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Old 08-24-2005, 04:00 PM   #15
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Thanks, Tin Hut. I am (based almost exclusively upon your raves about David and Roger Williams) in the process of buying an 06, 28' Safari SE thru him. I have asked for the Tin Hut special (your "Exceeded Expectations" post ... minus the belly mood lighting thank you) and he is working prices now. I may need the generator to recharge my pace maker batteries when I see the $$ involved.
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:16 PM   #16
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The 6 gallon jerry cans work well for me...

But, I suggest getting the cans with handles on the side as well
as the top. It makes it much easier to pour. Dave
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Old 08-24-2005, 06:20 PM   #17
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All the ideas of water carriers are great. One thing to consider is when boondocking some well water can have higher amounts of metals and such.

For example, in the U.P. of MI., there is a high iron content in the water. It tends to turn any tank or contaner light brown.

Be careful what you put into your water system. We fill our fresh tank and filter it as it goes in. Add a touch of bleach to it to kill off any nastys and then filter it again from the inside tap filter. What I then do is use the fresh tank for just drinking, cooking and basic things.

I bought a 5 gallon jug that I fill for washing hands, etc that I fill up from wells, pumps or other supplied fresh water sources at the campground we boondock in. The 5 gallon jug cost me about $8 and from 2 trips to the U.P., it's brown, but the Safari tank is clean as it was the day we bought it.
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Old 08-24-2005, 07:41 PM   #18
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All the ideas of water carriers are great. One thing to consider is when boondocking some well water can have higher amounts of metals and such.

For example, in the U.P. of MI., there is a high iron content in the water. It tends to turn any tank or contaner light brown.

Be careful what you put into your water system. We fill our fresh tank and filter it as it goes in. Add a touch of bleach to it to kill off any nastys and then filter it again from the inside tap filter. What I then do is use the fresh tank for just drinking, cooking and basic things.

I bought a 5 gallon jug that I fill for washing hands, etc that I fill up from wells, pumps or other supplied fresh water sources at the campground we boondock in. The 5 gallon jug cost me about $8 and from 2 trips to the U.P., it's brown, but the Safari tank is clean as it was the day we bought it.
Good point. When I fill the fresh tank I run it through two filters. My fist is a particulate & the second is a carbon. When on city water I also have it flow thru these two as well. I have them connected in tandem & in a container where I keep my hoses & just set the whole thing next to the trailer and hook up. I also use Purogene in the fresh tank occasionally as well for disinfecting. Lastly, I keep a certain amount of Guinness in my belly at all times as a final germ killing measure
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Old 09-24-2005, 10:35 PM   #19
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Great Advice

After reading this thread, I ordered the 32 gallon waste tank that comes with the large 10" wheels. This can be filled and than towed behind you TV to the dump station. I purchased it from Camping World and as always the price was just right. Thanks for the advice, since my wife likes long showers even when we're boondocking and it's no fun having to tow the AS to the dump station every 1-2 days (yep, it's a reallllllly long shower) .

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After reading this thread, I ordered the 32 gallon waste tank that comes with the large 10" wheels. This can be filled and than towed behind you TV to the dump station. I purchased it from Camping World and as always the price was just right. Thanks for the advice, since my wife likes long showers even when we're boondocking and it's no fun having to tow the AS to the dump station every 1-2 days (yep, it's a reallllllly long shower) .
I hope that those 10" plastic wheels on your 32 gal. tote cart will stand up to your trips to the dump station. Let us know how it works out.
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Old 09-25-2005, 10:28 AM   #21
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Where possible I let the grey water drain into the woods. I use a special dump valve cap that has a standard hose fitting built-in, then use a segment of old garden hose to extend the reach into the woods. Some places allow this, some do not. This can greatly extend your stay.
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Where possible I let the grey water drain into the woods. I use a special dump valve cap that has a standard hose fitting built-in, then use a segment of old garden hose to extend the reach into the woods. Some places allow this, some do not. This can greatly extend your stay.
I think a lot of us have this setup. Its always interesting to see the late night folks prowling around near their dump outlet.

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Old 09-25-2005, 12:57 PM   #23
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I hope that those 10" plastic wheels on your 32 gal. tote cart will stand up to your trips to the dump station. Let us know how it works out.
Bob, I have pulled this same 32 gallon tote behind my truck for two winter seasons, and the wheels have not suffered. I only tow at walking speed.
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Bob, I have pulled this same 32 gallon tote behind my truck for two winter seasons, and the wheels have not suffered. I only tow at walking speed.
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That's great! I had a 32 gal tote cart and sold it. I guess it depends on where you Boondock and where the dumpstation is in relation to your camp, as well as the condition of the road between.

In my experiences in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests here in Virginia, the DS is about 1-2 miles away and on gravel or tar & seal forest roads. I doubt the wheels of my cart would have held up on the gravel even at walking speed, but I also didn't want to spend most of my day creeping along with my cart.

As a suggestion, one or two 10 gallon carts the are easily loading into the bed of my truck make for a quick trip to the DS. To each his own.
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Bob, you're right, 1 to 2 miles on gravel roads would wreck the tote. 200 yards on a decent surface is about the maximum I would travel with it, and that's been fine in the Florida State Parks, so far.
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Problem with the Tote Tank

Well, I have not had any problems with my tote tank UNTIL this last weekend. My campsite was about 3 miles from the dump station, and I had to dump. So, I pulled it behind my truck EXTREMELY slowly, and when I got to the dump station, the wheels were just toasted. SO, now I just don't know what to do. I don't want to replace them with the same thing, and I don't want to replace my whole tank with a smaller one. Does anyone have any good ideas? I was wondering if there might be some other types of wheels that I could easily put on the axle. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg, and I am no welder. So, any easy fixes are very much appreciated. We just can't camp at our favorite locations without the tank.

Thank you for your help!!!!
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Try the Tractor Store for hard rubber wheels (lawn mower wheels). They may even have small diameter pneumatic tires (the best IMHO) that will fit.
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OK, I had the same problem. The dump was about 2 miles from the campsite, and even though I basically crawled, the wheels were just gone. Now, I am having a hard time finding replacement wheels since the tank has a 5/8" bore. Anyone have any good ideas on where to find replacement wheels that are not plastic?
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