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Old 09-29-2015, 01:50 PM   #43
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Dumping is not some evil rite

Dumping is not some evil rite.

We've spent some 3000 nights on the road over the last 15 years, meaning I've dumped the order of a 750 - 1,000 times. I've never been disturbed by doing it. The vast majority of the dumpers are considerate people, not the type to leave a mess.

Really the only messes I've had to deal with were of my own making, just not paying enough attention. I clean up after myself and note that others do as well.

I'm not paranoid about having a spotless bathroom. With young children at our home in the summer it's not unusually to find sand in the bottom of the shower. Really I can live with it... it's not fatal.

Porta potty, Cracker Barrel restroom, my trailer, they all provide the same function. To me having a bathroom is a convenience be it a dedicated room or a porta potti.

Two years ago we were on the Change Islands in NL at a small 5 site campground. There was no dump station on the island but there was a two hole outhouse, Ginny's first. She thought it was a hoot and used it everyday without a thought but with a smile. Of course we were the only people in the campground as is frequently the case.
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Old 09-29-2015, 01:55 PM   #44
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Anyone ever converted the "push" accordion looking flush on your porta potty to an electric pump/flush option? I thought this would be a great mod to make it more like a traditional toilet, and I think it could be done relatively inexpensively...

BTW, lol, while I am asking who adds water to the bowl before doing #1 or #2 and who does this after #1 or #2? Sorry, lol, I had to ask...

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Old 09-29-2015, 01:59 PM   #45
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Reminded

I was just discussing bathrooms with Ginny and mentioned that the water in showers is always clean. She reminded me of a time when it wasn't so.

On our way back from our cross Labrador trip we stopped at a very nice looking campground on the St. Lawrence. The shower/bathroom was beautiful as you might expect you would find in Quebec 'little France'. I recall it being very feminine, flowers, wispy colors. Ginny came back from the shower dry. I said what happened. "The water's brown'" Not believing her I went over to take a shower. The water was brown. The only time I've seen this in all our years on the road.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:00 PM   #46
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Option two: Find flashlight and rain gear...wander around in the wind and rain, flashlight in hand looking for campground's bathhouse or perhaps a pit toilet...hope batteries in flashlight don't die on the trip...complete the task and trudge back
It's amazing how different everyone is. My wife an I use a porta-potti now, but some of my best memories is seeing the moon, stars, raccoon, hearing coyotes and loons and other critters on the "walk". Sometime back when we had a tent camper we would walk together. But often the first words of the morning were "Had this great night walk to the bathroom where I saw...."

It's all good.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:03 PM   #47
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Possibly recycling it out of the septic tank but somebody forgot to reinstall the filter?

Got to ask....did you have water at your camper? What color was it?

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I was just discussing bathrooms with Ginny and mentioned that the water in showers is always clean. She reminded me of a time when it wasn't so.

On our way back from our cross Labrador trip we stopped at a very nice looking campground on the St. Lawrence. The shower/bathroom was beautiful as you might expect you would find in Quebec 'little France'. I recall it being very feminine, flowers, wispy colors. Ginny came back from the shower dry. I said what happened. "The water's brown'" Not believing her I went over to take a shower. The water was brown. The only time I've seen this in all our years on the road.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:05 PM   #48
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I am kind of amazed at how this post about the facilities is such an active one... who knew???
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:13 PM   #49
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While a more difficult decision as the trailer gets smaller, I sure appreciate the bathroom in my Escape 17B. Many of us older folks (at least men) find the need for at least one bathroom run in the middle of the night a necessity. Back in my tenting days, at 3:00AM my wife & I got lost walking back from the bathrooms in a huge campground. After that, I decided an in-trailer bathroom was required!

I prefer the actual bathroom to a porta potty. You have larger "black" tank storage resulting in longer intervals between dumps, less odor, it's there when you need it rather than having to drag it out of storage, and I find dealing with the dump process with the trailer system as easy or easier than most porta potties.

As to showers, I rarely use mine if there are campground showers, but I prefer to camp in National Parks, Forest Service campgrounds most of which do not have showers, and at least several weeks of dry camping. Navy showers in the Escape's bathroom are really appreciated, both by myself & I suspect the others around me.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:15 PM   #50
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BTW, lol, while I am asking who adds water to the bowl before doing #1 or #2 and who does this after #1 or #2? Sorry, lol, I had to ask...

I do not ad extra water to the bowl but if you do make sure you burp it first otherwise you may find a surprise when you open the gate valve. Built up pressure is not your friend.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:18 PM   #51
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What's older. I'm 73 and don't need no stinking bathroom in my trailer. Does that make an older folk?
What's older? Must be 74
At any rate, I'm 63 and like most people I don't need no stinking bathroom in my trailer either. So I flush the toilet when finished and keep the shower clean, just like at home.
We do have indoor plumbing at home as well, with multiple facilities, and we really like it! Especially since we had two bedrooms and a "path" as a child with a "thundermug" for emergencies.
We find that odors are seldom a problem at home with regular cleanings,even with three indoor toilets.... except when that certain relative comes to visit, and we must put hospitality above personal comfort for a time!
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:21 PM   #52
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Very true stevebaz, "OPEN IT VERY SLOWLY AND THERE WON'T BE NO TROUBLE". There has been discussion about this etiquette among us. Before we bought our Boler the guy at an RV dealer said to just open the valve first before you do your business....
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The last time I priced the Scamp bathroom package it was around $1500. Based on the fact that the life expectancy of a Scamp is over 30 years that breaks down to less than $50 a year . (assuming that the trailer has zero value after 30 years) Even when factoring in repairs
the cost is trivial. I gladly paid the price for the convenience the bathroom provides.
If money was the only determining factor in my life then I wouldn't own a trailer.
Without a bathroom in my trailer , I would be camping without my wife, which is something I choose not to do.
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:49 PM   #54
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But comparing your 17 foot trailer to a 13 foot trailer is not the same. Your percentage of available space is quite different.

But happy wife, happy life is still relevant. In the case of the OP it is a single person that may not have to deal with the same issues.
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I am kind of amazed at how this post about the facilities is such an active one... who knew???
Oh, this is a very active topic on this forum. Sometimes it gets quite heated. Then it really hits the fan.
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Sometimes it gets quite heated. Then it really hits the fan.
No pun intended?
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