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Old 10-12-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Question lifting totes

Anyone have ideas on the best way to lift a full waste water tote into the back of a pick up truck for those trips to the dump station?
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:57 PM   #2
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I used my ramps that I have to load my scooter......it was better than lifting, but not as much as you would think. Usually I tow the blue boy behind the TV, but in this campground, the dump was about a mile and a half away on a 35mph road. Don't think the tote would've stood that speed.
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I limit myself to a 10 gallon tank. That is about 80 lbs and is as much as I want to lift. Just empty more often
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Our tote's handle attaches to the hitch ball and be "driven" to the dump station, assuming it isn't very far away. Way too heavy to lift into the bed of the truck.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:25 AM   #5
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You know, we had some guests here last summer, staying a month up in one of the water-electric sites. They used a macerator pump: The blue tank stayed in the truck bed, the poo pumped up to it by the macerator. Then drove down to the dump station and used gravity to empty the tank. It was pretty slick.

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You know, we had some guests here last summer, staying a month up in one of the water-electric sites. They used a macerator pump: The blue tank stayed in the truck bed, the poo pumped up to it by the macerator. Then drove down to the dump station and used gravity to empty the tank. It was pretty slick.

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Yup, that works well. But I just don't use the tote enough to justify the expense of the macerator. Maybe after I retire and am staying places a lot longer. Is is a slick way to handle the issue.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:03 AM   #7
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I built a ramp system.
1. At Lowes you can buy a kit to make a ramp- it has metal ends you put onto boards- I cut them so they will fit into the 8 foot truck bed. I then cut a piece of plywood to go over them- since the tote is more of a "tricycle" wheel- the front wheels would be between the two ramps. I painted the boards but in the paint mixture you can get "sand" added to the paint to keep them from being as slick .
2. To pull the the tote into the truck bed I use a long rope or leash to haul it up the ramp. I have a 22 gallon tote which is heavy enough to pull, more than that would be difficult. I also have two totes giving me more capicity, hence dumping less often

3. I also use the ramp system as a bridge across my truck bed. (I put down cut pipe insulation to help protect the sides and keep if from moving.) I then use this as a platform for my fresh water container. (you can purchase one from camping world that hold about 40 gallons) This gives you more height so you can gravity fill your fresh water tank without having to use a pump. I do strap this down with tie downs for security when moving.
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