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Posted: 01/14/12 01:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JJBRISH, the home made honey pot is a great idea!


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I understand you will set up your TT as a permanent installation, probably with an added deck etc, and it won't be practical for you to move it each time you want to dump your tanks. I like the idea shown earlier of a purpose built 'honey pot' trailer that can be towed behind your car to the local campground. If possible, you may want to consider creating a spot beside your TT that is lower than the waste exit valve so you can have a gravity feed into the portable tank.

Good luck. Let us know what you decide and pictures of your final solution.





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Why is 100% correct. You have a tractor there. Drop a small septic tank and field line in. Keep the tank in good shape by adding an emzyme treatment and you will have years of dependable service. Additionally I would not dump grey water or wash it into the soil. If you are only using you home on the weekends a septic tank can handle all you waste water. Be sure and google certain items you never want to put into a septic...bleach being one of them.


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Posted: 01/14/12 10:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK.....you can purchase: (Most items, except macerator pump at Tractor Supply)
65 gallon tank...$200
Macerator portable pump to 'pump' waste water from your rig into top of tank...$200-$250
Couple of 1" garden hoses for use as discharge hose for macerator.....$50--$75
A nipple to go into bottom drain hole on tank.....$5
A shut off valve for tank....$25
Another nipple to come out of valve....$5
A camlock fitting......$15
A camlock hose to use as a tank drain hose.....$35

Roughly $700 by time to get it set up for first dump.
I would set/secure tank to pallet so it can be lifted in/out of truck (600# or so).

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Posted: 01/14/12 10:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you camp at a seasonal site or a permanent site and need to use a dump station , building you own may be your best bet…

A drum and a shop-vac will dump faster and better than any macerator pump…

Here is a picture of our home made pumper…

In the end of the tank you see the gravity drain that goes into the dump station… the top hookup is where the 3” discharge hose from the camper hooks up…




The top red fitting is where the shop-vac (Sears 6 hp) hooks on…
Just open the dump valve and turn on the vac, and in seconds you are done



This is the proto type, we found a used steel 75 gallon truck tank to build a final version on its own axle…

The nice part about this it works in freezing temperatures since the liquid doesn’t go through a pump there is no winterizing…

This one obviously is not one to haul around to different CG's, this one is towed around with a golf cart to the dump station within the campground...


This would also work great mounted in a truck or trailer for transport to a outside dump station…

The only problem with the plastic drum is it isn’t heavy enough in the sides but it works…


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In order to use a transfer tank you will need a mercator system to fill the transfer tank (gravity won't do it) and you're talking about some fairly serious expense for the tank and the mercator system. My suggestion would be to hitch up the trailer and take IT to the dump station since ALL of your tanks could then be both dumped, flushed and (in the case of the FW tank) filled again. It seems dollar and effort foolish to try and remove waste from a portable tank into another portable tank to then dump it.
Good luck / Skip


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Been there done that. I found a smaller tank for black water better for me as it was easier to pick up and transfer. I could go 3-4 days on a ten gallon tank. Might even find a sewer clean out to dump in with permissiion. I asume your grey water will be hosed onto the ground? It will get annoying but can be done. Best of luck.


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Hi,

What are you using the land for? Perhaps if it is for farming the contents of the black water tank might be used for fertilizer?


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If you're only going to be using the TT on weekends you might even consider lining the toilet with these: Wag Bags. I use them for camping and they can be safely disposed of in the garbage when you get home as they have a chemical treatment. I guess it would really only be useful for '#2', though..


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Why don't you just put in a small septic and leach line. By the time you buy the tank, and fittings and pay for hauling I think you would be far better off.


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