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Posted: 06/15/12 09:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our Place wrote:

Just curious, why not dump your black tank in the tote? I thought thats what they was designed for however a few people have said not to. Thats exactly why we want it to dump all 3 tanks. I know i'll have to make several trips but that ok with the golf cart.


Absolutely no reason not to dump the "honey" tank into a tote. When I use ours, it's black tank first then the gray tanks to give it a rinse. When we return home, I fill it with a bleach/water solution let it sit 15 minutes, dump, flush, and dry. No hideous odor, no debris in the tank, no problems. Also, my Barker has a short section of hose w/ female couplings on both ends so I connect the tote to a flush hose if the dump station has one.

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Each of my holding tanks is 40 gallons so I got the 42 gallon blue boy. The hose that came with it was so cheap that the first time I used it it resemled a soaker hose. The next thing I did was replace the plastic front and hard rubber rear tires with tube tires. It was inexpensive and easy. It is now a joy to use. I think Barker should give the purchaser a choice to have a decent hose and good tires.

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Posted: 06/16/12 04:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did not get barker due to costs,. thetford was cheaper, have not used yet but i know i will, my wife fills tanks up pretty quick

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Posted: 06/16/12 05:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

tvfrfireman wrote:

It is now a joy to use.


A JOY to use?!


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I also have changed the wheels on my 42 gallon tank. I have gorilla tires on the front and pneumatic tires on the back. the originals made it the first year, but considering I'm parked for 6 months at one time w/o sewer hookup, I probably use mine more than most do in 3 years. I agree the hose that came with it was cheap, but so are the ones they give you in the starter box when you by a new unit

Yes the Thedford is cheaper but you get what you pay for.


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I'm another 42 gallon Barker "Blue Boy" user. I too replaced the tires with pneumatics all around. After using it one time with the factory plastic wheels, I concluded the pneumatic conversion was $30 well spent.

I checked out the Thetford before buying the Barker from Amazon. I didn't like what I saw on the Thetford right out of the box. I also didn't like how a local camp host's Thetford had "aged" after regular weekly use.

I tossed the el-cheapo hose provided by Barker and use a 5 foot Rhino extension hose with a changed out female bayonet fitting on the "output" end. (I kept the male bayonet fitting and switch them out so I can use the extension hose for what it was designed for)

I then use my "regular" Rhino hose at the dump station. I don't think it's worth saving a few bucks only to have leakage problems.


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Big, small.. doesn't matter for poop capacity, but you need to figure out where you're going to carry/store it to determine the size.

Some people won't put poop in the totes, some won't even poop in their own toilets. Makes no sense to me but it's their trailer.

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Posted: 06/17/12 04:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I mounted a modified hand truck to my rear bumper and strap mine there.

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"Yes the Thedford is cheaper but you get what you pay for. "
Agree!
I wish I had bought the Barker!


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Posted: 06/17/12 11:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agreed! Wish I bought a barker.

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