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Old 04-24-2011, 08:59 PM   #11
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When buying a blue tote just remember to get the one with the biggest wheels. The bigger the wheels the better. Mine has a side dump and it beats the heck out of lifting the tote to dump it.
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:05 PM   #12
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Hi Bob,

Thanks! I'm currently trying to decide on a generator. An inverter type is a must for me. I don't want some crazy loud motor running. So I guess that leaves the Yamahas or Hondas.

Trying to decide on one 3000w or 2 2000w running parallel.
I currently have a Honda EU2000, BUT, you might look into the Kipor line of generators. They have a good reputation, and are inverter type, and less costly than the Hondas.

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Old 08-26-2011, 01:25 AM   #13
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When buying a blue tote just remember to get the one with the biggest wheels. The bigger the wheels the better. Mine has a side dump and it beats the heck out of lifting the tote to dump it.
Where can you get a blue tote with a side dump??
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:03 AM   #14
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The Barker 4 wheeled totes all have the side dumps....they are super easy to use.
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:30 PM   #15
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Hey Stargazer, glad you asked these questions. I am also going to be a "strict boondocker with my brand new swift 26bh on my remote hunting property. No electric, no water hookups, no moving the trailer. So I am having the dealer add an additional battery and I am also trying to figure out whether its one 300 yamaha or 2 2000's. Keep in touch so we can share ideas. I will be in it every weekend during the winter too so I was thinking of "winterizing the tanks" every weekend so the pipes dont freeze during the week. Anyone else have any better ideas?
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Hey Jilbasci - if you are not going to be running AC - which is usually the biggest power hog - then I would think a 2000 would be fine. You are mainly going to be using the generator to charge the battery and occasionally power the Microwave. Everything else (fridge/water heater/lights/pump) will all be running from the battery. Your biggest challenge is to keep the batteries charged enough to run your heater - which can pull quite a bit from your batteries overnight. You can run like a Mr. Buddy heater to save power, but I just don't like running those in such a small space -- not as much about the CO, but the radiant heat and close proximity to objects in the camper.

Keep us up to date on what you figure out works best -- I am sure several folks would like to hear how things work for you...

That is going to be a challenge (but not impossible) to winterize every weekend...you need about 2 gallons of anti-freeze to a 26BH and will take you about 30 minutes each time. Do you have a way to transport that much water with you each week to fill your fresh water tank? Do you have somewhere on site to dump waste?
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:52 PM   #17
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I bought a 55 gal drum that was used for pop syrup and fill it up at home than siphon it into my tank.
My son and I each purchased one of the 55 gal blue drums and then went on craigslist and purchased a shurflow water pump. I purchased one that was identical to the one in my TT. (That way I have a spare as well as a useful tool) Just hook it up to a small 12 volt battery like a motorcycle battery and you have a pressurized system that you can use as an outside dishwashing station, or to fill the tank on the TT.

No big deal to strap the drum in the back of the truck and then go to town to fill. Leave it in the truck bed while camping in the sun and makes a nice shower as well.

simple hose hookup to drop down in the barrel and hooked up a sink sprayer on the outflow side to do dishes or showers...easily screws off for filling TT.

Wife loves it, kids love it, easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Next mod for this setup is a small 12 volt charging solar panel that I can put on top. This will keep the MC battery topped of an ready for use without having to charge via gen.

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Old 08-31-2011, 04:48 PM   #18
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I recently bought a small 12v pump at Harbor Freight for around $40. We have our trailer on our river lot and with just two 6.5 gal cans we never run out of water. For longer stays we also have a 15 gal juice barrel.

Years ago we didn't have power on the lot and a small 650 watt Honda kept everything working while we were there. It will run about 8 hours on a liter of gas. It kept the batteries up and we could use all the lights, furnace, television and vcr.
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I used to use a food grade drum also. It was 35 gallons and contained simple sugar. I found a better solution.

I picked up a 30 gallon potable water bladder. I only paid $69 for it. The one I got I had to rig up a garden hose to the spigot, which was simple using a 1/2 hose and clamp. It fills through this spigot also. It folds up small so no storage issue.

The best part is no pump is necessary. When I run outta water I drive to the freshwater spigot, throw the bladder on the roof of me truck,fill it,drive back to camper and fill up the camper. The elevation I gain from using my truck roof works good. I can fill using pressure on the bladder also...so using the roof of my truck isn't necessary but its so easy.

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