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Old 12-13-2012, 06:47 AM   #1
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Has anyone purchased the new Thetford Smart-Tote, and if so, does it perform like advertised? Need to purchase a portable tank and obviously want one that will operate with the least amount of hassle.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:51 AM   #2
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I believe I was going to buy this brand and my local dealer only sold the Barker Brand.
They said there was an issue with spillage during use or disconnection with this model?
I found a Barker 15 gal on Craigslist for $20.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:24 AM   #3
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Thetford is too expensive and flimsy compared to the Barker products IMHO. Looked at both before buying; bought an 18 gallon Barker. Might have to make 2 trips to fully empty a tank, but I wouldn't want a larger tank than what I bought, because of the weight when full. Pulls nicely behind the truck to CG dump station and easy to use. And, it's stores nicely in the basement of our White Hawk.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:43 AM   #4
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Haven't used Thetford, I have a 25gal barker. Picked it up on Craigslist for $50. My Barker has been great and easy to use, we tow it to the dump station.
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I looked at the Thetford ones and did not like the looks of them for useage so I went with 2 Bakers... just make sure you get the ones with the 3" valve on it not the ones you have to lift up to empty.. they are too hard on the back and camping is supposed to be fun!!!
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:37 AM   #6
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just make sure you get the ones with the 3" valve on it not the ones you have to lift up to empty.. they are too hard on the back and camping is supposed to be fun!!!
Mine is the 2-wheel (tip to dump) version. Although I initially wanted the 4-wheel version, that isn't what I found on CL. After using the 2-wheel I'll say 2 things....

1). My 25gal isn't hard to tip up to dump. If there isn't a curb at the dum station I carry a small 2x4 to bracket the wheels. If you can wheel a wheel barrel then you'll have no issues.
2). I travel with my tank strapped to the TT rear ladder via ratchet straps and a chair carrier. Works very well with 2 wheel version with the metal handle accessory, not sure how well the 4-wheel would strap and rid back there.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:27 AM   #7
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Had a small "blue boy" that did it's job until I dropped the pin box on it- Now have a 35 gal. Thetford 4 wheeler- It tows behind the tv very nicely and is large enough to empty each holding tank- We have used the Thetford for at least 5 years without any problems- JMHO- DD
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:37 PM   #8
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We have the 32 gallon Barker 4 wheeler. It works great and is easy to handle. Very well made.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:02 AM   #9
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A friend of mine has the Thetford and she loves it. I does work as advertized. I have a small (15 gal) Barker, so no personal experience. I have to haul my tank up hill to the outhouse to dump it. I purchased my tote at a flea market for $15. It did not come with a handle.
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A friend of mine has the Thetford and she loves it. I does work as advertized. I have a small (15 gal) Barker, so no personal experience. I have to haul my tank up hill to the outhouse to dump it. I purchased my tote at a flea market for $15. It did not come with a handle.
You can purchase replacement handles at most camping suppliers.
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