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Old 01-28-2021, 03:17 PM   #1
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Transporting your dump tank

There are times when we are set up in a location without a dump station near by and hooking up and taking the Scamp for a ride was the only solution to empty our gray and black water tanks. I came up with this answer. I bought an electric wheel chair hitch carrier from Harbor Freight, cut it down in both length and width to fit my 25 gallon blue tank. Hinged it to the hitch bar and cut down the ramp to act more like a tailgate. The hinges have removable pins to make stowing easier. This way it takes up little more room in the back of the truck than what the tank does by itself. I have a rear hitch on the back of the Scamp and this rides there while traveling unless we have the bike rack on it. This was rated for 500 pound capacity with a bed of 47" X 27" it is now cut down to 25" X 36" and 25 gallons of water weighs less than half what the original rating was. I usually dump much less than that anyway.
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Old 01-28-2021, 03:31 PM   #2
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Old 01-29-2021, 11:36 AM   #3
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That's a neat Idea!
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Old 01-29-2021, 01:02 PM   #4
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There are times when we are set up in a location without a dump station near by and hooking up and taking the Scamp for a ride was the only solution to empty our gray and black water tanks. I came up with this answer. I bought an electric wheel chair hitch carrier from Harbor Freight, cut it down in both length and width to fit my 25 gallon blue tank. .
Just buy one of the tanks that are meant to be towed in the campground.
Or just buy the towing handle for the one you have.
https://smile.amazon.com/Tote-N-Stor...1946853&sr=8-7
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Old 01-29-2021, 01:06 PM   #5
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Good Idea

I wonder if it could not be even better if a hitch receiver was installed on the rear bumper of the trailer so that when not in use and when traveling, the carrier AND the empty tank could transported there without taking up space in the tow vehicle. I know that most fiberglass trailer bumpers are not strong enough to carry much of a load, but the carrier (55 lb) and the empty tank (10 lb?) probably would not be a problem. THOUGHTS about that???

Also, for those thinking of copying your idea, it would be helpful if you described how you hinged the carrier to the tow bar.
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Old 01-29-2021, 01:08 PM   #6
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I do use this tank with the tow handle when in a RV park that has a dump station. I use this arrangement when we are set up miles away from a dump station.
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Old 01-29-2021, 01:15 PM   #7
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I wonder if it could not be even better if a hitch receiver was installed on the rear bumper of the trailer so that when not in use and when traveling, the carrier AND the empty tank could transported there without taking up space in the tow vehicle. I know that most fiberglass trailer bumpers are not strong enough to carry much of a load, but the carrier (55 lb) and the empty tank (10 lb?) probably would not be a problem. THOUGHTS about that???

Also, for those thinking of copying your idea, it would be helpful if you described how you hinged the carrier to the tow bar.
We do have a hitch on the back of the Scamp and carry our tank that way when ever we do not have our bikes with us as our bike carrier uses the Scamp hitch.

The Carrier come disassembled but with a steel plate welded to the steel hitch insert. This is meant to be bolted to the aluminum carrier. I just bolted tee hinges to this plate and riveted the hinge to the carrier frame and fabricated a slide bolt to secure the hinged top down. You will need to shim the tee hinges below the aluminum carrier to compensate for the thickness of the steel plate, I used a peice of 1/8" aluminum flat stock.
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Old 02-03-2021, 12:17 PM   #8
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There are times when we are set up in a location without a dump station near by and hooking up and taking the Scamp for a ride was the only solution to empty our gray and black water tanks. I came up with this answer. I bought an electric wheel chair hitch carrier from Harbor Freight, cut it down in both length and width to fit my 25 gallon blue tank. Hinged it to the hitch bar and cut down the ramp to act more like a tailgate. The hinges have removable pins to make stowing easier. This way it takes up little more room in the back of the truck than what the tank does by itself. I have a rear hitch on the back of the Scamp and this rides there while traveling unless we have the bike rack on it. This was rated for 500 pound capacity with a bed of 47" X 27" it is now cut down to 25" X 36" and 25 gallons of water weighs less than half what the original rating was. I usually dump much less than that anyway.
I bought a 1 foot hitch extension at Harbour Freight to make room for the Tank and still mount the bikes.
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Wow! Genius!
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Old 02-07-2021, 04:06 PM   #10
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great idea. I like it.
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Old 02-08-2021, 08:18 AM   #11
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I know a guy who tows the tank behind his bicycle to dump it when camping in a campground. Doesn't get much simpler.
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