Friday, December 9, 2022


Where do you carry your RV sewer tote?


By Russ and Tiña De Maris
tote-745If you’re a serious boondocker – or want to be one – you know that one of the more difficult issues can be caring for waste water. If you’ve found that delightful place to park the rig and you want to just stay there for a while, who on earth wants to break camp to go back and dump waste water. Enter the “blue boy” sewer tote, that allows you to dump your waste water in a portable tank, then tote the tank – not the rig – to a suitable dump station.

So where you do you carry the blue boy when you’re on the road?

That was a question asked by an RVer who was just getting ready to get their own portable waste tank. And RVers, typically creative, came up with a few ideas.

One of the most popular ideas, for the travel trailer and fifth wheel set, is to carry that tote in the bed of your pickup. Of course, when empty, a tote could be light enough to try and get loose. We’ve had some odd wind currents come up in the bed of our pickup when towing the fiver, so keep in mind, you may need to weight or tie it down.

But what if you’re using your sewer tote with a motorhome? There’s no handy pickup bed there (unless your “toad” is a pickup). Like some trailer owners we’ve heard about, there’s often room at the rear of the rig. Got a ladder rack? Don’t know how many times we’ve seen folks tie their tote to the ladder rack. Some RVers consider this a BAD idea, likening a blue boy on the back like something straight out of the Beverly Hillbillies. If you can live with it, but don’t have a ladder rack, get creative with some scrap metal and your hitch receiver and build a rack that hangs on the receiver.

Others take a more “concealed” approach to packing “Old Blue” around. One RVer slid under his rig and using angle iron, built a swing-down rack where the tote rode about in style (and out of site) until needed. And as hard as it is to believe, some RVers actually store their Blue Boys inside their rigs. Where? One RVer said he put his smaller tote in the shower stall; another put his to bed in the unused bunk of his bunkhouse-style trailer. Many motorhome folks say they find space in one of their basement storage compartments.

Here are some comments from readers with their solutions:

“We carry ours on a hitch-mounted carrier on our toad. When not in use, we remove the entire rack/tank combo. When we need to use it, back onto the toad it goes and we fill it with our pump and dedicated 50′ garden hose. Then we drive to the dump station and empty using an extra piece of 3″ sewer hose. It works well for us no matter how far the dump station.”

“We have a 2000 Dutch Star DP. We have a 10-gal. blue boy that we carry under the battery compartment in the rear of the motorhome. I drilled some holes under the compartment and secure the blue boy with 3 rubber bungee cords. This has worked for us for 16 years full-timing, the last 9 years mostly boondocking.”

“For lack of a better answer, I put our “blue boy” in a big, heavy duty trash bag and carry it in the back of our ‘toad’ (Jeep GC). I have a hitch rack/carrier, but when we use our bicycle rack on the hitch, the carrier is no longer an option. Someone is missing a business opportunity on this topic.”

“We carried a 14-ft. extension ladder which I hung under the 5th wheel behind the tires on 2 swing-style brackets. There was enough room above this ladder, between the frame rails of the 5th, to place our sewer tote with a shortened ratchet strap holding the tote in place. Worked out for us till we sold our 5th wheel.”

Do you have any other creative thoughts? Please leave a comment.

Editor’s note: Thetford sells a tote storage system that uses an RV’s ladder for its support. Learn more about it has a large selection of sewer totes and other accessories.


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1 month ago

We travel during the cold weather to warmer climates. We quite often end up at campgrounds without sewer hookups. We carry our 42 gal. blue boy strapped to the ladder setting atop ladder chair hanger brackets attached at the bottom of the ladder. We’ve done this for years, before the dedicated bumper carries. We have no room on the bumper in any case.

Rolling Coal
1 month ago

Our 28 gallon Rhino sewer tote fits nicely inside a basement storage bin until it’s needed

Eric Devolin
1 month ago

I store our tote on top of our hitch extension under our t/c overhang . Built a small framework that slides over the extension with 2 pieces of 1” square tube extending out about 2’ and strap the tote down with elastic bungee cords. Worked out well for 3 years so far

Larry Lee
1 month ago

If I ever convince my DW that boondocking is safe and enjoyable, I will figure out how best to carry our blue boy with us. Until then it remains in our store room.

7 months ago

I usually need mine for fishing trips so it goes in the boat before the boat tarp goes on.

Jeff Craig
1 year ago

I bought a 28(?) gallon Rhino Tank after reading reports of the wheels literally falling off the Blue Totes, primarily for use when dry camping at NASCAR racetracks. Then the pandemic hit, and we haven’t needed it! It’s been sitting, unused, on the ladder rack of our Class A. We don’t really have room in any of our bays for it, and there is no room in our garage at home for it either. I like the readers suggestion of adding angle iron in a void space (which I have several of under my F53 chassis) and storing it there.

Andy Bowen
1 year ago

Camco makes a bumper mount that I easily installed on the back of our 30’ Salem travel trailer.

Rich K.
1 year ago

We only have a portable grey water tank, which rides in our popup when we’re going down the road.

The Lazy Q
1 year ago

I bought one 2 years ago and carry it in the bed of my truck taking it only to the campsites with no sewer, we regularly visit 2 each year. So far I haven’t used it for myself but our travel mates always fail to gauge their grey water use and have used it each time we camp at these 2 campsites. Guess I should give it to them lol.

Neal Davis
1 year ago

My thought is that we will carry our 32-gallon honey wagon lashed to the roof rack of our Grand Cherokee toad. However, we have not actually tried this. We’ll see. We lashed it to the ladder affixed to the rear of our motorhome during our 4-month Alaska odyssey, but that made it too hard to access. Hence, the new plan.

Bill T
1 year ago

We like to travel with our rig. 3 or 4 days at the most of boondocking and we are ready to go again. Have never had a need for a “blue boy”.