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Old 04-27-2010, 05:17 PM   #15
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Yes. Yes it did. The original axle had a whole lot of sag going on. New axle = goodness. It rides a lot better and the whole trailer is 2-3 inches higher than before.

Fitting the Smarttote under the outlet isn't a problem now.

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wait. does this mean I don't get a cheap tote?
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We rerouted valves and plumbing so that the shower would drain into the grey tank. Still the shower is so tiny that only a real dirt emergency would cause us to actually use it....
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:24 PM   #17
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Tom's Minuet went up significantly with the new axle. I was loving what a low rider she was when she came to the shop. I have a thing for the old style low rider trailers. The new axle is factory start angle and I think she went up closer to 5". Have you used the Thetford tank? I used to have one and found it impossible to drain all the liquid out. If a switch is still possible, the Barker Brand(it really is blue) will empty 100%.
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I'll second Frank's assessment of the blue tank, and warn you NOT to EVER use it for emptying the black tank. Ask me how I know.... two episodes left me speechless, and hunting for the hills after use, as I was sure my fellow campers were after my hide. (one, the hose blew apart while dumping into the tank, the other, the vent came off while driving to the dumpstation.... left a trail of "brown" to the station... YUCK!!).

Besides, you'll NEVER get all the liquid out, which if used with black, can be VERY stinky. I just use my short hose that came with it (hose style) to dump right into the big opening on top.
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We rerouted valves and plumbing so that the shower would drain into the grey tank. Still the shower is so tiny that only a real dirt emergency would cause us to actually use it....
What a great idea! I'll get Leon started on this right away.

I don't have a problem with the size of the shower but I'm only 5'1" tall but my Leon is 5'9" - what a difference, he needs to bend his knees to fit inside.
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What a great idea! I'll get Leon started on this right away.

I don't have a problem with the size of the shower but I'm only 5'1" tall but my Leon is 5'9" - what a difference, he needs to bend his knees to fit inside.
Is that what that thing in the bathroom is?!?!?! humans actually fit in there? unpossible!!! I thought it was to wash the cat. Mostly it's the spot where my blue boy rides.
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I don't have a problem with the size of the shower but I'm only 5'1" tall but my Leon is 5'9"
I'm 5'1" too! Around the waist....
Switch Leon's numbers around to 9'5" and now you're approaching goofball's height.

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Is that what that thing in the bathroom is?!?!?! humans actually fit in there? unpossible!!! I thought it was to wash the cat. Mostly it's the spot where my blue boy rides.
We keep our shoes, an extra case of whatever, and the laundry basket in that funny little corner of the trailer. Someone needs to be really dirty before we start moving all of that stuff around.
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We actually used the shower once after a morning of mountain biking in Vermont. It was nice to fire up the hot water heater and clean up in a parking lot before the five hour drive home.

I was wondering if the plumbing could be reworked to get the shower to drain into the gray water tank - I was afraid that drain was too low.

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Tom, If you read BoatDoc's thread of his Argosy you will see how he used boat technology in his shower. The shower has a sump and a pump sends the grey water to the tank.

Skip, at the Bash you are welcome to use my shower. It is a full stand up affair. I used to think the shower a novelty, but have come to love it.
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Skip, at the Bash you are welcome to use my shower. It is a full stand up affair. I used to think the shower a novelty, but have come to love it.
will you wash my back?
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Black Water Totes?

Are there any totes out there for Black Water? The tank in my Argosy is fine. But I have an OLD Shast that has a cracked tank. Thought the tote idea might work for that. Every thing goes into one tank in the Shasta. Hope I'm not creating a terrible sin by asking a question not AS related.
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We use our Barker 42 gallon(it really is blue) for both black and grey. We carry it with us and have used it on occasion. Its not stinky. I do rinse very carefully after each use. At 42 gallon it can be a handful on grass or gravel.The 42 is a four-wheeler and can be pulled behind the TV if necessary. Bigger is not always better.I think the difference in price between the 32 and 42 was 10bucks and I thought "Why not". I think we could have gotten away with a smaller one.
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A solution for a low dump valve and portable holding tank

Way back at the beginning of this thread, I recall mutcth asking about a holding tank with a lower intake port. Here is what I use with my Safari. The height is about 7.75 inches, which works fine.
I earlier bought a 22 gallon one, which was way too high.
This one is 16 gallons, and fits well into the pickup bed. However, hauling it to the dump means getting that up into the bed (and it is heavy). So I have a ramp and a
pulley connected to the front of the bed to hoist it up. Easy that way.
This, being smaller, I can actually haul it by hand to the dump. The bobble is useless. The tote tank towing bracket is useless. But the tank works for the height of the Safari dump valves.
Barker 15 Gallon Tent Camper RV Portable Holding Tank


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By the way, I NEVER use it for black. Tote tanks are too unstable. Black fills up slowly, and should not be dumped until at least 1/2 full. Most people will move
by that time.
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