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Old 03-06-2014, 11:31 PM   #21
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:59 AM   #22
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Sometimes the dump station can be a mile or more away from the camp site. Often streets and highways are involved.
$250.00 +-, 37 pounds empty, almost 8 cubic feet of storage space needed. Where are you going to put it while your traveling?
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I have a 17 gallon tote. when it's loaded (which I try to avoid) it's heavy and very difficult to maneuver. It's wheeled but doesn't tow. Ann and I have a he*l of a time loading it onto the tailgate. We're on the hunt for a 10 gallon. Will take up less room in my truck bed also.
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When on the road we store it in the back of our pickup truck - lots of room, even with the motorcycle. When it's time to dump it can be towed behind the truck, or sometimes it seems easier just to lift it up into the truck bed - don't have to be so careful driving to the dump station. It does take the two of us to lift it, but it's not overly heavy (yet)

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Thetford SmartTote LX Portable Waste Tank - 18 Gallon - Thetford 40510 - Holding Tanks - Camping World
Seemed to be the best bang for your buck - well made and easy to use. We're happy with it.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:23 AM   #23
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Have you had the wheel bearings repacked recently?
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:54 AM   #24
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Now that is funny, nice one peter.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:06 AM   #25
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If a gallon of water weighs 8.35 pounds then a 32 gallon tote, almost full, would weigh 267 pounds +-.
You wouldn't want to drop it trying to get it into the back of a pick up truck.
splush!! %&#@%!!
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:49 AM   #26
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If a gallon of water weighs 8.35 pounds then a 32 gallon tote, almost full, would weigh 267 pounds +-.
You wouldn't want to drop it trying to get it into the back of a pick up truck.
splush!! %&#@%!!
Right - that's crazy heavy. Also why we chose the 18 gallon - we never fill it to the top. It has never been a problem for us - as I say "yet". We'll weigh it next time before we dump it. Lol
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:27 PM   #27
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We used to have one of the Thetfords, and they work very well, but after bringing it along and almost never using it, I sold it, since we tend not it stay in one place more than a few days.

Now I follow the advice of a ranger in Yellowstone (upon finding out that there was no dump station within many miles of the campsite we were in.) We carry a regular plastic bucket and when the grey water tank gets close to full I make a few trips to the toilets and dump in there. I just think of it as good exercise We use our Escape's shower so grey water tends to fill up much faster than the black tank.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:49 PM   #28
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Keep it simple! A bucket is very handy.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:33 PM   #29
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We keep a galvanized pail in the trailer. Bottles of wine can travel in it wrapped in tea towels and at camp we keep it out at the picnic table lined with a plastic bag.
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We keep a galvanized pail in the trailer. Bottles of wine can travel in it wrapped in tea towels and at camp we keep it out at the picnic table lined with a plastic bag.
Do you also use the bucket for emptying your black tank?
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One place I like to camp it's at least a half hour drive to the sani-dump. I take the trailer, dump, fill up the fresh water and pick up a half dozen cases of beer.
Besides, rules are that you not use the outhouses to dump black or grey.
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One place I like to camp it's at least a half hour drive to the sani-dump. I take the trailer, dump, fill up the fresh water and pick up a half dozen cases of beer.
Besides, rules are that you not use the outhouses to dump black or grey.
When they say that - then where do they have tent campers dump their grey water? I'd think that they would much rather have it in the outhouse than on the ground in the campground?
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We usually toss the dish water out into the trees when boondocking. Usually pour it in a spot that looks like it could use watering. If it was a full scale campground seeing lots of visitors, this practice might not be so great, but I bet done all the time. Lots of campgrounds have a grate to a septic field that they have campers dump grey water into, and we use these if available.

It is rare for our tanks to fill, so long as we are only out 5 days.
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I guess it is one of those things that is determined by the density and frequency of campers. When we tent camped (now decades ago), we always just dumped grey water on the ground as that was the accepted practice. Now in talks with various rangers in state and national campgrounds they say the main reasons they no longer want grey water on the ground is that the food residue attracts too many critters of all sizes to the campsites.
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Have to say, I wasn't thrilled having to keep the dog away from the left-over macaroni that was in the bush at the back of my Kettle River campsite.
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Have to say, I wasn't thrilled having to keep the dog away from the left-over macaroni that was in the bush at the back of my Kettle River campsite.
That is wrong. If there is any solids in our water, we strain it through a colander, then put that waste in the garbage we haul away.
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Have to say, I wasn't thrilled having to keep the dog away from the left-over macaroni that was in the bush at the back of my Kettle River campsite.
I'm guessing your dog had no idea that you had "dibs" on any and all macaroni.
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When they say that - then where do they have tent campers dump their grey water? I'd think that they would much rather have it in the outhouse than on the ground in the campground?
I doubt they want that much liquid volume in the outhouse. I wonder where they want it, too.
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I think as long as it isn't full of large chunks of left overs ( which is unsightly and attracts rodents ), it's best filtered through the soil around the camp. Water for the plants.
If it goes into a septic system it pretty much ends up in the same place.
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