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Old 09-21-2007, 12:43 PM   #15
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Hey MM - I'll need to use one at the NGa rally in a few weeks. Mind if I use yours? That way mine can stay fresh and clean.....
I'll have it with me I'm sure. You're welcome to borrow it so you don't have to bring yours all the way from MS if you'd like. Just no black tank stuff!
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:46 PM   #16
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I would consider a small tote and empty more frequently. It will take up less space in your tow vehicle and won't be so heavy or awkward to manipulate! Besides, think of it as a cardio workout! Besides, it will save $$ and less room to store at home. Then we are into "small"....

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Old 09-21-2007, 12:47 PM   #17
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Hmmm....Patty has an electric cart because of her bad knee. I'd be curious if it would make a good TV for the tote??



Well, I'm going to hit the road. I'll let you know what I see.

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What's the GCVW max? Will the full tote exceed 80% of the recommended tow capacity? How about the wheel base, do you think it is long enough? What kind of brake controller does she plan on using? Does she use the standard 7-pin connector for the umbillical?
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:51 PM   #18
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Here's one for $119 - we just bought the 25 gallon version and it seems fine. There is also a little bobber you can buy that goes in the hose fill line - I think it's set to pop up when the tank is 3/4 full.

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What's the GCVW max? Will the full tote exceed 80% of the recommended tow capacity? How about the wheel base, do you think it is long enough? What kind of brake controller does she plan on using? Does she use the standard 7-pin connector for the umbillical?
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I'd go for the 35 gal 4-wheel tote. The only problem is finding a way to transport it. As for towing it with the electric cart - sounds like a neat idea but it's bound to get a few fun comments on the way to the dump! Provided the camp road isn't full of ruts you probably won't have any problem with the wheels. I spent two or three weeks at Ft. DeSota (Pinellas County, Fl.) and never had a problem. The biggest problem with any of the totes, relatively to an Airstream, is the low height of the discharge on the AS. If you catch it before the tank is full, it's easy enough to lift up the hose and drain its contents into the tank before disconnecting it.
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:36 PM   #21
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What's the GCVW max? Will the full tote exceed 80% of the recommended tow capacity? How about the wheel base, do you think it is long enough? What kind of brake controller does she plan on using? Does she use the standard 7-pin connector for the umbillical?
Thanks for the laugh - too funny.
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Old 09-21-2007, 04:32 PM   #23
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What's the GCVW max? Will the full tote exceed 80% of the recommended tow capacity? How about the wheel base, do you think it is long enough? What kind of brake controller does she plan on using? Does she use the standard 7-pin connector for the umbillical?
That's just too funny .....but it just may be possible to pull it. I'll have to check the GCVW figures for her cart. It runs off of twin 12 volt sealed batteries. I think its a 24 volt system.

I just came back from two RV dealers and the one carrying the Thetford does not carry them in stock. Special order only.

I looked at the Barker Tote Alongs which ran $244 for the 25 gallon four wheel model. While the handle looks fairly substantial it's connected to a bolted plate on the bottom front of the tank. You almost wonder when loaded if those bolts might tear loose or possibly leak after a few full pulls.

It has a nice Valtera slide valve on the side along with some big rear wheels. Anything bigger than 25 gallons takes too much space in the rear of my van (along with Patty's electric cart, grill, tools, and turf that I bring along).

Considering I'd have to spend even more on tax, the Thetford unit which is 27 gallons looks to be a bargain at $200 which includes shipping and no sales tax and comes with all of the hoses, handle, and liquid level gauge.

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Old 09-21-2007, 05:11 PM   #24
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Hmmm....Patty has an electric cart because of her bad knee. I'd be curious if it would make a good TV for the tote??



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Yes, you just need to rig a hook or hitch for the handle of the tote. This is the voice of recent experience.
Also, my experience with the Thetford tote is it has Valterra fittings. I bought an 18 gallon tote, and found out when I got it home I needed to go back and get the Thetford fitting for it.
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That's just too funny .....but it just may be possible to pull it. I'll have to check the GCVW figures for her cart. It runs off of twin 12 volt sealed batteries. I think its a 24 volt system
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Jack, if Patty's cart is an Amigo, it is probably 24 volt, as that is what mine is.
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Jack, if Patty's cart is an Amigo, it is probably 24 volt, as that is what mine is.
No her's is a Pridemobility Victory. Maximum load 350 lbs. Hmm...maybe we need an axle change or make sure the path to the dump station is on a slight down hill tilt!

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hi jack...

i've got the barker 4 wheeler in 34 gallon size.

the metal plate/bolts has held up well and doesn't leak.

the valterra side valve makes dumping really easy.

the 34 gallon version weight nearly 300 lbs full...

it is a major PIA to move just 40 feet from trailer to tow vehicle...

you would NOT like doing this.

that same 4 wheel/side valve model is available in 20 or 25...

which still weigh nearly 200 lbs full....

i'd suggest getting the smaller one...

with 4 wheels and side empty valve.

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hi jack...

i've got the barker 4 wheeler in 34 gallon size.

the metal plate/bolts has held up well and doesn't leak.

the valterra side valve makes dumping really easy.

the 34 gallon version weight nearly 300 lbs full...

it is a major PIA to move just 40 feet from trailer to tow vehicle...

you would NOT like doing this.

that same 4 wheel/side valve model is available in 20 or 25...

which still weigh nearly 200 lbs full....

i'd suggest getting the smaller one...

with 4 wheels and side empty valve.

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Wow. That is major. Out of curiosty, what is the physical size diference between the different sizes. Where do you stow them when you travel?
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