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Old 09-08-2009, 08:42 PM   #1
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thetford or blue boy or something better?

What is the best solution for emptying black water into a portable container so that you don't have to pull the trailer to a dump site? Is one better than another and why? Will I be sorry if I get one of these 12 gallon portables?

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Old 09-08-2009, 08:53 PM   #2
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I would consider doing gray water in a blueboy (or similar).

If you do black water in a blueboy, you're a braver man than I. A gray water accident is not that big a deal. A bad fitting on a portable tank with black water in it would be a really big mess.


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Old 09-08-2009, 09:14 PM   #3
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Your 2009 23' should have a decent black water holding tank capacity. We (2 adults) can "go" (excuse the pun) for about a week with our black water tank ('06 19' Bambi) and I think your tank is probably larger. We rarely camp anywhere longer than a week, so this works for us.

If you really need to dump your black tank more frequently, a blue boy is a viable solution, but as Brian said, you need to be careful or you might find yourself in a mess (literally). If you go that route, get one with sturdy wheels that won't break, can be "towed" slowly with your tow vehicle if necessary, and not so large that you can't manage or lift the weight when full.

Although it's a hassle, I would personally consider taking the trailer to a dump station, especially if there's one in the park not too far away, and we could do what we call a "minor batoning down"...enough to get us there and back without everything falling out of the shelves...

We thought about getting a blue boy early on so that we would be prepared for the possibility, but frankly we have never had the need for it.
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:58 PM   #4
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HI I did a lot of research on which portable sewer tank to buy.I had an old blue boy .The problem with it was you had to tip it up to emtpy it. It was very heavy(like well over 100 pounds) and you always seem to be spilling some.It was a real nasty ordeal dumping the tank. THe new one I got is called the Tote-Tank 4 wheeler(I believe Barker Industries)with a SIDE valve discharge.THis rolls easily I have used it in the Everglades National Park and up in Northern Michigan. It rolled right behind my truck and I never felt like it would fall off the ball hitch .I slipped the STEEL handle over the ball and it rolled nicely to the dump station. Once at the dump station all you do is put a 3 foot sewer hose on and pull the side valve . This is MUCH better than a Therford with a plastic handle (at Camping World).The smallest size is a 16 gallon that goes up to a 25/32 gallon units. You can get these on line at rv supply sites like RV Parts Country.THey are the BEST portable sewer units out there.I just love mine. It's great compared to the old Blue Boys. You may have to order one on line I did I couldn't find one in a store. Good Luck!!And Happy Camping
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