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Old 08-12-2014, 07:21 AM   #21
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I like some of the features on the Thetford Smart Tote, but I think I like the Barker more. The pneumatic wheels are a big deal to me. It doesn't have the auto shut off feature like the Thetford, but does have an indicator. One question I have is how do get all the water out of the five foot hose and into the tank she it's full without spilling it? After you shut the gate valve, isn't there still some water in the hose?
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:20 AM   #22
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I like some of the features on the Thetford Smart Tote, but I think I like the Barker more. The pneumatic wheels are a big deal to me. It doesn't have the auto shut off feature like the Thetford, but does have an indicator. One question I have is how do get all the water out of the five foot hose and into the tank she it's full without spilling it? After you shut the gate valve, isn't there still some water in the hose?
On mine when the indicator shows full, I shut off the gate valve on the trailer, and there is still room for the water that's in the hose.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:16 AM   #23
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The wheels on my Thetford smart tote hold up well.

I don't think wheels should be an issue. Plus you don't need to be "screaming" to the dump station at 25-30 mph!!

Where we camp, there is a grey water dump station within walking distance
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The wheels on my Thetford smart tote hold up well.

I don't think wheels should be an issue. Plus you don't need to be "screaming" to the dump station at 25-30 mph!!

Where we camp, there is a grey water dump station within walking distance
With the old type wheels, it said not to pull the tote any faster than you can walk. The dump station at the campground where we stay most of the time is almost a ˝ mile away from the lot where we camp. With the new type wheels on the Barker I can pull it a lot faster, and that is a big plus for me when you have to pull it a 1/2 mile there and then a 1/2 mile back.
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It's no so much the speed that worries me, it's uneven terrain. If I dump at home, I'll have to drag it down my gravel driveway and then about 120' through a grassy field to my septic system lid. I think the pneumatic wheels would handle that job a little better.
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It's no so much the speed that worries me, it's uneven terrain. If I dump at home, I'll have to drag it down my gravel driveway and then about 120' through a grassy field to my septic system lid. I think the pneumatic wheels would handle that job a little better.
You are right about that! Before I installed the new wheels on mine, when I hit a little bump it sounded like the whole thing was flying apart, I was driving very slow because the wheels that came on it would not hold up if you drove past a walking speed.

One other thing, the pneumatic wheels are wider, and in your case wider would be better for you.
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:11 PM   #27
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I have a 35 gal Thetford. Barker is probably better quality based on other threads about this. We had a gift cert to CW so Thetford is what they carry. It was recommended that you get a tote to be able to accommodate the whole contents of your grey water tank. Our 26BH had a 32 gal tank so got the 35 gal size.

I don't like to put black water in it. We generally camp at one location no longer than five days and we do not fill up the black tank.

The Harbor Freight pneumatic wheel mod is a good idea.
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How do you sanitize the tote after use? Suggestions on removing all moisture before storing it? Don't have a tote, but starting to look into the concept and willing to learn!
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I just rinse it and make sure the 2 openings are closed tightly. If you use it for black water, a little more cleaning may be required.
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yeah I used mine for black tank and had to rinse a couple of times to get the bulk of the smell out
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