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Old 12-04-2022, 06:14 PM   #1
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Who totes here?

Purchased a Camco Rhino Steerable RV Waste Holding Tank, 4 Wheels, with Hose and Accessories, 36 Gallons, Gray.

Gives me a lot more flexibility to camping in spots closer to the water, etc, that have no sewer hookup.

Anybody use these, and do you like it?
I will only do gray water.
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Old 12-05-2022, 03:37 AM   #2
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I have a 40 gallon tote. I use it from time to time and keep it in my truck between my hitch and tailgate. I have a macerator pump setup and can pump the grey water up to it then just go to the dump station and empty it. I don't have to drag it that way easy peasey
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Old 12-05-2022, 07:08 AM   #3
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I have had a 28 gallon and a 15 gallon tote, thinking I would need one. Well - never did. Sold both of them, unused.
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Old 12-05-2022, 07:57 AM   #4
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I have had a 28 gallon and a 15 gallon tote, thinking I would need one. Well - never did. Sold both of them, unused.
Oh I'll use it, of that I am certain.
Our new trailer has less graywater holding capacity than our old trailer, and I had to dump early before, after 4-5 days. My wife uses lots of water when cooking and cleaning dishes, etc. And we have trips already booked with longer stays and no sewer.
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Old 12-05-2022, 07:58 AM   #5
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I have a 40 gallon tote. I use it from time to time and keep it in my truck between my hitch and tailgate. I have a macerator pump setup and can pump the grey water up to it then just go to the dump station and empty it. I don't have to drag it that way easy peasey
Care to explain a little more, that sounds like a good idea
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Old 12-05-2022, 09:12 AM   #6
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Care to explain a little more, that sounds like a good idea
Start with this https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 for pumping to the tote I use a regular water hose with a inline https://www.amazon.com/Mueller-107-1...45108709&psc=1 3/4" works best. I also have a 100' 1" collapsible hose with camlocks so I can pump to my septic tank when I am home. You need to wire it to 12VDC around 12 amps, I wired my to one of the slide controls with two to one blade quick connects I used a few of these https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 because I have two sewer outlets. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 12-05-2022, 10:56 AM   #7
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From my experience!
If you use the tote without the maceater pump & valve be sure make up a 3" sewer hose that's just long enough to connect the rv to the tote, say 2', otherwise when filling the tote you close the valve, totes full & you still have 10-15' of 3" hose full with nowhere to go. Not too bad if grey water, but a real mess if it's the black.
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Old 12-05-2022, 02:11 PM   #8
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I've been using a Barker 32 gallon Blue Tote for the last 22 years (same one). It stays in the back of the pick-up truck, kind of it's permanent storage area. (we have a second pick-up truck for tooling around at home). I also carry a wide arsenal of sewer hoses and connections to accommodate almost any situation. I have one hose dedicated for discharging the Blue Tote.

It goes without saying, that tote has probably traveled a couple thousand miles between campsite and the dump station. I also use it at home, as we use the camper 100% of the time when home, and my septic tank opening is, really, too far away from where I park the camper to run a line.

It's part of my standard camping equipment. We camp mostly at state parks and most state parks do not have full hook-ups. The tote gives us all kinds of options.

Mine has 4 wheels and I agree .... if attempting to pick the thing up when it's full ... yes, it's heavy. But on wheels, it's not a problem. I'd never have one that had only 2 wheels and you've got to lift it to move it.

The only problem with a 32 gallon is to be careful NOT to overfill it and, as stated above, have sewer discharge in the hose between the trailer and the tote. After doing this for over 20 years, I know, pretty much, right on the gallon how much water is in the tanks and I can dump without overfilling the tote.

One thing that also helps, I NEVER connect to city water and leave the city water spigot turned on. I always fill my fresh water tank and then disconnect the garden hose. I fill my fresh water tank first (whenever I dump my holding tanks.) Why? because I have water meter on my fresh water inlet. When the fresh water holding tank is full water will spew out the overflow. I know exactly how much water we've used now.

My fresh water tank is 45 gallons are so. I strive to fill the fresh water tank when we've used about 30 gallons. Sometimes I get pretty close, sometimes not. So, if the fill up is greater, I make sure I always dump the black tank first. Even if the fill up was 45 gallons, the holding tanks are all only 35. Divide that 45 gallons between 3 holding tanks, and none of them by themself will overfill the tote.

There have been times the black tank came really, really close. When that happens, I just have to make 2 runs to the dump station.

Of course, when we are camping for a 2 day week-end, there is no need to use the tote. When parked for a couple weeks, it's important to dump at least every other day. Disrupting our campsite to tow the trailer to the dump station every 2 days is simply unthinkable! The tote is a life saver.

Also, I have a 35 gallon fresh water tank I purchased from Tractor Supply Company several years ago and a transfer pump. Many state parks also do not have water on each site. The fresh water tank, like the tote, has made it possible to select campsites anywhere in the campground that is long enough to fit us.

Also, I've been using the 35 gallon fresh water tank since May 2016. It also is permanently stored in the fifth wheel front bay area. That is it's permanent storage are too. When I need water, I simply pull it out, set it in the bed of the pick-up truck, go fetch, come back, and pump it in.

This also physically shows me how much water we are actually using, and I can anticipate how much water is in the black and grey tanks before actually dumping.

I've been doing it this way for a long time and wouldn't do it any other way.








I use this D-clip to secure the tote to the truck. Once the tote handle flipped on the hitch ball and I went one direction and the tote when the other. After that, I made sure I had the handle secured in such a way it would not flip off again. My father-in-law showed me one of these. I picked it up (20 years ago) from Tractor Supply Company and been using it this way ever since:











Water "in", water "out" .... that's what it's all about!

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Old 12-05-2022, 02:13 PM   #9
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I have a Rhino 28 gallon tote. It came with a short hose, rinse hose and a variety of fittings. It is handy for any stay over 3-4 days because I have the same wife issue with lots of washing. I have used it for black tank too followed by grey for a rinse and then fresh water rinse at the dump station.

I like the macerator pump idea since I don’t have an outside access to my septic but I could run a garden house into the basement to connect to the drain system.
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Old 12-05-2022, 02:26 PM   #10
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I have a Rhino 28 gallon tote. It came with a short hose, rinse hose and a variety of fittings. It is handy for any stay over 3-4 days because I have the same wife issue with lots of washing. I have used it for black tank too followed by grey for a rinse and then fresh water rinse at the dump station.

I like the macerator pump idea since I donít have an outside access to my septic but I could run a garden house into the basement to connect to the drain system.
Mine is the 40 gallon Barker and it came with the short hose also. I found the outside clean out just before it goes in to the septic tank. I built a little box around it with a lid so I don't have to dig it up each time. Some people pump it into a toilet in the house.
As for the macerator I used camlocks so I can quick connect the 3/4" hose with the shutoff valve to keep water from backflowing when I shut off the pump when pumping into the back of the truck.
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Old 12-05-2022, 06:57 PM   #11
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Good stuff.... thanks.
Mine will be only for gray, of that I'm certain.
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