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Old 10-25-2012, 11:38 AM   #15
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Our trailer is a similar size and vintage. Our black tank sat on top of the subfloor before we pulled it out and put in a Nature's Head composting toilet. We have no gray tank.

We use a 5 gallon Home Depot bucket, which was much cheaper than a blue boy. It fits nicely under the gray water drain. When it is nearly full, we put the lid on and walk it to the nearest campground facility and dump it in the toilet or in the "waste water" drain that some campgrounds have. This has worked for us for over two years.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:03 PM   #16
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Thanks Protagonist for your response. It makes sense to me.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:31 PM   #17
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So maybe a five gallon bucket and a little red wagon would do the trick! LOL
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:53 PM   #18
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I'm having trouble telling if that tank hanging down is in front of the axles, or behind. It is definitely an after-market addition to the trailer, and is certainly a candidate for removal/replacement. It isn't clear looking at the pics how it is drained/filled, whether it is a grey water tank, or some kind of replacement for the fresh water tank. Can you see the sliding plywood panel that (should) cover teh fresh water tank?
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:54 PM   #19
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So maybe a five gallon bucket and a little red wagon would do the trick! LOL
We don't even need the little red wagon. At 8 lbs per gallon, the bucket will never weigh more than 40 pounds.

We installed a water meter in the shower so we can keep water usage to a minimum (1.5 to 3 gallons per shower). This means that the bucket may need to be emptied before and after. The dump trips are more frequent than with a blue boy. But the restrooms are usually closer and potentially less smelly than the dump station.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:35 PM   #20
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Our trailer is a similar size and vintage. Our black tank sat on top of the subfloor before we pulled it out and put in a Nature's Head composting toilet. We have no gray tank.

We use a 5 gallon Home Depot bucket, which was much cheaper than a blue boy. It fits nicely under the gray water drain. When it is nearly full, we put the lid on and walk it to the nearest campground facility and dump it in the toilet or in the "waste water" drain that some campgrounds have. This has worked for us for over two years.
2 summers ago I went to Home Depot to buy a 60# bag of sand. I was shocked that I couldn't raise it off the pallet let alone get a grip. A 'LADY' employee came by and placed it on my cart as if it were a baby . Well I sucked up my embarrasment and chalked it up as my aging proccess. Last summer I took our full-up-to-the-top blue boy to the campground toilet to dump. The wheels worked just fine but lifting the bb up to the toilet killed me...almost...had to off load some of the 'stuff' into a small bucket to transfer it. Okay you youngun's enjoy what you can do now for your day is a cummin'!

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #21
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The tank is under the bedroom so it's behind the axle. I told the guys to remove it while they have the tires off. I'm almost sure it's a gray tank. I'll have some plumber friends come up and redo whatever plumbing needs to be done. They will have some ideas I'm sure.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:12 PM   #22
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OK, that tank has been removed. The underneath of the trailer looks so much better and has much better clearance now. The rusty frame that was holding it up wasn't doing a very good job. It was scary looking!
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:43 PM   #23
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The tank looks like a non airstream mod, added after the trailer was built. the two red valves in the back are drains for winterizing the trailer, if it ever gets below freezing down there.....Phil.
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