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Old 06-09-2008, 04:17 AM   #15
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Still have a "porta-john", complete with a "lady jill adapter", from our flying around Alaska days. It certainly worked for emergencies, but I'd recommend just going ahead and getting the porta-potti.
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:02 PM   #16
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We are going to get a pora potti too, and I was trying to find any info on how you dispose of the waste?? I hate to ask, but where do you get rid of it?
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We are going to get a pora potti too, and I was trying to find any info on how you dispose of the waste?? I hate to ask, but where do you get rid of it?
Down a pit toilet or flushy if available. NOT in a garbage can or under the shrubs OR, if you're truly boondocking and have to empty the pot, do as backpackers do and dig a pit (away from any waterway and pour into the pit, covering it back up thoroughly.
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We are going to get a pora potti too, and I was trying to find any info on how you dispose of the waste?? I hate to ask, but where do you get rid of it?
Thetford Porta Potti 135

If you look at the picture in the link, the unit separates into 2 parts at the dark band. The supply tank, flusher, and bowl are in the top part, and the holding tank is in the bottom part. Just separate the top, and the closed bottom tank can be carried so it's contents can be dumped into a toilet.
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I must be doing something wrong with our Thetford 135, as I can't seem to be able to empty it without making a small mess. The waste just .. um, well... gushes out, and there is always a bit of splashing involved especially when dumping into a toilet. Bad technique, or lack of practice?
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:01 PM   #20
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I must be doing something wrong with our Thetford 135, as I can't seem to be able to empty it without making a small mess. The waste just .. um, well... gushes out, and there is always a bit of splashing involved especially when dumping into a toilet. Bad technique, or lack of practice?

I don't have the Thetford, I have the one that they sell at Canadian Tire, I found if I don't open the "air valve" it splashes all over, with the valve closed, much better.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:10 PM   #21
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I must be doing something wrong with our Thetford 135, as I can't seem to be able to empty it without making a small mess. The waste just .. um, well... gushes out, and there is always a bit of splashing involved especially when dumping into a toilet. Bad technique, or lack of practice?

The secret to pouring out of ANY full container with an offset spout, is to position the spout on the top facing up and remove the cap. Mine has the carry handle on this side.

Then pour into the toilet bowl, tilting the container sideways towards the flat position and the spout pours out of the side. You will find that it comes out in a controllable stream. If the container is VERY full, tilt the container so that the spout is higher.

Then rinse that sucker out. There usually is a spigot for this purpose near the restroom at any campsite.

If you try to pour by tilting the spout down, the contents will overflow the spout and be uncontrollable.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:27 PM   #22
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Good to know as both Kirk and I are completely new to using one of the potties. Thanks!! We are hunting for a good one now, I have seen a few low priced ones on ebay, but I am worried they won't be as good as the name brand ones, maybe not be as leak proof or keep the smell in etc... does anyone have any experience with an off brand potti?
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The secret to pouring out of ANY full container with an offset spout, is to ...
Weird... I tried various angles, and have tried with the vent button closed or pushed open with mitigated results. If the tank is more than about 3/4 full you take the risk of having waste leaking from the vent button , and I have yet to find the magical angle to hold it at in order to prevent it from splurting. Maybe I should print out your explanation and practice with a tank full of water... or three.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:12 PM   #24
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Portapoties are awful experience especially for the dumper (me). The chemicals are worse than the deposit.
The solution is the little plastic urinals that the hospitals give away if you are a patient.
I and my mate have no trouble filling them in the middle of the night.
Solid waste is done when the urge hits, during the day.
I find a discrete way to dump the urnial-in the bathroom disguised by a towel lcover or into a far bush
without being seen.
Peeing in a 13' trailer has to have finesse and skill but the result is no stink and no smells.
The envroment is not harmed.
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:01 PM   #25
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After attending my first rally this past week, and being amazed at how the Casita owners mostly all used their bathrooms - (they were just as amazed at my who DIDN'T use her port-potty/privacy room) I could only say "I saw the movie RV - that alone made me not ever want to empty any holding tank or porta-potty!!"


In all our camping trips, and we go just about every-other weekend, I've only had to get up 3 times to use 'the woods'. That kind of ratio, I'll do without a porta potty. Me-personally - probably won't ever boon-dock as there's not many places here in Central Ohio to do such a thing. I understand it's a bit different out west.

Gosh, I don't cook in it, use water in it or pee in it - we just sleep in it. Guess I'm not using it to it's full capability?? Yet with the pending winter just a couple months away, I don't have to worry about winterizing it since it still has anti-freeze in it from last year!
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I have my porta-potty as backup for sickness or foul weather, preferring to use the CG potty whenever possible. I have a laundry detergent jug, with the pour spout cut out, to use as a 'Yellow-Water Tank' and I just pour it into the toilet (be it flush, vault or pit) in the morning. Using the jug (free at laundromat in trash) keeps the pot from filling up fast.

I also have had troubles with splashing when trying to empty the porta-potty, so I try to use CG dumps, marina dumps, etc., in preference to toilets.

I use the brand name Thetford and Wally usually has the best price. Be aware that some pots are taller than others and won't fit under the front bunk, so being able to return it for a different one may be important.

I use the enzyme-based additives from Wally in the pot as they break the solids down pretty fast and don't have as obnoxious an odor as the original stuf.

I keep my toilet paper in a properly sized coffee tin so that I can take it to the CG toilet in the rain without destroying it.
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What is Wally?

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I use the brand name Thetford and Wally usually has the best price. Be aware that some pots are taller than others and won't fit under the front bunk, so being able to return it for a different one may be important.

I use the enzyme-based additives from Wally in the pot as they break the solids down pretty fast and don't have as obnoxious an odor as the original stuf.
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Wally = WalMart. AKA 'Wally World'
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