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Old 09-11-2019, 07:12 PM   #1
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FIVE Gallon Bucket... Magic

The wonders of a five gallon plastic bucket. If you go to a Pie Shop, ask for a couple of the buckets they get their Cherry Pie filling. They clean up nice, are sterile and a bit taller... maybe a SIX gallon bucket.

Here are some examples of how versatile something most people with any integrity may ignore, but you are looking... so obviously we have a lot in common.

Imagination! What are your uses?

- Grilling outside the trailer in Montana
- Checking brakes and greasing bearings at Jackson Center
- Two exhausted Blue Heelers, bucket also holds dry dog food w/lid
- Gold panning at Fairplay, CO and screening for fine sand and gold
- The Port-a-Potty after a hip operation
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Old 09-12-2019, 01:46 PM   #2
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For those who are curious about how other Airstreamer's camp, I just took these photos of the Goodyear Blimp moving through Boulder City, Nevada.

No doubt, Endurance 15 inch rubber being used.

Also a Bicycle Park photos on the northwest side of Boulder City at Bootleg Canyon. Just below the BC in white letters on the side of the Mountain.

Just for you... Bucket Listers.
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:21 PM   #3
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Don't forget that you can buy or make a padded seat to sit on top of the cover... for a nice campfire seat... and store your white hoses and all the chatzkas like nozzles, filters, replacement connectors, spare gaskets, etc. Keep out of season clothing dry and safe too.
Nest the empties in the truck bed.
The rectangular cat litter buckets are handy too, and pack more neatly.
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I knew there were some bright individuals out there. Foiled Again is right, and you can buy the padded seat that is made to fit into the five gallon bucket. Now that is a genius who came up with that idea.

I added some other brilliant, well maybe not as bright as Saturn, but maybe Uranus at midnight.

First to Last:
- Butts and Buckets. Panning for Montana Sapphires.
- Bucket with hardware and how to use a Horse tie for a Blue Heeler tie
- Tent camped with a GREEN trash bucket
- Leaning a 120 watt Solar Panel against a bucket full of rocks

Multiple uses from rock hunters gathering gemstones to a Boondocking toilet facility.
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You can also have it in the shower with you to catch most of the shower water and flush it down the toilet to better balance black and gray tanks....
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You can also have it in the shower with you to catch most of the shower water and flush it down the toilet to better balance black and gray tanks....
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Old 09-12-2019, 06:34 PM   #7
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You can fill them with dirt or water and hold down an awning or an easy up using string.
You can buy an Arctic Cove bucket top misting fan from Home Depot to help keep you alive at Burning Man.
If you should find yourself in rough seas with no engine power you can tie one to the bow and throw it overboard, it will keep the bow pointed into the wind helping to reduce roll and capsize risk.
You can put beer and ice in one to go fishing and carry the fish back in it.
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I mounted a lamp socket inside a 5 gal bucket.


Set it under the AS to light local area or hang the bucket it a nearby tree to attract bugs away from you. Great no glare diffused light.
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ahh, the 5gallon bucket. use it to drain water from my out-door kitchen set-up;empty out fire pit of trash left-over by last camper;a seat; a tool bucket; role-up my coax for my radios, the uses are endless! kurt
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Ray, some of the padded seats have a lazy susan ball bearing ring on the bottom so you can twirl a small child around like she is at a soda fountain... and if she throws up you've got a super handy bucket!
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If you aware going to use as a cooler, put one I seed the other to act as an insulator.
( " I seed") don't you like spell check ? IN SIDE !!!

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At home I use them to store paint.
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And there is also the redneck air conditioner modification.
Cut a big hole in the lid, and place a fan on it face down.
Cut 2 or 3 holes in the side just below the reinforced part of the rim. They should be sized to accept a flex hose from a clothes dryer
Attach 2 to 4 feet of dryer hose to each of the openings.
Fill bucket 2/3 full of ice cubes
Place lid and fan (face down) on the bucket and turn on the fan.
Adjust vent hoses for comfort
Good for 1 to 3 hours cooling depending on outside temperature
Cold rocks from a riverbed kinda work too
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-A 'wash bucket' from the river.

-Snowdrift cooler when at Glacier Park, Montana along side the road.

-Entertainment for the kids to decorate their own bucket/seat/... drum?

-Grease, rubber disposable gloves, paper towels, supplies for Hitch lubrication. Or for those who prefer squeaking, grinding sounds when traveling... skip this one.

-Gathering flat rocks on a lakeshore for the 'flat rock skipping over water' contest.

-Keep canned beer and soda cooled with River Water.

-Trout in the morning, washing up, using this bucket, to attract Bear for Evening Entertainment and photography. Some possibly action scenes.
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I carry two. Problem is, I carry them in the back of my car, which is basically a rectangular area. Round buckets result in wasted space. Anybody have a good source for square five gallon-ish buckets?
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I carry two. Problem is, I carry them in the back of my car, which is basically a rectangular area. Round buckets result in wasted space. Anybody have a good source for square five gallon-ish buckets?
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My standard is using the square 'milk crate' and insert the 'round' five gallon bucket. When you add Dog Food, rock specimens or anything else, the square plastic crates are stable.

New lighter plastic square crates can be purchased at any large hardware retailer. I like the second hand heavier milk company crates from garage sales.

When you line up, from left to right, the round buckets will fit more in that space. They can be offset every other one. The square crates will, almost always, have space left over when lining them up left to right.

We haul Gold and Sapphire sieved gravel to pan in the River or Creeks. We also haul rock specimens in the same setup. Wear heavy gloves to carry, or wrap a towel on the handle to save your hands from any injury when heavy.

A propane tank for an outside grill fits... perfectly. Watermelons... too.

When empty the five gallon buckets stack into one another, maybe five or six, taking up the surface space of one.

After 'treasure hunting' for most of my life... when a used five gallon bucket splits, develops a hole, loses a handle... recycle, go to the Pie Store and be polite and ask for a couple of their white five or six gallon buckets. Rinse out the cherry pie filling, or whatever... and your cost is ZERO.
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Thank you Super-Excellent idea, for use of buckets. If you have a firehouse sub near you they sell their 5 gallon buckets that are bright orange for two dollars each. They originally held pickles for their wonderful combinations of sandwiches .100% is used to purchase defibrillators, placed throughout communities that otherwise would not have a defibrillator available. Also a wonderful way to support this wonderful organization. Thanks for ALL of your handy use ideas. Happy travels to all.
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We use a collapsible bucket in the shower for saving water (use for toilet flushing) and also to balance the tanks better. But I also get lazy sometimes so I plumbed and wired a transfer pump so I can transfer grey water to the blank tank directly.

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