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Old 07-21-2010, 12:19 AM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting a portable toilet. Usually we camp where there is flush toilets, so I generally wouldn't get one. But there are all kinds of campgrounds with out houses. Which I also, generally don't have a problem using. But now, my wife and I have two small children. And outhouses are just nasty. So we're probably doing to get one of those "toilet tents" and a portable toilet.

So I'm browsing and there are a bunch of different kinds. There's kind of three that I've looked at, all by Dometic. One is a 9.8 litre, and for another $10 I can get a 19 litre. But then there's this Deluxe model, for about another $30 or so.

So basically, do any of you have any recommendations on these? Or do you have others that you recommend? What makes the Deluxe, well...a Deluxe? I get the 9.8 litre vs 19 litre. Anyway, any info you might have would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:52 AM   #2
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I have always had a Thetford. You can't break them!

Thetford potties

As a matter of fact, I am looking at getting a smaller rig than this 31 ft Motorhome, but bigger than my 17 foot Burro. To keep the weight down, I will be using alternative fixtures to traditional ones.. (Point of use water heaters etc.) and a porta potti will be my throne of choice instead of a full bath and black water tank. I still have a large Thetford for this purpose.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:16 AM   #3
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I went with the Dometic 5-gallon. The capacity is important if you have 3 or even four, but the height is a big benefit too, if you have the space. I believe the deluxe model adds clips that can be used to secure the base for semi-permanent installations. A lot of these get used in boats. Do get one with a pump plunger as opposed to those models that instead use that little corrugated plastic pump thing that cracks. Dometic also has a model set up for MDS dock side pump out (for boats too, which you probably don't need), but it also has the regular pour out tube and comes with the clips. The Dometics are tu-tone finish, and the tan one is a VERY light beige, so I would get the grey one to hide scuff marks, especially with kids.

Lots of good feedback on the Thetford models too. The larger one with the plunger was too talk for my space, and I did not want the potential problems of the battery operated pump model in my wet bath area. My wife was a little afraid of it at first, but was relieved to have it on more than one occasion.

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We have a Thetford model 135 (I think). It looks and fits like this:


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I don't know how much it holds, but it is sufficient for the two of us at night.

Just looked it up, 2.5 gal:

http://www.thetford.com/HOME/PRODUCTS/Port...63/Default.aspx
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I have a Thetford also. NO PROBLEMS AT ALL.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:35 AM   #6
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I agree with Matt. I bought a 5-gallon capacity for 3 people. with a pump plunge.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:37 AM   #7
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Hmm, Thetford seems to be the more popular model on the forum. I wonder where in Canada you can get them? We have a Cabela's in Winnipeg, but their website doesn't show Thetford. Canadian Tire has the Dometics. I am going by a US Cabela's this weekend, maybe I'll stop in.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:30 PM   #8
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Canadian Tire carries them.
And Roger, I like your set up. Gives me a good idea for my Cadet.
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I had a large porta-potty on my sailboat that had to be carried out to be dumped. Never again. Hauling that much wieght through a deck hatch was just terribly inconvenient. I have a Thetford 135 in my Scamp also, and the 2.5 gallons is much more manageable for regular dumping than hauling a big five gallon reservoir around. The fresh water capacity of the larger toilets is also more, which significantly increase the weight of the unit when you have to move it around. The smaller portable toilets are just a lot more convenient.

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I had a large porta-potty on my sailboat that had to be carried out to be dumped. Never again. Hauling that much wieght through a deck hatch was just terribly inconvenient. I have a Thetford 135 in my Scamp also, and the 2.5 gallons is much more manageable for regular dumping than hauling a big five gallon reservoir around. The fresh water capacity of the larger toilets is also more, which significantly increase the weight of the unit when you have to move it around. The smaller portable toilets are just a lot more convenient.

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Well, you don't have to fill it entirely, and you could dump it as early and often as you wish. I personally would prefer to dump less frequently

That's just my take.
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