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Old 06-08-2016, 06:28 AM   #1
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Portable Waste Tanks

Does anyone here have any pro's or cons on using a portable waste tank? We have a Jayco SLX 195RB. The black water holding tank is only 9 gallon and when we are dry camping for more than two days we need to dump but don't want to take the time and trouble to move the trailer. My husband just doesn't think that a portable tank would be very convenient and would be cumbersom to haul also, not to mention getting the thing into the pickup to take it to dump. I on the other hand think it has to be easier than moving the already set up trailer. Any thoughts on this? Thank you in advance. This forum has been a life saver for us and a wealth of information.
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:10 AM   #2
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Hard to describe the "pro's" of a honey pot, other than when you need it, it's there.

If you're staying long enough somewhere such that your water consumption is greater than your holding tanks, you need one. Some people don't mind breaking camp to take the TT to the dump station though.

Personally, I will take one when we have water onsite but no sewer. It's not the most fun job but once you get on the hitch to drag down to the dump station, it's pretty easy.

I also institute the "No #2 in the trailer" rule for these kind of trips, for obvious reasons
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:58 AM   #3
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we have a 195 as well we have a 27 gallon waste tank. the grey is 15 and the black 9 so it holds both when full. I would much rather use it than "break camp" to empty.
I do not understand why Jacyo chose to put such a small black tank on in the first place if you look at the next size up 212 it has a 39 gallon tank, heck even the new Hummingbird which is smaller than ours has a 25 gallon tank. I have been under mine and it would appear a much larger tank could be used.
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Get the waste tank and get one of these put the tank in the back of the truck and then pump the waste into it... MAKE SURE the portable tank is bigger than your holding tank..

https://www.amazon.com/Flojet-18555-...acerator+Pumps.
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:42 AM   #5
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Our last PUP had a 9 gallon capacity, also, and the outlet was very low. We bought a Barker tank (15 gal.) designed for popups (sort of wedge shaped). Much handier than putting down every time the tank was full. We still use it with the TT we have now, when we don't have full hook ups and are staying longer. It's not unmanageable when filled.
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:49 AM   #6
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not to mention getting the thing into the pickup to take it to dump.
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Most (all?) of these tanks attach to the hitch of your TV when full so you can tow them to the dump station for emptying. Should not be necessary to lift it up into the truck bed when full.
We see them being towed back and forth all week at our Provincial Campgrounds. If I had a pickup to get it to the CG, I'd probably have one, but with an SUV it's not really an option.
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:31 AM   #7
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MAKE SURE the portable tank is bigger than your holding tank..
I have a blue portable tank and have used it a couple of times. Agree it's better than breaking camp. It's not imperative to have a larger portable tank. I used a 22 gallon tank for my larger tanks and just have to either A) dump before it's really full, or B) keep an eye on it when filling so you don't overfill the tank.
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Get the waste tank and get one of these put the tank in the back of the truck and then pump the waste into it... MAKE SURE the portable tank is bigger than your holding tank..

https://www.amazon.com/Flojet-18555-...acerator+Pumps.
Seann45: I presume you use one of these. I am interested. Can you tell us a bit more about its use? Is there any "residue" left when pumping your TT out? By that, I guess I am asking about any stuff left at the connection of the pump and TT outlet? I have a 25 gallon water tank in my pickup box that is plumbed to take water on from a pressured source, and to pump water into the trailer with a little 12v pump. Works like a charm, and eliminates the problem of either filling up at home, on the way or at the campsite (if there is water there!), or carrying jugs.

Combine my wonderful little setup with a waste setup would be peachy. I camped six nights at a nice campground with electricity at the trailer, water at a central location, and no dump. I finally had to hook up and drive 20 miles to dump. Your suggestion sounds good.
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