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Old 09-25-2015, 05:58 PM   #1
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Portable sewage tanks - experiences?

I've searched on this forum, and the tiny amount of chatter I have found regarding portable sewage tanks does not apply to our situation.

When we are using our trailer it is mostly in situations ranging from no campsite facilities to "outhouses that contribute to constipation", so the limiting factor on how long we can stay in one place is the capacity of the black tank. Yes, peeing in the bushes happens (in the daytime), but the onboard facilities get well used.

We're considering a portable waste tank, which we would likely make a rear hitch carrier for, but how do you manage the waste transfer in the cleanest way possible? At a dump station - no problem. Black dump, grey dump, a bit of a rinse with the (usually) hose on location & all is good. If we're just trying to stretch the black tank's capacity a bit - I can't see wanting to put enough grey water in the portable tank to adequately rinse the hose.... Grey water capacity is fine for MANY days, we have really perfectly the barely-any-water post-dirt-biking shower method.... We don't want a BIG portable waste tank, just enough to stretch things a couple more days (and that is easy to lift and won't overload the back of the trailer when full), so if we used much rinse water we wouldn't be able to empty enough of the black tank to bother.

We don't stay in places that have a dump station within an hour's drive - so a "brief out & back" is just not feasible.

Any thoughts on the subject?
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Old 09-25-2015, 06:08 PM   #2
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I would get one of these http://www.amazon.com/Thetford-92360...rds=port+potty
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Interesting thought, thanks. I'm not really interested in figuring out how to tote along a whole 'nother toilet though... a convenient place to use it would often not be forthcoming either - the one already installed in the trailer is awfully convenient in the middle of the night!
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I was thinking the tank in it would be easier to handle than a 15 gal tote which you have to lift into your vehicle.
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If we do this, the full waste tank has to be carried externally on the trailer. A front or rear rack?

The back of the van is full and we don't tend to camp within an hour or more of dump stations.
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If we do this, the full waste tank has to be carried externally on the trailer. A front or rear rack?

The back of the van is full and we don't tend to camp within an hour or more of dump stations.
We were parked at kids in driveway and needed extra . Went to camping world and bought the bare bones 12 gallon cost . 77 . Also small hose for it 11.99 . It was easy to lift up in truck bed . The problem with the bigger ones they are very heavy to move around . This will also come in handy when we beach camp at our favorite spot . We have a clean out at home and will dump it there when needed or if there is a dump on the way out . Pat
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Old 09-25-2015, 08:28 PM   #7
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I made one, less than $20. I can use it for either gray or black. I can lift it when it's full, and for me that's a huge plus.

Some of the numbers to make it in the PDF may have changed, but still it was really easy to do.
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How do you make sure the fill hose is clean & sanitary without a major use of water?
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How do you make sure the fill hose is clean & sanitary without a major use of water?
If you're talking to me, the hose I use between the connections is about 2' long. A swish of gray water and it's about as clean as it's gonna get.

And there's nothing sanitary after using a sewer hose even once. For me, it's just not disgusting.
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Old 09-25-2015, 08:38 PM   #10
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I'm talking to anyone who has used a portable tank

Sanitary may not have been a good word. Clean enough to not be disgusting!

I don't want to "waste" a lot of room in a portable black tank with non-black water, but I don't want a connection hose that stinks to high-heaven either...
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