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Old 03-25-2016, 08:47 PM   #1
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How do you carry your portable dump tank? (With SUV)

I just switched tow vehicles to an SUV but it's left me with one dilemma. I've got a 40(?) gallon portable dump tank that I need for one camp site and I really don't want to put it inside the TV for sure and preferably not in the AS either.

Anyone have any suggestions on how / where to carry it?
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:57 PM   #2
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Roof rack maybe? Assuming that you portage it empty, it would probably fit easily in one of the bag roof rack type of things. Then you would never have to worry about odors.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:12 PM   #3
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I carried my 25 gallon one in a Sears XCargo rooftop carrier.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:27 PM   #4
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I carry mine on the tongue on top of the battery box. I have a 25 gallon and carry empty.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:23 AM   #5
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Hmmm, that's a toughie...I'm grateful to be a moho guy so I have basement storage, but with the Freightliner XC chassis mine was built on, basement storage is at a premium, and I can't really fit the 40gal roller I have in any of them, so I also had to put it in the back of my toad...I just emptied it first and lined the cargo bay with plastic, and then proceeded to wrap the tank in plastic as well....worked for me.
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I had rear 2" receiver hitch welded. To the rear bumper to hold a bike rack but it easily could hold a rear cargo insert where you could store the external holding tank. I would recommend you have the receiver hitch welded into the bumper so it does not hang below the trailer bumper, otherwise you might find yourself dragging it across any dips or speed bumps. Photo available if anyone is interested.
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:32 PM   #7
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If you look closely, you will see the blue tote in the roof box. The rack also has room for a couple of bikes. Jim
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We use a 25 gal. one that fits perfect between the propane cover and front of trailer. I did use some thin aluminum that I glued to the trailer and back of propane tank to keep from scratching either.
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We don't have grey tanks so if we don't have hookups at our site and the TV is a Durango. I wrap our blue boy in a padded furniture moving pad and store it in the trailer while on the go. It's never leaked and not noticed any smell. My wife is a clean freak and she has not had an issue with our setup.
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Front tow hitch with cargo carrier is how I do it with my Excursion.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:02 PM   #11
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Well thanks everyone for the replies! It will always be empty for sure... The septic is on-site but 100yds away and uphill 50ft.

I tried putting mine behind the propane cover... Looks like that might work but I scratched the heck out of the aluminum on the front of the AS. That was stupid of me! Not sure how to prevent that from happening but that's a great spot.

Can the guy who did the rear hitch weld share a pic? I'd hate to spend a bunch of money or heavily modify just for this but if it doubled as a bike rack. I DO NOT want to drill into the aluminum though.

I suppose I could always strap directly to the roof rack. It does have a somewhat aerodynamic shape!
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Why do you want this extra tank. I see most posting from people that own a 25' or larger they have a 35 gallon grey tank. Can't you just drive the trailer to the dump station every few days. Why would you try to haul a full portable tank, if 25 gallons, it would wight close to 200 lbs.
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Old 03-28-2016, 05:32 AM   #13
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It's never full during hauls...
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Old 03-28-2016, 05:43 AM   #14
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This is one of the reasons I have a truck!
Forgive me, I know that wasn't very helpful...
How about a smaller tank and a macerator?
It would be easier to control the filling of the too small tank with the macerator and the smaller tank will be easier to find a place to stow.
The smaller tank isn't too big an issue as you simply use it more often. It is easier than hooking up and taking the entire trailer for a ride...
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:32 PM   #15
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Hahah. Yeah, I have the truck too. Just not my TV anymore. This is the ONE thing I forgot to account for in the "upgrade" equation. I'm thinking my solution is properly spaced roof racks, a packing blanket and tie down straps.
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Hi, sorry, but I can't help you. In eleven years of Airstreaming, I have never needed, used, or wanted a portable waste tank. This is one of the things on my list of things to never buy/use.
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Hi, sorry, but I can't help you. In eleven years of Airstreaming, I have never needed, used, or wanted a portable waste tank. This is one of the things on my list of things to never buy/use.
But Bob, think of all the nice people you'd meet while performing that chore!
I call the tank emptying "the campers walk of shame"... It's entertaining to watch people's expressions as they perform the task.
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I have a blue boy that I only use for grey water only. It has a metal tool that fits over my hitch ball as long as I don't go faster than 25 or 30 through the campground, it works fine.


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I have a blue boy that I only use for grey water only. It has a metal tool that fits over my hitch ball as long as I don't go faster than 25 or 30 through the campground, it works fine.


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Oh yeah... it's disgusting. Dumping from the RV tank direct to the sewer is a walk in the park. Having to come into contact with it twice... no good. Especially when you try to rinse and end up over flowing. There's just no choice at this location unfortunately.
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