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Posted: 08/04/21 07:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We rarely boondock, but having supply and discharge containers is much better than having to break camp, IMHO. We bungie the empty sewer tote to the rear ladder.


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27 gallon Thetford tote, 2 5 gallon water coolers and a 2.5 gallon water jug.
The water jugs are filled at home from our well and are for drinking and coffee.
Have a whole house filter for water hookup.
We don’t boondock usually staying at state parks with electric and water.
30 gallon black tank, same for gray. Don’t use freshwater tank.
Usually go 4-5 days on black, 3-4 on gray. The water jugs will last a little over 2 weeks.
Tote goes on frame mounted cargo rack, water in truck bed.
For really long trips, we just put up with not having our mountain water.


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For fresh we use a 35 gallon tank that sits in bed of truck and will gravity feed into TT . We bought the tank at Tractor Supply for $109 .Have never needed a portable waste tote .

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My "tote" is a 30 gallon plastic drum strapped in the truck bed. It's filled with a macerator pump and emptied by an 1-1/2" sump pump discharge hose and ball valve.
I have a 20 gallon fresh water tank on a stand also strapped in the bed. It's high enough that it gravity feeds into the trailer tank. I also have a 6 gallon jug.


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n0arp wrote:


I had Husky Portable Containment build me a custom 95g freshwater bladder and a 165g wastewater bladder, that were configured to sit side by side in the free space in my truck bed at the time.


OP, although I feel like you've had the same/similar thread recently, along the lines of n0arps setup, you can get ballast bags and pump for a wakeboat fairly reasonably. Would work the same as this for fresh and gray water quite handily.


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I am just a weekend camper. I may go out for 4 days. With the girlfriend, one of her grand kid, and myslef I have never had a problem with filling up the gray or black tank. They do use up my small fresh water tank so I just refill it with a 5 gallon Coleman Jug that you can purchase most anywhere.

The first thing you should do it to use water conservaton. The less water you use the less you have to haul. Take Navy Showers, use paper plates, save some of your dirty dishes and wash them when you get back home. A gallon saved here and a gallon saved there adds up.

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I've got a 42 gallon blue tote, bought it for a 10 day stay at the beach with water but no sewer and only had 15 gallon tanks at the time. Since then I've only used it twice, but I'm thinking of using it at home since my trailer is my home office. I'll empty the black tank every few weeks into the septic system. I'd get a macerator to do it but I've already got the blue tank so might as well use it.

As far as fresh water, we carry 2x 5 gallon collapsible jugs, we use them going to Florida and coming back when the trailer is winterized, we've also used them to fetch water when there's a mains issue, a nearby store is on a different water system and I can fill 5 gallons there for under $1.


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My current RV has large tanks I no longer need to use totes.
However on prior RV I used a 42 gallon Barker tote that I still have.
Totes are sort of a necessary evil, that eliminate the need to break camp.
Totes can be invaluable when you are staying longer than a couple of days.


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Baja Man wrote:

With the smaller holding tanks of the 2011 Outback 250RS (37 gal fresh and 30 gal each (Black and Gray), I was considering carrying a "Honey Wagon" tote for black and gray...... and freshwater containers (Ex. Igloo 5gal water containers) for carrying extra fresh water? Do any of you do this?

My Outback 250RS is new to me (maiden voyage later this summer when it begins to cool down). We camp three adults (80% of time) and 4 the other 20%. We like state parks which usually do not have dumps at sites but do have a dump station within the park. We also stay at campgrounds with full hooks when available (wife's preference). Wife does not like using campground restrooms/showers, if they can be avoided.

Also, if you have a model with rear slide out (ex. my Outback), how/where do you carry the tote? I already installed a BAL under frame spare tire carrier so no more room for another under frame carrier.

Are they worth the hassle? Is the hassle equal to or less than breaking down RV and driving over to dump site?

What do you do?

Thanks!


the part you left out is, how long you go camping for at one place?

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We usually go to state parks and stay for 7 days. We have a 27 gallon Thetford. Normally use it for gray water only but if I have to will use for black also.

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