leave it in the back of my truck and filling it with a pump. Could someone explain what is involved with doing it this way. It would make it a lot easier to travel to the dump station. Thanks in advance for the instructions.
I use the flojet with 3/4 garden hose, so far it works well and empties my black tank in no time. I use a clear adapter on the connection between it and the black water valve on my TT. I ran wiring from my fuse panel coming into my rear storage bin right next to the black water outlet. That was a bit of a pain as I had to pull the underbelly covering.
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