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Old 03-08-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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Minuets and 'blue boy' portable waste tanks

I just got a snazzy Thetford Smarttote LX 18 gallon "blue boy" portable waste water tank. Pulling it out of the box though, I'm a bit concerned - the fill hose inlet is about a foot off the ground. The outlet on the Minuet (which I don't have in my driveway right now - it's at a restoration shop) isn't all that high.

In a question I should have asked before ordering the tank, what are other Minuet owners using for a portable tank? Seems to me that our trailers are uniquely low, complicating things.

I'm wondering if I need to send this not-cheap tank back (ugh - shipping) and get a smaller or flatter tank.

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Old 03-08-2010, 06:16 PM   #2
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Shouldn't your Minuet already have a gray water tank? Or is this just to give you extended stays w/o moving the trailer?
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Old 03-08-2010, 06:55 PM   #3
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The Minuet has a gray tank - but it's only for the sinks. The shower drain is too low and goes straight out.

The goal is basically to have something to catch that shower water (something better than the folding wash basin I've used.) I might just go to a little 5 or 6 gallon tank if I can't figure this one out.

A bigger tank would also let me dump at home - I have accessible clean-outs but they are on a raised terrace that I can't get the trailer up onto.

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isn't the thetford tank GRAYish?

seems i saw one in action last week and it was gray, not blue.

have u tried it yet?

even with the height issue it can work.

u may have to run the drain hose THROUGH the opening and into the bottom of the tank (with a seal at the hole)...

so water coming directly from the shower pan (which is MUCH higher) should still flow INTO the tank...

u may have to prime it, however...

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Hmmmm ... knowing what I know about the repairs you are having done ... Will she return higher?
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Old 03-11-2010, 04:13 PM   #6
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Hmmmm ... knowing what I know about the repairs you are having done ... Will she return higher?
Probably about an inch - but I'm not making any axle geometry changes.

We'll give it a try when it all comes back. Maybe using a garden hose adapter on the trailer outlet and running that hose through the portable tank's inlet would work - more pressure, less hose sagging.

Otherwise, there might be a good deal on a Thetford 18LX blue/gray-boy at the birthday bash...

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That hose thing will never work!!!!!


First dibs on the "gray boy" deal!!


The hose adapters are what I use on my Argy. It's outlet is very low.
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Don't listen to that man behind the curtain! He's just tryin' to score a cheap blue-boy!

It'll work. I use a washing machine hose, which has double-female fittings. one end screws onto the outlet cover w/ the threaded fitting; the other end can screw onto the fitting on top of the b-boy. It doesn't have to be a straight path from "up" to "down"; as long as the top of the b-boy is lower than the shower drain, it'll work.
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Chuck, the washer machine hose is a great idea - now I understand that you can hook up Supertank by either a small hose or the 3" pull-out hose/drain.

Skip will probably tell me that it won't work though...

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it's never a great idea to shoot turds n tissues into the tote...

whatever color it may be.

so using a 2xf emale hose segment should be SOP for wash water transfers...

many of the tote tanks come WITH a short section of hose like this in the box, or 2 female 3 inch connectors...

or make one from an old section of white/gray/green 3/4 or 5/8th hose.

now at the DUMP site its ok 2 use that built in 3 inch tail pipe...

which will eventually leak and become messy messy to clean and transport.

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Old 03-12-2010, 12:59 PM   #11
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2air, I thought about that - using the garden/washer hose method keeps me "honest" about what goes in that tote tank.

Or at least that's the theory...

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Chuck, the washer machine hose is a great idea - now I understand that you can hook up Supertank by either a small hose or the 3" pull-out hose/drain.

Skip will probably tell me that it won't work though...

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You're right!!

It'll never work. I'm thinking 75% off due to the box being opened.


I too use the washing machine hoses.
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Hmmmm ... knowing what I know about the repairs you are having done ... Will she return higher?
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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Just don't forget to open the other inlet on the tank for venting, or you'll be sorry. Ask me how I know

Unless they have a built in venting system of some sort. I saw this in an online description Level Gauge/Valve stops flow when tank is full to prevent messy over-filling. That makes me a little nervous. I'd rather the messy overfilling happened outside the trailer than inside!
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