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Old 11-18-2012, 10:56 AM   #31
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If you have AC, here is an interesting solution: DIY RV Macerator Pump.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:35 PM   #32
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For a while we were leaving our old trailerAt a spot with no hook ups and using a portable tank to empty and transport the waste to the dump station. I believe our portable tank is 20 gallons and when it is close to full
It is really heavy and about as much as two people can lift into the bed of a truck . The old trailer was high enough that I could hook it up and gravity would drain it into the portable tank. I don't think that with escape trailers this would work as they are much lower .
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:09 PM   #33
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You mention boon docking which implies no hookups so the macerator pump will not work without water.
Jim, Are you sure the macerator pumps won't work without water? Most of them are DC powered. I wouldn't want a "sewer solution" type because that relies on water power from a hose, and a real boondock-type CG might not have hose-friendly water power.
As for lifting, I could just put the empty tank in the pickup bed and pump the macerated waste up to it, right? Ones like Flo-Jet, etc. advertise that they pump it uphill. But then again, I may be newbie-ignorant.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:13 PM   #34
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Yes there are 12 and 120v and water powered pumps, I assumed you were talking about the water powered pump, the subject of the thread, But since 120v is out so you will have to use 12v while "roughing it" so to speak.
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Thanks Jim. Being a newbie, I'm not sure where/how to post new questions like the one I had (a forum format question I asked about in the newbie thread), so I just went to the thread closest to the topic I had questions about.
I gather an input hose, even in a 12-v powered macerator pump, would still be desirable for cleanout when available, but when not, running more water through the emptied tank could probably temporarily suffice. I'll learn a whole lot more after we take delivery of our new 19' Escape.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:34 PM   #36
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All the sewer tanks I have seen are "portable" vs permanent mount tanks. You mention
boon docking which implies no hookups so the macerator pump will not work without water. Either way, a portable tank is an alternate to moving the rig, but remember liquid waste weighs 8 lbs/gal so a 20 gal container will not be easily lifted into your truck bed.
CP you should have bought the tank on 4 wheels that can be towed to the dump station.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:02 AM   #37
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I've only had to do it a couple times, but the Old Bag stays at camp reading a book and I hitch up and haul the Toad to the sani-dump. Then I stop at the beer store to make sure we have enough fluids to refill the tank.
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Baglo, I would have to agree that just hooking up the trailer and taking it to the dump statin seems easier. I am sure that it would be faster, easier and more sanitary.
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Baglo, I would have to agree that just hooking up the trailer and taking it to the dump station seems easier. I am sure that it would be faster, easier and more sanitary.
I guess I'll learn. Hooking up the whole trailer and moving it, then taking it back to the CG, re-leveling, etc. seems like more of a task to me than driving a tank in the back up my pickup to a dump station at some nearby (several miles) CG or other facility. In my area, there are many Forest Svc. CGs that have no hookups, no dump stations - but ample nice campsites. Usually there's a dump station somewhere in the greater region.
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To clarify. "Toad" is the name of my trailer. I hitch up the trailer "Toad" and drive it to the sani dump. It is equipped with two 15" wheels. Makes more sense to me than pumping into a tank and driving the tank to a sani dump to empty.
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