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Old 03-29-2006, 09:09 PM   #1
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Tote Tank Woes now Fixed!

Hi everyone. I don't know if any of you have had this problem, but last year I was camping at Isle du Bois campground in Pilot Point, Texas, when I unfortunately had to pull my tote tank about 1 mile to the dump. I creeped along as slowly as my truck would let me, but by the time I got to the dump, my plastic tote tank wheels had literally melted under the weight. Well, I have been looking for quite some time and finally found these replacement wheels. They are a little wide, but the offset worked well. I found them at the 2nd Tractor Supply store I went to. By the way, I ordered some that were the right size from them, but both sets that they ordered came in with a 1/2" bore rather than a 5/8" bore. I am attaching a picture for you all to see.

By the way, just in case anyone needs the measurements, here they are.

Wheel 9 1/2" to 10" diameter
1 3/4" tread width
5/8" shaft or bore
2" max hub length

Now, the tires I bought are pneumatic tires that are 10" in diameter, and the hub length is pretty much maxed out. But, they clear the tank and roll great since they have metal hubs and BEARINGS! Why Tote Tank put plastic wheels on these things is really beyond me.

Also, I was able to reuse the shaft end caps by hammering them back into shape.

I hope you never have my same problem, but if you do, this is a good solution. I don't have pictures of my melted wheels, but I will post them for you to see also.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-29-2006, 09:33 PM   #2
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You need to think up a name for your Monster Blue tote on steroids.

Like "Blue Thunder", or "The Eliminator", or "Grave Digger", or "Super Dumper" or "Monster Stinky"
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:35 PM   #3
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I definitely think that "Blue Thunder" would be the most appropriate! We could even have a theme song "The Thunder Rolls!"
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:43 PM   #4
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Everybody needs a theme song!

What about the yellow streak in the picture. Is that a camera problem?
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:46 PM   #5
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That was funny! Actually, the carpet in the background is going in as soon as I get all of the tint removed from the windows. I am getting tired of the green shag. We bought a new dyson vacuum cleaner, and it is so much more powerful than our old vacuum that it sucked up large chunks of the old carpet. It was amazing!
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Very cool..............

Thanks for sharing the great idea and passing along the specs.
But where are you going to mount the spare????
Just a heads up. My buddies say the wheels usually fall off.
The axle mounts may be the weak link for you now.
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Old 03-30-2006, 03:41 AM   #7
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Awesome!

BIMI,

Great! I'm glad you checked the Tractor Supply Store. What size tank is that? 16 gallon? Will those wheels work on a 10 gallon tote?
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Old 03-30-2006, 08:45 AM   #8
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hmm...I think now you need to call Henry from Axis and see if he can make up a custom torsion axle for that bad-boy.

really...thats why they call them "tote" tanks. so you can just "tote it over there". not really meant for "over the road" excursions. I've run into that situation, too, with a far-off dump station. really a pain!
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There has to be a way to add a motor and a steering axle. Maybe something from a large radio-control truck?
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I think that it's time for a design contest to produce a new Tote! Just think, pneumatic tires, torsion axles, on-board loading/discharge pump, 30 mph top end, polished aluminum, and, of course, pinstriping! Ahhh - a thing of beauty!
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OK, now that I have the "blue thunder" tote tank with the custom "off-road" package, I have decided to insert a cool signature like so many of you have. Check it out below this message and let me know what you think.
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I've already got a steering axle...and a built-in dump valve.




and I know what you're thinking. my tow vehicle is much too small to be hauling such a load. underpowered...short wheel-base... I should really have a 3/4 ton, and at the very least, a hensley. but what can I say? I'm a rebel....
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Would it be inappropriate to call it a turdmobile? If Chip Foose(Overhaulin)gets a whif of this idea he would probably design it with 22's no 10" wheels.
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