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Old 06-02-2007, 11:28 AM   #15
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Just make certain you have "some" water in the tank prior to first use....helps to prevent the dreaded poop pyramid!
I have become accustomed to dumping my black tank at the KOA near home just before putting the trailer "in storage". The KOA is about 15 miles away from my workplace, where I store the trailer. After I finish dumping, and close the valves, I go into the store and buy a 7 pound bag of icecubes, and put it down the toilet. The cubes clean the black tank while driving, and then leaves 7/8 of a gallon of water in the tank for the 1st use!
2 birds with 1 stone.
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Old 06-02-2007, 02:24 PM   #16
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I have become accustomed to dumping my black tank at the KOA near home just before putting the trailer "in storage". The KOA is about 15 miles away from my workplace, where I store the trailer. After I finish dumping, and close the valves, I go into the store and buy a 7 pound bag of icecubes, and put it down the toilet. The cubes clean the black tank while driving, and then leaves 7/8 of a gallon of water in the tank for the 1st use!
2 birds with 1 stone.
What an incredible thought! I don't have my egg yet, still looking, and I love reading all your ideas and storing them up for when I need them--hopefully soon! Sure do love this site!
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:51 PM   #17
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Another Q: How much of, and what, do you pack into the vehicle while on the road as opposed to towing it in the trailer? E.g. clothing, toiletries, lawn chairs, mini grill, etc. We do have room in the vehicle...
As I just mentioned in another topic, my philosophy is to put stuff where it will be used. If something might be needed in the tug when we take it somewhere away from the campsite, it should be stored there; if something is used only in the trailer, keeping it in there reduces the number of trips back and forth between trailer and tug in the campsite.

There is a lot of volume of space in even a small trailer compared to most tow vehicles, so I know there is a temptation to stack stuff in there. Having a bunch of stuff transported to the destination on the floor of the trailer makes the unpacking on arrival - and packing for departure - much more tedious. It also makes quickly popping into the trailer for a lunch stop or bathroom break much less practical.

The available towing and cargo capacity of the specific tug and trailer may lead to one location or the other being more desirable. For instance, if the trailer maxes out the tug's towing capacity or hitch weight rating, but there is still capacity to put load in the tug (presumably not right at the back), then stuff needs to go in the tug.

In the end, all clothes and similar personal items ride in our Boler, the camera gear and toolkit are in the van, and the barbecue is one of those trailer floor items, for instance.
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