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Old 06-10-2013, 09:58 AM   #15
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At the risk of sounding a tad snooty, (not my intent, so please don't take it as such,) but why would anyone ever succumb to buying a trailer without a toilet, or at the very least, a porta-potti? If I couldn't have my toilet, (and a good bed,) in my trailer, I'd sell it and buy myself another tent! My gas mileage would instantly double, but I prefer my creature comforts. Maybe it's because the older I get, the more I like being comfortable. Just remember, there will be those times such as middle of the night, not-so-nice camping place, crappy unkempt facilities, really gotta-go right now, heavy rain, etc. that really convinced me that having a toilet is the only way to go. JMHO.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:01 AM   #16
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At the risk of sounding a tad snooty, (not my intent, so please don't take it as such,) but why would anyone ever succumb to buying a trailer without a toilet, or at the very least, a porta-potti? If I couldn't have my toilet and a good bed in my trailer I'd sell it and buy myself another tent! My gas mileage would instantly double, but I prefer my creature comforts. Maybe it's because the older I get, the more I like being comfortable. JMHO.
Because both my feet and the campground bathrooms work just fine?

Really, everybody has different camping styles, mobilities, and preferences, so it's all good.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:07 AM   #17
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Not meant as an antagonistic post, just my feelings on the subject. Also, not everybody shares your mobility and good health. After all, the OP did ask for opinions, pro & con. YMMV
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:12 AM   #18
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We went with the toilet/shower in our 13 foot Scamp. If we want to do without we could take our teardrop out
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:16 AM   #19
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I seriously doubt you'll regret having it. Enjoy your trailer.
Happy camping!
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:47 AM   #20
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At the risk of sounding a tad snooty, (not my intent, so please don't take it as such,) but why would anyone ever succumb to buying a trailer without a toilet, or at the very least, a porta-potti? If I couldn't have my toilet, (and a good bed,) in my trailer, I'd sell it and buy myself another tent! My gas mileage would instantly double, but I prefer my creature comforts. Maybe it's because the older I get, the more I like being comfortable. Just remember, there will be those times such as middle of the night, not-so-nice camping place, crappy unkempt facilities, really gotta-go right now, heavy rain, etc. that really convinced me that having a toilet is the only way to go. JMHO.
On the other side why would anybody insist on carrying their body waste around with them? As pointed out my feet work just fine, the stars are bright in the middle of the night. A toilet is another failure point that will fail at some point in time.

We've been camping for over 60 years (acutlly closer to 70) and never needed to carry around a toilet or port-a-potty. In our earlier days a port-a-potty would have been a bit too much to put the backpack. Now a toilet in the trailer is a no no.

Absolutely no regrets.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:14 AM   #21
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For my 13 foot, I feel that the porta potty is a good compromise. It doesn't take up much room but it serves the need, especially at night in bad weather. That said, if I upgrade to a larger trailer I'll probably get one with a toilet and shower.

It is just a personal preference, no need for fisticuffs.
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I dont think the OP's question is one any of us can help them decide on.

For me I wanted a trailer that had everything I would need in order to be as flexible as I could be in choosing where I camp. I went from tent camping to a trailer for the added comfort and convenience. I also wanted to be able to camp in areas with no bathroom facilities or electrical hook ups. Some of the most beautiful spots I have camped with the trailer have had no facilities. It also makes life pretty easy when on a long road trip and you want to just pull over and sleep in rest stop or parking lot for a couple of nights in a row along the way. Nice to be able to take a fast shower before hitting the road on another long day of travel. I often travel on my own so not have to seek out a bathroom facility in the middle of the night is another added plus.

Yes you could get away with a porta potty and a rig up a portable shower or have a sponge bath but when camping in a spot without any facilities to dump out the porta potty or dispose of the grey water (some places I camp can be strict in regards to grey water dumping & are pack in and out) having the larger holding tanks means I dont have to worry about such things for a number of days rather than on a daily bases.

I looked at a 13' trailer and decided a bathroom took up to much space and went with a 16' side bath. But having said that I know a front bath 13' model may have worked out fine had I not also wanted the flexibility of taking children on a trip with me and needed the front bunks from time to time.

It all comes down to how/where you think you will do your camping and how many people do you want to have the ability/flexibility to sleep in the trailer.

I highly recommend though that before you decide one way or another you find a way to go and sit in trailer models that have & do not have a bathrooms. It will help a lot in making up your mind one way or another... or at least it did for me.
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We have a 13' Burro (no bathroom option) and when we've got two people camping in it I do the thought experiment - what if we jammed a bathroom in here too? And I think "no way" - space is at enough of a premium with the small trailer as it is.

One day we'll upgrade to a 16 or 17 and spring for a bathroom/shower model. For now, it works for us to use campground bathrooms and showers.
We travel with two people every trip and find the additional storage closet, microwave oven and full bath to be a better use for the space available than a couch.We can seat 4 or 5 at the dinette in reasonable comfort, any more and we will just have to gather outside around the picnic table.
The thirteen front bunk is a great choice for those who camp with children or pets,but the front bath works great for couples who like to travel. We could "upsize" from our Scamp13D but it certainly would not be an "upgrade".
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I have had campers both with and without a bath and have also had the room but no bath.

It is something no one can help you decide,well maybe no one but your partner?

I have a full bath now but have actually never used it so far except as storage.
I mostly camp alone and would rather use other facilities than clean the bathroom.
I also barely fit inside the bathroom and easily fit in most CG facilities so the choice is simple if there is a choice.

For me almost everything about using my trailer is easier without using water in it.

Others that I camp with use everything in the trailer all the time and would not consider doing anything else.
Neither is wrong or right,it is just a personal choice.

It is often said that resale will be hurt without a bath but I have no reason to think so and my experience selling these eggs also does not support that theory,they sell fast either way.

So yes,Bath or No Bath?

Either is fine.
RESALE??!! Well, I guess that's just something else for the kids to worry about when we're gone!
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We've been camping for over 60 years (actually closer to 70) and never needed to carry around a toilet or port-a-potty. In our earlier days a port-a-potty would have been a bit too much to put the backpack. Now a toilet in the trailer is a no no.
Byron I have also a backpacked for years and nope I never carried a porta potty either ;-0 but the spots I camped as a backpacker where/are not normally accessible by auto so disposing of the waste in the woods is the only acceptable option. But these days in parts of the back county/forestry type campgrounds that are accessible by vehicle the rangers have become very strict in regards to disposal of waste - whether it be black or grey water. They are not happy to see folks digging holes etc to dispose of it and if you arrived by auto they fully expect you to pack it out!
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Byron I have also a backpacked for years and nope I never carried a porta potty either ;-0 but the spots I camped as a backpacker where/are not normally accessible by auto so disposing of the waste in the woods is the only acceptable option. But these days in parts of the back county/forestry type campgrounds that are accessible by vehicle the rangers have become very strict in regards to disposal of waste - whether it be black or grey water. They are not happy to see folks digging holes etc to dispose of it and if you arrived by auto they fully expect you to pack it out!

Just south of you campgrounds all have at least a vault toilet. Dispersed camping is allowed, you dispose of your human waste the same as you did while backpacking no matter how you arrive, auto, foot, or horse.
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On the other side why would anybody insist on carrying their body waste around with them? As pointed out my feet work just fine, the stars are bright in the middle of the night. A toilet is another failure point that will fail at some point in time.

We've been camping for over 60 years (acutlly closer to 70) and never needed to carry around a toilet or port-a-potty. In our earlier days a port-a-potty would have been a bit too much to put the backpack. Now a toilet in the trailer is a no no.

Absolutely no regrets.
Since a 135 Thetford will fit under the bench , then a toilet is not the whole issue, besides you already carry your "body waste" around with you until nature calls and then you don't eliminate it all...You're just not as full of it as you were before.
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I have no interest whatsoever in a bathroom and all the associated piping and tanks and caregiving (KISS). In my case, I was specifically searching for a small camper without a bathroom. A porta potti takes care of night time emergencies and the rest of the time, I use the park restrooms and showers.

And as for resale, the small no-potty ones go very fast, because the price is very reasonable.
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