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    Nebraska Is Tanking- The Most American Thing You’ve Never Heard Of

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    https://gearjunkie.com/river-float-t...-tank-nebraska

    March 30, 2017, 9:33 am
    By: Nate Mitka
    The Most American Thing You’ve Never Heard Of: Tanking

    Fill up an extra-large stock tank with your best buds, grab some cushioned seats, and find a calm river to float. Don’t forget the beer!

    Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism

    There’s a new way to get your kicks in rural Nebraska. The uniquely Nebraskan water “sport,” tanking, is like tubing on steroids. Groups of three to six people comfortably float down stream, all held buoyant by giant metal tanks.

    Large livestock tanks outfitted with seating and coolers carry passengers on calm waterways. The stream provides the motion, and a paddle on board can gently change course. Because of the tank’s cumbersome and circular shape, they bob up and down and rotate like a slow-motion tilt-o-whirl.

    One company near Nebraska’s Sandhills offers tanking trips on the Dismal and Middle Loup rivers. From Glidden Canoe Rental at the Sandhills Motel, trips cost $36-$62, depending on the length of trip and vessel chosen.

    Photo courtesy of Nebraska Tourism
    Tanking River Float

    Watch the local waterfowl, soak up the sun, and enjoy lunch and brews: all from within your own tank, flowing down river. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? Sometimes the simple things in life are best. Tanking exemplifies this.

    Of course, if traveling to Nebraska is not on the docket, constructing one yourself won’t break the bank. Galvanized Livestock tanks run $117. Add some seating and an American flag, and voila, float tank complete.

    So the next time you feel bored with the same old canoe or kayak, look to Nebraska for innovation and try out tanking for yourself.
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    How cool is that?!
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    I think I'll stick to Class 5 White Water Rafting.

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    I HAVE heard of people using stock tanks as the basis for a wood-fired hot tub. I've wanted to try something similar if I ever got a big enough greenhouse to accommodate such a thing.

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    In that cold climate I don't think sitting in a metal tank in cold water on cold seats in cold air would be really enjoyable......guess that is why they take beer coolers along, to numb their bodies further.......

    I expect someone will try this down our Channel which separates the two lakes of our City of Penticton this summer. Water much warmer.....but then at 100F the metal gets a bit hot.
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    Did you ever know of a stock tank that doesn't leak? The green outdoor carpet is pinchy, hope they flex sealed it first,
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    Gads. Those big round tanks are heavy, and I notice there don't seem to be many rocks in their rivers. Wouldn't work as well here - a 10 foot stock tank doesn't steer very well.

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    I think I would go for one of the plastic ones instead.......probably easier to launch, haul and recover...this is a 600 gallon one

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    I'm in! That looks like fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southside View Post
    I think I'll stick to Class 5 White Water Rafting.
    Paddling like a maniac can't be conducive to beer drinking.
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    Having read many '49er's descriptions of the Platte, I never imagined there was a river in Nebraska deep enough to float a tank in. Learn something new every day!

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    My kids always turned one into a pool every summer, guess they had the water on the wrong side! LOL
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    The New River is a popular float trip destination up here.

    Mid summer, sometimes you can barely see the river for the canoes, kayaks, tubes etc.

    But it's too rocky and shallow for something like a stock tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta View Post
    Having read many '49er's descriptions of the Platte, I never imagined there was a river in Nebraska deep enough to float a tank in. Learn something new every day!
    The rivers used for tanking aren't that deep (about waist high at most). Frequently your tank runs up onto a sandbar. Then you just get out of the tank and push it off. The current is slow. It is just a great way to relax and enjoy the scenery.

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    Last stock tanks I had anything to do with were 50 -150 ft in diameter and were made of clay...
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    For this to be "the most American thing I've ever heard of," duct tape would have to be involved.

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    Love it! We used to go tubing which was slow and easy in Louisiana rivers. That was great for small kids which we had then and older folks, like we are now.

    This mode sounds perfect, except, I wonder how hard it would be to get in and out of the water? After all, dipping in the water is part of being on a river. Would it rock and tip over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sierra don View Post
    I think I would go for one of the plastic ones instead.......probably easier to launch, haul and recover...this is a 600 gallon one


    They are easier to launch and haul, and if you hit rough water stay up better than the metal ones. Natives way back in the day use to make similar boats out of buffalo hides to navigate various rivers in Nebraska.
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