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Posted: 01/11/21 01:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What brand waste tote is everyone running? My tanks are 34 and 32 gallons. Will mostly run off fresh water tank which is 36 gallons. My intention is to dump both tanks when I fill the fresh water, so a 36 gallon tote or bigger is ideal. Also, a level gauge would be awesome. Looking at the Camco Rhino?


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Better than a tote tank is a sewer bladder. Higher capacity and more easily transferred to the dump station.

Problem is getting the company’s attention to make one:
Better than a turd hearse - sewer bladder

I have a friend who made his own and another who uses an Aquatank freshwater bladder.

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We have a Thetford SmartTote 27 gallon. I strongly recommend the Barker line of totes with the actual slide valve on the side.

Not sure I would want a Camco product for a sewer tote, but I haven't looked at their offering. In general, I find Camco products to be of the lower end quality of RV accessories.

My tanks are all three 37 gallon. It takes me three trips to the dump station to empty the black and gray tanks. I put about 1/2 black and 1/2 gray into the tote each time.

I don't think a level gauge will be much use. Anything inside a tank with sewage is going to get gunked up no matter how much you try to keep it clean.

We are full-timers, most of the time in campgrounds with sewer, or stays short enough so I don't have to use the tote. Once or twice a year max. But I carry it everywhere on a rack on the back of the trailer. Because if I don't have it, I've learned I will need it. With opposing slides, taking the TT to the dump station is a major two or three hour task.


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Thirty-six gallon tote will weight 300 pounds plus the tote.


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If you go bigger than 27 gallons It gets really heavy and hard to move to truck by hand


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Barker with pneumatic tires gets my vote.

But I have to qualify it. Bought it last winter after a bunch of online reading for a planned trip this past year that fell by the wayside, so I haven’t actually used it. Tried it with water from the grey tank as a practice run and it seems well designed. I went with 25 gallons for carrying ease.


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Water weighs 8.33 pounds per gallon, and waste water weighs more than that, depending on your diet. Be careful about going too large.


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Last year I bought a used Thetford SmartTote2 27 gallon 4-wheel tote and have been very satisfied with it. The plastic wheel bushings were getting a little sloppy, so I replaced the wheels with semi-pneumatic steel wheels with ball bearings. They're very quiet compared to the plastic wheels, and I expect them to last a long time.


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I have 30 plus gallon tanks on my RV. I bought a 21 gallon tote and at the weight of a gallon of water, that is a lot for me to handle by myself. 168 #'s plus. So, fill 1/2 full and still have a hard time with the weight. I do suggest one with 4 wheels, tho. Mine has 2 and attaches to the hitch on the truck.

I wished I had looked on Craig's list for a used one... saw one later for 50.00 and I paid almost 200.00.

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Someone gifted me a large tote a few years back...40 gallon I think. I have yet to use it but headed to a place later this year with no sewer connection. I'm pretty confident I'll only use it for gray water and only about half full at a time.


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