We enjoy camping and living off the grid also known as boondocking. We’ve figured out how to replenish our water by using our water bladder. You can read about that in our Water Acquisition and Replenishment, however, we still have one looming stinking issue…
How to get rid of our CRAP
Typically, when we are hooked up to sewer at a campground, when our RV toilet starts to burp, it means it’s time to pull the ole lever and let’r rip! She empties her belly right down the hole that our sewer hose is connected to.
We didn’t want to leave. So, we had to come up with a viable solution.
We didn’t want to come back to see someone either took our favorite camping spot or worse, someone decided to help themselves to our camp chairs and whatever else we left to show we were returning. Adding in, where we boondock may be several miles from a campground or dump station. So, as boondocking RVers, I’m sure you feel our frustration and angst?
When we are at a campground that has ‘no’ sewer hookup, we hook up our honey wagon to our sewer hose and empty our black/gray tanks until the wagon is full. Some call it a ‘Blue Boy’ but we can’t because our’s isn’t blue; it’s dark gray but hey, it’s not about color, right? Besides, ‘honey wagon’ rolls a little sweeter off the tongue than say…shitter tank, crap wagon, piss pot…now doesn’t it?
Anyway, our honey wagon holds about 25 gallons. Now, that didn’t mean a whole heck of a lot until we tried to lift the damn thing into the back of our truck. We had to come up with a solution.
First, a SCIENCE lesson…
Now, if you’re a mathematical geo-bio-jigawatt scientist, you’d know that at 62° fahrenheit, a liquid gallon weighs around 8.3 pounds which when added up, our 25 gallon honey wagon weighs in at about 208 gallons.
However, did you know that the weight of a gallon can fluctuate as will the temperature because the density of the water can change accordingly?! If you want to measure the energy, you need to measure the temperature as they are connected. When the energy increases, the temperature also increases. Add those two together and you’ll find that the weight increases as well aka ‘density’.
It’s always about WEIGHT…
Our problem was solved…
Did he just hear ‘lift’ and ‘back of their pickups’?
The next day, they took a drive to the Bass Pro Shops for a look-see since our son didn’t have one. Like a kid in a candy store, Dan was instantly sold on the idea! The little gears were turning in his head. In the cart it went and threw in some heavy-duty cargo straps. They brought it back to Liberty and test-drove their plan.
And…of course, it worked just as our son had explained!
About the Rack JACK…
Viking Solutions is dedicated to providing you with in-field solutions that enhance and improve your outdoor experience. Our products focus on eliminating the backbreaking chore of dealing with downed game – especially when you’re on your own. During a combined 100+ years of hunting and fishing across North America, we have watched hunters (including ourselves) struggle with the recovery, cleaning and processing of big game animals. We can serve you with a better solution.
The Rack JACK Original is a hitch mounted hoist that swivels a full 360 degrees that allowed us to load our RV portable sewage tank with a simple 3-piece attachment and easy installation.
Since they designed the boom/winch piece as one unit, there was no cable threading or alignment of holes or pins. There is a bracket and slot design that is amazingly foolproof that virtually any RVer and truck owner could assemble.
The Rack Jack features machined pulleys to produce a high quality product that will not bind or jam. They even provided a hook for attaching our straps that cradle the sewage tank. The total weight of the Rack JACK is 42 lbs, so keep that in your noggins when it comes time to either buying your honey wagon or if you already have a much larger one, you won’t want to fill it as full.
Where can you buy the Rack-JACK?
We’ve used it several times so far and absolutely love the freedom of not having to pull in the slides and hitch up Liberty just to take her to empty her guts, This solution allows us longer boondocking periods with less stress of trying to find a dump station that we could fit in or go out of our way in finding.
A portion of this blog has been submitted to Heartland RV’s.
We came in to edit this post with this note because we received a lot of negative responses of why we didn’t seek other measures or solutions ‘instead’ of this one (i.e. macerator, composting toilet). We do what works for US. While yes, we ‘could’ go with other options, those are/were not viable solutions for US for the time being. If something works for you and your situation, we’re happy you’ve found your solution. We all do things a little differently and unless they are deemed unsafe to others or ourselves, we should all be left to our own decisions respectfully. Thank you.