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Old 06-19-2019, 04:56 PM   #1
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Mounting empty waster water tote on rear bumper

Thinking about doing it on my new to me 2000 19' Bambi. I know extra weight on bumpers is to be avoided but an empty tote would be light. Anyone else doing it?

i meant waste water
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:22 PM   #2
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We just put it in the truck when we bring it, which is only on national park trips. Bungee through the handle so it stays in place.

Here are some of our tricks in case you find them useful:
1-get the valterra adapter that fits onto your dump valve opening that transitions to have a fitting that is the size of a garden hose. Now you can put the waste tote slightly downhill, put a hose on, and easily empty GRAY water into the tote.

2-depending on the size of your tote, add a secondary strap on the side without the handle. This makes it easier for 2 people to lift. We use the cheapest option, which is the 12 gallon tote. If it's full it weights about 100 pounds. Having the strap makes it easier to lift into the bed of the truck to take it to dump out. We used a ratchet tie down strap since it was cheap and we had one. Double-loop it around so you can get your hand under it, and so it tightens when you use the strap.

3-if your campsite has a convenient gray water sink, like a dish washing sink, considering using it FOR FRESH GRAY WATER ONLY. This is easily done by filling the 12 gallon tote half full, and then it can be easily dumped by 2 people into the sink, with the secondary strap helping you to lift it up. If you dump after everyone has just showered, the water smells only of soap and shampoo and is not at all funky. I cannot recommend this except for FRESH GRAY water.

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Old 06-21-2019, 03:59 PM   #3
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ordered that valterra adapter thanks
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Old 11-02-2022, 02:23 PM   #4
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I originally bought one of these when my black valve was leaking on a trip to Newfoundland. The black valve has been replaced and I use it on the tote and it makes it much easier to dump without spills and mess.


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Old 11-02-2022, 02:34 PM   #5
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Light is a relative term ....

Some of these waste totes weight over 50 pounds even when empty. At least to me that is headed into the "just a bit heavy" category. The back of the trailer is typically rated for 75 pounds on a bolt on bike rack. One would *guess* the bumper is rated to less ....

In addition to the weight, you have wind loading. As that semi passes you in the other lane, the blast of air tries to "remove" the tote from the back of the trailer. Just how much force that is .... who knows.

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Old 11-03-2022, 08:32 AM   #6
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The aesthetics of a blue boy strapped to the back of a bambi make me cringe! We bought a blue boy early on, used it twice in 10 years and got rid of it. Granted, we have fairly large tanks on the 27FB. - Brad Maybe an aluminum version? (joking).
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Old 11-04-2022, 06:55 AM   #7
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Use on one of these things is very specific to just what campgrounds you go to. If we went to this or that state park on a regular basis ( and stayed for weeks ....) one would get a lot of use. That just isn't what we've done over the last 5+ years ....

In some cases we have full hookups, no need to have a tote there. In other cases, the site is "designed" in a fashion that getting a tote in and out would simply be impossible. Other campgrounds don't have a (working) dump station on site. If you move every week, you chug by and dump then. Lots of variables .....


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