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Old 04-15-2011, 09:36 AM   #15
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Oh my Roger! Thank you so much for those words of wisdom, LOL. I had no idea about pressure building etc and I'd guess it would be the same situation for a Cassette toilet as well.

Kip, it never occured to me Rest Stops would have dump stations! That is awesome info! We've stopped at a GA Restop more than once but I never noticed the dump station anywhere. I'd look closer next time.

Thanks! This board is awesome, so much good info to make a newbie's life a lot easier, lol.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:03 AM   #16
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Roger is very correct. I didn't have stuff in the bowl so didn't experience that. But there is a burp. With 100 degree days and up and down mountains the burp was pretty smelly. I try to remember to burp the baby with the lid down now.

Melissa, we don't put water in the empty chamber. I figure the chemical comes in a plastic bottle and the pee and flush water will dilute it quickly enough. Of course I don't have 3 females using toilet paper either, and only mellow yellow going in.

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Old 04-15-2011, 12:43 PM   #17
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The purpose in putting a pint of water in the empty tank is to ensure that the entire bottom of the black tank area is covered with solution. Mainly important for odor control if you go some time before using it, or if you're using dry chemicals.

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Melissa, we don't put water in the empty chamber. I figure the chemical comes in a plastic bottle and the pee and flush water will dilute it quickly enough. Of course I don't have 3 females using toilet paper either, and only mellow yellow going in.

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Old 04-15-2011, 02:21 PM   #18
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Some of ours in California do to. In fact I dumped at one on my way home from Quartzsite.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:53 PM   #19
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Melissa,
I don't know what brand of cassette toilet Li'l Snoozy plans to use, but Thetford makes one model where the cassette (tank) has wheels and a handle. Inside the trailer bathroom, it looks just like the standard model, according to the photos on their website.
A gallon to recharge the chemicals would likely be a lot. In the cassette toilet we used in a rental, the tank wasn't that wide. The pint Matt suggested would likely be more than plenty to disperse chemicals across the bottom of the tank.
I know this sounds "icky," but you could instruct the girls to put tp in a small covered wastebasket to save more room in the tank, and make everything easier for you. Urine is actually almost sterile...
Use the campground facilities whenever possible. You may find that the five gallon tank may last longer than you think.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:42 PM   #20
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Sherry, one pint covers the bottom of our cassette. The directions said use two pints, but I found out that one works fine.
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Since we are all adult and working out a problem!
To save space in the P-P's holding tank.....!

FWIW: Toilet paper and urine tend to fill a small holding tank faster than solids do. Put the "wiping" paper into the Porta Potty and "dabbing" paper into a plastic bag next to the toilet.

A large neck GATOR AID bottle for mens liquids works well. Empty the bottle into the campground's toilet or sewer when necessary.

Takes a long time to fill a 5 gallon tank with solids.

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Old 04-16-2011, 07:28 AM   #22
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I did that one trip and regretted it.

All the solids just sat in a pile on the bottom and was a lot of work to clean out.

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Since we are all adult and working out a problem!
To save space in the P-P's holding tank.....!

FWIW: Toilet paper and urine tend to fill a small holding tank faster than solids do. Put the "wiping" paper into the Porta Potty and "dabbing" paper into a plastic bag next to the toilet.

A large neck GATOR AID bottle for mens liquids works well. Empty the bottle into the campground's toilet or sewer when necessary.

Takes a long time to fill a 5 gallon tank with solids.

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Melissa,
I don't know what brand of cassette toilet Li'l Snoozy plans to use, but Thetford makes one model where the cassette (tank) has wheels and a handle. Inside the trailer bathroom, it looks just like the standard model, according to the photos on their website.
A gallon to recharge the chemicals would likely be a lot. In the cassette toilet we used in a rental, the tank wasn't that wide. The pint Matt suggested would likely be more than plenty to disperse chemicals across the bottom of the tank.
I know this sounds "icky," but you could instruct the girls to put tp in a small covered wastebasket to save more room in the tank, and make everything easier for you. Urine is actually almost sterile...
Use the campground facilities whenever possible. You may find that the five gallon tank may last longer than you think.
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TP in the wastebasket, that is good training in case the girls ever travel to some of the more distant nations in their lifetimes. When in Peru on mission trips, the group had to do this in the hotels because their plumbing would have clogged with TP. Their drain pipes are more narrow and the locals are all used to the routine of disposing of the TP separately.
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All Excellent ideas/suggestions. I had no idea folks had gotten so creative with this issue, lol. That was one thing I hated about our other cassette was sometimes the paper would get globbed up for some reason and no matter how much water I shot in there it wouldnt come out so with a gloved hand I'd have to reach in and pull it all out. I plan to enforce the same rule as before which is no solids in the potti unless it's an emergency or there are no facilitites. And whoever does the solids gets to clean out the potti unless it's my little one of course. I'll look for one of those small trashcans with a foot pedal so no hands have to touch the lid.
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:37 AM   #25
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Personally I don't care for the suggestion of dumping down a campground toilet. Only because some ya-hoooooooooooo makes a mess and leaves it for the next guest/campground employee's/etc to clean up. But I understand you have to do what you have to do. (Personally I don't use public toilets anyway, so ..........)


Though I don't agree with some methods of disposal suggested, I do have an idea that I have found to be the best solution for odor/paper control. I understand that many people use other means for disposing of toilet tissue. But years ago, I read about putting Calgon Bath Salt's in the black water tank. Since switching over to this method over the Tank chemicals, I have found that emptying the Blank tank a much easier job. No mounds of solids etc. I was told because the Bath Salts are a water softner they break down and soften the waste. (It works for the Black tank but cant imagine it wouldn't work for your PP just as well)

For the Black tank I put in a cup or so in the toilet after dumping along with a gallon of water (for your PP, I wouldn't use this much of either) But since I have to add a little water after each dump I put the Bath Salts in with it. Never since changing over to this method have I smelled an odor. EVER! And since I have rv'ed for 40+ years and spent many a trip smelling the Blue Chemical for miles and miles, as well as in the campsite, the benefit of not having that chemical smell around is the biggest plus. Especially on a hot day! (GAG!)....

Again, I can't imagine why it wouldn't work for your PP. You will just have to figure out how much of the bath salts to use. As others have suggested with the tank chemical, I would think you would want the Bath Salts/Water to cover the bottom of your PP. Again, I don't know how much to tell you. But it's worth a try to find out.


There will be nay-sayers, and that is fine. This method has just worked for me. Since I bought the Casita I have never used chemical. With our other rv's I did and dumping was often a struggle as well as the chemical smell is enough to make me find a different solution. Good Luck!


For the record, I don't use Calgon Brand anymore, I use Vasiline Intensive Care http://www.medshopexpress.com/986363.html I buy it at Wallie World. It's cheaper........
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Portable Toilet Question

When we used the porta-potti with our camper a few years back I had a strict "liquid only" rule because I had to do some very unpleasant clean up the first time it was used for other purposes. As we are contemplating a porta-potti again, and we are older, and may need to use it for emergency solid waste, I was wondering if any of you have tried using a spray-on soap solution on the bowl sides before use to stop things from sticking around and *hopefully* flush a bit more thoroughly.
Sorry this is a bit of an icky question, but it's better to ask it here when you can't see my blushing face.
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l empty every morning. The one time I left it go a day because of little use, it stank! even with the green stuff.

Rest stops have toilets that can be used. I am always careful to pour carefully so as to not make a mess.
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Has any one ever considered going to a compost toilet. It is much easier to deal with and easier to dump.Nature's Head Composting Toilets - The environmentally sustainable waterless toilet for Your Boat, RV, Cabin, Big Rig, Barn, Workshop, or Yurt! This one is very pricey but it is the best I have found.
There is the five gallon bucket and kitty litter or peat moss option also.
Or you can go as far as composting. The Humanure Handbook - Center of the Humanure Universe
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