Where to put the blue boy?

Orchid

Sharp Shootin' Grandma
May 8, 2011
5,832
Florida by way of WV and MD
I opened up the box for the tote today and filled it up to check for leaks...its pretty heavy empty, but holy cow when its full. I'm very glad I got the 4 wheeled version for sure. I pulled it by hand up into the yard and over to the sewer drain cleanout and dumped it no problem.

Then I started checking to see where it'd fit...tongue and bumper. Moved the spare tire, removed the useless grill mount for the useless grill that came with the camper. Came to the conclusion that the spare was where it has to be and the tote has to mount vertically or it blocks the tail lights. So its either going in the camper or on the bumper with the camco rhino tote mounts from amazon...if they get them back in stock.

I just went out and measured ours and it's 14" deep at the bottom due to the wheels, the rest of it 12" deep and only 40" height. I didn't measure how wide it was because I forgot. But the listing is wrong.

It's insanely heavy and we got it to replace our 2 wheeled one that is 30 gallon (I think.) After hubby had a heart attack, I didn't want him lifting it up to dump. This 4 wheeled one is fantastic! No lifting to attach to hitch or dump it. It's worth every penny if you consider that you can have a heart attack or ruin your back. You only have one body.

One more thing I noticed is that we paid $40 less for it in February of THIS YEAR. It's crazy. RV item prices are going through the roof.
 

Orchid

Sharp Shootin' Grandma
May 8, 2011
5,832
Florida by way of WV and MD
Thats not surprising at all lol

Yes the 4 wheeled version will save my back for when I'm at work. I need that in one piece so I can make a living and I'd hate to explain what I was doing if I hurt myself on a poop dumping run. [LOL]

[LOL][LOL][LOL] We're in our 50's, just have to save our backs for camping. Or should I say hubby's back because I don't do any heavy lifting.

Amazon will have those mounts back in stock soon. When they have a listing worded like that, it's usually very temporary. Should be back in stock within a week or so. I'm an Amazon seller (and an obsessive Amazon shopper LOL,) so very familiar with their practices. You can buy it now and they won't charge your card until it ships.
 

Sneezer

Super Active Member
Aug 8, 2015
3,045
DFW, TX
I really like the 4 wheeled models for ease of moving. When I bought my Rhino they didn't have the 4 wheeled ones yet. However, most of the campgrounds I frequent have speedbumps and rough roads on the way to the dump station. Those 4 wheeled ones don't always play nice with that kind of road hazard.
 

Orchid

Sharp Shootin' Grandma
May 8, 2011
5,832
Florida by way of WV and MD
I really like the 4 wheeled models for ease of moving. When I bought my Rhino they didn't have the 4 wheeled ones yet. However, most of the campgrounds I frequent have speedbumps and rough roads on the way to the dump station. Those 4 wheeled ones don't always play nice with that kind of road hazard.

Ours has only been on one trip so far, the first week of June. We use it for shower water and it made 2 trips to the dump site, with no issues.

All the places we camp do have dirt roads, other than Disney, but have never seen a speed bump in any campground.

I hope ours holds up over time.
 
Jan 26, 2018
59
Calgary, AB. Canada
I bought the same unit for when we camp without full hook ups. My black and grey tanks are 30 gallons each. I wanted the extra room so I could back flush the black tank a bit and maybe only make one trip to the sani-station. The 4 wheels are great, I use the TV to get it to the sani-station. No need to move the trailer this way. I might see about making a "hitch" on my bicycle so I could ride it over but I have a feeling with the weight I'd look ridiculous trying to get it to move.

I've got a platform on the back of my trailer the previous owner added. They must have been a welder, that platform is not going anywhere. I either put the tote on there to move with some ratchet straps holding it in place or in the back of truck. I put a bit of diluted bleach in the tote to help keep the smell down.
 

kcsa75

Super Active Member
Gold Supporting Member
Sep 9, 2013
5,729
Kansas City
We've kicked around the idea of getting one of these tanks, but have resisted for two reasons:
1. I really didn't think I needed one. But this year we've been taking longer trips and the black tank, in particular, has been filling up and making the trailer stink.
2. How to lug it around.

This thread has some great solutions. I'm thinking the ladder hooks might be a good solution with some slight modifications, but I just can't bring myself to part with a couple hundred bucks for something to haul a load of manure. Why are they so darn expensive?

I've checked Marketplace and Craigslist a few times and if there are any available folks are wanting top dollar. No thanks.
 

Steveo4090

Super Active Member
Jun 26, 2020
834
Lancaster PA
I didn't mind paying for it so long as it works. I didn't want to skimp on something like that and end up with the stinky issues that would come from it. I have 5 people in the camper so if we're staying a weekend without sewer hookups and not using the CG bathhouse, I have no choice but to haul one along. I really didn't want to buy someone else's old one either...kinda like having someone's old sewer hose. No thanks, I'll get my own new lol. I already bought someone's used sewer solution that came with a thrown in macerator that needed some work. That was gross enough, even after I sanitized it thoroughly. Lesson learned.

The bolt on camco mount arrives today via Amazon so maybe I'll get it mounted tomorrow and see how it looks
 

Jim K in PA

Member
Aug 17, 2020
58
Pocono Mtns, PA
I didn't mind paying for it so long as it works. I didn't want to skimp on something like that and end up with the stinky issues that would come from it. I have 5 people in the camper so if we're staying a weekend without sewer hookups and not using the CG bathhouse, I have no choice but to haul one along. I really didn't want to buy someone else's old one either...kinda like having someone's old sewer hose. No thanks, I'll get my own new lol. I already bought someone's used sewer solution that came with a thrown in macerator that needed some work. That was gross enough, even after I sanitized it thoroughly. Lesson learned.

The bolt on camco mount arrives today via Amazon so maybe I'll get it mounted tomorrow and see how it looks

Steve - not sure about your 185, but our 163 has an open section under the front of the camper that I am going to make a frame for hanging the blue boy. It will tuck up almost completely under the camper there. I don't expect to use it often (only two of us), but want to have it with us. I kept the tank we used with our Viking PuP, which has a clever metal towing bracket to haul the tank to the dump station on the hitch ball.
 

Steveo4090

Super Active Member
Jun 26, 2020
834
Lancaster PA
There is an open area in the front underneath. I'd probably have a couple issues with mounting it there. First I would likely bottom out on it coming out of our driveway. I already lightly scrape the bottom of the cleanout gate - go figure the swivel wheels we paid to have welded on the back don't go down far enough to prevent it from hitting. Secondly, our tank is a monster. It would be quite the chore to get it mounted up under the camper. It'll be hard enough getting it onto the bumper.

With that said, the camco bumper mount brackets go up too high by about 2 inches when mounted on the top of the bumper. The back bunk door would fold down and hit the top of the bracket. Since the loop thats welded on the bracket us right at the top of it, I can't cut anything off. So I'm trying to see if I mounting them on the bottom of the bumper and laying the tote sideways will work. Nothing is ever straightforward it seems lol
 

Jim K in PA

Member
Aug 17, 2020
58
Pocono Mtns, PA
Understood.

We have/use a 22gal Barker tote (pic below). It will fit without clearance issues in the frame opening. I've moved it full a few times, and have no desire to move one any larger/heavier.

Sounds like you need some axle spacers and 15" wheels!

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Steveo4090

Super Active Member
Jun 26, 2020
834
Lancaster PA
Sounds like you need some axle spacers and 15" wheels!
Yeah I wish. I have a torsion axle and from what they tell me its up as high as possible. I'm not terribly familiar with them yet either. I have tons of room in the wheel wells for 15" wheels, but very little space between the tires, so I doubt 15's would ever work. Even if they did fit, I wouldn't be able to use my Anderson type levelers or x-chocks anymore lol
 

Steveo4090

Super Active Member
Jun 26, 2020
834
Lancaster PA
Ok, here's what I came up with. Mounted the camco brackets under the bumper. Made a pvc spacer with 1-1/4" pipe for the upside down u-bolts for the front and used a piece of 1-1/4" square steel tubing for the back of the tote. The wheel rests on the tubing. I attached foam to the pvc pipe and brackets so I don't get rub holes in my new tote.
I had to use different straps than what came with the kit since they weren't long enough. They weren't long enough even if I mounted it all the intended way anyhow. 20200914_123546.jpg 20200914_124410.jpg
I also removed the handle for transportation just so it doesn't rattle around. Just a quick cotter pin to reattach it anyway.
 

Sjm9911

Super Active Member
May 31, 2018
11,962
Nj
Now you are ready for any crap that comes your way! [:D]
Ok, here's what I came up with. Mounted the camco brackets under the bumper. Made a pvc spacer with 1-1/4" pipe for the upside down u-bolts for the front and used a piece of 1-1/4" square steel tubing for the back of the tote. The wheel rests on the tubing. I attached foam to the pvc pipe and brackets so I don't get rub holes in my new tote.
I had to use different straps than what came with the kit since they weren't long enough. They weren't long enough even if I mounted it all the intended way anyhow. View attachment 68748 View attachment 68749
I also removed the handle for transportation just so it doesn't rattle around. Just a quick cotter pin to reattach it anyway.
 

Jim K in PA

Member
Aug 17, 2020
58
Pocono Mtns, PA
Ok, here's what I came up with. Mounted the camco brackets under the bumper. Made a pvc spacer with 1-1/4" pipe for the upside down u-bolts for the front and used a piece of 1-1/4" square steel tubing for the back of the tote. The wheel rests on the tubing. I attached foam to the pvc pipe and brackets so I don't get rub holes in my new tote.
I had to use different straps than what came with the kit since they weren't long enough. They weren't long enough even if I mounted it all the intended way anyhow. View attachment 68748 View attachment 68749
I also removed the handle for transportation just so it doesn't rattle around. Just a quick cotter pin to reattach it anyway.

I need to do that wheel/tire upgrade for our tote. [8D]
 

Steveo4090

Super Active Member
Jun 26, 2020
834
Lancaster PA
I need to do that wheel/tire upgrade for our tote. [8D]
They seem to be pretty good wheels. The back wheels have grease fittings as well. One issue I've read people have is the caps that hold them on the axles can pop off allowing the whole wheel come off...then a mess usually follows. I may drill a hole in the cap, through the axle, and put a cotter pin in it.
 




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